Submitted by Bibliofuture on July 5, 2011 - 1:04am
Amazon.com Inc. agreed to buy U.K.-based online book retailer Book Depository International for an undisclosed sum.
Amazon's move to buy Book Depository came six months after the U.S. company acquired European movie-rental site Lovefilm International Ltd.
Book Depository's founder, Andrew Crawford, said in a prepared statement Monday that his company looks "forward to continuing our growth and providing an ever-improving service for readers globally" with Amazon's support.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on June 2, 2011 - 3:31am
Submitted by Bibliofuture on May 22, 2011 - 12:12am
From Publisher's Weekly
Amazon has removed several yaoi manga from its Kindle Store and refused to allow others to be offered for Kindle, although the bookseller continues to sell the same manga in print and to offer more explicit erotic books in both formats. Yaoi manga, also known as boys-love or BL, is a popular niche genre in manga that features love stories between two males and can range from softly romantic to sexually explicit.
The manga publisher Digital Manga Publishing announced on its blog Tuesday that two of its books had been removed from the Kindle Store and two more were rejected, and the website The Yaoi Review also reported that several Yaoi Press manga and novels had been removed. At least one non-yaoi erotic graphic novel has also been removed from the Kindle Store this week. Amazon representatives contacted by PW did not answer e-mails or phone calls requesting more information.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on May 13, 2011 - 12:57am
For months we've been talking about the impending arrival of an Amazon Android tablet and Amazon's CEO Jeff Bezos didn't quite let the cat out of the bag--but he came close.
In an interview with Consumer Reports, when asked about the possibility of Amazon doing a tablet, he replied, "stay tuned."
Submitted by Bibliofuture on May 13, 2011 - 12:41am
My long-time friend and fellow book author, Ernie Zelinski, alerted me to the Amazon Kindle Swindle - where Amazon.com is making out like a bandit! And providing no relief to book authors whose works are being stolen - and resold by Amazon.com.
It's time to sue Amazon.com! Book authors of the world unite! There's a real case for a class action lawsuit here. Read on . . .
Submitted by Bibliofuture on May 13, 2011 - 12:30am
Click over to TechCrunch to check out an amazing slide show put together by the consulting firm faberNovel that offers an incredibly detailed look at how Amazon came to dominate e-commerce, expanding from an online bookseller to a household name synonymous with buying stuff on the Internet.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on May 11, 2011 - 11:06am
Headline: Kindle to Generate $5.42 bln Revenue in 2011 for Amazon
If I had to guess how much revenue was generated I might have said 1 or 2 billion and thought that was a massive number. Would have had to double the guess and add another billion. The $5 bln is revenue and the article says that profit is more than $1 billion.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on April 21, 2011 - 3:35pm
A number of well-known Web sites and online services were completely unavailable earlier today due to problems with Amazon EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud) and Amazon Web Services.
Foursquare, Reddit, Hootsuite, and Quora were among the largest and most visible sites affected.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on April 20, 2011 - 7:30pm
New program will integrate with all existing ebook catalogs offered through OverDrive
Library patrons across the United States will soon be able to borrow ebooks from over 11,000 libraries using Amazon's Kindle reading device.
Long a missing link in the library lending chain, Amazon's announcement today that it will offer, sometime later this year, Kindle library lending is likely to create a flood of demand, since many patrons have long been puzzled and librarians irritated by the inability to use the market-leading device to access library books.
(UPDATE) "It is going to be a seamless experience, that's all I can say at this point," Burleigh said in a subsequent interview. "As we develp the process we will give demos but that won't be for a while, but every ebook in the library's collection will be deliverable in the Kindle format [AZW] so libraries won't need to add a new format. ..These are Kindle ebooks and they are in the Kindle format that will be delivered directly to the Kindle reading device or the app," he said.
Full article at:LibraryJournal.com
Submitted by Blake on April 20, 2011 - 9:45am
Amazon to Launch Library Lending for Kindle Books
Amazon today announced Kindle Library Lending, a new feature launching later this year that will allow Kindle customers to borrow Kindle books from over 11,000 libraries in the United States. Kindle Library Lending will be available for all generations of Kindle devices and free Kindle reading apps.
"We're excited that millions of Kindle customers will be able to borrow Kindle books from their local libraries," said Jay Marine, Director, Amazon Kindle. "Customers tell us they love Kindle for its Pearl e-ink display that is easy to read even in bright sunlight, up to a month of battery life, and Whispersync technology that synchronizes notes, highlights and last page read between their Kindle and free Kindle apps."
Submitted by Bibliofuture on April 19, 2011 - 11:12pm
I keep seeing the Gizmodo article picked up around the web – that is the one that incorrectly says that you will lose your Kindle back issues of a magazine if you cancel your subscription. This is just wrong and is an example of one of the downsides of the web – it perpetuates and spreads misinformation.
