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Amazon Breaks Silence on Hachette Dispute

amazon304Amazon has finally come out and commented on its ongoing dispute with Hachette on a Kindle forum page.

In the post, the retailer admits that they are buying less print inventory of Hachette titles and are no longer taking preorders on Hachette books that are not out yet because of changes related to their contract and terms with the publisher. The retailer said that it would order Hachette titles based on consumer orders rather than warehousing these titles. Here is more from the post: Read more

J.K. Rowling’s New Book is Unavailable on Amazon

thesilkwormIf you want to preorder a copy of Robert Galbraith aka J.K. Rowling‘s new novel The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike Series #2), you can’t do so on Amazon. The book, which comes out on June 19th, is currently listed as unavailable on Amazon. Barnes & Noble, among other book retailers, has the book available for presale.

Earlier this month, Amazon was slow to ship Hachette titles. Now things are escalating.

“We are doing everything in our power to find a solution to this difficult situation, one that best serves our authors and their work, and that preserves our ability to survive and thrive as a strong and author-centric publishing company,” explained Hachette in a statement.

Amazon Curates ‘Short Reads’ Section on Website

amazon304Amazon has created a curated section on its website dedicated to “Short Reads: Great Stories in One Sitting.”

You can browse the section based on how long you have to read. eBook Singles and the like are divided into various time increments including: 15 mins; 30 mins; 45 mins; one hour; 90 mins and more than 2 hours. Amazon is promoting its eBook singles line Kindle Singles, as well as its fan fiction line Kindle Worlds on the site. In addition, Day One, Amazon’s weekly literary journal also has prime placement on the page.

Thin Reads has more: “Short Reads appears dedicated to short pieces of fiction and nonfiction.   The stories are about 20-100 pages and in length, with most priced between 99 cents and $1.99.”

 

Amazon Editors Pick Best Summer Reads Lists

amazon304Ever wonder what Amazon editors like to read? Well, the group has complied a list of their recommended reads for the summer.

The list is broken out into four categories — blockbusters, beach reads, editors’ personal picks and cooking/entertaining. 

We’ve embedded the entire list after the jump for you to explore further. Read more

Alexandria, Virginia is the Most Well-Read City in America: Amazon

amazon304Alexandria, Virginia; Miami, Florida and Knoxville, Tennessee lead Amazon’s list of the Most Well-Read Cities in America this year.

Amazon complied the fourth annual list by examining sales data of all book, magazine and newspaper sales in both print and Kindle format from April 2013 to April 2014, on a per capita basis in cities with more than 100,000 residents.

We’ve embedded the entire list for you to review after the jump.

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Amazon to Sell Kindles in Italian Book Chain Giunti

giuntiAmazon has formed an exclusive deal with the Italian book retail chain Giunti al Punto. Giunti will sell Kindle eReaders in 170 bookstores by the end of the summer.

To promote device sales, Giunti customers will get five free Kindle books of their choice from the Giunti eBook catalog when they buy any Kindle eReader at a Giunti store through the end of the year.

Amazon is also planning to help the Italian book chain open an online book store which, will sell books, physical media and toys from Amazon.it. The online store will have a loyalty program that customers can use in Giunti al Punto’s physical stores.

Hachette Claims Amazon Is Delaying Shipments on Orders

amazon304Hachette has claimed that Amazon is slowing delivery on some of its bestselling titles as part of a negotiation tactic, as the two work out the latest terms of their partnership.

Everybody’s Got Something by Robin Roberts; American Again: Re-becoming the Greatness We Never Weren’t by Stephen Colbert; The Closer by Mariano Rivera and Wayne Coffey are among bestselling print titles that estimate 2-5 week ship dates on Amazon. The same titles ship from Barnes and Noble within 24 hours.

The New York Times broke the story last week. Here is more from the story:

“We have been asked legitimate questions about why many of our books are at present marked out of stock with relatively long estimated shipping times on the Amazon website, in contrast to immediate availability on other websites and in stores,” said Sophie Cottrell, a Hachette spokeswoman. “We are satisfying all Amazon’s orders promptly.”

But, she added, “Amazon is holding minimal stock” and restocking some of Hachette’s books “slowly, causing ‘available 2-4 weeks’ messages.”

School Library Books Now Available on Kindle Tablets Through OverDrive

overdrive304eBooks from more than 20,000 schools and libraries in the U.S. are now available to be used with Amazon’s Kindle FreeTime, thanks to a new offering from digital book distributor OverDrive.

This essentially means that kids and parents can access school library eBooks from the library within the FreeTime feature on their Kindle Fire. The service is free on Kindle Fire tablets. Parents can use the platform to set goals and measure their children’s reading progress.

Readers can borrow eBooks from libraries and schools by following these instructions, or through the “Manage Content & Subscription” section in FreeTime.

Amazon Editors’ Must Reads For May

amazon304Ever wonder what Amazon editors like to read? Well, the group has complied a list of their favorite reads for the month of May.

The top 10 list includes a number of fiction and nonfiction titles. No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State by Glenn Greenwald; To Rise Again at a Decent Hour: A Novel by Joshua Ferris; and The Painter: A Novel by Peter Heller, all made the list.

We’ve embedded the entire list after the jump for you to explore further.

 

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Amazon Reports 23% Increase in Q1 Net Sales, Reaches $19.74B

amazon304Amazon reported that its net sales increased 23 percent to $19.74 billion in the first quarter, up from $16.07 billion in Q1 2013.

The company also revealed that its operating income decreased 19 percent to $146 million during the first quarter, when compared to the $181 million they reported as income in Q1 2013. Amazon’s net income increased to $108 million in the first quarter, up from $82 million from Q1 2013.

The company attributed part of its growth to the launch of Fire TV. Amazon chief Jeff Bezos stated, “Our device team launched Fire TV, offering great content, including our recently announced exclusive deal with HBO, and innovative features like unified voice search, which we’re delighted is being adopted by so many new partners, including Netflix, HBO Go, Hulu Plus, Crackle and Showtime Anytime. The team is working hard to keep Fire TV in stock.”

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