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Amazon Might Slash e-Book Prices to $9.99

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Amazon Might Slash e-Book Prices to $9.99

ABC News – 2012-04-12

Morning Business Memo: Amazon is the big winner in the government’s decision to go after Apple and major publishers over alleged e-book price fixing. Amazon might decide to slash the price of many bestsellers from $14.99 to $9.99. The Justice Department and 15 states sued...
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Mixed reactions continue to Waterstones Amazon deal

Reactions of surprise and bemusement have continued in the trade today in the wake of this... | The Bookseller – 2012-05-21

Amazon v newspaper: which is the more valuable review?

Academics have charted reviews on social media sites and broadsheet books desks, and ranked their impact on novel sales. The results make for interesting readingLast week's paper from the Harvard... | Guardian – 2012-05-22

Tax protest disrupts Amazon shareholders meeting

A protest demonstration has disrupted's latest shareholder meeting in Seattle,... | The Bookseller – 2012-05-25

Amazon, Publisher Settle Digital Books Dispute

A three month long dispute over the sale of digital books between Inc. and a leading independent book distributor has been resolved, both parties said Friday. | AllThingsD – 2012-05-26

Amazon and IPG US reach settlement

Amazon and the Independent Publishers Group in the US have reached a settlement over their e-book... | The Bookseller – 2012-05-29

Why would Amazon become a virtual operator? It already is one

Reports are coming from Japan that Amazon is forming an MVNO. If true, it would be an interesting experiment for Amazon, expanding its mobile business beyond selling devices, apps and e-books to... | GigaOM – 2012-05-30

Amazon 'predatory', Penguin tells DoJ

Penguin and Macmillan have hit back at US government claims that they colluded to fix the price... | The Bookseller – 2012-05-31

At Amazon's Very First E-Book Author Lunch

The e-commerce giant resurrects an old-time publishing tradition | BusinessWeek – 2012-06-01

Amazon rolls out software update for $79 Kindle, promises improved legibility

Amazon has a bit of good news today for those that have opted for its least expensive e-reader. The company has just begun rolling out a new software update that brings with it a new reading font... | Engadget – 2012-06-05

Media Decoder Blog: Amazon Buys Avalon Books, Publisher in Romance and Mysteries

The purchase of the 62-year-old publisher includes more than 3,000 back-list titles, Amazon said. | The New York Times – 2012-06-05

Media Decoder Blog: Attacking Amazon, Authors Group Urges Opposition to E-Book Settlement

The Authors Guild is encouraging its 8,500 members to submit comments against the proposed settlement between the Department of Justice and three large publishers. The settlement, the guild argues,... | The New York Times – 2012-06-05 buys Avalon Books, romance publisher said Monday that it bought Avalon Books, giving the internet retailer publication rights to more than 3,000 romance, mystery and Western titles. | – 2012-06-05

Amazon and Avalon in a tree, publishing romance books di-gi-tal-ly

Amazon Publishing and long-running book-maker Avalon now has more in common than rhyme schemes. The pair have struck up a deal to publish over 3,00 titles from the publisher's back-catalogue,... | Engadget – 2012-06-06

Ann Patchett calls out Amazon

In a speech at BookExpo America, the author and bookstore owner said Amazon 'wants to kill us.' | The Christian Science Monitor – 2012-06-07

Google’s e-book deal could slow rise of Amazon Kindle in Europe

Google announced a major deal in France that clears the way for the sale of millions of e-books that have been caught in legal limbo until now. The deal could spur digital publishing in Europe and... | GigaOM – 2012-06-12

Amazon is major player for new internet names, bids include “.news” and “.book”

A list released today reveals that there are nearly 2,000 applications for new internet names like ".baby" and ".love." Book giant Amazon has applied to control dozens of the new names and is in... | GigaOM – 2012-06-13

Amazon could own .book as domains up for grabs

Amazon could take ownership of the internet domains ".book" and ".shop" as... | The Bookseller – 2012-06-14

What's Behind Amazon's Kindle App Tweak?

