“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.
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“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.
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“The American Booksellers Association, which represents U.S. independent bookstores, has objected to the U.S. government’s proposed settlement of its price-fixing lawsuit against top publishers, saying it would strengthen Amazon.com Inc’s dominance. The association, in a letter to the U.S. Justice Department dated June 14, said the settlement would create “a significant danger that Amazon will again regain a monopoly share in the sale of e-books.”
Amazon.com – “Owning a Kindle just got a whole lot better for magic-loving Muggles. Starting June 19, Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) is adding all seven Harry Potter books (in English, French, Italian, German and Spanish) to the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library (KOLL). Harry Potter is the all-time best-selling book series in history, and Amazon has purchased an exclusive license from J.K. Rowling’s Pottermore to make the addition of these titles possible. The Kindle Owners’ Lending Library is a benefit of Amazon Prime membership—Prime members also enjoy free two-day shipping on millions of items and unlimited streaming of more than 17,000 movies and TV episodes. The Kindle Owners’ Lending Library has now grown to over 145,000 books that can be borrowed for free as frequently as once a month, with no due dates.”
LifeHacker – “Sorting through the Amazon store for free ebooks can be a bit of a mess. To simplify the process Zero Dollar Books is a simple webapp that aggregates all the best selling free ebooks and shows them off in a nice clean view.”
The Atlantic – “To identify the most electronically literate places in America, we analyzed the Priceonomics database of eight million electronics for sale by city. We examined how prevalent the Amazon Kindle was by city to rank how popular e-reading was across the nation (we also examined Nook sales, which didn’t change the results). To our surprise, the most populous and culturally-reputed cities in America did not rank among the most digitally literate.”
Press Release – “Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) and Ian Fleming Publications Ltd today announced that Amazon Publishing has acquired a ten-year license for North American rights to the entire list of James Bond books by Ian Fleming in print and ebook. Along with the iconic series, Fleming’s two works of non-fiction, consisting of a collection of travel writings called Thrilling Cities (1963) and an expose of the illegal precious stones trade entitled The Diamond Smugglers (1957), are also included in the agreement. Jonny Geller, Managing Director at Curtis Brown, negotiated the agreement. All of the titles will be reissued by Amazon Publishing’s Thomas & Mercer imprint beginning in summer 2012.”
LA Times – “Amazon.com is big. It’s a huge online seller of everything, and in the world of publishing it looms particularly large. It’s credited with changing the way people buy books — online! and cheaper! And it also is handed the blame for the crumbling of brick-and-mortar bookstores, including the once-powerful, now-defunct national chain Borders. And Amazon often has an interesting story to tell. E-books went mainstream with the push of Amazon’s Kindle. The online bookseller’s experimentation with many aspects of digital media has led the field, including e-book sharing, e-book payment rubrics, sharing sales information directly with authors, e-book bestseller lists, and independent, Kindle-only e-book publishing.”