Submitted by Bibliofuture on September 27, 2011 - 11:11am
Amazon's low-priced bestsellers and Kindle e-reader are famous for changing the book industry. What's not so well known is how deeply Amazon's tentacles reach into all parts of the industry, including its growing interest in inking deals with authors to publish some of the hit books Amazon sells.
Booksellers and publishers are crying foul, saying they're being cut out of the chain by an aggressive Goliath. But some authors who have recently signed with Amazon Publishing say the company simply offered them a better, fairer deal than traditional publishers.
Full piece at: CNNMoney
Discussion and comments on article at Amazon Sellers thread
Submitted by Bibliofuture on September 22, 2011 - 10:39am
Amazon threw down the gauntlet against terrestrial competitors today by announcing that Kindle and Kindle app customers can borrow and purchase Kindle books from more than 11,000 local libraries in the United States.
Full piece at the NYT blog ReadWriteWeb.
Note: Kindle books at your library was announced months ago. There are news stories coming out today because libraries are going live with the feature.
Story in PC World - Borrowing Kindle E-Books: A Hands-On Guide
Submitted by Blake on September 20, 2011 - 12:42pm
Public Library eBooks for Kindle Now Available, Check Your Library
Amazon and OverDrive have quietly started rolling out Kindle ebook lending from public libraries, albeit in Beta. Even though there hasn’t been any official announcement yet, some public libraries have already started lending ebooks for the Kindle. (e.g. Seattle)
Submitted by Bibliofuture on September 19, 2011 - 9:14pm
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Submitted by Bibliofuture on September 13, 2011 - 10:17am
I wanted to look at some of the options that Amazon could take in regards to creating a Netflix style book collection.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on September 11, 2011 - 9:55pm
Amazon is reportedly planning a Netflix-like subscription service for e-books in a move that would be another perk for Amazon Prime subscribers.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Amazon is in talks with book publishers about subscription access to a library of e-books. Now there are a bevy of issues with this concept. The Journal notes that publishers are wary and the latest titles may be excluded—just like Netflix’s streaming service.
For Amazon, this e-book library is likely to be lumped in with its Amazon Prime services. Today, you pay Amazon $79 a year and you get unlimited two day shipping and access to movies and TV shows.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on September 8, 2011 - 5:36pm
In a provisional agreement, Amazon agreed to start collecting sales tax a year from now.
Submitted by Pete on September 8, 2011 - 10:02am
Wired's Epicenter blog takes a look at Amazon.com and how it's rumored tablet device may position Amazon as the dominant e-tailer in just about everything.
"A few years ago, people laughed at Amazon’s Kindle, especially its clunky hardware design and CEO Jeff Bezos’ breathless rhetoric about how it would change how customers bought and experienced media. Now that we’re getting closer to the unveiling of Amazon’s long-rumored, slickly designed multimedia tablet, nobody’s laughing any more.
Amazon has swiftly become the most disruptive company in the media and technology industries. Its potential in this space is simply off the charts: bigger than Apple’s, bigger than Google’s or Microsoft’s. It’s becoming a purer version of all three."
Submitted by Bibliofuture on August 29, 2011 - 1:52pm
At the end of this story on LISNEWS - The End for Old Greenwich's Just Books - there is this question - Who can you have an intelligent conversation with at Amazon.com?
For some reason the comments on the story do not seem to be active.
So if we were going to have an intelligent conversation with Amazon what would be said?
Submitted by Bibliofuture on August 23, 2011 - 9:19pm
Submitted by StephenK on August 18, 2011 - 7:51pm
As noted in the notice above captured from Identica, LISNews is now available via Kindle Blogs. Amazon sets the price for a monthly subscription and right now it is set at $1.99. We've got no input at all as to what Amazon charges in this instance. As long as you have a Kindle device you can get posts right out of the main feed delivered via Whispernet. According to Amazon, links in stories will work and will take you to linked content.
This is a bit of an experiment in plumbing LISNews content into other platforms. To get a subscription, visit Amazon
. If you want to transmogrify RSS feeds on your own, see the right-hand side of the LISNews page for the XML link chiclet.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on August 15, 2011 - 5:35pm
A coalition of nonprofit groups is calling on customers of Amazon.com Inc. to cancel their accounts unless the Internet retailer stops resisting a California law that requires more online retailers to charge a state sales tax.
The nonprofits along with several state lawmakers Monday called on Amazon to "stop cheating California" by trying to repeal the law through a ballot referendum.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on August 12, 2011 - 11:40pm
Submitted by Bibliofuture on August 10, 2011 - 3:33pm
Amazon today launched a Web-based Kindle reading app that works on Google's Chrome browser and Apple's Safari browser.
Kindle Cloud Reader uses the HTML5 web standard to let you read books from your Kindle library both online or offline. In its announcement, Amazon says no installation is required. But in trying out the reader on Chrome, I did have to click a few times in a process that basically lets it show up as an app.
Submitted by birdie on August 1, 2011 - 9:42pm
From School Library Journal.
Amazon has apparently created new rules governing the use of its Kindle ereader in school libraries. The website of the ecommerce giant states that content cannot be loaded across multiple devices at one time, and an Amazon rep told at least one school librarian, Buffy Hamilton, that ebooks cannot be ported to more than one device. Amazon also requires that each Kindle be tethered to its own account.
If permanent, the new rules could hamper the use of Kindles in school libraries, where ebooks, up until now, have typically been shared among up to six devices and having to manage content on each single device would be impractical.
Although Amazon would not confirm the new rules despite several emails and phone calls from School Library Journal, a "School FAQ" on Amazon's site reads: "At present, it is not possible to load content across multiple independent devices at one time; this must be done on each device separately."
Submitted by Bibliofuture on July 21, 2011 - 2:11am
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Submitted by Bibliofuture on July 15, 2011 - 1:07pm
Some nefarious, unauthorized person "may have" accessed Joseph's Amazon account. If you're thinking, "So what? it's just an e-commerce account," note that he not only owns a Kindle and many annotated books for it, but has also now lost his purchase history and his wish list. Sure, Amazon has offered him a gift card to re-purchase the books he lost, but he's not really keen to trust the company again.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on July 14, 2011 - 2:15pm
Amazon has an ambitious and far-reaching new agenda: it wants to rewrite tax policy for the Internet era.