“Amazon.com today announced its third annual list of the Most Well-Read Cities in America. The ranking was determined by compiling sales data of all book, magazine and newspaper sales in both print and Kindle format since June 1, 2012, on a per capita basis in cities with more than 100,000 residents.” (via Amazon Media Room)
“Amazon’s effort to control dozens of new generic top-level Internet domain names is drawing fire from a pair of publishing industry groups.
The Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers oppose the Internet retail giant’s plan to control so-called generic top-level domains (gTLD) that end in suffixes .book, .author, and .read, arguing that such influence would be anti-competitive. “Placing such generic domains in private hands is plainly anticompetitive, allowing already dominant, well-capitalized companies to expand and entrench their market power,” Authors Guild President Scott Turow wrote to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, the nonprofit that oversees the world’s Internet domain names. “The potential for abuse seems limitless.”
via CNET News
“Amazon was awarded a patent for a system to sell previously owned digital objects like e-books and audio downloads, reports Publisher’s Weekly. Amazon already has a long-standing secondhand market for physical books, so despite the weird concept of “owning” someone’s used ones and zeroes, this is actually quite possible with Amazon’s DRM.”
via Business Insider
“Simon & Schuster has signed a new ebook retail agreement with Amazon and other ebook retailers. Ebook prices were lowered for Simon & Schuster titles over the weekend on sites like Amazon and Nook.com to levels several dollars below what they had been earlier in the week. Amazon is no longer displaying its usual disclaimer for agency-priced ebooks, “this price was set by the publisher,” for Simon & Schuster titles. “We have entered new agreements with our ebook agents that are in compliance with DOJ settlement and we look forward to working with our retailers to expand the readership for our authors and grow the ebook marketplace,” said Adam Rothberg, senior vice president of corporate communications for Simon & Schuster.”
Announcing Whispercast for Kindle–A Free Self-Service Tool for Schools and Businesses to Manage Large Deployments of Kindles and Support Purchase and Distribution of Kindle Books and Documents Across Kindle E-Readers, Kindle Fires and Free Kindle Reading Apps
“Amazon.com, Inc. today announced “Whispercast for Kindle,” giving schools and business customers a simple, scalable online tool for deploying Kindle devices and Kindle content. Whispercast provides a single access point to easily purchase and distribute Kindle books and documents for educational, marketing and employee incentive programs across Kindle devices and free Kindle reading applications for iPad, iPhone, Android phones and tablets, PCs and Macs. In the coming months, Whispercast will support distribution of Kindle Fire applications.”
“LexisNexis® Legal & Professional (www.lexisnexis.com), a leading provider of content and technology solutions, today announced that a large selection of its legal eBooks are now available in the Amazon® Kindle® Store. Additionally, LexisNexis® eBooks on Kindle or through Kindle reading apps are also accessible through the recently launched LexisNexis® Digital Library solution. “As legal professionals and law students steadily embrace and use eBooks, our strategy is to provide them a wide diversity of options rather than forcing them into one format, one reader type or one application,” said Bob Romeo, CEO of Research and Litigation Solutions at LexisNexis Legal & Professional. “Offering LexisNexis eBooks via the Kindle store and reading applications is an important new component of that approach, and we are pleased to offer our collection on one of the world’s leading eBook shops.”
“Amazon.com, Inc. today announced the launch of Amazon Textbook Rental. Now college students can choose from thousands of textbooks to rent for the semester and save up to 70%. To rent a textbook, simply search Amazon.com for the book, select “Rent Now,” choose shipping and payment options, and check out. All textbook rentals are Fulfilled by Amazon and are eligible for Free Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25, and Prime Free Two-Day Shipping. At the end of the rental period, returns are free and simple with a prepaid, printable label.”
“Amazon, which owns the Kindle, a popular e-reader, has revealed that in the UK it is selling 114 e-books to every 100 printed hardbacks and paperbacks. The trend for digital books outselling printed books on the popular e-reading platform has been the case for the last few years in the US, but had yet to happen in the UK. Jorrit Van der Meulen, vice president of Kindle EU, said: “As a result of the success of Kindle, we’re selling more books than ever before for authors and publishers.”
“Amazon-owned audiobook service Audible has today expanded its range of smartphone apps by launching on the Windows Phone platform, allowing users to browse, sample and buy more than 100,000 audiobooks on the go. Utilising’s Microsoft’s unique design experience, Audible’s Windows Phone application also allows users to wirelessly transfer their library to their device, offering background audio (multitasking) support, as well as collating listening statistics and awarding badges as titles are transferred and listened to.
via The Next Web
“Amazon said they would be coming, and it delivered. From today, all seven of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter books will be available to download via Amazon’s Kindle Owner’s Lending Library (KOLL), allowing fans of the franchise borrow them – for free – as frequently as once a month, with no due dates. The company announced back in May that the books would be coming to its KOLL platform, stocking the English, French, Italian, German and Spanish variations of the book, having secured a license from Pottermore.
via The Next Web