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Anthony Horowitz: Amazon are evil, their middle name is miseree …
April 7, 2014 | 2:25 pm

10980020-devil-heart-danger-love-symbol-total-red-with-horns-and-a-tail-demon-passion-abstract-lover-cheater-Evil stalks the land. Evil. Badness. Wrong. Sin. Naughtiness. And its (their?) name is (are?) not legion, but Amazon. Thus the opening keynote speech by Anthony Horowitz at the London Book Fair’s Publishing for Digital Minds event, as relayed by Digital Book World and a hail of Tweets. What Horowitz actually said, apparently, was "Amazon are evil bastards – I loathe them, I fear them ... but I use them all the time because they’re wonderful and that’s part of the problem." Specifically, he highlighted the demise of physical bookstores, Amazon's corporate tax policies, and the woes of publishers, especially smaller...

Morning Roundup: Fight for libraries, Amazon book categories and more
April 7, 2014 | 9:00 am

librariesHow Thin, Flexible Electronics will Revolutionize Everything from User Interfaces to Packaging (GigaOM) Thin is in, as always, but recent breakthroughs in printed and flexible electronics herald a whole new age of gadgets, imaging devices and user interfaces. *** Getting Inside Amazon’s “Head” with Your eBook Category (Author U) Let’s face it, most authors scratch their heads when it comes to figuring out where they should be in the Amazon machine. Oh, they have a general idea … but how in the heck does one drill down into some of the odd-ball categories so frankly, they can own it. *** Fight for Libraries, Prevent Book Deserts...

For Jeff Bezos, customer convenience is king
April 6, 2014 | 3:11 pm

Forbes has another profile of Jeff Bezos. Seems we’ve been seeing those a lot lately, what with that recent book on the man. This one looks particularly at Bezos’s intense focus on customer satisfaction. Actually, “satisfaction” doesn’t seem to go quite far enough, because “satisfaction” implies a middle-of-the-scale response. Bezos wants the customer wowed. He wants to make everything as convenient as possible, even to the point of shaving fractions of a second from page load times. That kind of obsession might be easy to make fun of, but give the man his due: he’s running a multi-billion dollar corporation that...

E Ink sees reduced demand for ereader screens
April 5, 2014 | 10:18 am

E InkAccording to reports of an investor conference which appeared in the Taipei Times, e-paper specialist producer E Ink Holdings Inc. has announced lower sales and financial losses over the current and ensuing quarters, off the back of falling demand for its screens, found inside the Kindle and other e-readers. E Ink CFO Eddie Chen forecast revenue down some 5-10 percent from the $192.4 million recorded in the last quarter of 2013. Admittedly, this could be a freak seasonal result. The last quarter of 2013 brought profits nearly double the usual quarterly level, according to the Taipei Times report, although much of this did...

Amazon waves magic wand, creates Amazon Dash for instant Amazon Fresh shopping
April 4, 2014 | 8:05 pm

amazondashAs many successful products and services as Amazon has launched over the last few years, sometimes it seems like Jeff Bezos must have a magic wand. It turns out, in fact, that he does, and now he’s making it available to select Amazon Fresh customers, too. Gizmodo has the word about the new “Amazon Dash,” a wand-shaped device that incorporates a bar code scanner and a microphone with speech recognition (undoubtedly the same speech recognition as Amazon just introduced in the Amazon Fire TV), along with WiFi connectivity, to allow people to add things to their Amazon Fresh grocery...

Amazon Eastward Ho push stalls with Czech warehouse cancellation
April 4, 2014 | 4:21 pm

Brno_-_Náměstí_Svobody_I Amazon's push to expand further in Central and Eastern Europe has hit a - probably temporary - stumbling block, as the southern Czech city of Brno said no to a new warehouse and fulfillment center, as reported in the Wall Street Journal and elsewhere. However, other plans to build a similar warehouse near Prague and three more in Poland apparently remain on track. As reported by Business New Europe, both neighboring Slovakia and other cities in the Czech Republic are now angling for the project. The Brno cancellation apparently followed delays for access and rezoning permits, although BNE quoted Brno local...

