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16 Oct 2011 23:47


Biz: Publishers freak out because Amazon’s cutting into their territory

  • cause Amazon, with its growing clout as an e-book outlet and ability to work around the traditional system, has made significant inroads as a publisher of books, with at least one bestseller to its name. They will publish 122 books this fall in electronic and physical form.
  • reaction Large publishers and agents are starting to freak out. In one case, Hawaiian writer Kiana Davenport angered the publisher of a forthcoming book and got sued because she dared use Amazon to self-publish an old anthology no publisher wanted. source

11 Apr 2011 22:23


Tech: Amazon drops its Kindle price again … well, kinda

  • deal Amazon just dropped the price of its low-end Kindle by $25, from roughly $139 to $114 … making it an even easier impulse buy.
  • catch The cheaper Kindle will have ads — which will show up in menus and screen savers, but not while you’re actually reading a book. source

29 Jul 2010 20:40


Tech: I won’t back down, part 4: The new Kindle’s killer reviews

  • We have to hand it to Amazon. Despite looking like they might be a little outgunned by the iPad, they not only came out with a new version of the Kindle, but the device is thus far getting some killer reviews. Sure, it’s not color, but it looks a step or two above the first two Kindles. source

28 Jul 2010 23:05


Tech: Jeff Bezos: Screw competing with the iPad, Kindle does it right

  • For the vast majority of books, adding video and animation is not going to be helpful. It is distracting rather than enhancing. You are not going to improve Hemingway by adding video snippets.
  • Amazon founder Jeff Bezos • Explaining why the new version of the Kindle basically looks like a slicker, cheaper version of the last Kindle. That’s right, no color. No display prowess. Just a sleeker version of the wheel. Anyway, $139 for a wi-fi only version? Sounds like someone’s trying to court the very mass market the device wasn’t priced for in its first two iterations. source

01 Jul 2010 21:19


Tech: Why is Amazon even charging for the Kindle in the first place?

  • Amazon’s model should be selling books- and to hell with the device itself. The iPad is raising hell with everybody.
  • Tech analyst Charles Wolf • Describing the major flaw in Amazon’s current pricing model with the Kindle – which is that they cost a lot of money, making uptake seem less desirable in the wake of the iPad. The company recently cut the prices of the more expensive – and larger – Kindle DX, which was a good idea because it cost $10 less than the iPad and did far less. It now costs $379, and sports a new design and a high-contrast display. It’s sexy, but at that price point, who would buy this? The only major thing it has over the iPad is that the screen doesn’t have much glare and can be read in sunlight. That’s it. source

21 Jun 2010 21:55


U.S.: The Nook and Kindle are shaking in their boots over the iPad

  • $359 the Amazon Kindle 2’s original sale price a little over a year ago
  • $259 the Barnes & Noble nook’s original price, which matched Amazon’s
  • $199 the updated price of the 3G Barnes & Noble nook
  • $149 the price of the new wi-fi only version of the nook
  • $189 the updated price of the Amazon Kindle 2 source
  • » How did they do do it?: Simple answer: The books are going to cost a heck of a lot more. We said a few months ago that the nook would prove the Kindle’s death knell, but the truth is that the iPad is doing it instead. There’s enough evidence that Apple’s infringing on their territory that they pretty much had to lower the price of the devices. To keep a long-term audience, Amazon’s next Kindle has to knock it out of the park, guys.

31 Jan 2010 20:53


Biz, Tech: Amazon takes it from Macmillan because it has no choice

  • We want you to know that ultimately, however, we will have to capitulate and accept Macmillan’s terms because Macmillan has a monopoly over their own titles, and we will want to offer them to you even at prices we believe are needlessly high for e-books.
  • A statement from Amazon • On its decision to back down from the removal of Macmillan’s e-books over a disagreement on pricing. Amazon removed all of Macmillan’s books on Friday, only to put them back up today. Amazon has insisted on a $9.99 price for Kindle books, but Macmillian wants to charge more. Amazon is optimistic that other major publishers won’t follow suit. We’ll see where optimism gets them. source

10 Jan 2010 11:41


Tech: The Skiff newspaper e-Reader: Half-baked or wholehearted?

  • Is Skiff the future of the news? As with any of these e-Reader devices, it’s too early to call, but it’s closer than most. TechCrunch says it’s an attempt to put the genie in the bottle again. We like the fact that it does nice newspaper layout. source

20 Oct 2009 21:25


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