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USA Today had a piece about this deal: http://content.usatoday.com/communities/technologylive/post/2011/01/livingsocial-offering-da...

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Amazon Deletes Items from Kindles... Again

It's like 1984 all over again.

From ArsTechnica:

Amazon may be in the process of stirring up some more trouble for itself thanks to reports that the company is deleting certain kinds of erotica from both the online store and users' devices. The erotica in question is controversial: it talks about certain acts of incest. Judging from Amazon's most recent bouts with book "censorship," users who have already paid for the deleted content are likely to get fired up.

The article goes on to say how one customer who complained about how their content that they paid for disappeared from their Kindle received only chastising remarks from Amazon about the severity of the item they purchased.

Meanwhile, the Strict Leather Forced Orgasm Belt remains on the virtual shelves of online retailer.

Amazon Provides a Dose of Humor

Pogue's Post at NYT.com

Anyway, there’s one peculiar strand of humor, one tiny, specific corner of the Internet, that gets me every time: it’s when everybody gangs up on some obscure or ridiculous product on Amazon.com and leaves bogus reviews for it. It’s awe-inspiring how people seem to arrive as though orchestrated by a leader who doesn’t exist, and how their reviews seem legitimate at first glance but become screamingly hilarious once you figure out what’s going on.

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Amazon Selling Kindle Version of Wikileaks

Among its many services, Amazon.com offers hosting for websites in the form of data storage. When Wikileaks dumped a massive cache of diplomatic cables onto the Internet, it didn't take long for some technologically minded people to find out that Amazon had been hosting Wikileaks' data and content for quite some time. Yet, after the blow up over the cables, Amazon tossed Wikileaks from their servers, siting violations of their terms of service.

So make of this what you will, but Amazon UK is selling a Kindle version of the Wikileaks data. You can also have a look at the customer comments.

5 Things to Learn From Amazon's Latest PR Disaster

Amazon is backpedaling after initially coming to the defense of one of its electronic book authors, a man selling a how-to-guide for pedophiles.

"Amazon believes it is censorship not to sell certain books simply because we or others believe their message is objectionable," the company said in a statement. However, after receving massive media attention, the book self-published by Phillip R. Greaves II, The Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure: A Child-lover's Code of Conduct, has been removed quietly from the Kindle store.

This latest action further highlights how Amazon seemingly has no idea how to defuse a public relations nightmare; has sketchy business ethics; and apparently lacks a quality control mechanism to prevent more of these publicity headaches. Here are some takeaways from Amazon's fiasco.

Full blog post here

Pedophilia Guide Sold On Amazon Stirs Outrage

Amazon.com Inc. is selling a self-published guide that offers advice to pedophiles, generating threats to boycott the retailer.

The availability of The Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure: a Child-lover's Code of Conduct calls into question whether Amazon has any procedures — or even an obligation — to vet books before they are sold in its online stores. Amazon did not respond to multiple e-mails and phone messages.

Full story on NPR

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Amazon Has a Reported Deal to Buy Parent of Diapers.com

Amazon.com plans to announce Monday that it will acquire Quidsi, the e-commerce company that runs Diapers.com, for about $540 million, (Man! Half a billion for this.) according to a person with knowledge of the deal.

The acquisition suggests how far Amazon will go to maintain its edge in many corners of e-commerce, including sales of bulky household items for which it competes against Walmart.com and online drugstores.

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Why We Can't Afford Not to Create a Well-Stocked National Digital Library System

In a <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/personal/archive/2010/11/why-we-cant-afford-not-to-create-a-well-stocked-national-digital-library-system/66111/">guest post on James Fallows blog at The Atlantic</a>, David Rothman makes the case for a national digital library, "Might the time have finally come for a well-stocked national digital library system (NDLS) for the United States--a cause I've publicly advocated since 1992 in Computerworld, a 1996 MIT Press information science collection, the Washington Post, U.S.

