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Amazon Net Sales Hit $16B in Q1 2013, Up 22%

Amazon’s net sales were $16.07 billion in the first quarter of 2013 an increase of 22 percent, compared with $13.18 billion in first quarter of 2012, the company said today.

During the quarter, Amazon acquired social reading platform Goodreads; made the Kindle Fire HD 8.9” available in more countries; and made Amazon MP3s available to iPhone users. They also grew the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, which lets Amazon Prime customers borrow eBooks for free, to 300,000 books. The company also focused on expanding its TV and film licensing agreements and on creating original programming.

“Amazon Studios is working on a new way to greenlight TV shows. The pilots are out in the open where everyone can have a say,” stated Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s CEO. “I have my personal picks and so do members of the Amazon Studios team, but the exciting thing about our approach is that our opinions don’t matter. Our customers will determine what goes into full-season production. We hope Amazon Originals can become yet another way for us to create value for Prime members.”

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Best Price Comparison Apps & Twitter Unfollowers: Top Stories of the Week

For your weekend reading pleasure, here are the most popular AppNewser headlines of the week, including how to tether your smartphone, Facebook ballots and how to convert your handwriting into digital text (video review embedded above).

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1. NYC Turns Pay Phones Into Tablet Kiosks

2. Convert Your Handwriting into Digital Text

3. Apps To Tether Your Verizon Phone

4. Best iPad Stylus for Writers

5. Free eBooks of the Week

6. Price Comparison Apps To Use This Holiday Season

7. Download the Top Free Apps of All Time on Kindle Fire

8. How To Accept Mobile Payments

9. Want To Know Who Has ‘Unfollowed’ You On Twitter?

10. How to convert ePub Books for use on Kindle

 

Amazon Wants Developers To Make Money Through In-App Purchases

Amazon has added Unity plugins to its GameCircle APIs in a move that makes it easier for developers to add in-app purchasing to video game apps.

“Unity is one of the most popular tools for building mobile games,” explained Mike Frazzini, director of Amazon Games, in a statement. “Amazon’s In-App Purchasing and GameCircle APIs help developers reach more customers, keep them engaged, and make more money. Every week millions of customers are playing GameCircle enabled games and are able to compare scores and compete against friends. We want to make it as easy as possible for developers to quickly integrate these features and our new, free plugins make it incredibly simple to do so for anyone using Unity.”

Amazon launched an in-app purchasing API earlier this year, which lets developers sell digital content and subscriptions within apps and games. According to Amazon, transactions from these apps are twice as profitable than other app transactions. Follow this link to find out more about how to use Amazon’s API.

Mozilla Firefox Lets News Sites Add ‘Send to Kindle’ Button

Mozilla Firefox has added a feature that lets web users send content that they would like to read to their Kindle.

Online publishers can add the “Send to Kindle for Mozilla Firefox” button in order to help readers save news articles, blog posts and so forth, for reading on their Kindles at a later time.

Ted K, an official Amazon moderator explained the new feature in an Kindle Help Forum. He writes: “You can send content to one or more Kindle devices and Kindle reading apps or you can simply archive it in your Kindle library for re-download later. With Whispersync, your last page read along with bookmarks, notes and highlights are automatically synchronized across your Kindle devices and Kindle reading apps (with the exception of PDFs).”

5 Things You Might Not Know About Amazon

While you may be aware of the many details about Amazon’s — the company sells more eBooks than print books, they own Audible.com and they sell diapers — the company is hard at work on many business ventures that may surprise you. For example, did you know that Amazon sells groceries in a service similar to Fresh Direct or that Amazon owns IMDB?

In a discussion thread on Quora, Quora users discussed the question, “What are some things that Amazon does that would surprise normal people?” and various Amazon employees and users shared responses.

