Amazon Signs 17-Year Lease for Office And Retail Space in Manhattan

bezos bath and beyondRemember that report last month that Amazon was going to open their first store in Manhattan, the one which I could not find any evidence of earlier this week?

Well, Amazon’s new landlord has revealed in a press release that Amazon is indeed leasing space at 7 West 34th Street, only it’s not (just) space for a retail store. Amazon is renting 470,000 square feet, which is the entire building at that address. Continue reading

Amazon Starts Black Friday a Week Early

kindle fire hd 6 7 2014I hope you haven’t maxed out your credit card yet this year, because Amazon wants to sell you stuff.

To start, Amazon is still offering that $20 off sale on the Fire HD 7 that began yesterday. This tablet sports Amazon’s latest Fire OS, a quad-core CPU, and a pair of cameras. All in all it’s a great tablet, and just about all it’s missing is Google Play and a card slot. Continue reading

Could Facebook Replace Amazon as “Earth’s Biggest Bookstore”?

SONY DSCYesterday’s news about Amazon burying the Hachette has sparked a lot of discussion about the future of the book industry, including a blue sky piece over at Bloomberg.

Mark Gimen thinks that social networks like Facebook are where you’re going to find the future bookstores. Working from the current state of the news industry, which is depending more and more on Facebook for traffic, he suggests that Facebook could be the next platform for selling books: Continue reading