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Children's publisher turns back on Amazon

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Refusing further business, Barefoot Books says retail giant has undermined its commitment to 'grassroots values'An award-winning children's publisher has cut its ties with Amazon, saying that the online retail giant has turned its books into commodities and undermined its way of doing business.Citing her commitment "to diversity and to grassroots...
Children's publisher turns back on Amazon

Google Compute Engine a Direct Challenge to Amazon Web Services

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Google's Compute Engine, announced Thursday morning at the company's annual developers' conference, gives Google a new way to monetize its huge investment in data centers and networking, offers new options for companies looking to run their businesses in the cloud, and presents a direct challenge to Amazon Web Services, the...
Google Compute Engine a Direct Challenge to Amazon Web Services

Amazon's New Ad Business Taught It That Selling Physical 'Stuff' Is A Thing Of The Past (AMZN)

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Amazon appears to be learning a big lesson from its nascent, $500 million advertising business: It's a lot easier to make money if you're not selling physical stuff. Reuters examined Amazon's profitability outlook and found that the company's real growth is not going to come from selling books and toys....
Amazon's New Ad Business Taught It That Selling Physical 'Stuff' Is A Thing Of The Past (AMZN)

Amazon alternatives: where else do you shop online

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With many people struggling to find other places online to buy their books, CDs, etc, we ask for your recommendationsAmazon's tax bill is in the news again, after a Guardian investigation put the spotlight on its financial arrangements. There's a growing swell of people who want to use an alternative...
Amazon alternatives: where else do you shop online

Barnes & Noble unveils NOOK Snaps, a selection of exclusive short reads for its tablets and ereaders

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Barnes & Noble is increasing the amount of exclusive content available on its range of NOOK tablets and ereaders today through NOOK Snaps, a new bi-monthly program that offers users a batch of original, short-form literature. The initiative will feature new fiction and non-fiction works from the “most compelling voices”...
Barnes & Noble unveils NOOK Snaps, a selection of exclusive short reads for its tablets and ereaders
Nook goes web (and here's how to read it on iOS)

Live Fast, Die Young: E-Readers Are On the Decline

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Days of yore. (Photo: kodomut Let’s hope Amazon and Barnes and Noble gathered their rosebuds while they could, because it seems the heyday of the e-reader is already passing. The Wall Street Journal reports that, according to one market researcher, e-reader shipments dropped 28 percent this year, to 19.9 million from...
Live Fast, Die Young: E-Readers Are On the Decline

Daily deal site Zulily raises $85 million from Andreessen Horowitz, tops 10M members

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Fast-growing daily deal site Zulily has pulled in an additional $85 million in venture capital financing, cash that the Seattle company plans to use to bolster its position in selling books, clothes, toys and other items for babies and kids. The company also announced that it has topped 10 million...
Daily deal site Zulily raises $85 million from Andreessen Horowitz, tops 10M members
Google Play begins selling books and movies in Brazil as Kindle also expands books into the country
Ebooks startup Zola hires two publishing vets

Amazon's Cloud Drive Now Live In Japan, Building Up Its Kindle And Content Business There

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In October Amazon added Japan for the first time to the list of markets where it sells its Kindle and Kindle Fire tablets, which will go on sale December 19. Today, it’s giving those products a bit of services support: the Cloud Drive is now live in Japan, too. Although...
Amazon's Cloud Drive Now Live In Japan, Building Up Its Kindle And Content Business There

Amazon Goes After B2B Market With AmazonSupply

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Amazon is expanding beyond its consumer-facing business by launching AmazonSupply, a new site that offers 500,000 products to industrial and commercial customers. The Seattle company known for originally selling books is adding 14 new categories, such as test, measure and inspect, janitorial and sanitation, office, cutting tools and hydraulics, pneumatics...
Amazon Goes After B2B Market With AmazonSupply

"They are not selling the devices, they are not selling books and traffic is down."

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"They are not selling the devices, they are not selling books and traffic is down." - Mike Shatzkin, the founder and chief executive of Idea Logical, on Barnes & Noble's most recent quarter. I have fond memories of going to Barnes & Noble as a kid; I fear that's all...
"They are not selling the devices, they are not selling books and traffic is down."

