Amazon “Competitor” Jet.com Hires CMO Away From E-Trade

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Perfectly positioned to defeat Amazon (it hasn't launched yet), Jet.com is back in the news today with another flashy addition to upper management. Jet has hired E-Trade’s chief marketing officer Liza Landsman for its senior marketing position. She’ll take the somewhat made-up-sounding title of Chief Customer Officer, but it’s a very real role overseeing the end-to-end customer experience, ...

Want Your eBooks Read to You? Amazon’s Working on an SDK for the Echo

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Amazon's working on a software development kit for its 4-month-old in-home digital concierge, opening up the possibility that independent developers will soon be able to create third-party apps for the Echo. The retailer revealed the news in an email to Echo users on Friday. “For those who want to help shape Echo’s future, the team is working on an SDK ...

Amazon Watch: Launching Soon in South Korea?, Swahili Now Supported in Kindle Store

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Local sources are reporting that Amazon is in a hiring spree in Seoul, South Korea. The Korean language news site Donga reports that the retailer is hiring up to 300 positions in anticipation of a launch in March. The jobs are mostly in IT, which is leading some to speculate that Amazon plans to launch a digital presence ...

JA Konrath Joins Kindle Worlds, Lets Contributors Keep More Control

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When Amazon announced Kindle Worlds, its collaborative writing portal, in May 2013 many authors were thrilled at the new opportunity but dismayed by the contract. Under Amazon's contract, contributing authors have to give up all rights to the scenes, stories, and characters they create when writing a story to submit to KW. This has kept many authors ...

Amazon to Publish eBooks Chosen by Kindle Scout, its Reader-Powered Publishing Platform

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It's been some 3 months since Amazon choose the first titles from its crowd-sourced publishing program, Kindle Scout, and today Amazon announced that the first crop of titles are now up for pre-order. Amazon has selected 10 titles to offer today, all of which will be officially released next Tuesday. The ebooks are all priced $3.49 to ...