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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...

Latest Ofcom figures show Kindle dominates in UK
September 13, 2013 | 1:15 pm

Sad to reflect perhaps, given Kobo's sterling efforts in the UK, the latest media survey conducted by pollster Kantar Media on behalf of British communications industry regulator Ofcom shows Amazon enjoying 79 percent of the UK ereader market. Ebook services in the period, states the report, "were dominated by Kindle, with 79% of those who had downloaded, accessed or shared e-books in the past three months citing the Amazon brand. This was consistent across all demographics and sub-groups." The survey, the Online Copyright Infringement Tracker for the period March-May 2013, was not primarily targeting ebook market figures, but is perhaps all the...

Morning Roundup: Thoughts about Amazon MatchBook; the rise of hybrid authors; more
September 6, 2013 | 8:48 am

AmazonTwo and a Half Thoughts About Amazon's Matchbook Program (Futurebook) Amazon's announcement on Tuesday of its new Matchbook offer, allowing customers to buy discounted digital versions of print books they’d previously bought from the retailer, is far from the first attempt to bring bundling to publishing. * * * The Rise of Hybrid Authors Who Have Self-Published and Had Publishers (Media Shift) The rise of self-publishing as a viable economic model for authors has started to disrupt the book publishing business — and nobody has benefited more than so-called “hybrid authors.” Allow me to explain. * * * Jeff Bezos Likes Print and Thinks Readers Will...

New Kindle Paperwhite Now Available for Pre-order: Should you upgrade?
September 5, 2013 | 12:35 pm

We've thought it was coming soon. Paperwhites were going out of stock, and it was getting close to the time Amazon typically releases new devices. They are now available for pre-order. So the question is, as always, should I upgrade? While it looks like a nice device, and it is the same price as the original Paperwhite, it does look like an incremental upgrade. The screen is supposed to be higher contrast, and they say they've improved the integrated light. That's a good thing. Lots of people were unhappy with the original light, although, to be fair, it wasn't always clear if...

Amazon’s Kindle MatchBook service: A match made in e-book heaven?
September 3, 2013 | 1:49 pm

Kindle MatchBookAmazon has just announced a service that the world has been waiting for—to judge from the number of past calls for it and halfway schemes that have come some way towards delivering it. According to this morning's announcement, "Soon Customers Will Be Able to Purchase Kindle Editions of Print Books Purchased from Amazon—Past, Present and Future—for $2.99 or Less." The full press release, accessible at the link above, details the Kindle MatchBook service, "a new benefit that gives customers the option to buy—for $2.99, $1.99, $0.99, or free—the Kindle edition of print books they have purchased new from Amazon. Print purchases...

Weekend Roundup: Kindle refund more than doubles; 5 Walter White-approved bios; more
August 31, 2013 | 7:55 am

Kindle Kindle refund more than doubles in e-book settlement (CNET) Amazon Kindle customers could get more than double what was previously estimated from the recent Apple e-book lawsuit settlement, the company posted in its forum on Friday. Pending court approval, some customers who previously purchased books from the publishers involved in the case are estimated to receive between $0.73 to $3.82 per Kindle book thanks to more publishing companies agreeing to the settlement, according to the Amazon. The US Attorneys General had previously said the refund would range from $0.30 to $1.32. * * * Heads up, ebook buyers: Here's how much you're likely to get in the...

A Conversation with Liz Ward, The Leeds Big Bookend Festival (Interview)
August 28, 2013 | 9:11 am

After she commented on my posts about UK book festivals, I contacted Liz Ward, leading organizer of the Leeds Big Bookend Festival, which exists "to celebrate Leeds’ rich literary heritage and to inspire the next generation" and features star writers such as leading UK poet Tony Harrison, for her opinion on the incorporation of e-readers and the major e-book platforms (Amazon, Kobo etc.) into literary and cultural events and festivals. Liz Ward "is a specialist lawyer running her own niche practice in Leeds—Virtuoso Legal. Her work covers the protection and commercialisation of intellectual property such as copyright, brands, software and technology. "Originally...

Liquavista positions Amazon to trounce tablet market?
August 8, 2013 | 10:30 am

An article by Christopher Mims on Quartz, "Amazon is working on displays that Apple and Samsung can’t match," is claiming that ... well ... Amazon is working on displays that Apple and Samsung can’t match. His article buffs the credentials of Amazon as a technology innovator, as opposed to just a marketing and distribution dreadnought, and one focused particularly on displays. Amazon's work around the E Ink substrate of its Paperwhite display, according to Mims, shows that Bezos's behemoth is positioning itself to take the high ground in color tablet displays, by applying similar light guide principles as in the...

Are Amazon, Sony, Kobo and company dissing on disabilities?
August 7, 2013 | 9:39 am

A piece of news has surfaced that makes for some pretty alarming headlines: Inc., Kobo Inc., and Sony Electronics Inc. have formed a self-described "Coalition of E-Reader Manufacturers" to petition the U. S. Federal Communications Commission, "for Waiver of Sections 716 and 717 of the Communications Act and Part 14 of the Commission’s Rules Requiring Access to Advanced Communications Services (ACS) and Equipment by People with Disabilities." Yes, they are asking the FCC to waive their legal obligations to provide ACS access for disabled users of e-readers. But wait: Is this really a straight attempt to get out of obligations to...

Amazon Update: Fun Friday Kindle e-books and more
August 2, 2013 | 6:31 pm

AmazonBy Moe Zilla I’ve been amazed by just how many discounts Amazon has started offering on their Kindle e-books. Right now there’s at least three different sales going on, plus at least one fascinating free e-book that just turned up in Amazon’s Kindle Store. And there was some surprising news about Amazon this week, including an article about how they’re pricing their books. Here’s some fun links to both the sales and the stories, to help you celebrate the arrival of the weekend with your Kindle! Amazon Discounts 500 More E-Books! The best discount is a surprise discount, and browsing Amazon this week I discovered a very special announcement:...