Today Amazon announced that it's improving the code behind its Kindle app for iOS and Android to allow support for graphic novels and children's illustrated comics. The iOS app is also... | Fast Company – 2012-06-15

Amazon Updates Kindle for IOS With Support for Comics, Book Search

Amazon on Thursday released updates to the Kindle app for iOS, along with the Kindle Cloud Reader Web app. The updates add in support for children's books. | PC World – 2012-06-15

Jacket Copy: Amazon categorizes Rodney King's memoir as 'criminal biography'

After Rodney King's unexpected death this weekend at the age of 47, his recent book began climbing the charts. | Los Angeles Times – 2012-06-19

PSA: Entire Harry Potter series now available on Amazon's Kindle Owners' Lending Library

Fancy dipping back into the world of Quidditch and Dumbledore? Or maybe you shunned the whole Pottermania thing until now. Either way, if you own a Kindle, you can finally get up to speed without... | Engadget – 2012-06-19

Harry Potter books land in Amazon's Kindle Owners' Lending Library

All seven Harry Potter books are now available in the Kindle Owners' Lending Library, marking the series' first availability outside the Pottermore store. | Los Angeles Times – 2012-06-19

Amazon Audible hits WP 7.5: gesture controlled audiobooks, but no voice control

It didn't land in the Marketplace yesterday as announced, but Amazon's Audible audio book app for Windows Phone 7.5 is now available for download. This Metro-fied version of the app is free to... | Engadget – 2012-06-22

Online books giant Amazon making huge profits selling e-books on ‘terror, violence’

Online books giant Amazon has been accused of making profit by selling offensive, racist and potentially dangerous e-books on topics ranging from bomb-making to growing drugs. | Hindustan Times – 2012-06-25

Amazon Picks the 20 Best Books of 2012 So Far

Today Amazon editors revealed their picks for the best books of the year so far. The top ten books on the list were all published by the Big Six publishers -- no Amazon Publishing, indie presses or... | Media Bistro – 2012-06-26

Amazon partners with Co-op for collection lockers

Amazon has partnered with Co-operative Food to install collection-lockers in some of its stores... | The Bookseller – 2012-06-28

Amazon, Google and Apple Among the Least Transparent Companies in the World

Apple, and Google are among the least transparent companies in the world, according to a survey of 105 publicly traded multinationals published by... | PC World – 2012-07-11

Rakuten, Japan's Amazon, steals a march on its nemesis

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese ecommerce giant Rakuten Inc looks set to steal a march on rival when it launches its Kobo e-reader and e-book service in Japan on Thursday. | Reuters – 2012-07-17

Is Amazon Making A 10-inch Tablet?

News updates all day from Fast Company.Amazon is getting ready to introduce new tablets, Staples' president of U.S. retail, Demos Parneros, told Reuters Monday.Parneros said the online retailer will... | Fast Company – 2012-07-23 takes 21% of entertainment market

E-book sales have helped Amazon to gain a 21.1% share of the entertainment market in the UK,... | The Bookseller – 2012-07-24

Amazon puts 50MB limit on 3G Kindle's 'free' experimental browser

Sad news for global freeloaders travellers looking to keep up with Gmail and Twitter on their Amazon e-reader. The online book seller has started closing in on excessive free web browsing, policing a... | Engadget – 2012-07-24

Spalding success for Amazon

Amazon UK has announced another self-published author has sold well though its retail site,... | The Bookseller – 2012-07-25

What Amazon's Earnings Means For Books; JK Rowling's Treefort Hogwarts

Today in books and publishing: JK Rowling builds a treehouse Hogwarts; a change in leadership at The Bookseller; Amazon's income takes a tumble; writers weigh in on 50 Shades.  ... | The Atlantic Wire – 2012-07-27

Amazon Picks Up Market Share

Amazon appears to have been the big winner in picking up former Borders customers. According to new figures from Bowker Market Research, Amazon’s share of book spending in the first quarter of 2012... | Publishers Weekly – 2012-07-27

James 'has outsold Potter' on Amazon UK

E L James Fifty Shades trilogy has out-sold J K Rowling’s seven-book Harry Potter series on... | The Bookseller – 2012-08-01

Analysis: Amazon pushes digital content on many gadgets

(Reuters) - Inc is trying to get its digital music and video on as many gadgets as possible as the world's largest Internet retailer replicates a strategy that paid off for its Kindle... | Reuters – 2012-08-01

Kindle books 'outselling print' on customers are buying more Kindle books than print books, both hardback and... | The Bookseller – 2012-08-06

Amazon’s e-book sales surpass print books in UK

Online retailer Amazon has said that a majority of its customers in the UK are buying e-books than print editions. | Hindustan Times – 2012-08-06

Attorney asks DOJ to release findings on Amazon’s “predatory” ebook pricing

In an amicus brief responding to the DOJ's proposed ebook pricing settlement against Apple and publishers, attorney Bob Kohn says the DOJ unwittingly showed that Amazon used predatory pricing on... | GigaOM – 2012-08-13

A new Amazon tablet on its way?

