Small retailers and independent bookstores might have a much better reason to partner with Amazon.
The e-retailer on Wednesday announced a new program called Amazon Source. The program, which launches today, will see Amazon sell its Kindle devices and accessories to the small shops for a discounted price. If that isn't suitable, the retailers can opt to receive 10 percent of the price on every Kindle title purchased by their customers for a period of two years after a device sale.
According to Amazon, Source has been in pilot testing for some time, but is now being rolled out … Read more
The iPad Air is getting plenty of rave reviews, but Amazon's Kindle Fire HDX just took it in a display shootout.
When DisplayMate Technologies tested the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9, the iPad Air, and Google's Nexus 10, the Fire 8.9 "leapfrogged into the best-performing tablet display that we have ever tested," according to the results posted Monday.
The Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 significantly outperformed "the iPad Air in brightness, screen reflectance, and high ambient light contrast, plus a first-place finish in the very challenging category of absolute color accuracy," DisplayMate continued. … Read more
The wife of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos expressed her dissatisfaction with a new book about the company's history in an appropriate fashion: She wrote -- on Amazon.com, of course -- a one-star customer review on the product page for the book, "The Everything Store."
Spotted by The New York Times, the review questions the accuracy of the book written by Bloomberg Businessweek journalist Brad Stone. (See Stone's rebuttal below.)
MacKenzie Bezos plucked out a detail … Read more
Amazon Kindle buyers can get 15 percent off today through a special one-day promotion.
Consumers can cut the cost of the Kindle Fire HD tablet to $118 from $139, the Kindle Fire HDX 7 tablet to $195 from $229, and the Kindle e-reader to $59 from $69 by entering the promo code "ThnksFAA" at checkout. But you'll have to hurry. The deal is good only for Monday, November 4.
The retail giant unveiled the discount today as a thank you to the Federal Aviation Administration for now allowing electronic device use during an entire flight.
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Amazon may be playing catch-up with Netflix on the original content front, but it's taking a different approach to releasing its homegrown TV series.
Amazon Studios -- the entertainment production arm of the e-commerce giant -- said Monday it will release the first three episodes of TV series "Alpha House" on November 15 and the same for "Betas" a week later. To see the remaining eight episodes, however, customers must sign up for an Amazon Prime subscription for $79 a year, which gives them access to Prime Instant Video and free, two-day shipping on many … Read more
Amazon and Walmart may be staring each other down as they enter the grocery delivery business, but they should really be keeping an eye on a little-known company named Peapod.
The Illinois-based online grocer, which has been around for more than 20 years, is growing steadily and now serves residents in pockets of the Midwest and East Coast. It's now considered the top provider of online grocery deliveries, fighting off competitors as they emerge, according to Harry Balzer, chief food industry analyst for The NPD Group.
"They certainly have fended off a number of competitors in this space, … Read more
The Kindle Fire HD (2013) is Amazon's new ultrabudget tablet that starts at $139. At just $20 more than the company's e-ink Kindle Paperwhite reader, it's at a great price and if all you plan to do is stream videos and music, read books, do some light gaming, and occasionally surf the Web, it will certainly meet your needs. The problems arise if you wish to do anything more.
With this entry-level model -- basically the 2012 Fire HD with updated hardware -- you're giving up cameras, and settling for a miniscule amount of storage. Indeed, … Read more
Amazon Prime subscribers can get a free Kindle book each month ahead of the title's official release date.
Each month, editors at Amazon Publishing choose certain books from among Kindle's most popular categories. Those books are available one month ahead of their official release. Along with each title are a note of recommendation and a behind-the-scenes view of the book and its … Read more