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Amazon Prime Shipping starting to apply to other sites
November 5, 2014 | 12:25 pm

amazon primeI didn't see this coming, although I suppose I should have. Amazon is starting partnerships with other sites to allow Amazon Prime shipping to work there too. It's only one site, so far: AllSaints, a British retailer, but apparently Amazon is pitching the concept to other retailers. “I can see a day when Prime members will have access to sneak previews and first chance to shop our new collections," Rich Ascott, AllSaints' global digital director, said at the event. "What this means for AllSaints is that we can leverage Amazon’s payments expertise and global reach to introduce new customers to AllSaints by...

Amazon releases Prime Instant Video app for non-Fire Android devices
September 9, 2014 | 8:54 pm

prime instantWe and Nate at The Digital Reader have previously written about a workaround for watching Android Prime Instant Video on non-Fire Android devices. Until now, it required installing the Dolphin web browser and a deprecated Flash app, then setting Amazon Streaming Video to use Flash instead of Silverlight so that it would think you were watching video from a desktop. However, now Android Authority reports that, at least for people in the US, Amazon has finally released an Amazon Prime Instant Video app for non-Fire Android devices. Of course, Amazon being Amazon, the process is still more complicated than...

Amazon Prime streaming video app coming soon to Android, Amazon says
July 23, 2014 | 12:36 am

It might be a bit surprising, but one of our most popular articles here at TeleRead deals not with books but rather with video—in particular, how to use a Flash-enabled web browser to watch Amazon Prime streaming videos on Android devices. Since there’s no native Android player application for the service, the way there are for Kindle Fire and iOS devices, this workaround has been the best that Android owners can do. (And even that didn’t work outside of the US.) Until now. PC Advisor reports that Amazon Instant Video marketing director Russell Morris said at an event in...

Amazon’s Fire Phone is the smartphone for people who love Amazon
June 18, 2014 | 3:40 pm

amazon_phone-1200-80Well, the Amazon launch event just wrapped, and there are articles covering all the details all over the place. (Here’s a good one at Ars Technica plus our own Juli Monroe wrote one.) The Amazon Fire Phone (what a creative and original name!) is pretty much as expected from all the rumors. It has decent specs (quad-core 2.2 GHz Snapdragon 800 CPU, Adreno 330 GPU, 2 GB RAM; 4.7” IPS Gorilla Glass 1280x720 display) four head-tracking cameras for lenticular 3D effects, a 13 megapixel image-stabilized rear facing camera, and a few other neat gizmos like that. It does have...

Amazon Prime Streaming Music is terrific for Prime subscribers
June 17, 2014 | 3:41 pm

Juli gave her review of Amazon Prime Music yesterday. Now I’ll have my say. First of all, as Slate and the Verge point out in their reviews, Amazon Prime Streaming Music is not a Pandora or Spotify killer, and it’s not meant to be. It really isn’t even a new service at all, so much as an extension of an old one. Amazon has offered cloud music storage since 2011, after all. You can already upload music to Amazon’s cloud and stream it, or stream mp3s you buy from Amazon’s mp3 store. Prime Streaming Music just lets you stream...

Review of Amazon Prime Music
June 16, 2014 | 2:25 pm

amazon prime musicThe timing of the new Amazon offering was ironic because I'd been considering subscribing to a music service. Mostly I'm one of those people who has artists and songs she likes and listens to them over and over. However, sometimes even I get the urge to listen to something different. One of the things I don't like about most subscription services is that they are streaming. While I did recently upgrade my cellular data plan, I didn't want to blow all my new data on streaming music. Yes, I know Spotify has a download option with their Premium level, but I...

Morning Roundup: eBook subscriptions here to stay. Amazon Prime to get streaming music?
May 30, 2014 | 9:00 am

amazon primeThe eBook Subscription Model is Here to Stay (GoodeReader) Now, ebook subscriptions are growing in popularity, with readers and publishers alike. Everything from short term loans, all-you-can-eat, paywall leveled, freemium, and open access are arriving on the scene, and each has its pros and cons. *** Is BEA 2014 the Year of the Rerun? (The Digital Reader) As the first day of BEA 2014 draws to a close, I am reminded of just how many of the new startups I saw reminded me of startups I saw in 2010 and 2011. *** Amazon Prime Members Will Reportedly Get a Streaming Music Service This Summer (GigaOM) It looks...

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...