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"First do no harm": My interview with Amazon and Goodreads on the future of Goodreads

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Amazon announced Thursday afternoon that it has acquired the popular book-related social networking site Goodreads for an undisclosed sum. I spoke with Goodreads CEO Otis Chandler and Amazon’s VP of Kindle content Russ Grandinetti on what’s next for Goodreads and its 16 million members. Questions and answers have been edited...
"First do no harm": My interview with Amazon and Goodreads on the future of Goodreads

Amazon digital book veteran Steven Kessel takes sabbatical

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Amazon.com senior vice president of worldwide digital media Steven Kessel — who helped lead the early efforts behind Kindle electronic reading device — is taking time off from the company, according to a report by Tricia Duryee at All Things D. Kessel joined the company in 1999 and assumed the...
Amazon digital book veteran Steven Kessel takes sabbatical

Amazon nabs Dilbert and Doonesbury digital comics anthologies as a Kindle Fire exclusive

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Two anthologies of Doonesbury and Dilbert comic strips will be available in digital format for the first time as a Kindle Fire exclusive, Amazon announced today. This is the result of a deal between the company and Andrews McMeel Publishing. Following the agreement, Kindle Fire owners will be able to buy...
Amazon nabs Dilbert and Doonesbury digital comics anthologies as a Kindle Fire exclusive

Amazon, Google execs clash with Apple lawyers in ebook pricing trial

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On the fourth day of the federal government’s ebook pricing trial against Apple, Amazon and Google executives offered testimony in hearings that were often fraught and occasionally funny — but still introduced little evidence that was new or surprising to anyone who has been following the trial. Kindling on the...
Amazon, Google execs clash with Apple lawyers in ebook pricing trial

Amazon execs set to testify in price-fixing case against Apple

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As the federal government presses its anti-trust case against Apple, rival Amazon is taking on a central role in determining whether a court will conclude that the iPad-maker illegally colluded with five publishers to fix the price of ebooks. According to a new court filing, Apple is demanding more access...
Amazon execs set to testify in price-fixing case against Apple

Trial details hardball tactics by Apple, Amazon and publishers in battle for control of e-books

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Major publishers threatened to withhold new e-books from Amazon’s Kindle store if the Seattle company didn’t give them control over pricing, according to testimony from an Amazon executive, Russell Grandinetti, in the DOJ’s price-fixing trial against Apple.   How did Amazon respond? ”They yelled, screamed, and threatened,” said Penguin Group’s CEO David Shanks...
Trial details hardball tactics by Apple, Amazon and publishers in battle for control of e-books

Amazon's E-Book Deals Were Just as Tough as Apple's

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When Apple negotiated its e-book contracts with the five publishers with which it would ultimately launch iBooks, the company demanded a Most Favored Nation provision that prohibited e-books from being sold at any other retailer for a lower price. That provision today is central to the U.S. Department of Justice’s...
Amazon's E-Book Deals Were Just as Tough as Apple's

The iPad, the Kindle, and the future of books

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Writing for the New Yorker, Ken Auletta surveys the ebook landscape: it's Apple, Amazon, Google, and the book publishers engaged in a poker game for the hearts, minds, and wallets of book buyers. Kindle editions of books are selling well: There are now an estimated three million Kindles in use,...
The iPad, the Kindle, and the future of books

Amazon acquires social book site Goodreads in most obvious move ever

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Amazon has announced that it is acquiring social book recommendation site Goodreads, a move that should offer strong synergy with its ecommmerce business. “Amazon and Goodreads share a passion for reinventing reading,” Russ Grandinetti, Amazon Vice President, Kindle Content, said in a statement. “Goodreads has helped change how we discover and...
Amazon acquires social book site Goodreads in most obvious move ever

Amazon's Kindle hits stores in India as digital bookstore launches with over 1 million titles

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India is a huge market with bags of potential for tech firms and, with that in mind, Amazon is expanding its global reach and stepping up its presence in the 1.2 billion populated country with the launch of the India Kindle Store. The company has revealed that the India Kindle...
Amazon's Kindle hits stores in India as digital bookstore launches with over 1 million titles

Amazon Is Buying Goodreads; Draw Your Own End-of-Literature Conclusions

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HE SMELLS BLOOD. (Photo: flickr.com/oreilly) As if anyone in the publishing industry needed another reason to view Amazon with suspicion and alarm: Today the goliath announced it’s acquiring literary-themed social networking site Goodreads. Head for your bunkers; we’ve just gone to End of Publishing DefCon 1. Said Amazon’s VP of...
Amazon Is Buying Goodreads; Draw Your Own End-of-Literature Conclusions

Amazon Acquires Social Reading Site Goodreads, Which Gives The Company A Social Advantage Over Apple

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Today, Amazon has announced the acquisition of social reading service, Goodreads. Specific terms of the deal weren’t disclosed and it should close by the end of Q2. Goodreads had raised $2.75M in funding from the likes of True Ventures, since launching in January 2007. As of last August, the site...
Amazon Acquires Social Reading Site Goodreads, Which Gives The Company A Social Advantage Over Apple

Day 3 of the Apple ebook trial: Simon & Schuster, Amazon execs take the stand

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The federal government’s antitrust trial against Apple began in New York this week, and Wednesday brought testimony from Simon & Schuster CEO Carolyn Reidy and Amazon VP of Kindle content Russ Grandinetti. Here’s a wrap-up of what went down yesterday. Grandinetti argued that the publishers’ switch to the agency model...
Day 3 of the Apple ebook trial: Simon & Schuster, Amazon execs take the stand

Amazon Kindle lending library launches this month in UK, Germany and France with 200K books

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Amazon is expanding its Kindle lending library to the UK, France and Germany later this month with 200k books initially available to borrow for free by Kindle owners. Russ Grandinetti, Vice President of Kindle Content says that “the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library was launched less than a year ago in the US and customers are...
Amazon Kindle lending library launches this month in UK, Germany and France with 200K books

"I'm not comfortable discussing the contents of that meeting."

