Amazon has made it a little sweeter today to be an Amazon Prime member in the UK. Following only a couple weeks after the UK launch of Kindle Unlimited, Amazon expanded their Kindle First Program into the UK today. Continue reading
iPhone 6 owners, take note.
Amazon rolled out a maintenance update today for the Kindle app. According to the changelog they did not add any additional features, but they did add support for Apple’s latest smartphone. You can find the app in iTunes. Continue reading
Earlier today no fewer than 4 media outlets launched simultaneous attacks on Amazon. With a strong coalition of media allies that spans the Atlantic, Hachette now has the obstreperous and obstinate retailer on the run. Continue reading
Amazon successfully defended their position as lightning rod for discord in the book industry last week.
Late last week the Publishers Association put out a press release, announcing that they were asking the UK Competition and Markets Authority to investigate Amazon. Continue reading
If you haven’t had your daily dose of craziness today then you might want to pay attention to what Authors United is doing.
The Financial Times reports that AU is now working on a letter to the DOJ, asking that Amazon be investigated for antitrust violations. From behind the paywall (just the good bits): Continue reading
Amazon may be expanding Kindle Unlimited this morning but reports are coming in that their competitors in the ebook subscription market aren’t doing so well.
BuchReport.de posted yesterday that one market researcher is seeing a precipitous decline in Scribd and Oyster’s subscriber base (via Google Translate): Continue reading
Rumors circulated when Kindle Unlimited launched a couple months ago that the service would go international in September or October and it looks like they’re coming true. Continue reading
Here’s a new publishing program from Amazon which is so new that it doesn’t yet have a launch day, URL, or even a name.
Late last week Amazon started sending out emails to KDP authors, informing them of a new program which Amazon plans to launch soon. According to the email, which was forwarded to me by author Angela Kulig and by Amazon’s pr dept, when the new program launches authors will be welcomed to submit their unpublished book to what I would describe as a crowd sourcing program. Continue reading
Given Amazon’s experiences in Germany over the past week I’m sure someone there is thinking about that old adage: when it rains, it pours.
The WSJ reported this morning that workers at five of Amazon’s nine warehouses based in Germany have gone on strike: Continue reading
Eeee-vil Amazon might just have a new friend in Great Britain. There’s a new blog post up this morning on the site of Cilip, the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals.
Inspired in part by the launch of Kindle Unlimited last month, the blog post notes that libraries in the UK face a couple serious hurdles that Amazon might help solve: Continue reading