Roundup: French Publishers Threaten to Sue Ad-Blocking Company Over Ads You Weren’t Seeing Anyway

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With an estimated 5% of the internet population using one, ad blockers are either a necessary security measure, a threat to the ledger book, or a symptom of a greater problem (it depends on who you ask). News broke over the weekend that French web publishers were making legal threats against Eyeo, a tech company that developed AdBlock ...

Amazon Sends Letter, Blogosphere Goes Meh

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The contract dispute between Amazon and Hachette took a turn for the bizarre late Friday night. After months of alternating silence with reserved statements (and a leaked letter), Amazon decided to change their tactics. The retailer sent out a letter to KDP authors and publishers (and possibly even ebook buyers), asking them to intervene in ...

Amazon Fire Phone Review Roundup

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Amazon's first smartphone starts arriving tomorrow, and late last night the gags were removed from all of the early reviews. All of the major tech and business blogs got a Fire Phone, resulting in an excess of reviews. I'm still working my way through the reviews but I don't think very many of the reviewers liked ...

Four Takes on the “Amazon: Threat or Menace?” Debate

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Love them or hate them, Amazon is a polarizing topic in the book industry. It's been the subject of numerous articles, think pieces, rants, and ravings, and a couple days ago it was the focus of a televised debate. Two days ago the NY Public Library hosted a debate panel titled "Amazon: Business as Usual?". The ...