Amazon ebook sales quandary drives Trefis to Kindles
April 4, 2014 | 12:25 pm

TrefisAmazon's reluctance to reveal precise figures on its ebook sales has caused all kinds of ripples within the book world, and beyond. For one thing, it's been partly responsible for the huge exposure given to Hugh Howey's AuthorEarnings report. And in the case of stock analysis company Trefis, it's driven their team to extrapolate Amazon's ebook sales from sales of Kindle devices, using this to justify their target price of $373 for Amazon's stock, "implying a premium of 10% to the market price." [caption id="attachment_111303" align="aligncenter" width="504"] Source: Trefis[/caption] According to Trefis estimates, "sales of Kindle devices stood at roughly 20 million...

NewEgg butts another patent troll off the bridge
April 3, 2014 | 5:50 pm

neweggWhen I ordered my clattery new Cherry MX Brown-springed mechanical keyboard at NewEgg, and it arrived yesterday, I wasn’t thinking of NewEgg’s tireless efforts when it comes to fighting patent trolls. But perhaps I should have been. Ars Technica reports on their latest victory, against a company called Macrosolve which claimed to have patented the ability to use questionnaires in a mobile app. Although it had formerly actually produced real products, Macrosolve at this point is merely a patent troll making a hand-to-mouth living shaking down companies for settlements and immediately paying them out to cover legal fees...

Morning Roundup: eBooks should be MORE expensive? Amazon introduces Fire TV and more
April 3, 2014 | 9:00 am

eBooks should be more expensiveContent Pricing Consultant: eBooks Should Be (Much) More Expensive (Digital Book World) “Ebooks are terribly misnamed,” said Luby. “They’re not a product. They’re a reader service.” *** Editor’s Note: Yes, I can imagine your reactions to this were much like mine. (Check date. No, not April 1.) Nor was it persuasive enough to make me go raise all my eBook prices. *** Creators Need Beyond 'Copyright' to 'Copy-Credit' (Digital Book World) Content creators and rights holders need to move beyond the business model of simply exploiting intellectual property rights to survive and grow, according to Jeff Jarvis, author of multiple books on media, professor of journalism...

Morning Roundup: New update for Nook Glowlight. Publish or perish?
April 1, 2014 | 9:00 am

new update for nook glowlightSchool Libraries Adapt or Face Closure in Digital Age (GoodeReader) An article today for The Bookseller highlighted one school library system in the UK, North Yorkshire County, that will be closing its school library service effective March of 2015. The reason? Lack of use on the part of schools. *** Amazon's Literary Journal Day One is Seeking Submissions (GalleyCat) Amazon’s literary journal Day One is seeking submissions. *** Barnes & Noble Rolls Out New Update for Nook Glowlight (The Digital Reader) Poking holes in the rumor that they fired their entire hardware staff, Barnes & Noble released a new update today for the Nook Glowlight, their latest...

Amazon not the only reason for bookstore closures
March 31, 2014 | 12:35 pm

amazonIt's easy to get caught up in the 'Amazon is the bad guy' rhetoric, and blame Bezos and Co for ruining all the bookstores. But this NY Times article is a useful reminder that sometimes, the explanation is a lot simpler than we might think. The article highlights the sky-high rents in Manhattan, which are forcing even chain bookstores out of the market: "In December, Christine Onorati, the co-owner of Word bookstore in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, opened a second store in Jersey City. Ms. Onorati said she never looked seriously at Manhattan because the rents were so unaffordable. Even with lower rents...

Horror writers join anti Amazon bullying push
March 31, 2014 | 10:25 am

Horror writers are made of stern stuff, you'd think. But apparently they find online bullying as creepy as anyone. The Horror Writers Association (HWA) (www.horror.org) has just added its voice to the series of calls on Amazon to end aggressively negative - and anonymous - reviewing online. Under the HWA's own very atmospheric online banner, it looks like "Quoth the raven, 'Nevermore ... anonymity'." In the form of a "Public Letter to Jeff Bezos, CEO, Amazon.com," the call, attributed to Rocky Wood, President, states that: "We are writing to bring to your attention the fact that Amazon’s customer review policy does...