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

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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 ...

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

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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: The book business launched Amazon ...

Amazon Launches a New Writing Community, Write On

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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 ...

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

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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 ...

Amazon’s UK Best Seller List Affected By Free eBook Offer – What, Again?

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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: Amazon officials confirm to The FutureBook that downloads of #Kindle ebooks from Amazon Publishing imprints made available free of charge to customers in a telephone-company promotion have temporarily skewed the UK's ...

Amazon’s Conquest of Brick-and-Mortar Retail Stalls as it Gains a Partner, and Loses One

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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. The Purdue University Bookstore is joining UC Davis Bookstore in a special program that enables the bookstore to earn a 2% affiliate fee for any ...

Amazon’s New Screen Tech Patents Reveal Clues of Future Kindle Plans

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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. A reader has tipped me to five new patents for electrowetting screen tech which Amazon filed last week, ...

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

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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 ...

Hachette Declines Amazon’s Offer to Give Authors 100% eBook Royalties During Dispute

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): Amazon has just sent us a brief proposal.  We invite Amazon to withdraw the sanctions they have unilaterally imposed, and ...