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Authors & Publishers, Take Note: Amazon’s Rooftop Media Acquisition is About Platform, Not Content

Reuters has an interesting scoop today about Amazon’s latest purchase, but I don’t think they have the whole story. According to Reuters’ sources (confirmed by Amazon), the 10-person media startup Rooftop Media has been bought by Amazon and will be rolled into Audible. The amount of the deal has not been disclosed, but Audible CEO Donald… Read More »

Time Thinks “Amazon’s Dispute With Hachette Might Finally Be Hurting Its Sales”

Over the past 6 months I have read many questionable arguments about the Amazon-Hachette dispute, but few rose to the level of sheer unsubstantiated clickbait as the piece that Time published on Friday. According to Sam Frizell, Amazon’s slow growth in the NA media market comes as a result of the dispute with Hachette:

Amazon Launches a New Writing Community, Write On

Yesterday Amazon officially took the cover off of the writing community which they’ve been developing without anyone noticing. The Amazon Write On program is the unnamed crowd sourced program I reported on, but it seems to be just as much a writing community as it is a publishing program. Update: An Amazon spokesperson told me in an email… Read More »

Don’t Like Amazon’s New Kids’ Tablet? Here are 5 Alternatives

Amazon’s new Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition tablet is going to be getting a lot of press over the next few weeks, but it’s not the first tablet to launch in this market – nor even the twenty-first. Here are 5 kids tablets that you might consider in place of the Fire HD Kids Edition. (You might… Read More »

Mike Shatzkin is Wrong About Amazon’s 100% Revenue Offer to Hachette Authors

Earlier this week Amazon stunned the publishing world when they sent a letter to agents and authors affected by the contract dispute with Hachette. That letter, which was soon leaked to the press, included details which suggested Hachette was not negotiating in good faith, and it offered to remove authors from the conflict by giving… Read More »