Paul Smart, product manager at Amazon wrote: “In Seattle, Amazon sells fresh groceries (i.e. milk, eggs, bread, etc.) through itsAmazonFresh.com website. Orders are delivered by Amazon drivers in Amazon trucks from local Amazon facilities. You can usually order by midnight for delivery before you wake up the next morning, or order by 1pm for delivery in time for dinner. If your order is big enough or if you spend enough during a given month, you get free delivery. You can also add some of the most popular Amazon.com items to your order, so it’s a nice way to get super fast, free delivery of regular Amazon products, too.” Read more

Apps for Journalists & Book Pirate Fight: Top Stories of the Week

For your weekend reading pleasure, here are the most popular AppNewser headlines of the week, including our blog’s expansion, apps for journalists, how to make your computer sound like a typewriter and yesterday shipping at Amazon (video embedded above).

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1. How To Fight Book Pirates
2. 5 Apps for Journalists
3. Best App Marketing Resources on Twitter
4. How to Convert EPub Books for use on Kindle
5. Best iPad Stylus for Writers
6.How Much Does It Cost To Make An Android App?
7. What If Amazon Offered Yesterday Shipping?
8. What is an app?
9. iPhone 5 Coming September 21st?
10. How Much Do App Developers Make?

Rumor: Amazon Working On New Kindle Fires

Amazon is rumored to be working on two new Kindle Fire tablets, a 10-inch version and a new 7-inch “Coyote” version.

Boy Genius Report has more: “Earlier reports suggested that Amazon will announce a new addition to its Kindle Fire lineup late next month and while we cannot speak to the timing of Amazon’s upcoming announcements, BGR has confirmed that Amazon is indeed finally readying the launch of its 10-inch tablet.”

Last week Google released the Nexus 7, a 7-inch tablet computer that is a direct competitor with the Kindle Fire, in that it is designed to consume digital media content like apps, music, books and movies from Google Play. Right after Google put the new tablet on presale, we heard rumors that Google is planning to launch a 10″ tablet itself.  (The sources were right about the Nexus 7, so it’s possible that this rumor is accurate).

Amazon’s Flow App Coming to Android

Price comparison shopping in stores just got easier for Android users. A9.com, an Amazon subsidiary, is releasing its augmented reality search app Flow Powered by Amazon for the Android platform.

The app, which was previously only available in iOS, lets users search for Amazon products using a traditional search box, as well as through images of barcodes and products. For example, a shopper can take a photo of a product or its barcode in a store and then scan that photo into the Flow app to find that product. Using image recognition and barcode reading technology, the app can find the item in Amazon’s catalog and give the app user a price comparison.

In addition, the latest version of the app has  recognizes a QR code reader.

Amazon Introduces Kindle Book Giving

Just in time for the holidays, Amazon has launched the ability to digitally give Kindle Books as gifts to anyone with an e-mail address.

Kobo announced a similar service yesterday, which begins in early December. To give a Kindle Book as a gift, customers can choose a book in the Kindle Store and select “Give as a Gift” and then send it to their friend via e-mail.

The e-mails are delivered instantly and the recipient can redeem the gift in the Kindle Store. Unlike Amazon’s service, the Kobo gift giving option lets givers schedule their gift delivery to create surprises.

The Kindle Books can be read on Kindle devices, as well as through any of Kindle’s reading apps. For more information, follow this link.

Amazon Extends 70% Royalty Rate To UK

Amazon is extending its 70 percent royalty option for the Kindle Digital Text Platform (DTP) to the UK.

The 70 percent royalty rate has been available for a few months for sales to US customers, but now authors and publishers can earn the same royalty rate selling books in the UK. Under this royalty option, authors and publishers will earn 70 percent of the list price of their books, net of delivery costs. Delivery costs are based on file size, and pricing is set at £0.10/MB, with books averaging under 1 MB each.

To qualify for this option, the eBook must be listed between £1.49 and £6.99 and at least 20 percent below the lowest list price for the physical book. In addition the title must be available for sale in all geographies for which the author or publisher has rights.

This new option will be in addition to and will not replace the existing DTP standard royalty option.

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