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 Katz reportedly said that "the company had been attracted by Rooftop's content as well as its pool of comic talent".
Reuters is calling this a content deal: Continue reading
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: Continue reading
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 that "Write On and the new publishing program are different and unrelated programs."
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 also retrofit your existing tablet as a hand-me-down, but this might not work for everyone). Continue reading
So Porter Andersen reported on Friday that a free Kindle ebook promotion sponsored by a telecom was playing merry hob on the UK Kindle Store's best seller list: Continue reading
Amazon's partnerships with college bookstores spread to America's heartland today. Purdue University, located in West Lafayette, Indiana, has just become the second US university to sign up as an Amazon affiliate. Continue reading
Famously secretive, Amazon hasn't said much about Liquavista since acquiring the screen tech company last spring, but a recent check of their patent filings has revealed that the retail giant isn't letting Liquavista gather dust on the shelf. Continue reading
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 them 100% of their respective Kindle ebook sales. Continue reading
Well that was quick.
It's only been a handful of hours since the letter Amazon sent to authors and agents was leaked to the press, and Hachette has already issued a statement declining the offer (found via GigaOm): Continue reading
The book world might be in a fury over the 8 month old Amazon Hachette contract dispute but it looks like most consumers don't care.
A new report from YouGov BrandIndex shows that Amazon's reputation has only been minimally affected by the ongoing fight. This research firm, which last year ranked Amazon the best-perceived brand in the US, says that: Continue reading