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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...

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...

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