Amazon Can Deliver a Book in an Hour in Manhattan

prime-now[1]Amazon is working to eliminate one of the last differences between books and ebooks: immediacy. On Thursday the retailer launched Prime Now, a service which promises delivery in an hour or less.

First reported last week, the service is only available in select parts of Manhattan (map), and only to Amazon Prime subscribers. For a mere $8 a Prime member can pay to get one of tens of thousands of items (including books) delivered within an hour. Continue reading

The Morning Coffee – 18 December 2014

Contracts, Amazon, Audience.

Filtration, Legacy, Convenience.

(These are a few of my favorite things ...)

  • Dear The Toast and The Butter: Please Fix Your Rights Grab (Whatever)
  • The Everything Book: reading in the age of Amazon (The Verge)
  • The readers we can’t friend (Nieman Journalism Lab)
  • Smart filters on the rise (Nieman Journalism Lab)
  • The tale of squirrelling away books that sparked a nutty row over children’s literature (TheConversation)
  • Torture Report A Best Seller On Kindle, Despite Being Available For Free (And In The Public Domain) (Techdirt)

B&N Updates Nook, Yuzu Apps for iOS

YUZU-logo-tm[1]Barnes & Noble has stepped up its pace and recently released a couple updates for two of its 3 reading apps for iPad and iPhone. The new Nook app adds support for iOS8 as well as other features, and the changelog for B&N's textbook app mentions a number of bug fixes and new annotation features. (The Nook Kids iOS app hasn't been updated since July 2011.) Continue reading

Bookmate Launches in Singapore, Lets You Read Unlimited eBooks for a Monthly Fee

bookmate logoWhile Kindle Unlimited, Skoobe, Mofibo, and other ebook subscription services are focused on Europe and the West, Bookmate continues to invest in other markets.

This Russia-based startup expanded into Singapore today in partnership with StarHub, a local telecom, to bring a library of over 500,000 ebooks to StarHub's customers and with the goal of engaging local publishers to offer their ebooks on the Bookmate platform. Continue reading