As Amazon puts its older tablets on sale, rumors swirl that a new model is coming soon. | The Christian Science Monitor – 2012-08-14

Apple bashes Amazon and proposed ebook settlement

Apple says the DOJ's proposed settlement with three publishers is unlawful because it requires Apple -- which is not settling -- to terminate its contracts with those publishers. A trial is needed,... | GigaOM – 2012-08-16

Rakuten beats Amazon to Japanese e-reader market

Kobo's parent Rakuten claims to have sold 100,000 devices following a launch of the Kobo e-... | The Bookseller – 2012-08-16

Amazon trialling local delivery scheme

Amazon is reportedly trialling a scheme to deliver parcels which customers can collect from... | The Bookseller – 2012-08-17

'The Hunger Games' Breaks the Potter Book Barrier on Amazon

The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins has surpassed J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series as the best-selling books of all time—print and e-books combined—on Via... | The Atlantic Wire – 2012-08-18

Hairy Bikers topple Fifty Shades from Amazon top spot

Orion title The Hairy Dieters: How to Love Food and Lose Weight has toppled Fifty Shades of Grey... | The Bookseller – 2012-08-20

Amazon launches standalone Kindle Store in India

Twenty-four percent of Indian adults with Internet access have bought an ebook. Now that group could get a lot bigger: Amazon has launched a standalone Kindle Store in India and is selling Kindle... | GigaOM – 2012-08-22

Amazon launches India Kindle Store, swap rupees for good reads

Indian consumers haven't been cut off from Amazon's world of e-book goodies, but their experience is about to get a lot more native with the launch of a local Kindle Store. The prices of over a... | Engadget – 2012-08-22

Amazon's political reading map shows which way your neighbors are leaning

Religion, bathroom routines and politics are three things you should never, ever discuss at the dinner table. However, if you're curious about your neighbors' political reading habits, then you... | Engadget – 2012-08-22

Conservative books are leaping off the shelves, says Amazon. Liberal titles, not so much.

According to a new heat map by Amazon, readers in 44 states prefer conservative 'red' books to liberal 'blue.' | The Christian Science Monitor – 2012-08-23

Amazon's Election Heat Map: Polling By the Book

What makes a book blue or red? Some of the designations on Amazon's list may leave you scratching your head | BusinessWeek – 2012-08-23

Will Paid Reviews Bite Amazon Back?

At least one entrepreneur sells positive book reviews to Amazon authors. How an apparently unreliable customer-review system might finally eat itself. | The Atlantic – 2012-08-28

Nook and Kobo to stock Amazon's e-books

E-book releases from Amazon’s New York-based publishing imprint will be available through... | The Bookseller – 2012-08-29

Amazon launches London discounted deals website

Amazon has also begun piloting a UK discounted daily deals website, AmazonLocal, to rival sites... | The Bookseller – 2012-08-29

Amazon E-Books Won't Be Exclusive; Errol Morris Tackles a Cold Case

Today in books and publishing: Reviving the University of Missouri Press; Lois Lowry follows up The Giver; Morris' new book maintains Jeffrey MacDonald's innocence; the... | The Atlantic Wire – 2012-08-29

Amazon Publishing inks deal with Ingram, opens e-book distribution to rivals

Amazon Publishing is continuing to broaden its distribution channels, as the New York-based imprint has formed a partnership with Ingram Content Group that will make the company's e-books available... | Engadget – 2012-08-30

Rebooted Borders takes on Amazon

Bookworld, formerly, has internet giant Amazon in its sights with new book business. | The Sydney Morning Herald – 2012-08-30

Amazon launches Appstore in Europe

Amazon has today (30th August) launched its Appstore in Europe, including in the UK, Germany,... | The Bookseller – 2012-08-30

States Settle With Publishers; Amazon's Kindle Fire Burns Out

Today in books and publishing: Amazon's fresh out of Kindle Fires; on the 'authenticity memoir'; states ready to end Apple e-book suit; controversial Paterno bio sells like hotcakes.... | The Atlantic Wire – 2012-08-30

The dreaded Amazon Breast Curve

In a world of phony customer reviews, sock-puppet snipers and other frauds, a simple graphic offers guidance | – 2012-08-30

Amazon’s Prime Advantage

Just how important Amazon’s Prime shipping offer has been to the online giant’s success can be seen in data recently compiled by the Codex Group. Last Monday, Amazon announced that Prime, which... | Publishers Weekly – 2012-09-01

Now anyone can have massive computing power through

Within a few years,'s creative destruction of both traditional book publishing and retail may be footnotes to the company's larger and more secretive gambit: giving anyone on the planet... | San Jose Mercury News – 2012-09-01

