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

amazon smartphoneReuters 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

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

The BaitOver 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

Amazon Launches a New Writing Community, Write On

logo._V342995659_[1]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."

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

kindle-fire-hd-kids-3[1]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

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

4243188382_e5176cb75c_b[1]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

Amazon’s Reputation Untarnished by Hachette Contract Dispute

4245550588_9e56b4e8db_o[1]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