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CIRP Amazon Kindle report says: Hey, big (Kindle) spender
December 14, 2013 | 7:30 pm

A report circulating at the moment, and being extensively quoted, from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP), gives the research company's lowdown on the status of the Kindle market, based on a survey of 300 "US customers of Amazon.com from the three-month period ending November 15, 2013." Without accurate numbers from Amazon itself, this is one of the most valuable data snapshots of actual Kindle use and spending - and its implications for Amazon and the book business. CIRP calculated that the Amazon Kindle platform in the US has "an installed base of approximately 20.5 million units, as of September 30, 2013. Amazon Kindle...

Why Big Publishing hates Amazon, Part 2
December 8, 2013 | 9:38 am

AmazonThis article is a follow-up to my earlier piece on "Why Big Publishing hates Amazon, and wants you to hate Amazon too". As its title may suggest, it's not exactly a withdrawal of my original conclusions. But it is an attempt to answer and counter some of the comments made on that article. And as a busy journalist with little time and fewer ideas, it saves me the strain of finding a fresh topic. So here we go. [caption id="attachment_92721" align="alignright" width="300"] The Three Minute Hate begins now[/caption] First, kindly read that title closely. It says "Why Big Publishing hates Amazon." It...

Rock your device with selfie Kindle covers – or something
November 17, 2013 | 10:31 am

kindle coversAmazon has introduced a new scheme that could be ideal for the Christmas season: Customized Kindle covers with your own images used as the basis for the design. The "Kindle Fire HDX 8.9" Black Origami Case - 'Create Your Own'" option, for instance, charges $54.99 for a personalized Origami case sized to your Kindle Fire HDX 8.9" that ships in two to three days, according to the Amazon blurb. "The customization service on Amazon allows customers to personalize Kindle covers and skins by uploading photographs or choosing from a library of images, logos, designs and patterns," it explains. The service is also...

Amazon moving into Sweden?
November 11, 2013 | 10:15 am

Kindle MatchBookAn article in Sweden's Dagens Nyheter, the country's largest-circulation morning daily, purports to lay bare Amazon's plans for entering the Swedish market, under a headline translated (by Google Translate) as: "Amazon settles in the Swedish book market." The article claims that negotiations have been ongoing for over a year, with Amazon in discussion with several Swedish publishers as well as with Bokrondellen, the official Swedish book classification and information service. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="700"] Publisher Norstedt - ready to deal with Amazon?[/caption] The article states that Amazon has now reached tentative agreement with Bokrondellen on terms for entering the Swedish market, and...

Painfully sharp displays take onscreen reading to a whole new level
November 8, 2013 | 11:45 am

displayIt's brain-dead obvious that display quality and clarity is key to the reader experience of anyone reading ebooks. And in that respect, ereading enthusiasts are becoming very lucky people. Because tablet and ereader manufacturers are now pushing their technologies to new levels and ever closer to the realm of print. DisplayMate, "The Standard of Excellence for Image and Picture Quality," offers the following demonstration, in its "Flagship Tablet Display Technology Shoot-Out," pitting the Amazon [easyazon-link asin="B00BHJRYYS" locale="us"]Kindle Fire HDX 8.9"[/easyazon-link] against the new Apple iPad Air and the now ageing, but still very highly specced,  [easyazon-link asin="B00ACVHKSC" locale="us"]Google Nexus 10[/easyazon-link], with...

Is Android Still the Cinderella Platform For Content Apps and Digital Magazines
October 27, 2013 | 2:51 pm

content appsTalking New Media just ran a piece detailing the relative revenues from the iOS and Android platforms for digital publishers of magazines and other content apps. And their findings were that the hand-over-fist growth in Android OS penetration, via cheap tablets and multitudinous generic cellphones, is not translating into revenues or big takeup for these publishers - at least not yet. "TNM’s own survey of digital publishing platform companies shows that close to 25 percent still do not provide solutions that will result in an app for the Google Play store – and close to 75 percent don’t service the Windows...

