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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 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 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, 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

Rather Than Reinventing Education By Teaching A Million People At Once, Can We Perfect Teaching One Person At A Time?

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We've written a few times about innovation in education, and I've pointed out that I think the real breakthrough opportunity is in figuring out ways to get "students" to teach the subject matter themselves. As I noted, it was only once I had to teach certain subjects that I fully...
Rather Than Reinventing Education By Teaching A Million People At Once, Can We Perfect Teaching One Person At A Time?

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

RIAA: Pirates Are Bigger Music Fans Than Average Consumers

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Last month, research from the Columbia University affiliated American Assembly found that U.S. file-sharers buy 30% more music than their non-sharing counterparts. The RIAA wasn’t too happy with this result (or how the media reported on it) so they brought in research firm NPD to counter with some statistics of...
RIAA: Pirates Are Bigger Music Fans Than Average Consumers

Marchex co-founder John Keister announces resignation

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John Keister Marchex co-founder John Keister, who has served as the company’s chief operating officer and president over the years and most recently filled the role of executive vice chairman, has announced his resignation from the company effective immediately. Keister had served on the board of Marchex since it was...
Marchex co-founder John Keister announces resignation

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

The 404 Holiday 2012: Year in games (podcast)

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In this 404 Yuletide episode, Jeff and Russ Frushtick from Polygon recap the year in video games: the winners, the losers, and everything in between. [Read more]...
The 404 Holiday 2012: Year in games (podcast)

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

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
Under Amazon's Wing, Goodreads Plans Closer Integration While Retaining Its Indy Status
Longtime Googler Russ Laraway, National Media Sales Lead, Joins Twitter
The Besties Podcast — II
Amazon acquires Goodreads, a book recommendations service
Sorry, iPad, kids still like their handheld consoles more than you

On the Verge Again: Vox Media Officially Launches Into Video Games Content Arena

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Vox Media, the Washington, D.C. online media start-up that recently launched a new tech site called The Verge in the fall, is debuting an early version of its expected video games offering later today. The site, temporarily called Vox Games, will begin daily publishing today as a section on...
On the Verge Again: Vox Media Officially Launches Into Video Games Content Arena
8000 Facebook members die every day. What happens to their profiles?

ICYMI Podcasts: Chromebooks on sale, connected cornfields and Google's iOS strategy

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This week’s GigaOM podcasts were full of useful information, starting with the GigaOM Chrome Show. Besides a recommended extension of the week and several Chrome tips — including where to buy a Chromebook for $185! — I share experiences and features on the newest Chrome OS Dev channel. On the...
ICYMI Podcasts: Chromebooks on sale, connected cornfields and Google's iOS strategy
Harry Potter arrives on Kindle

The 404 1,212: Where there's a PS4...in the controller? (podcast)

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Today we'll reveal the mystery of the Sony Playstation 4. With help from Scott Stein and Polygon's Russ Frushtick, we'll go over last night's announcement and the details we know...for now. Like what's a teraflop? Where's the box? Will it play Blue-rays? Find out on this episode. [Read more]...
The 404 1,212: Where there's a PS4...in the controller? (podcast)

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

iPhone's Ansel Adams: Photographing the American West

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Kevin Russ's work proves the maxim that the best camera is the one you have with you....
iPhone's Ansel Adams: Photographing the American West

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

For the love of Tumblr! Experts weigh in at Social Media Week

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“For those in the audience who don’t know, Tumblr is somewhere between Twitter and WordPress,” explained Amy Vernon, a Tumblr expert and former journalist. She is also known known far and wide as The Bacon Queen (and is also a writer for The Next Web!). In January, we announced that Tumblr serves 120 million people and 15 billion pageviews...
For the love of Tumblr! Experts weigh in at Social Media Week
Presenting the first Vox Games podcast — The Besties

Let the Games Begin: Vox Media Launches a New Site Covering Videogames

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Vox Media, the Washington, D.C., online media start-up that owns The Verge and SB Nation, is finally debuting its standalone videogames site called Polygon. Back in February, Kara Swisher reported that the goal of the site “is to create the premier destination and media outlet for video games news, reviews, video...
Let the Games Begin: Vox Media Launches a New Site Covering Videogames

‘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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