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Does Amazon Have an Acquisition Hit List?
July 10, 2013 | 12:31 pm

AmazonThere's been a lot of speculation lately around Amazon's long-term strategic intentions and its overall modus operandi. David Streitfeld's New York Times blog opined that, "it has made the future of bookselling seem as if it will inevitably be owned by Amazon." Others have been very quick to pick up on the organizational and technological pincer movement that enables this market dominance, with "green marketing and business ethics success expert" Shel Horowitz, for instance, remarking that: "This is what happens when a company gains a market share bordering on monopoly—while establishing a tech and logistics infrastructure that would be very difficult for a new...

Amazon announces three new fulfillment centers in Texas
February 3, 2013 | 2:00 pm

Amazon last week announced plans to open three new fulfillment centers in the state of Texas, creating more than 1,000 jobs. The sites, which will utilize advanced technology to help fulfill customer orders, will be located in the cities of Coppell, Haslet and Schertz.  Coppell and Haslet are both located north of the Dallas-Fort Worth area, while Schertz is located just outside San Antonio. According to a release, Amazon fulfillment center jobs pay on average 30 percent more than traditional retail jobs, not including the stock grants that full-time employees receive, which over the past five years have added an average of 9 percent...

Official Kindle 3.01 software update ready and going to all Kindle 3 users
September 10, 2010 | 8:48 am

images.jpg The v3.01 update is now final and ready for download from Amazon servers, for all Kindle 3's.  Apparently, their private feedback was as good as feedback seen on the Amazon forums. See yesterday's original report of the v3.01 update for the details that were in that. At the linked page (above), Amazon also states: ' We're excited to announce that a new, free software update is available for the latest generation Kindle 6" device.  This software update adds the ability to create a new account directly from your Kindle, as well as additional performance...

An interview with self-publishing author Patricia Ryan
September 9, 2010 | 5:34 pm

41471_100001323202696_9689_n.jpgI posted some earlier comments from Patricia Ryan (pictured at the left), who is part of a wave of emerging self-publishers who are releasing not new books, but rather, their own print backlists. Patricia was kind enough to answer some further questions on how she went from published category romance author to self-publishing indie e-author. Enjoy! THE EXPERIENCE OF PRINT PUBLISHING Patricia began writing category romances in the early 90's. As she explains: "I had read a bunch of category romances that didn't do much for me, a few that were really pretty good, and one--The Black Sheep, a Silhouette Desire...

Kindle 3 preview release of software update 3.01 available at Amazon
September 9, 2010 | 5:32 am

index.jpg Amazon wants feedback on an "early preview of the next software update" for Kindle 3 and refers to this update-preview as software update version 3.01. They stress this is offered so that "Customers who want to try this early release of the software and provide feedback can download the update from their servers." Amazon explains that this update will add ' the ability to create a new account directly from your Kindle, as well as additional performance improvements. After installing this update, please share your feedback with us at  We look forward to hearing about...

The founder of Waterstones & publisher of “The Life of Pi” discuss the future of books
September 8, 2010 | 10:17 am

photo-3.jpg  I’m chairing an absolutely amazing panel of speakers this weekend at the Mountains To Sea book festival. The discussion is about books, readers and writers in the digital age. I’m including the description below and tickets can be booked HERE Readers, Writers and the Digital Revolution Recently, Jeff Bezos reported that Amazon now sells more e-books than new hardbacks. What does this portend for the future of reading? Are traditional bookshops, the paperback, the novel itself facing extinction? A stellar panel of experts debates the question – how will we be reading in the year 2020? Tim...

Is this the time to take the plunge? New reading devices appear
September 7, 2010 | 12:08 pm

images.jpgWithin the last 60 days there has been a bevy of announcements of new ereading devices. Amazon announced what is popularly called the Kindle 3 and Sony has announced 3 new models — the 350, 650, and 950. How far behind other makers will be is hard to tell, but the upcoming holiday season should be a good one for device buyers. So the question is this: Is this the time to take the plunge and buy a dedicated ereading device if you don’t already own one? The companion question, of course, is if you own one that is more than...

Latest ebook pricing analysis shows Amazon winning its battle with publishers over prices
September 7, 2010 | 7:07 am

images.jpgWhile it has been increasingly clear over the past year that Amazon is dominating the market share and price wars among dedicated ebook reader devices, it is now clear that Amazon is also winning its tug of war with traditional book publishers over ebook pricing. Amazon is succeeding dramatically in its efforts to bring an ever increasing number and percentage of all Kindle Store ebooks into its preferred price range between $2.99 and $9.99, inclusive, according to our most recent analysis of the overall pricing composition of the Kindle Store catalog and the "Top 100 Paid" spots on the Kindle Store...

Easiest 3 ways to self-publish an ePUB ebook
August 30, 2010 | 9:07 am

Easiest 3 Ways to Self-Publish ePUB Ebooks   1. Smashwords Smashwords continues to kick goals in self-publishing. In an increasingly crowded market, I just don’t think you can beat Smashwords for ease of use, price (you can’t do better than free), and distribution. Fling your words to Smashwords, and you’ll quickly end up with an ebook in multiple formats, playable on all devices, and distributed to iBookstore, Barnes & Noble, Sony, Kobo and the Diesel eBook Store. Soon they’ll be adding Amazon to the already impressive list. The website could use prettying up, but this offering is the best one-stop-shop free solution out there. Other services...

View from Down Under: The ebooks and the damage done
August 20, 2010 | 9:20 am

images.jpgEditor's Note: I am proud to announce that Australian journalist Jason Davis will be contributing a regular column to TeleRead on the state of "e" in Australia and New Zealand. This content will be exclusive to TeleRead. Jason also runs the BookBee and EbookAnt websites. PB. This is my first official guest post, so I thought I’d start by bringing those who are interested up to speed with the state of play in ebooks in Australia. That Australia is a couple of years behind the rest of the West in ebook uptake is probably not news to many....

How a publisher can get me to buy more books
August 19, 2010 | 10:40 am

081910-lots-of-books.jpg  I’ve spent too many days this summer visiting this page on Amazon’s Kindle store, waiting for the price of the latest book from Charles Stross to drop to $9.99 (as of the date of this post, it’s $11.99). Clearly, it’s not going to happen until the publisher feels it’s notched as many $12 purchases as it can from eager fans who aren’t as price-conscious as I am. But wait a minute! I too am an eager fan, and because of this pricing issue, I ended up reading the book for free. I’m still a fan but now...

Iowa Western Community College will not purchase books in the future
August 16, 2010 | 10:10 am

Screen shot 2010-08-16 at 10.09.30 AM.png  You can add Iowa Western Community College (IWCC) to your list of libraries going “bookless” or “all electronic.” The article linked below quotes IWCC president, Dan Kinney, saying it’s all cyber from this point forward and the college will stop acquiring books. We’re not sure if this means all printed material but from the extremely positive tone about the electronic world that Kinney shares in the article, it sounds like no paper at all. The article mentions the time it took to get materials from another library. Kinney says, “Now, it’s right there,” he said. “They want...

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