Amazon shipping changes: The possible backstory
October 24, 2013 | 12:44 pm

amazonThe hike in Amazon's free shipping threshold in the U.S. to $35, already picked up by Chris Meadows earlier, has led to some interesting speculations out in the blogosphere. One, from Paulo Santos on "Seeking Alpha," is that "Amazon.com must be under tremendous earnings pressure." Santos's reasoning goes back to the launch - low key and sans ballyhoo - of the new HDX line of Kindles, which already led him as early as September to forecast a "Q3 2013 revenue miss" and to ask " How ugly will Amazon.com's earnings be?" Deducing that this lack of fanfare pointed to revenue shortfalls,...

Amazon content VP Grandinetti gives key international Kindle insights at Frankfurt Book Fair
October 11, 2013 | 2:56 pm

As quoted in the show daily of this year's Frankfurt Book Fair, Russ Grandinetti, Vice President for Kindle content with Amazon, delivered some useful information on Amazon's Kindle content priorities at the Publishers Launch conference. Producing graphs to show that every other Western market so far had followed the same growth trajectories for Kindle publication as the U.S. and UK markets, and all of them could be expected to develop similarly, he also unveiled some surprising statistics about Kindle releases of bestselling authors across Europe. In the US, Grandinetti revealed, 98 percent of the top 1,000 authors  have at least one...

Few boos for Boos in Frankfurt Book Fair warning of Amazon oligopoly
October 11, 2013 | 10:13 am

Juergen Boos, Director of the Frankfurt Book Fair, took the opportunity in his opening address for this year's edition of the book trade's biggest jamboree to warn against the dangers of oligopolies in publishing, and of technical standards becoming means towards market domination. In a series of more or less coded or directly explicit warnings about the market influence of Amazon, he stated that: "Technical standards – from payment systems to search algorithms – influence the way in which we read, and the things we know. In a very general way, they control our access to intellectual goods." And lest anyone...

Amazon in supermarket discount wars with Sainsbury’s in UK
October 8, 2013 | 2:47 pm

Amazon UK has gone head to head with Sainsbury's Supermarkets Ltd. in a price-cutting struggle triggered by the British high street supermarket chain's push to grab readers for its eBooks by Sainsbury's platform. Running through October, the "99 titles for 99p!" promotion brings "a wide range of eBooks from bestselling authors for only 99p [$1.60]." Some titles are offered at the discount price for one day only; others are on offer for the entire month. The eBooks by Sainsbury's service offers "ebooks protected with Adobe Digital Rights Management," accessible through both dedicated Android and iOS apps, as well as via Adobe...

Morning Roundup: Kindle Smartphones, Logging into WiFi With Facebook, Digital Reading Innovations, Tom Clancy Has Died
October 3, 2013 | 9:00 am

[caption id="attachment_97753" align="alignright" width="206"] Author Tom Clancy[/caption] Tom Clancy Has Died (GalleyCat) Bestselling novelist Tom Clancy has passed away, ending a legendary career in espionage fiction. *** I Believe We Will See a Kindle Smartphone Sooner Rather than Later (The Digital Reader) Rumors have been circulating for well over a year now that Amazon is working on a smartphone. I’m not sure how many of the rumors true or even vaguely accurate but I do think that even the untrue rumors are circling around a real product. *** Soon, Your Facebook Credentials Could Log You Into Wifi Networks (GigaOM) Cisco and Facebook have built a Wi-Fi technology that...

UK Booktrust joins with Amazon “to change the culture of reading”
September 19, 2013 | 1:01 pm

The UK's Booktrust, a pro-literacy and children's reading charity in existence since the 1920s, has just announced its first Booktrust Best Book Awards in partnership with Amazon Kindle 2014, which will " seek to unearth the very best children’s books the UK has to offer, and to honour authors and illustrators who continue Britain’s proud heritage of storytelling." According to Viv Bird, Chief Executive at Booktrust, the Awards are part of a very ambitious program: "We want to change the culture of reading in this country." And what's driving this agenda? "At the moment, books are facing a battle with the...