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Customers use Amazon Mayday button in unique ways
April 13, 2014 | 1:11 pm

Amazon MayDay Kindle Fire HDX owners may have used the Amazon Mayday button for assistance with their gadget, but not everyone is looking for technical help with their devices. In a letter from Jeff Bezos to shareholders on Thursday, Bezos recounted some of the more interesting ways customers have used the ‘Mayday’ button. - Mayday Tech Advisors have had 35 marriage proposals - 475 customers have asked to talk to ‘Amy,’ the Mayday television personality - 109 customers asked for help in ordering a pizza (Pizza Hut was the slim favorite over Domino’s) - 44 Mayday advisors have sung happy birthday to customers - There were 648 instances...

Jeff Bezos in line for TIME Person of the Year
December 10, 2013 | 12:15 pm

Jeff BezosA piece of news that will bring no comfort to “the character-bashing, Jeff-Bezos hating, Amazon-vilifying tribes,” as Callie Oettinger styles them - Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is on the Top Ten shortlist for TIME Magazine Person of the Year. [caption id="attachment_102697" align="alignright" width="200"] "We shall call it: 'The Jeff Bezos Project'."[/caption] Bezos may be keeping the kind of company that some of those tribes might welcome, though, with the likes of Bashar Assad, President of Syria, and Hassan Rouhani, President of Iran, also on the slate - not to mention Ted Cruz, Texas senator, or Edward Snowden. And it seems he didn't...

Why Big Publishing hates Amazon, Part 3
December 9, 2013 | 2:07 pm

At the risk of being repetitious (BIG sic.), Steven Pressfield just posted an item by Callie Oettinger on Amazon and Big Publishing that so succinctly summarizes much of what I was driving at in my previous posts, that I can't do better than refer to it and quote from it at length. Oettinger essentially outlines where publishing, and especially Big Publishing, has gone wrong in facing off against the Amazon challenge, and what it could do right, drawing on examples of business models that are actually doing just fine in Amazon's shadow. As well as on comments from the Big...

Former Amazon executive: When Amazon does not seem to turn a profit, its competitors should be scared
November 6, 2013 | 1:40 am

amazonWhy can’t Amazon turn a profit? Eugene Wei, who worked at Amazon until 2004, suggests that’s the wrong question to ask. The big question is why Amazon doesn’t want to turn a profit. In fact, it may even be the wrong line of reasoning altogether. In Wei’s piece on Salon, he points out that Amazon does, or at least did while he was there, turn a profit on pretty much everything it sells, with the exception of specifically-chosen loss leaders (like the infamous $9.99 e-books that drove the publishers so crazy). But the fact that every earning report Bezos delivers shows...

Wife of Amazon founder reviews “The Everything Store”
November 5, 2013 | 9:15 am

everything store Editors Note: Both Susan Lulgjuraj and Joanna Cabot submitted stories on this topic, but each had a slightly different approach, so we'll run them both. Be curious what you all think. It turns not everyone is a fan. Certainly Brad Stone has learned that this week when the BusinessWeek senior writer's book was reviewed on Amazon by Mrs. Bezos herself. The New York Times caught the review for “The Everything Store,” a book on Amazon and founder Jeff Bezos. MacKenzie Bezos titled her one-star review “I wanted to like this book,” but she obviously didn’t. MacKenzie Bezos points to a mistake early in the...

Book review: The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon
October 23, 2013 | 10:03 am

jeff bezosThe narrative has been there for years – Amazon is a big, evil corporation that will do anything to get what it wants. Part of that is true, especially after reading The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon by Brad Stone. Amazon didn’t become a successful business by being nice and allowing other companies to get in line in front of them. No, it was ruthless and confrontational. Yet, point of view matters when it comes to Amazon. If you are a competitor, then Amazon is not your friend. Partners have had it hard with the Seattle-based company as it looks...

Morning Roundup: Jeff Bezos compares newspapers to horses; manuscript wishlist hashtag returns; more
September 26, 2013 | 11:11 am

Adding Some Evidence to Copyright's 'Evidence'Free' Zone (Boing Boing) In the Columbia Journalism Review, Sarah Laskow looks at the empirical research on whether, and how, copyright works. From Christopher Buccafusco et al's experimental work on the motivations for creative work to Paul Heald's work on copyright term-extension, which showed that the negative impact of extending copyright on most works -- as their copyright terms extended, they simply disappeared. *** Jeff Bezos is Both Right and Wrong About Why Newspapers are Like Horses (Paid Content) Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos says he sees a future in which newspapers are like horses — a luxury item for...

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...

Morning Roundup: What Bezos told the WaPo about his plans for the paper
September 4, 2013 | 11:32 am

BezosWattpad Unveils Exclusive Content from Margaret Atwood's MaddAdam Trilogy (Good e-Reader) Today, to coincide with the global release of Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam, Wattpad and Doubleday have teamed up to share an exclusive essay from Atwood revealing insights into the development of the critically-acclaimed dystopian trilogy which also includes Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood. * * * Lemony Snicket Selects and Annotates Poetry (GalleyCat) Bestselling children’s author Lemony Snicket has selected and annotated 20 different poems for a special called “Poetry Not Written for Children That Children Might Nevertheless Enjoy” portfolio in the September 2013 issue of Poetry magazine. * * * The...

Ouch! Text to speech is also AWOL from this year’s Amazon Paperwhite
September 3, 2013 | 4:18 pm

Amazon PaperwhiteDrat! The newest Kindle Paperwhite E Ink reader from Amazon is still missing text to speech—among the features Jeff Bezos touted when he unveiled the second Kindle in 2009. Doubt me? Just look at the Paperwhite users guide and see what’s AWOL. Click here for a better view, with a list of not-overlooked improvements in the newer Paperwhite model. It’s to start shipping Sept. 30. Like the first Paperwhite, the basic version will sell for $119 and up, and supposedly the newer PWs will offer “higher contrast” between text and background. I found last year’s Paperwhites to be still somewhat lacking in contrast despite a noticeable improvement over earlier models. On...

What do Amazon’s book stats really mean? Nobody knows for sure
August 21, 2013 | 10:09 am

AmazonNote: Media observer Dan Bloom wonders, like a lot of people, just what Amazon's popular and must-see book stats really mean. His opinion here reflects his own personal hunch about how things operate in the shop that Jeff Bezos runs. Comments welcome below, pro and con. The next time you read in a press release or newspaper that a certain book "has been propelled to the top 100 rankings among paid Kindle titles on Amazon.com," think again. What does that really mean? And the next time you hear that a certain book "has been propelled to  the top 100 rankings among...

Morning Roundup: A game of piracy under the dome
August 9, 2013 | 10:00 am

pirate-keyboardGoogle Now Selling & Renting Textbooks in Google Play Books (The Digital Reader) Many colleges are going to start in the next few weeks, and Google is ready for them. I’ve just learned that the new textbook section of Google Play Books now has the textbooks that Google promised some weeks ago. -- Yes, Jeff Bezos Should Shut Down the Washington Post Printing Presses and Here is Why (GigaOM) Shutting down the printing presses at the Washington Post would impose a financial cost on the newspaper, but the benefits of such a move — both psychological...