Full article at Teleread
Submitted by Bibliofuture on April 5, 2011 - 2:29am
Amazon underbidder on frontlist auction
Amazon has emerged as the surprise underbidder on a multi-million dollar auction for a self-published author, the first time the retailer is believed to have bid on frontlist.
Full article here.
Publishing consultant Mike Shatzkin comments on the article.
Submitted by birdie on March 31, 2011 - 9:43am
New York Times: To publicize the release of “The Pale King,” a posthumously published novel by David Foster Wallace that is set in an Internal Revenue Service processing center, Hachette Book Group created a marketing campaign centered on the traditional tax day: April 15. Except that’s not really when it went on sale.
Amazon and Barnes & Noble were selling the book on their Web sites on Wednesday, long before many bookstores would receive copies. Nicole Dewey, a spokeswoman for Little, Brown, part of Hachette, said the official on-sale date for the book was March 22, but the publication date — when the book is available everywhere — remained April 15. (A countdown clock on the Hachette Web site ticks away the days, hours and minutes until April 15.) “I don’t really understand the confusion,” Ms. Dewey said. “This happens all the time. There’s nothing unusual about it.”
It was a distinction lost on many bookstores, who erupted in protest on Wednesday when they heard that Amazon was already selling the hotly anticipated book.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on March 22, 2011 - 12:25pm
Since Amazon gave Kindle users the ability to loan their e-books in December, we've seen a number of startups launch in the e-book lending space, creating networks to help readers find someone who is willing to let them borrow an e-book title.
There haven't been any moves to crack down on these exchanges (other than the requirement that the Kindle Lending Club rebrand). But now it appears that Amazon has shut down one such site, Lendle. The company's website went down briefly today, and Lendle tweeted that Amazon has revoked its access to the API.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on March 18, 2011 - 3:17pm
As Amazon adds new job listings for Google Android developers, speculation increases whether the company is working on an Android-based color Kindle?
Submitted by Blake on February 28, 2011 - 9:11am
The eBook User’s Bill of Rights is a statement of the basic freedoms that should be granted to all eBook users.
The eBook User’s Bill of Rights
Every eBook user should have the following rights:
the right to use eBooks under guidelines that favor access over proprietary limitations
the right to access eBooks on any technological platform, including the hardware and software the user chooses
the right to annotate, quote passages, print, and share eBook content within the spirit of fair use and copyright
the right of the first-sale doctrine extended to digital content, allowing the eBook owner the right to retain, archive, share, and re-sell purchased eBooks
I believe in the free market of information and ideas.
I believe that authors, writers, and publishers can flourish when their works are readily available on the widest range of media. I believe that authors, writers, and publishers can thrive when readers are given the maximum amount of freedom to access, annotate, and share with other readers, helping this content find new audiences and markets. I believe that eBook purchasers should enjoy the rights of the first-sale doctrine because eBooks are part of the greater cultural cornerstone of literacy, education, and information access.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on February 22, 2011 - 10:13am
Amazon announced today that Amazon Prime members get access to 5,000 movies and tv shows for no additional cost. Currently Prime members pay $79 per year to get free two day shipping or $3.95 overnight shipping. See Amazon.com for full announcement.
Submitted by Blake on February 18, 2011 - 1:37pm
This is Gary Price and Shirl Kennedy saying hello from Washington, DC and St. Petersburg, FL.
We have some news and a few URLs to share.
When we began ResourceShelf (just about a decade ago) and DocuTicker (two years later) our goal was, and has always been, to share info industry news, happenings in the library world, and supply a non-stop stream of new web-based resources to our loyal readers. Since we began, we've been very fortunate that so many of you have found what we do to be useful.
We would like to say thank you very much for your interest and support. We've also been happy to see that our websites are of interest to a wide variety of readers outside of the library community, including journalists and educators.
Today, we have a bit of news to share.
We (Gary and Shirl) are NO LONGER affiliated with ResourceShelf and DocuTicker. However, that doesn't mean it's time to say goodbye. Hardly. In fact, the same spirit that has compelled us to scour the Internet for interesting resources is also what’s motivating us to jump right back in again. That’s right – as of today, we’re back online.
While we’re still taking baby steps, and both sites are in the process of development, we thought it was best to begin posting the types of materials you've come to expect from us during the past decade as we construct our new sites. We also feel comfortable saying that we have several new features in the works.
Submitted by Bibliophile Adv... on January 23, 2011 - 11:31am
Interesting collaboration between Seth Godin and Amazon....that I just heard about.
"...with 170,000 books published a year, how is it possible that anyone
finds *any* book?"
Why wasn’t I told? – the domino
Submitted by Bibliofuture on January 20, 2011 - 2:21am
1.3 million people bought the $20 gift certificate at Amazon.com for $10 at Living Social.