Amazon Issues Press Release – Blogosphere Obediently Reposts it

Amazon sent out a press release today for Amazon prime, their membership plan, which offers lots of stuff that I won’t repeat here.  I’m actually not going to cover the details in the press release because today I have decided to buck the trend. Today I will do a little consciousness raising.

As a blogger I watch for both news as well as how other blogs cover it, and that’s part of the reason why I am not writing about the press release.  As I see it, it is not a news story; the information in the press release is of no use to anyone outside of Amazon and a handful of tech analysts. That makes it little more than a blatant attempt to get free advertising.  Amazon should be pleased; it worked.

I applaud Amazon in succeeding to get most of the blogosphere to to do their bidding; for their next trick I suggest that they get bloggers to roll over and play dead.

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. Mike Cane27 August, 2012

    I didn’t even post about not posting about it. I win.

    1. Nate Hoffelder27 August, 2012

      I know someone who won’t even comment on your comment about not writing about the story. He wins.

  2. kurt27 August, 2012

    and how is paying $79 a year for 2 day shipping considered “free”?

    1. Peter27 August, 2012

      Also, you still have to pay for the product itself.

      “Shipping and handling charges” should be banned altogether, IMHO. The full price to get the item in your possession should be the only price ever quoted.

      1. DavidW27 August, 2012

        What if you want economy shipping? Or 2 day shipping? What you’re saying doesn’t make any sense.


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