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"I'm not comfortable discussing the contents of that meeting." - Russell Grandinetti, Amazon's vice president for Kindle content, in federal court when asked about a meeting that took place at Jeff Bezos' Seattle boathouse on Sunday Jan. 24, 2010.  That was a few days before the initial iPad announcement -- where,...
"I'm not comfortable discussing the contents of that meeting."
Amazon acquires Goodreads, a book recommendations service

Amazon Buys Book Recommendation Site Goodreads

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Seeing natural synergies with its bookselling business, Amazon on Thursday said it was buying recommendation site Goodreads. “Goodreads has helped change how we discover and discuss books and, with Kindle, Amazon has helped expand reading around the world,” Amazon VP Russ Grandinetti said in a statement. “Together we intend to...
Amazon Buys Book Recommendation Site Goodreads

Day 4 of Apple e-book case: The meeting in Jeff Bezos' boathouse

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The name -- and property -- of Amazon's CEO surfaces in Apple's e-book antitrust trial. FORTUNE -- "I'm not comfortable discussing the contents of that meeting." That's what Russell Grandinetti, Amazon's (AMZN) vice president for Kindle content, said when asked in court Friday about a meeting he attended in Amazon...
Day 4 of Apple e-book case: The meeting in Jeff Bezos' boathouse

Day 3 of the Apple e-book trial: Enter Amazon

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The tenor of the Apple trial changed dramatically when Amazon took the stand. FORTUNE -- The lawyers defending Apple (AAPL) in the e-book antitrust case would like nothing better than to make the trial be about Amazon (AMZN), not their client, and on Wednesday they got their chance when Russell...
Day 3 of the Apple e-book trial: Enter Amazon

Switching consumers to digital books is hard enough -- get ready for magazines

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When it comes to bringing magazines to the Kindle or iPad, some of the trickiest competitors aren’t fellow digital platforms — it’s the actual print products themselves. Paper magazines are still pretty good, Amazon told publishers on Monday. Russ Grandinetti, vice president for Kindle content for Amazon, spoke Monday in...
Switching consumers to digital books is hard enough -- get ready for magazines
Amazon says it will 'do no harm' to Goodreads after acquisition

Amazon's SVP of Worldwide Digital Media Steven Kessel Taking Time Off

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Amazon has confirmed to All Things D that Steven Kessel, a 13-year veteran of Amazon’s digital business who was responsible for the company’s original e-reader, is taking time off. As SVP of Worldwide Digital Media, Kessel oversees the company’s digital strategy, including books, music, video and the Kindle. “After incredible success leading...
Amazon's SVP of Worldwide Digital Media Steven Kessel Taking Time Off
Harry Potter arrives on Kindle
Amazon buys social network Goodreads and its growing ranks of 16M book lovers

Amazon acquires Goodreads, aims to make better recommendations for Kindle users

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So, Amazon has a reading platform called Kindle. Goodreads has a platform that makes fairly excellent suggestions when it comes to reading materials. You probably see where this is going. This evening, Amazon announced that it was acquiring one of the more popular reading recommendation engines, and while the...
Amazon acquires Goodreads, aims to make better recommendations for Kindle users

Amazon's Kindle-Only Titles Downloaded Over 100M Times

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Apparently, Amazon has been crunching its own internal data this week in order to tout the traction surrounding its various products. Only yesterday, the company was talking about numbers related to its Prime two-day delivery, and today it’s boasting about Kindle titles downloads. The company now says that its Kindle-exclusive...
Amazon's Kindle-Only Titles Downloaded Over 100M Times

Exclusive: How Much Do Kindle Singles Authors Make?

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The top-ten list of bestselling Kindle Singles includes a number of big-name writers. But how is the format working for writers who don’t have the brand of a Stephen King or Jodi Picoult? In addition to sharing overall sales information about the Kindle Singles program, Amazon allowed Kindle Singles...
Exclusive: How Much Do Kindle Singles Authors Make?

Amazon purchase of Goodreads stuns book industry

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Alarm from Authors' Guild, and many Goodreads users, over 'shocking vertical integration' but at least one writer declares move 'cool'"Truly devastating" for some authors but "like finding out my mom is marrying that cool dude next door that I've been palling around with" for another, Amazon's announcement late last week...
Amazon purchase of Goodreads stuns book industry

‘The iPad, the Kindle, and the Future of Books’

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Terrific piece by Ken Auletta in The New Yorker from a few weeks ago on the state of the book publishing industry. Auletta covers the shift to e-books mostly from the publishers’ perspective, which is illuminating: Tim O’Reilly, the founder and C.E.O. of O’Reilly Media, which publishes about two hundred...
‘The iPad, the Kindle, and the Future of Books’
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