Stars fall in Amazon protest about ebook prices

Story at Guardian.co.uk

Readers give authors including Stephen King one-star reviews in concerted campaign against price rises for Kindle digital editions

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Amazon Introduces a Format for Shorter E-Books

E-readers and smartphones have brought big changes to the publishing industry, but Amazon.com is aiming to bring some more with a new format for shorter and cheaper e-books.

Amazon said in a press release that Kindle Singles could be “twice the length of a New Yorker feature or as much as a few chapters of a typical book,” and would be priced much less than standard books.

Full article in the NYT

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Check Out a Kindle @ Your Library

Among the hardcovers and paperbacks at the Lunenburg Public Library is a different kind of book, for which dozens of people are on a reserved waiting list.

Earlier this year, Lunenburg Public Library added three Kindles — a hand-held electronic device that can hold entire books — to its lending collection. Each Kindle holds 28 different titles.

“They have been absolutely amazing. They are very popular,” said Amy Sadkin, director of the Lunenburg Public Library. “We have more than 15 holds on the three Kindles, and have just ordered two more through the Friends of the Library which will be available in five or six months.”

In recent years, e-readers have become one of the popular must-have technologies. The Kindle, an e-reader offered by Amazon.com, is the most popular of the electronic devices. It is about the thickness of a pencil and can hold more than 3,500 downloaded books. The Kindle offers classic books for free, with other titles at $9.99.

There are two other similar devices — the Barnes & Noble Nook, and the Sony Reader, both of which allow owners to download books at local public libraries through the library consortium, the Central-Western Massachusetts Automated Resource Sharing.

Source: The Telegram.

2 E-Books Cost More Than Amazon Hardcovers

E-book readers are used to paying less, but new titles from Ken Follett and James Patterson have bucked that trend.

Full article in the NYT

Excerpt: Customers, unaccustomed to seeing a digital edition more expensive than the hardcover, howled at the price discrepancy, and promptly voiced their outrage with negative comments and one-star reviews on Amazon.

“Really, James Patterson?” wrote one reader from Elgin, Ill. “Why would it possibly cost more for a digital download than printed and bound ink on paper?”

I paid more for these sunglasses

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Bezos interview on Charlie Rose

Interview with Jeff Bezos on the Charlie Rose show. When you follow this link there is not a clear start button. If you click on Bezos the video will start.

Bezon discusses the new Kindle. Rose ask Bezos about the iPad being a Kindle killer.

http://www.charlierose.com/view/interview/11138

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New Kindle is out and is selling for $139

There is a new wi-fi Kindle and it cost $139. You can see it here: Kindle Wireless Reading Device, Wi-Fi, 6

There is also a new Kindle out that allows 3G cellular network to download books. It is $189 which is the same price as the Kindle 2 was selling for. You can see it here: Kindle Wireless Reading Device, Free 3G + Wi-Fi, 6

Sweden's Larsson first to sell one million Kindle books

Amazon said its Kindle store has sold over one million digital copies of the books in Larsson's Millennium Trilogy: "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," "The Girl Who Played with Fire" and "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest."

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Graphite Kindle DX


Graphite Kindle DX is available for pre-order now and it will be available July 7th.

What Amazon says about the new DX: Our graphite Kindle DX uses our all new, improved electronic ink display, with 50% better contrast for the clearest text and sharpest images

Video about Graphite DX

Amazon buys Woot

Amazon bought the site Woot.com

Story in the NYT: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/01/technology/01woot.html?ref=technology

Amazon.com, which sells millions of products, said Wednesday that it had agreed to buy Woot, a site that sells one item at a time.

Woot is one of a cluster of unconventional shopping sites that have sprung up in the last few years in the biggest flurry of e-commerce innovation since Amazon and eBay began.

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Amazon to Introduce Web Based Book Previews

Continuing it’s e-books everywhere approach to digital reading, the company announced Wednesday in a blog post that it would soon offer a product called “Kindle Previewer for HTML 5? that will allow readers to view samples of books directly from within a Web browser.

In the past Amazon has required readers to send a sample section of a book to a device before it could be previewed.

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