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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...

Morning Roundup: How can Jeff Bezos save the Washington Post?
August 8, 2013 | 10:00 am

Amazon Releases First Portuguese Language Kindle Single (The Digital Reader)   Amazon got a lot of attention (both positive and negative) last week for their latest Kindle Single Interview featuring Barack Obama, and it looks like they’re not through. I’ve just learned that Amazon has released a new Kindle Single today. It’s a Portuguese translation of the Obama interview, and from what I can tell this is the Amazon’s first Kindle Single in that language.   --   Five Things Jeff Bezos Should do to Reinvent the Sinking Ship That...

Smart Move: The Graham’s spin-off of The Washington Post
August 6, 2013 | 9:30 am

The Washington PostJack Shafer, the Reuters columnist, wrote last year that Graham family should spin off the Washington Post newspaper from the company of the same name. As the buyer he suggested Michael Bloomberg. “Not so crazy an idea,” I said on the Solomon Scandals site and in the Georgetown Dish. Now the spin-off will become a reality, except that the billionaire is instead Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon (photo), who is buying the Post personally rather than for his company. The Grahams will keep some publications. But not the flagship paper itself. The price of $250 million might have seemed shockingly low once, but not today, when the Post isn’t...

Jeff Bezos to buy The Washington Post — a Washingtonian’s perspective
August 6, 2013 | 9:14 am

Well, it might have been a better headline to say that Amazon is buying my home town paper, but it wouldn't be true. Jeff Bezos is buying The Washington Post, to the tune of $250 million in cash. How many suitcases is that again? Chris covered the basic story yesterday, but he's not a Washingtonian, and I'm noticing lots of reactions in my Twitter feed today from people who live here and are both saddened and hopeful. I thought I'd give you a reaction from someone who lives here and has been invested in the paper for many years. My first reaction...

Jeff Bezos buys renowned newspaper The Washington Post
August 5, 2013 | 6:56 pm

Can newspapers be saved? It’s a tricky question, and one that has haunted a lot of newspapermen over the last ten years or so. And before you respond in the negative, consider this: What if the person trying to save them, or at least one of them, is Jeff Bezos? Ars Technica reports that Jeff Bezos has just announced his intention to purchase The Washington Post newspaper and related publications for $250 million. The purchase is going through Bezos’s investment firm Explore Holdings LLC, rather than being rolled into Amazon. The Washington Post company, which owns a number...

Amazon scrapes bottom, sells books cheaply to public, talks to Democrats
July 29, 2013 | 5:02 pm

AmazonJust when you thought they could sink no lower, Amazon has added fresh offenses to their litany of crimes. So you'd conclude, at any rate, from the scrupulously impartial, limpidly objective coverage of their head-to-head discounting battle with Overstock in The Bookseller and Shelf-Awareness. Indeed, if you believe the latter, all that's keeping those unscrupulous bad hats out of the courts is their overly chummy dealings with the Democrats. Yes, fresh from being pilloried for not discounting enough, Amazon is discounting too much again. Of course, Overstock didn't exactly help the situation by calling Amazon out, specifically advertising its limited-period discount run...

Weekend Roundup: Amazon declares war; the bizarre art of binding books in human skin; 19 book cover clichés; and more
July 28, 2013 | 8:00 am

Weekend RoundupBREAKING NEWS: Amazon 'declares war' on the book industry (Melville House) Has the vicious end-game scenario we discussed just yesterday — whereby a government-sanctioned Amazon.com makes its move to cement its position as the most colossal monopoly in publishing history, and to savor the rewards — begun unfolding, and rapidly at that? That’s what a special weekend edition of Shelf Awareness surmises. * * * The Bizarre Art of Binding Books in Human Skin (Mental Floss) Helpful as its developments are, the field of modern medicine can be macabre, sickening, and even downright strange. We’ve left the leeches and holy water in the Middle Ages (for the most part), but some of...

In the digital age, what will become of author signings?
July 17, 2013 | 8:36 pm

A chance Facebook encounter with a signing event showcasing four authors, including Mercedes Murdock Yardley, who I interviewed previously for TeleRead, set me speculating and inquiring about the current state and future prospects of author signings, and how these were evolving in the Kindle era. [caption id="attachment_90915" align="aligncenter" width="605"] Signing by Juli Caldwell, Mercedes Murdock Yardley, Shantal Hiatt Sessions, and Wendy Knight[/caption] Unsurprisingly, many service providers have jumped on the principle of digital book signing. Authorgraph was one of the first to target this market, and its creator, Evan Jacobs, links its genesis to a signing involving a Kindle: "One time, during the summer...

Anti-Amazon links bashing in The Bookseller brings new bout of bathos
June 25, 2013 | 12:51 pm

AmazonA new bout of Amazon-bashing in the UK’s The Bookseller has been given webtime following a Bookseller blog piece by independent bookseller Keith Smith, the owner of Warwick & Kenilworth Books, entitled “Action not words,” and taking certain named authors to task for linking directly to Amazon or Amazon plus other book chain retailers to offer their books for sale, “without giving a fig for independent bookshops.” Smith levers the anger against Amazon on taxation grounds argument, “as someone who is heartily sick of not being able to fight back against Amazon, because we pay our taxes and it doesn’t.” He also speaks...

Amazon’s Number One Book City, Alexandria, Va., May Cut Library Hours
April 27, 2013 | 9:47 am

AlexandriaAttention library advocates in Alexandria, Va.: Talking points for the local budget debate are here. Leaving us in the dark about the source of this tidbit, a Washington Post headline in the Style section blog says: “Alexandria, Virginia: the most well-read city in America.” Similar words show up elsewhere in the media about my hometown, the oft-paradoxical Washington suburb of some 146,000 where a bronze Confederate soldier stands in the middle of Washington Street despite an African-American mayor and a generally progressive city council. Alas, however, our number one ranking isn’t based on actual books and other items read per capita. Rather our spot at the top reflects what the Post accurately mentions in the...

Morning Links: Amazon investors get the shaft
April 13, 2013 | 10:38 am

Morning LinksSurprise! Jeff Bezos explains to Amazon investors why no profits are a good thing (The Verge) "Jeff Bezos' annual letter to investors is always worth reading." What I'm really thinking: The literary agent (The Guardian) "I often drive 200 miles a week to visit that novelist who has a towering ego and has to be cajoled out of his tantrums." Booksellers urge court not to toss Amazon e-book lawsuit (Publishers Weekly) "Plaintiff booksellers this week filed an opposition motion urging the court not to dismiss their lawsuit against Amazon and the big six publishers... " Kindle Daily Deals: Welcome to the Monkey House by Kurt Vonnegut (and 3...