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James Patterson wants Amazon to do more to promote reading
November 20, 2014 | 7:16 am

Salon Magazine has an interview with bestselling author and literary franchise James Patterson that is refreshingly free of the anti-Amazon rhetoric that has characterized both institutions of late. At least they’re not currently trashing Amazon for what it’s doing. They’re complaining about what Amazon ought to be doing but isn’t. And I can’t say that I necessarily disagree. Patterson is planning to launch a new public awareness campaign to encourage reading, following on the heels of his $1 million in grants to bookstores. The campaign will include a TV ad featuring a public book-burning (a bit of a cliché,...

Amazon gets .book
November 14, 2014 | 10:25 am

all_your_base_by_ultimathegod-d30fu0fHere's a piece of news that will probably gladden the hearts of those who accuse Amazon of being a monopolist: Amazon has just bagged the .book  generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) from the DNS overseer Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) against competitors like Google and Bowker, following a closed auction, according to a report in The Register, as well as the gTLD .pay, but missing out on .cloud. Domain name purveyor Name.com states that: "It may come as a surprise to learn that .BOOK is one of the most contested of the new TLDs. Companies like Google and...

Morning Links: Do you still use your tablet. Should Facebook offer “Pay for Privacy?”
November 14, 2014 | 9:00 am

tabletWhy It's Time for Facebook to Offer a 'Pay for Privacy' Feature (GigaOM) Facebook’s privacy policies are back in the news again, and they reflect a major improvement — to the company’s PR strategy. Otherwise, it’s just the same old deal in which Facebook users agree to hand over more personal information in exchange for the right to use the service for free. *** Can Reading Local Cure my Amazon Addiction? (Book Riot) Here’s my confession. I buy 90% of my books from Amazon (gulp!), even as I diligently link to Indiebound.org on my blog to spur readers to shop indie. *** Do You Still Use...

Dutch treat, Dutch auction, Dutch date … Amazon dares storm of Dutch epithets going Dutch in Netherlands
November 13, 2014 | 12:25 pm

amazonI hope no Dutch uncle is going to get me in Dutch over all my Dutchisms (or should they be Netherlandisms?) in this article, but how else to convey the news that Amazon has opened a Dutch website, Amazon.nl, offering its wares in the Netherlands? This already includes extensive Kindle ebook offerings in Dutch as well as the localized Kindle client software, and English ebooks, though no products beyond ebooks, at least at this stage. According to reports in the Netherlands Times, the new Dutch version of the Kindle Store will offer some 20,000 Dutch titles by local authors, as well...

Amazon on the Road!
November 11, 2014 | 2:25 pm

amazonThe Beloved and I took a little vacation  last week! And guess what I found, tucked in amongst the sights and sounds of the mighty New York City? One of the Amazon trucks! The truck was one of a handful that Amazon plans to take around the country to promote the new Kindle models. I asked the vendor how that was going and he anecdotally reported to me that business was brisk. They are offering each current Kindle model for $5 off and that has been an incentive for people. As for me, it was fun checking out the new Kindle Voyage,...

Morning Links: Hooked on ebook highlighting. Amazon chooses best books of 2014
November 11, 2014 | 9:00 am

amazonI’m Hooked on ebook Highlighting – What we Underline is so Revealing (The Guardian) Ebook readers reveal the most highlighted passages in Harry Potter, the Bible, Lord of the Rings and many more. *** Amazon Editors Choose Their Best Books of 2014 (GalleyCat) Amazon has revealed their picks for Best Books of 2014, a list led by Celeste Ng, Stephen King, and Liane Moriarty. Follow this link to see the full list of 100 titles. *** Netflix is Becoming Part of the Cable Bundle in the UK (GigaOM) Netflix is becoming more and more like HBO: Customers of U.K. telco BT can now pay for the service...