Amazon's Mobile Push Borrows From Both Apple & Samsung

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Amazon apparently plans to unleash a series of mobile devices later this year. The ecommerce giant has five or six new tablets and a smartphone in the works, including a 10-inch Kindle Fire-style tablet, according to reports. This news suggests that Amazon is taking a page from several different playbooks. The company already...
Amazon's Mobile Push Borrows From Both Apple & Samsung

Amazon still king of online jungle

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From its launch in a Washington garage to its rise to world's top online retailer, Amazon continues to defy critics and rivals alikeIt was launched in a garage in Bellevue, Washington, in 1994, but is now by far the world's largest online retailer - and it strikes fear among high...
Amazon still king of online jungle
The Power of Torso TV (Why Media is Racing to the Middle)

I feel like your take on the Apple anti-trust situation misses the point. Having a monopoly is never itself a crime. Apple formed a collusive trust with the intent of disadvantaging consumers. Amazon may have a virtual monopoly, but it has only ever abuse

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All very fair points -- if Apple is found to have colluded here. And, just to be clear, I don't disagree -- I simply meant to point out what a strange antitrust trial this would be, given where the monopoly resides in this case....
I feel like your take on the Apple anti-trust situation misses the point. Having a monopoly is never itself a crime. Apple formed a collusive trust with the intent of disadvantaging consumers. Amazon may have a virtual monopoly, but it has only ever abuse

EU ready to accept deal with Apple, book publishers

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Regulators with the European Union are prepared to accept a proposal by Apple and four publishers to end an antitrust investigation into ebook pricing, Reuters sources say. Under the terms of the arrangement, Apple and the publishers would let retailers set their own prices and discounts for at least two...
EU ready to accept deal with Apple, book publishers
Kobo Launches Aura, A High-Res E-Reader, As It Preps To Its Own App Store For This Summer

Tech Analytics Startup Synapsify Nabs $600K Seed Round Led By ICG Ventures

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Tech analytics startup Synapsify announced a whopping $600,000 in seed money today from a cluster of investors that includes ICG Ventures, Fortify Ventures, and Middleland Capital. It’s just another part of the ongoing narrative that’s seen the value of data analysis rise over the past several months. After all, last...
Tech Analytics Startup Synapsify Nabs $600K Seed Round Led By ICG Ventures

Why social media isn't the magic bullet for self-epublished authors

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In the third in a series of essays on digital media and publishing, Ewan Morrison, who will appear at the Edinburgh World Writers' Conference, claims that as the project to monetise social media falters the self-epublishing industry's defects will be laid bare"Authors - become a success through building an 'internet...
Why social media isn't the magic bullet for self-epublished authors

Google announces digital book venture in France

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Google said it has reached a deal with French authors and publishers to sell digital copies of out of print books. The deal ends a six year legal dispute and could make France the first country to implement a comprehensive national strategy for digitizing its literary output. Google announced the...
Google announces digital book venture in France

10 Things You Need To Know This Morning

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Happy Friday! Now for some news. Apple's Eddy Cue had to talk Steve Jobs into selling books through iTunes. Microsoft finally launched a version of Office for the iPhone. Boxee, the company that makes Web-connected TV boxes, is looking for a buyer. Symantec will reportedly lay off 1,700. Foursquare launched...
10 Things You Need To Know This Morning

The Beauty of Low Margins

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The Beauty of Low Margins: Eugene Wei on a key facet of Amazon's business that few people think about: Almost all customers paid by credit card, so Amazon would receive payment in a day. But they didn't pay the average distributor or publisher for 90 days for books they purchased....
The Beauty of Low Margins
Dell confirms it will exit smartphone business, drop Android

Amazon quietly launches its flagship retail site in India, initially only selling books

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Amazon has finally launched its flagship Amazon.com business in India, after the site quietly went live in the country, although it is only selling books at this point. The new launch takes the main Amazon.com marketplace to ten countries worldwide, but questions remain. There is a small cloud of uncertainty...
Amazon quietly launches its flagship retail site in India, initially only selling books
Startup Togather thinks crowdsourcing is key to profitable author book tours

AmazonSupply now sells lab gear, bearings, and DIY hardware

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Not content with simply selling books, clothes, clarinet reeds, and even sex toys, Amazon has today branched out into selling "parts and supplies to business, industrial, scientific and commercial customers." That means the online retail giant will now sell everything from drill bits to automatic hand dryers. The site has already...
AmazonSupply now sells lab gear, bearings, and DIY hardware

Amazon's Diminishing Discounts

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Amazon became a retail powerhouse and caused an uproar in bookselling by selling books at a discount. Now that it is consolidating its power and needs to finally make money, there is some evidence that those deals are ending....
Amazon's Diminishing Discounts
New Social eBooks Retailer Zola Books Launches Private Beta, Raises $1M From Prominent Authors
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