Serial e-fiction from Amazon

Amazon is planning to take a Charles Dickens approach to publishing with the launch of fiction in... | The Bookseller – 2012-09-06

Amazon expected to unveil new Kindle Fire Inc. is expected to unveil a new Kindle Fire on Thursday as it seeks to take a bigger bite of the tablet computer market and boost sales of digital goods like e-books and movies. | – 2012-09-06

Kobo, Canada's answer to Kindle, debuts latest Android tablet ahead of Amazon

Just hours ahead of Amazon's debut of a new Kindle tablet on Thursday, Kobo, the e-book company that can be thought of as "Canada's Kindle" debuted a new color Android tablet called the Kobo Arc.... | Betanews – 2012-09-06

Amazon outs X-ray for Textbooks, 'smart glossary' for all of your learning needs

Ever wanted Amazon's X-ray for books to play nice with those school publications as well? If so, you're in the luck. The outfit announced today that X-ray for Textbooks will provide a library of... | Engadget – 2012-09-07

Amazon unveils $159 7-inch Kindle Fire 2012 with 1GB RAM and 44 percent better performance

Amazon has officially unveiled the 2012 vintage of the Kindle Fire, which is reportedly 44 percent more powerful than its predecessor. The service-orientated slate (as opposed to a gadget, which CEO... | Engadget – 2012-09-06

Amazon Makes Everything Better

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos took the stage at a large airplane hangar in Santa Monica, Calif., this morning and presented a dazzling, methodical, hourlong disquisition on the state of the technology... | Slate – 2012-09-07

Amazon’s Kindle Serials: Probably not the next ‘Great Expectations’

Serialized ebooks aren't a new idea, but Amazon's Kindle Serials combine a pay-once buying process and automatic downloads that could help the initiative succeed where similar efforts haven't. | GigaOM – 2012-09-07

Amazon goes after Apple with cheaper Kindle Fire

Amazon unveiled a series of new Kindle tablets Thursday as the retailing behemoth set its sights on Apple’s popular iPad as well as a broad array of computer makers, book publishers and... | The Washington Post – 2012-09-07

Amazon Changed Reading. Now It Could Change Writing

Throughout its 17-year history, Amazon has helped change the way that books are sold, the format in which they’re read and how they are published. Now it could change how they’re written. In... | Fast Company – 2012-09-07

Amazon announces new devices, including HD Kindle Fire

Amazon's new lineup of devices includes a Kindle Fire tablet with HD and other new features as well as a back-lit e-reader called the Kindle Paperwhite. | The Christian Science Monitor – 2012-09-07

Closer Look At Amazon’s New Kindle Serials: Part Dickens, Part TV

When a slide showing eight book covers popped up in Jeff Bezos’s presentation on Thursday, Jennifer 8. Lee--who was following along on a live blog from New York City--gasped. The books are part of... | Fast Company – 2012-09-08

That was fast: Amazon is already discounting settling publishers’ ebooks

Just a few days after a federal judge approved the Department of Justice's settlement with HarperCollins, Hachette and Simon & Schuster, Amazon and other digital bookstores have begun discounting... | GigaOM – 2012-09-11

E-book discounts appearing at Amazon following publisher settlement

Wow. Judge Denise Cote certainly knows how to put a spring in the step of mega corporations. Mere days have passed since she ordered HarperCollins to let retailers to set their own e-book prices, and... | Engadget – 2012-09-11

Amazon Publishing shares some sales numbers in email to agents

In a letter to literary agents, Amazon Publishing VP Jeff Belle shares sales numbers for some of the company's titles and says that authors who previously worked with other publishers -- like Barry... | GigaOM – 2012-09-14

Amazon starts charging sales tax in California

While book giant Amazon is now required to charge customers sales tax in some states, it's already planning its next move: widely available same-day shipping. | The Christian Science Monitor – 2012-09-15

Diller Invests in E-book Venture to Challenge Amazon

IAC/InterActiveCorp Chairman Barry Diller, producer Scott Rudin and publishing executive Frances Coady are investing in a book venture that will attempt to challenge Inc.’s dominance... | Los Angeles Times – 2012-09-19

Apple and publishers subpoena Amazon in ebook pricing case

With the ebook pricing settlement recently approved, and the Department of Justice's trial against Apple, Macmillan and Penguin set to begin next June, Apple has subpoenaed Amazon in a Washington... | GigaOM – 2012-09-20

Amazon to launch Kindle in Japan next month - Nikkei

Sept 22 (Reuters) - Inc is expected to release the Kindle e-book reader in Japan early October, the Nikkei reported. | Reuters – 2012-09-22

