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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.”

Amazon Chooses ’100 Books to Read in a Lifetime: Mystery & Thriller’

gone girlGone Girl: A Novel by Gillian Flynn; The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown; L.A. Confidential by James Ellroy and The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammet are among Amazon’s list of 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime – the Mystery & Thriller Edition.

The list was put together by Amazon Books’ editorial team. Follow this link to explore their recommendations. You can also check out Amazon’s list of 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime list here.

“There are many different kinds of books that fall under the mystery/thriller umbrella – from police procedurals to murder mysteries to spy thrillers,” explained Sara Nelson, editorial director of Amazon.com in a statement.  ”When we were compiling our list of 100 Mysteries & Thrillers to Read in a Lifetime, we wanted to be sure to include books from all of those sub-categories. The team had plenty of lively arguments, several passionate filibusters, and a number of voting sessions before we came up with the final list.”

 

Samsung & Amazon Team on New eBook Club

samsungkindleSamsung has partnered with Amazon on a new Kindle app for its line of Galaxy devices. Like other Kindle apps, Kindle for Samsung, allows users to purchase and read eBooks and periodicals from Amazon.

In addition, the two companies have launched a free book service called Samsung Book Deals, which is only accessible through the app.

Samsung customers that download the app can choose one free eBook a month from Amazon for a year with their Samsung account.

Goodreads Will Soon Let You Add Amazon Books to Your Shelves

goodreadsSocial reading platform Goodreads will soon let users add their Amazon book purchases to their Goodreads shelves.

The capability is part of a new feature called “Add Your Amazon Books.”  Using the tool, Goodreads members in the U.S., Canada and Australia will soon be able to add books that they’ve bought on Amazon, including print and Kindle, to their Goodreads shelves.

The goal of the tool is to help friends better share what they are reading and to help readers keep track of all of the books that they have purchased. Check it out: “More books added to your Goodreads shelves means better recommendations to help you find more great books to read. The super-smart algorithm powering our recommendations engine analyzes the books you rate to come up with the best book suggestions for your unique reading tastes.”

Amazon to Acquire comiXology

comicsAmazon has agreed to acquire digital comic book publisher comiXology, in a deal whose terms were not disclosed. The acquisition is expected to close during Q2 2014.

“We have long had the goal of making every person on the planet a comics fan,” wrote David Steinberger, co-founder and CEO of comiXology, on the company’s site. “With Amazon’s help, this crazy goal is more possible than ever before. With the Kindle, Amazon has shown a passion for reinventing the reading experience, just like comiXology has shown for comics and graphic novels.”

comiXology will continue to operate under its name, as a subsidiary of Amazon. The firm will remain in its New York offices. The platform offers digital comic book content from more than 75 comic book publishers.

Amazon’s Literary Journal Day One is Seeking Submissions

dayoneAmazon’s literary journal Day One is seeking submissions.

According to Carmen Johnson, Day One’s Editor, the lit magazine is looking for “fresh and compelling short fiction and poetry by emerging writers.” This includes stories that are less than 20,000 words by authors that have never been published, and poems by poets who have never published before.

To submit works, writers/poets can email their work as a word document, along with a brief description and author bio to dayone-submissions@amazon.com.

The publication launched in October 2013, with the mission to support the work of emerging writers, poets, and illustrators. Each week, the magazine spotlights one story, one poem and one original cover drawing.

 

Amazon to Adapt Michael Connelly’s ‘Harry Bosch’ Books Into a Web Series

burningMichael Connelly’s Harry Bosch book series will be adapted into an Amazon Original web series called Bosch.

Thus far, Connelly has published sixteen books in this mystery series with the latest installment, The Burning Room, due out in November 2014. He will work with Law & Order writer Eric Overmyer to pen the scripts.

According to the press release, the cast includes Titus Welliver, Annie Wersching and Jamie Hector. Welliver will star as Detective Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch.

Amazon Issues Credits in Response to eBook Price Fixing

amazon304Amazon has issued credits to customers who purchased eBooks from select publishers, as a response to the eBook price fixing case.

The online retailer sent out emails to customers this morning. “The credit results from legal settlements reached with publishers Hachette, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, and Penguin in antitrust lawsuits filed by State Attorneys General and Class Plaintiffs about the price of eBooks,” explains the email.

The company has added the credits to customer’s accounts automatically and the credit will be applied to a customer’s next book purchase.

Amazon Partners With Brazil’s Ministry of Education to Distribute eBooks to Teachers

amazon304The Brazilian Ministry of Education has partnered with Amazon to covert and distribute textbooks to teachers across the country.

Through its National Fund for Educational Development (FNDE), Brazil has been working with Amazon to convert print books to digital and then wirelessly distribute them to teachers. So far, together they have done this with more than 200 textbooks to hundreds of thousands of public high school teachers. Teachers can access the books through Kindle reading apps. So far more than 40 million eBooks have been delivered.

“We are pleased that Whispercast is one of the foundation technologies for this innovative program. Amazon working with FNDE enhanced Whispercast, which has been used by thousands of schools in the U.S., to meet the needs of the teachers and administrators in Brazil. We are very enthusiastic in helping to bring new technologies that will help the education segment in Brazil,” stated Alex Szapiro, Country Manager, Amazon.com.br.

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