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Amazon, Forced to Collect a Tax, Is Adding Roots

By building warehouses across the country, the retailer hopes to cut as much as a day off its two-day shipping times.

Booksellers concede that Amazon, which offers a flat annual rate for fast shipping to encourage frequent orders, is still likely to be cheaper even when it collects taxes. The most Mr. Barnard can hope is that Amazon’s notoriously low margins — it makes little more than a penny for every dollar in sales — will eventually catch up with it. “Same-day delivery is very, very expensive,” he said.

States began aggressively asserting that Amazon should collect taxes in 2008, when New York passed a law compelling the company to do so. Amazon is challenging the law in court but is collecting the tax for now.

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Hats off to Amazon

When the story of how Amazon came to dominate the consumer book business is written ten years from now, there will need to be a chapter entitled “September 6, 2012?.

Commentary by publishing consultant Mike Shatzkin.

Amazon to Allow Kindle Fire Users to Pay to Block Ads

In an apparent switch in its pricing policy, Amazon said over the weekend that it would allow users of its new Kindle Fire tablet to pay to turn off ads as it had done with earlier devices.

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Amazon announces new Kindles

Amazon announced three new Kindle Fire tablets and three new e-ink Kindles today.
Two of the e-ink models have a built in screen light.

Here are some articles:

1) Kindle Paperwhite Hands On: What a Beautiful Screen (Gizmodo)

2) Amazon Showcases New Kindle Tablets; Shares Hit All-Time Highs (WSJ)

3) Amazon answers glowing Nook with Kindle Paperwhite (dvice)

4) Amazon introduces larger, cheaper Kindle tablets (USA Today)

Amazon Glacier Cheap Data Archiving and Backup

A newish service from Amazon that might be useful to more than a few folks around here: Amazon Glacier

Amazon Glacier is an extremely low-cost storage service that provides secure and durable storage for data archiving and backup. In order to keep costs low, Amazon Glacier is optimized for data that is infrequently accessed and for which retrieval times of several hours are suitable. With Amazon Glacier, customers can reliably store large or small amounts of data for as little as $0.01 per gigabyte per month, a significant savings compared to on-premises solutions. -- Read More

Amazon forces Unglue.it to Suspend Crowdfunding for Creative Commons eBooks

Amazon forces Unglue.it to Suspend Crowdfunding for Creative Commons eBooks
Amazon Payments has informed us that they will no longer process pledge payments for Unglue.it, forcing us to suspend all active ungluing campaigns. According to a Senior Account Manager at Amazon, Amazon has decided against “boarding fresh crowdfunding accounts at this time”. Amazon has been providing payment services for Unglue.it, as it does for the popular crowdfunding site Kickstarter.

Did Google create Library Project to crush Amazon?


After years of battling
, the fight between Google and the Authors Guild is finally coming to a head, and the Guild has just presented a key piece of evidence, showing what Google’s intentions may have been all along, and possibly blowing up Google's entire case.

Amazon news

Amazon made a profit of 7 million on revenues of 12 billion.
Article in the NYT: Amazon Delivers on Revenue but Not on Profit

In other news Jeff Bezos donated 2.5 million in support of same sex marriage. Article in the NYT: Amazon’s Founder Pledges $2.5 Million in Support of Same-Sex Marriage

Amazon’s markup of digital delivery to indie authors is ~129,000%

Amazon’s markup of digital delivery to indie authors is ~129,000%

This post is about the where the sales of the book are coming from, and why Amazon takes 48% of digital book sales. Surprising eh? I thought Amazon was the BEST for indie authors, right? We will get into that later.

The book had a great launch, even getting to the #1 Hot Releases spot for Amazon.com for the travel section.

How Amazon is changing the rules for books and movies

The online retail giant is tapping its huge customer base and vast technical underpinnings to reshape the way books, movies, and television programs are made.

More than any other company, Amazon is driving the evolution of the book publishing world. With its various imprints, Amazon is publishing books that it will also sell. And the Kindle gives the company a retail store in the home of every consumer who owns one.

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