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Morning Roundup: Irish poetry crawl, Building a better Amazon Prime and more
March 17, 2014 | 9:00 am

irish poetry crawlSocial Media Editors in the Newsroom: What the Job is Really Like (Media Shift) Monday through Friday, Scott Kleinberg’s alarm goes off at 5:30 a.m. The Chicago Tribune social media editor then begins combing the web for news and trends, catching up on anything that happened while he was sleeping. *** A Irish Poetry Crawl for St Patrick's Day (Book Riot) We’re taking you on a good old-fashioned Irish poetry crawl, but for this experience you won’t have to leave your chair or lift a pint—unless you want to go grab a Guinness and drink along. *** Have a Layover? Hit the Library (NY Times) The Free...

Amazon Prime goes up to $99 a year in the U.S.
March 13, 2014 | 9:08 am

amazon primeWe were pretty sure it was coming, based on hints in the earnings call, but now it's official. Amazon has announced that Prime is going up by $20, making the subscription $99 in the U.S. Amazon Student is going up less: $10, making it $49 per year. When I saw all the news flying around about an increase, I did think about what we'd do if the price went up, and I'd decided it was still worth it at $99, but I'd have to seriously consider cancelling if it went up to $119. I use Prime shipping frequently, and I use Amazon...

Amazon lowers royalty rates on Audible ACX-created audiobooks
February 28, 2014 | 5:56 pm

Troubling news out of Amazon. GigaOm’s Laura Hazard Owen reports that Amazon’s Audible audiobook platform, which launched audiobook self-publishing in 2011, has announced it is now lowering the royalties it pays on audiobooks created through its “ACX” audiobook creation platform, as well as changing its “Bounty” audiobook incentive program. The ACX platform serves as a clearing house that matchmakes audiobook rights holders with producers and narrators to create a finished product. Previously, audiobook creators who sold via Amazon received 50% to 90% royalties (depending on number of units sold) if they sold exclusively through Amazon and Audible, or 25...

Morning Links: What makes a real reader? Amazon Prime Instant Video to debut in UK
February 21, 2014 | 9:00 am

what makes a real readerThere's No Such Thing as a Real Reader (Book Riot) I like to imagine the first guy Gutenberg told about his press. “Movable type? Huh. I guess you’re not a Real Reader. Real Readers like that books are produced through typographic block printing. Books are supposed to be rare and full of imperfections. Every book is supposed to be different. Why are you so intent on wrecking reading?” *** UN Partners with WorldReader to Give Kindles to Students in Refugee Camps (GigaOM) Ebook and literacy nonprofit Worldreader is partnering with the UN Refugee Agency on a pilot program to give Kindle Paperwhites to 2,300 secondary...

Amazon may bump US Prime price to $99 or $119
January 30, 2014 | 8:02 pm

If you like Amazon Prime, you might start thinking about how much you like it. Do you only like it $79 worth? Or might you still like it at $99 or $119? The Verge reports that on Amazon’s latest earnings call, the company announced it is considering raising the price of Amazon Prime in the US by $20 to $40 per year, due to the higher cost of shipping goods. The news comes just three months after Amazon bumped the price for free Super Saver shipping for non-Prime customers from $25 to $35. To be fair, the price of...

The darker side of instant gratification
January 2, 2014 | 8:29 am

Fullscreen capture 122014 75124 AM.bmpFirst world problems… Ever notice that shortly after you get a new ability, suddenly it’s the end of the world if you can’t use it? People who grew up having to dial in from home or trudge in to a computer lab to get on the Internet now go nuts if they get stuck somewhere without wi-fi or cellular data reception. (Or at least, I do.) And then there’s Gabe’s complaint from the current Penny Arcade, (Tycho’s suggested solution is a little…extreme). Amazon Prime has been amazingly successful for Amazon, and it’s a pretty amazing bargain for consumers,...

Morning Roundup: Smashwords Has a Major Website Redesign, Extend Amazon Prime if Package Is Late
December 18, 2013 | 9:00 am

smashwordsSmashwords Unveils Major New Website Redesign (Smashwords) Smashwords today unveiled our first major website redesign since our launch in 2008. We made hundreds of changes large and small.  We also made technical changes behind the scenes that will lay the groundwork for us to introduce many new tools and features for authors and readers alike in 2014. *** Get Your Amazon Prime Membership Extended if Your Package Runs Late (Lifehacker) Here's a little-known fact about Amazon's Prime membership: The company guarantees your package will be delivered at the promised time. If it's not, Prime members can get a one-month extension of their membership. *** EFF's Reading List:...

Amazon rumored to take aim at wholesale clubs and grocery stores with Amazon Pantry
December 13, 2013 | 4:45 pm

Reuters has an article about a rumored expansion of Amazon’s Prime program. Called Amazon Pantry, it would focus more on traditional grocery store dry goods, such as cleaning supplies, canned goods, cereal, and so forth. The idea would be that you would order as many items as could be packed into a certain size of box. As long as it doesn’t exceed a certain weight, Amazon would then ship the box for a small fee. (Apparently the Prime free shipping would not apply in this case.) Amazon is apparently taking aim directly at the large wholesale clubs such as...

Amazon jumping to the future with drone delivery
December 1, 2013 | 9:56 pm

Do you have Twitter? I do, and my feed was bombarded on Sunday night with 60 Minutes’ report on Amazon, specifically, Prime Air. Essentially, Amazon will offer drone delivery for certain products that will be leave an Amazon warehouse and drop a package off on a doorstep in about 30 minutes. Watch the video Amazon conveniently posted after the 60 Minutes special aired. http://youtu.be/98BIu9dpwHU Of course, this needs FAA approval and won't happen for a couple of years. But still. Talk about a great delivery option!...

Amazon Increases Minimum Order for Free Super Saver Shipping to $35
October 22, 2013 | 6:26 pm

You know how you could get “Free Super Saver Shipping” on qualifying Amazon items by ordering at least $25 per order? Those halcyon days are behind us now. Today, Amazon announced it is bumping the minimum order amount to $35. “This is the first time in more than a decade that Amazon has altered the minimum order for free shipping in the US,” Amazon says, as if that makes it better. “During that time, we have expanded free shipping selection by millions of items across all 40 product categories.” And golly, if you sign up with Amazon Prime you still don’t...

How to stream Amazon Instant Videos on a Nexus 7 or other Android Tablet (video)
July 8, 2013 | 9:30 am

AmazonDan commented on my post last week about the Kindle Fire sale, asking if there really was no way to watch an Amazon Instant Video on an Android tablet (specifically a Nexus 7). I said "nope," but someone (Bree) reminded us that alternate browsers, like Dolphin, support Flash. So I went hunting. Good news: It can be done! The bare bones instructions are here, and you'll want to follow that link because it'll take you to the all-important Flash .apk file, which you'll need to download. So follow along, and I'll give you more details. Note that this method will not work with a Nook...

Amazon’s Kindle Canada Plan: Half-Baked?
January 23, 2013 | 10:00 am

Thanks to Nate at The Digital Reader for alerting me to some reports from dissatisfied Canadian customers alleging that Amazon is trying to force them them into leaving the Kindle store now that Amazon.ca has launched its own storefront. From his write-up: "Over the past couple days several of those readers have reported that many Kindle titles are showing up on Amazon.com as not being available to Canadian customers even though the same titles will show up on Amazon.ca as being available." Anecdotally, I can confirm that this is true. A few books on my wish list mysteriously became unavailable, and a...