The Indie Author Power Pack aims for the NYT Best Seller list
November 7, 2014 | 6:29 pm

indie-power-pack-blogDavid Gaughran blogs that he and some other authors are attempting to reach the New York Times Best Seller list with a super-cheap bundle of writing advice e-books. The Indie Author Power Pack bundles together three writers’ guides at the low low cost of 99 cents: Write. Publish. Repeat. by Sean Platt & Johnny B. Truant Let’s Get Digital (2nd ed.) by David Gaughran How To Market A book (2nd ed.) by Joanna Penn PLUS exclusive content. Gaughran also suggests that it would...

Documents leak fingers Amazon among Luxembourg tax offenders, says ICIJ
November 7, 2014 | 12:38 pm

AmazonThe International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) claims to have just obtained a trove of leaked documents from the tiny and highly tax-efficient Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, naming Amazon among many name-brand international companies that sought extensive tax concessions by incorporating in Luxembourg. Amazon is hardly the only one, though. The "nearly 28,000 pages of confidential documents" cited by the ICIJ, reviewed by "a team of more than 80 journalists from 26 countries," name companies including Accenture, AIG, Blackstone, Burberry, Deutsche Bank, FedEx, Heinz, Ikea, JP Morgan Chase, Procter & Gamble, and many more, most of them negotiated by audit giant...

Morning Links: Reading on a smartphone: availability bias? Resuscitating Enhanced eBooks
November 7, 2014 | 9:00 am

smartphoneIs Reading eBooks on your Smartphone a Product of Availability Bias? (GoodeReader) Availability bias is a human cognitive bias that causes people to overestimate the probability of events associated with memorable or vivid occurrences. *** Social Media and Breaking News: Why Authenticity Trumps Authority Almost Every Time (GigaOM) When it comes to breaking news events, many people are willing to overlook the fact that some of the reports they are getting might not be verified or 100-percent accurate, in return for the immediacy and authenticity that comes with a report from someone close to the action. *** How did Amazon End Up as Literary Enemy #1?...

Morning Links: Kindle Original vs. Kindle Voyage. Oyster launches new feature.
November 5, 2014 | 9:00 am

oysterKindle Original vs Kindle Voyage (Boing Boing) Jason Weisberger finally upgraded. Did seven years make much difference? The answer will probably not surprise you, but the details might. *** Amazon Gives Unlimited Photo Storage to Prime Customers (Lifehacker) Despite the price increase, Amazon Prime still offers some of the best benefits. Now, there's one more. *** Oyster Launches a New Book Lists Feature (GalleyCat) Oyster has added Book Lists to its eBook streaming service. This new feature will allow for greater discoverability. *** The Implications of the Computer Moving from the Desktop to our Pocket (Mike Shatzkin) Benedict Evans of Andreessen/Horowitz (an indispensible observer of digital change across media, and...

Amazon adds Prime Photos
November 4, 2014 | 10:59 am

prime photosAmazon wants to make everything easy for Prime customers. Or wants to take over the world, depending on who you talk to. Today they took the next step in whichever logical progression you believe in with Prime Photos. Amazon today introduced Prime Photos, the newest benefit for Prime members, which provides free unlimited photo storage in Amazon Cloud Drive. Most people have a lifetime of birthdays, vacations, holidays, and everyday moments stored across numerous devices. And, they continue to create billions of photos every year. Now, Prime members have a simple, secure place to store them all for free. Starting today, members...

Morning Links: Amazon hints at relaxing ebook exclusivity. Nexus 9 tablet review
November 4, 2014 | 9:05 am

nexus 9 tablet110 Writing Tools in a Single Post (GalleyCat) Every year, we publish daily links to writing tools and tips during the NaNoWriMo challenge in November. For today, we’ve rounded up four years’ worth of advice in a single post for GalleyCat writers. *** Amazon Exec Hints at Relaxing eBook Exclusivity: Will Kindle Unlimited Address Concerns of Authors and Publishers? (IndieReader) Much of the debate has centered on the requirement that authors and publishers who participate in KU must grant Amazon exclusivity, which has faced considerable criticism from industry insiders. This month, it appears that while the door to “elective” rather than “exclusive” KU publishing...