October 20, 2014

Amazon Will Now Give You Gift Cards For Your Old CDs

From SmartMoney.com: The online retailer announced Wednesday that has added CDs to the list of items it allows shoppers to trade, which includes books, video games, DVDs and electronics. Sellers get a free shipping label to mail in their items, and receive store credit based on quality of the discs. Just how much credit customers […]

Amazon: Kindle Owner's Library Passes 100,000 Titles Including Over 100 Current and Former NYT Bestsellers

From the Amazon.com News Release: Amazon.com, Inc. today announced that 16 of the top 100 best-selling paid Kindle books in March are exclusive to the Kindle Store and available for Prime members with a Kindle to borrow for free through the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. These 16 books, which include only paid units and do […]

Publishing: Amazon Tries to Wring Big Discounts from Publishers

From The Seattle Times: McFarland [Publishing] and others in the book world worry that Amazon will use its pricing pressure to crush publishers. They say Amazon’s demands for deeper discounts threaten already-thin profit margins, and some warn about an Amazon monopoly. Amazon, which declined to answer questions or discuss its relations with publishers for this […]

The Economist Publishes Profile of Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos

From The Economist: Jeff Bezos, the founder and chief executive of Amazon, owes much of his success to his ability to look beyond the short-term view of things. [Clip] If Amazon does one day move into bricks-and-mortar retail, it would not be the first time that Mr Bezos had taken a leaf from the book […]

Kindle Owners' Lending Library Now Provides Access to More than 100,000 Titles

From Amazon.com: The Kindle Owners’ Lending Library continues to grow rapidly, now offering more than 100,000 books that Amazon Prime members with Kindles can borrow for free—including over 100 New York Times Best Sellers like The Hunger Games trilogy—as frequently as a book a month, with no due dates. Recent milestones for the Kindle Owners’ […]

Audio: NPR: Publishers And Booksellers See A 'Predatory' Amazon

From a Summary of a National Public Radio Report: Booksellers and publishers are worried that Amazon is going to devour their industry. The giant online retailer seems to have its hands in all aspects of the business, from publishing books to selling them — and that has some in the book world wondering if there […]

"Amazon's Kindle Lending Library Now Boasts 75,000 Books, Borrowed 295,000 Times Last Month"

via The Next Web: Kindle owners borrowed KDP Select books 295,000 times in December alone, Amazon announced today. As you may know, Amazon Prime subscribers can freely borrow a book a month from the newly created Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. Its catalogue currently boasts 75,000 titles thanks to Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishers Select program. From […]

Lists: Amazon Releases Lists of Top 100 Best-Selling Books For 2011

From Amazon.com: Amazon.com today announced the top 10 best-selling books of 2011 overall (print and Kindle combined). “Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaacson, “Bossypants” by Tina Fey and “A Stolen Life” by Jaycee Dugard take the top three spots on the list. “The Mill River Recluse” by Darcie Chan and “The Abbey” by Chris Culver come […]

Booksellers Are Not Happy With Amazon's Price Check Promo Tomorrow

From the American Booksellers Association: “This week Amazon.com announced that customers who go into bricks-and-mortar stores on Saturday, December 10, use the company’s smartphone price check app on select products, and then purchase that product from Amazon will receive a discount of up to $5. While books were not included in the promotion, indie bookstores, […]

Amazon.com's Publishing Arm is Acquiring More Than 450 Children's Titles From Marshall Cavendish

From the News Release: Amazon.com, Inc. and Marshall Cavendish, one of the world’s leading educational and consumer book publishers and classroom digital solutions providers, today announced that Amazon has signed a deal to acquire over 450 titles of its US Children’s trade books business, Marshall Cavendish Children’s Books (MCCB).“Under the guidance of Margery Cuyler, the […]