Articles about "Amazon"

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos leads $5 million Business Insider investment

Business Insider | Bloomberg
Business Insider CEO Henry Blodget has revealed founder and CEO Jeff Bezos is a principal contributor to a pool of $5 million in venture capital for the business-news website.

Blodget revealed the news to employees in a Friday memo: (more...)

Amazon to shake up mobile tech world with new Kindle devices, content deals

Bloomberg | The Verge | CNN Money
Amazon will make waves in the world of tablets, e-readers and possibly even smartphones today when it announces new devices at a 1:30 ET event. Here is what you can expect.

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Buzz Bissinger’s e-book pulled in price war

New York Times
Buzz Bissinger's e-book sequel to "Friday Night Lights" was suddenly pulled from Amazon, David Carr reports, in an example of how e-book sellers are becoming Wal-Mart-like in their market dominance and pricing power. Apple offered a promotional deal for Bissinger's book, and Amazon responded aggressively by cutting the book's price to zero, which led the publisher to temporarily pull it from the Amazon market rather than give it away. || Related: Microsoft makes $300M investment in Barnes & Noble's Nook e-reader (Wired) | E-book publisher drops DRM (PC World) | Erotica genre climbs the e-book bestseller lists (News 10).

Amazon, Kindle Fire users buying lots of content through apps

Flurry | China Economic News Service
More evidence that Amazon’s Kindle Fire is pulling far ahead of other Android-powered tablets: A study finds the average Amazon app store user spent almost four times more money on in-app purchases than a … Read more

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Three trends from 2011 that will reshape digital news in 2012

If you’re like me, by now you’ve read more than enough uninspired recaps of what happened in 2011 or wild guesses at what’s in store for 2012. So here’s something a little different.

I looked back at the world of … Read more


Direct publishing of e-books offers hope for long-form journalists

O'Reilly Radar | GigaOM
Atlantic freelancer Marc Herman says his $1.99 Kindle Single, "The Shores of Tripoli," is selling well enough to cover the costs of his reporting trip to Libya and may bring in enough to fund his next project in advance. "If things keep going how they are going," he tells Jenn Webb, "I think in a few months I'll be able to say I have the beginnings of a viable business model as well as a viable way to bring long-form reporting about international events to the public." The Radar interview has insights on the pricing dilemma, the writing process and the traditional publishing industry. Mathew Ingram analyzes what Amazon can do for authors and journalists. || Earlier: In the year of the e-book, 5 lessons from — and for — news organizations (

Amazon app update turns an iPad into a Kindle Fire

Until today, people with iPads or iPhones could use Amazon’s Kindle app only to read e-books. But a newly released version 2.9 of the app adds access to the over 400 magazines and newspapers that are available on Kindle … Read more


Economist CEO foresees rapid audience shift from print to tablet

Andrew Rashbass tells Roy Greenslade that U.S. readers of The Economist expect to largely abandon the print product in the next two years, moving quickly to tablets. Greenslade reports:
The Economist's own research reveals that 28% of its readers already own a tablet, with a further 23% expecting to own one within a year. A survey of the Economist's US subscribers asked those aged over 40 how they read the Economist – more than 95% said they read it in print. But when asked how they expect to read it in two years' time, the number expecting to do so in print fell to 35%. "I've never seen a statistic like it," Rashbass said.
Related: Joshua Benton at Nieman Lab points out a problem for news organizations trying to plan investments in e-books and Kindle editions: Amazon never discloses how many e-readers it has sold. "If sales numbers really are impressive," he challenges Amazon, "shout them from the rooftops!"
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Amazon’s Kindles may open new business opportunities for publishers

Monday Note
Frédéric Filloux speculates how publishers could take advantage of opportunities presented by Amazon's new lineup of Kindle products. One idea is for publishers to give readers an e-ink Kindle (any model except the new Fire) with a two-year subscription — if Amazon lets them sell the "Special ScreenSavers Offers" ads that display when the device is idle. Another idea is for the device to come pre-loaded with with free e-books or trial subscriptions in order to retain new Kindle owners as long-term customers. Neither of these is possible now, but Filloux writes that publishers willing to work creatively with Amazon might be able to enact programs like this. || Earlier: Media companies may have a love-hate relationship with Amazon; 5 key questions about the Kindle Fire

Media companies may have a love-hate relationship with Amazon’s Kindle Fire

Nieman Journalism Lab | paidContent | GigaOM
Amazon's new, inexpensive tablet may pose as many challenges as opportunities for publishers and media companies. Mark Mulligan at paidContent compares the relationship between Amazon and the Kindle Fire to Apple and the iPad:
Put simply, Apple is in the business of selling content to help sell devices whereas Amazon is in the business of selling devices to help sell content. There is a poetic symmetry [in] the identical yet polar opposite strategies of the two companies.
Amazon's role in selling content could give media companies pause, considering that Apple generally leaves content companies to their own interests. Mathew Ingram at GigaOM explains: (more...)