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

purdue-university-logo[1]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

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

liquavista 1Famously 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

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

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): 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

Amazon’s Next Acquisition Target to Close 500 RedBox Vending Machines

4915877967_df4c144cfa_b[1]Amazon likes to make big capital investments to reduce their operating costs and labor costs, and I think I found the next company to help them do that.

The WSJ reported earlier this week that Outerwall, the parent company of Coinstar and Redbox, is going to be scaling back their network of DVD vending machines: Continue reading

Tales of Amazon’s Dominance of UK Online Retail Were Greatly Exaggerated

Theamazoncoms-secret-retail-empire[1] BBC is reporting this week that Amazon has half of Britain’s online retail market, but I’m not so sure that there are enough facts to back up the claim.

On Sunday the BBC broadcast and published a documentary that examined Amazon’s dominance of UK retail. The text version of the piece led with a startling claim: Continue reading

New Estimates Show That Amazon’s eBook Market Share is Shrinking in Germany

Ask Tolino-Shine-300x199[1]most publishing industry pundits and they’ll tell you that Amazon dominates 4 ebook markets: US, UK, Germany, and Australia. If current trends continue that list could be knocked down to 3. Continue reading

Court Dismisses Booksellers’ Antitrust Lawsuit, Amazon’s eBook Monopoly Allowed to Continue Unhindered

In a 19 page ruling released 5833267013_759e7e2e00[1]late last week, Judge Jed Rakoff dismissed the ant-trust lawsuit filed by a trio of indie booksellers.

He described the claims made by indie booksellers Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza, Posman Books, and Fiction Addition as “threadbare allegations”, thus bringing to a close what had to have been one of the stranger lawsuits of 2013. Continue reading

Amazon’s First Retail Store is Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

Remember the BN-AP289_Amazon_G_20131129134535[1]Amazon retail store that was absolutely positively opening in Spring 2012?

The timing of the rumors were off by about 16 months, but the first store may have opened earlier this month in San Fransisco. The WSJ says that a pop-up store/kiosk opened up for a couple weeks in an SF-area mall: Continue reading