Wal-Mart drops Amazon products from its stores

Wal-Mart's decision echoes a similar one made by Target last May. Some analysts say both companies are viewing Amazon as more of a competitor. | The Christian Science Monitor – 2012-09-22

Google upstages Amazon with Japan Nexus launch

Hints at a Kindle launch for Japan in October have been upstaged by Google’s sudden... | The Bookseller – 2012-09-25

Amazon's Kindle Paperwhite explained in new video

Amazon's Kindle Paperwhite technology is in high demand, and the online retailer wants consumers to know how it works. The company has released a new video explainer. Kindle Paperwhite, which... | PC World – 2012-09-29

Amazon's Kindle Paperwhite receives rave reviews

Called 'the best e-reader you can buy,' the Paperwhite has debuted to almost universal praise. | The Christian Science Monitor – 2012-10-04

A Google book deal is good for everyone — except maybe Amazon

After seven years of legal battles, Google has finally reached an agreement with American book publishers that will let it scan and digitize books. The deal stands to make things better for readers... | GigaOM – 2012-10-06

Amazon market share ‘increases dramatically after Kindle buy’

Amazon's market share of book sales significantly increases once a customer buys a Kindle... | The Bookseller – 2012-10-08

Amazon brings controversial e-lending scheme to UK

Amazon is to launch its controversial Kindle Owners' Lending Library in the UK from the end... | The Bookseller – 2012-10-11

Amazon extending Kindle Owners' Lending Library to the UK, Germany and France this month

Amazon's Kindle Owners' Lending Library has grown considerably since launching in the US, and it looks like the company's finally decided it was time to let some other countries in on the service as... | Engadget – 2012-10-11

In self-publishing push, Amazon expands Kindle Owners’ Lending Library to Europe

Amazon is expanding the Kindle Owners' Lending Library, which allows Kindle-owning Prime members to borrow one ebook for free each month, to the United Kingdom, Germany and France. The move comes at... | GigaOM – 2012-10-12

Amazon's Kindle Paperwhite coming to the UK on October 25th, starting at £109

Amazon has found a relatively clear day in the calendar on which to launch its excellent Kindle Paperwhite e-reader in the British Isles. The ad-supported basic model will knock you back £109,... | Engadget – 2012-10-12

Jeff Bezos Reveals Amazon Makes No Dough On Its Hardware

Jeff Bezos, in the U.K. to launch the Kindle Paperwhite and Amazon's Lending Library service, has told the BBC that his firm makes no money on its Kindles. "We make money from when people use our... | Fast Company – 2012-10-12

Amazon: breaking even on popular Kindle sales

In an interview with the BBC, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos confirmed what many surmised: Amazon is selling the Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle Fire HD at cost. | The Christian Science Monitor – 2012-10-13

Amazon tells Kindle customers to expect buying credit, thanks to ebook price-fixing settlement

I bought my first ebook in 1999 and in recent years stopped purchasing print altogether. My wife is a relative ebook newbie, so I am surprised that she and not me received surprising email today from... | Betanews – 2012-10-14 tells customers: settlements a "big win" has begun telling customers that they may be eligible to receive a refund on e-books... | The Bookseller – 2012-10-15

Amazon to refund e-book customers

Amazon contacts some US customers to detail partial refunds for e-books as part of a settlement regarding price fixing. | BBC World – 2012-10-15

Amazon may offer refunds on e-book purchases

Amazon has announced it will give Kindle owners refunds on past e-book purchases if a settlement with publishers accused of fixing prices is approved. | The Christian Science Monitor – 2012-10-15

Amazon offers ebook refunds in price-fixing settlement

Amazon will offer partial refunds to customers who bought ebooks between April 2010 and May 2012 a result of the settlement in a price-fixing case between publishers and the attorneys general of most... | PC World – 2012-10-15

Amazon will hire 50,000 temporary workers for the holidays

Is Amazon’s ambitious hiring a sign of good things to come for the US economy? | The Christian Science Monitor – 2012-10-17

Amazon debuts Whispercast service, lets organizations manage Kindles and Kindle content

Individual Kindle users already have Whispernet, and Amazon has now announced another free service designed to make Kindles easier to manage for large organizations. Dubbed Whispercast, the service... | Engadget – 2012-10-17

Amazon looks to get Kindle to schools, workers

NEW YORK (AP) — Inc. has launched a service to help schools and workplaces manage Kindles used by students and employees — sending out e-books or blocking certain types of activities,... | – 2012-10-18

Amazon Struggles to Crack Publishing Inc. is a big success in book retailing, but cracking the publishing business hasn't been as easy. | The Wall Street Journal – 2012-10-18

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