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Self-published author John Locke has just signed a deal with a major publisher. In June this year, the American writer of contemporary crime became the first author to sell a million copies on Kindle.
While the publisher, Simon & Schuster, will handle sales and distribution for Locke’s books, they won’t cash in on his digital sales.
Locke – who sold his digital books via Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing platform – is responsible for the popular Donovan Creed novels.
Commentary by Mike Shatzkin on this story: John Locke and S&S show us another kind of deal we can expect to see again
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A coalition of nonprofit groups is calling on customers of Amazon.com Inc. to cancel their accounts unless the Internet retailer stops resisting a California law that requires more online retailers to charge a state sales tax.
The nonprofits along with several state lawmakers Monday called on Amazon to "stop cheating California" by trying to repeal the law through a ballot referendum.
Amazon seems to be cranking down on duplicative e-book publishing.
Amazon today launched a Web-based Kindle reading app that works on Google's Chrome browser and Apple's Safari browser.
Kindle Cloud Reader uses the HTML5 web standard to let you read books from your Kindle library both online or offline. In its announcement, Amazon says no installation is required. But in trying out the reader on Chrome, I did have to click a few times in a process that basically lets it show up as an app.
From School Library Journal.
Amazon has apparently created new rules governing the use of its Kindle ereader in school libraries. The website of the ecommerce giant states that content cannot be loaded across multiple devices at one time, and an Amazon rep told at least one school librarian, Buffy Hamilton, that ebooks cannot be ported to more than one device. Amazon also requires that each Kindle be tethered to its own account.
If permanent, the new rules could hamper the use of Kindles in school libraries, where ebooks, up until now, have typically been shared among up to six devices and having to manage content on each single device would be impractical.
Although Amazon would not confirm the new rules despite several emails and phone calls from School Library Journal, a "School FAQ" on Amazon's site reads: "At present, it is not possible to load content across multiple independent devices at one time; this must be done on each device separately."
Amazon just issued a press release announcing the opening of their Kindle Textbooks store. Titles will be available to rent for periods from 30 days to 360 days, and students can increase the rental period in increments as small as one day, or purchase (license) the book outright at any point.
Some nefarious, unauthorized person "may have" accessed Joseph's Amazon account. If you're thinking, "So what? it's just an e-commerce account," note that he not only owns a Kindle and many annotated books for it, but has also now lost his purchase history and his wish list. Sure, Amazon has offered him a gift card to re-purchase the books he lost, but he's not really keen to trust the company again.