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Rick Chapman lays into Amazon advocates, KDP pricing strategy
December 18, 2014 | 10:25 am

AmazonIndie science fiction author and business book writer Rick Chapman has unleashed a long diatribe against Amazon's pricing model for Kindle Direct Publishing, which does make some valid points - although they're buried among a screed against Amazon's defenders (who he charmingly refers to as the Aggregated Amazon Ankle Grabbers, or AAAGs), and also somewhat obscured when he lets the invective get in the way of clear presentation of his argument. Which basically, stripped of all the name-calling and rhetoric, is this: Kindle Direct Publishing's  pricing policy of taking 65 percent of authors' and small publishers' revenues when they price their...

Kindle X-Ray finally makes it to Kindle Android client – but is it worth it?
December 12, 2014 | 4:00 pm

Android apps have been going through a slew of upgrades and retoolings since the debut of Android 5.0 Lollipop, and now it's the turn of the Amazon Kindle app, which has just updated to version 4.8.0. As per the Google Play Store blur, this brings, for the first time, Amazon's Kindle X-Ray functionality "for Books and Textbooks to look up places, characters and terms," as well as "push notifications from Kindle," "improved library search," "flashcard sets to review textbook material," and the usual "experience improvements and bug fixes."...

Morning Roundup: How 3G Whispernet really works. HarperCollins has new e-commerce site
July 9, 2014 | 9:00 am

3g whispernetHow Amazon Whispernet for Kindle 3G Really Works (GoodeReader) Whispernet internet access is provided by AT&T and gives owners the ability to browse the web, purchase eBooks and download content. The big point of confusion that e-reader owners have, is what are the limitations? *** Wattpad Acquires Red Room Writer's Site (Publishers Weekly) Wattpad, an online writing and reading community, has acquired the Red Room, an online community originally described as a “Facebook for authors.” The Red Room site will be subsumed into Wattpad and go offline beginning July 8. *** Amazon Makes a Direct Offer to Hachette Authors; Here's the Full Letter (GigaOM) Amazon is proposing...

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...