August 29, 2014

Roundup: 3 Independent Bookstores File Class Action Lawsuit Against Amazon, Big 6 Publishers Over Use of DRM

Here’s a media roundup with direct links to some of the coverage of the lawsuit that was first reported yesterday. We’ve also embedded the full text of the complaint filed on February 15, 2013 (Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York) at the bottom of this post. The class-action lawsuit was filed by Posman […]

Digital Music: Say Hello to Amazon.com “AutoRip”, Cloud Access to Your Purchased CDs

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From the BBC: Online retailer Amazon has launched a service that stores free digital versions of CDs bought via its store. Amazon AutoRip will automatically keep a digital copy of eligible CDs in a customer’s cloud storage account. Customers will be able to get at the music via Amazon’s Cloud Player on the web or […]

National Federation of the Blind Tells Secretary of State Clinton That Kindle Does Not Meet Needs of Blind/Print Disabled

UPDATE: Rob Pegoraro has tweeted that Wednesday’s Kindle Learning Initiative event at the State Dept. has been CANCELLED.  No reason given. We’ve contacted the State Department and had no info to share. They said a news release might be coming later. Last week we posted about a no-bid contract between Amazon.com and the U.S. State […]

Article: “The Amazon Effect”

From an Article Appearing in The Nation: Amazon, not surprisingly, is keen to sharpen its competitive edge, to use every means at its disposal to confound, stymie and overpower its rivals. It is well positioned to do so: the introduction of the Amazon Kindle in 2007 led to a startling surge in e-book sales, which […]

U.S. State Department Buys 2500 Kindles ($16.5 Million No-Bid Contract) For Libraries and Ed Centers

UPDATE 2 (6/13/12) More Information from the State Department in a New Report by Laura Hazard Owen UPDATE (6/12/12): Both NextGov and paidContent have updated their reports on this story with information from the U.S. State Dept.  From NextGov: “The State Department awarded a $16.5 million contract to Amazon to stock designated libraries and U.S.-friendly […]

Amazon Acquires Another Publisher: Avalon Books

From the Announcement: Amazon.com and Avalon Books today announced that Amazon Publishing has acquired the publication rights from Avalon Books to over 3,000 backlist titles predominantly in the Romance, Mystery and Western categories. Established in 1950 by Thomas Bouregy, Avalon Books has long been a home to writers specializing in wholesome entertainment across popular genres, […]

Amazon.com Releases Annual “Most Well-Read Cities in America” List

Of course the rankings are only based on Amazon.com sales and there are plenty of other places to purchase and borrow reading material. Nevertheless, it’s always fun to review lists like this one when you understand the caveats and purpose. Amazon.com releases this list to help promote the summer reading season. Below the list are […]

Harry Potter Titles Coming to Kindle Owners’ Lending Library and What This Should Mean For Libraries

That’s right folks, Amazon.com is announcing that in a few weeks all seven Harry Potter e-Books will be available from the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library (KOLL), a service that’s part of a subscription to Amazon Prime that also includes two day shipping, streaming video, etc. From the News Release: With traditional library lending, the library […]

New: The Kindle Index (Top Cities for E-Reader Purchases)

From the team at the Priceonomics (online price guide database). Direct to Complete Blog Post Along with the rankings and analysis (Lexington, Ann Arbor, and Anchorage) top the list, you’ll also find: Kindle Popularity vs. Avg. Temperature of City Kindle Popularity vs. % of Population With College Education Kindle v. XBox (Sample Number of Units […]

New Details About First Imprint Coming From Amazon’s Publishing Division (including Distribution to Libraries)

Laura Hazard Owen at paidContent has written an excellent article about Amazon (as in Amazon.com) Publishing. The companies first imprint will launch this Fall. The report is LOADED with details direct from the person in charge, publishing industry veteran, Larry Kirshbaum. Here are a few highlights from a must-read article for those of you interested […]