Amazon Patents ‘DVD Extras’ for eBooks

New Amazon Patent Seeks to Add “DVD Extras” to eBooks

News by Dean Fetzer July 5, 2013
In another new application, the retail giant has been awarded a patent aimed at enhancing your reading experience with “personalized content”.
Outlier Digital From Twilight Producers

Outlier Digital to Compete with Kindle Worlds... with Twilight?

News by Dean Fetzer
Producers of the ‘Twilight’ movies plans to “set fan fiction free” with their new digital imprint.
Amazon Publishing Has First Million-Copy Hit

‘Hangman’s Daughter’ Series Sells Over a Million Copies for Amazon Publishing

News by Dean Fetzer
Amazon’s publishing venture gets its first million-copy seller with the popular three-volume series.
Amazon Takes Readers on a Trip With New Discovery Tool

New Amazon eBook Discovery Tool Takes Readers “Around the World in 80 Books”

News by Dean Fetzer
The online giant has just unveiled “a curated map of books from the book editors at” for a literary world trip, with 80 new and classic books representing each continent.
Amazon Storyteller

Amazon Studios Launches Storyteller, an Automated Storyboarding Service

News by Christopher Shultz
Give that old screenplay a spruce up with some nifty graphics, and maybe Amazon will pick it up.
Indie Book Stores to Sell Kindles?

Amazon Reportedly Soliciting Indie Booksellers to Sell Kindles In-Store

News by Christopher Shultz June 6, 2013
Seemingly oblivious to their widespread dislike, the online retail giant hopes to form a beneficial partnership with the little guys.
Amazon's 'Kindle Worlds' Fan Fiction

New Amazon Publishing Platform - 'Kindle Worlds' - for Fan Fiction

News by Dean Fetzer May 28, 2013
The online giant has come up with a new way to make money: publish all that fan fiction out there — under license of course.
Children's publisher turns back on Amazon

Award-winning Children’s Publisher Leaves Amazon

News by Dean Fetzer
Is the worm turning? Barefoot Books has cut ties with the online giant on the grounds it “has turned its books into commodities and undermined its way of doing business”.
2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Finalists

2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Winners Announced

News by Dean Fetzer
Now in its sixth year, Amazon has released the category winners for their annual awards promoting unknown or unpublished authors.
Amazon Coins

Amazon Launches Their Own Currency, But You Can't Buy Books With It

News by Christopher Shultz
The online giant wants you to use Coins for apps and games. Will this venture take off?
Amazon Workers Sue Over Wait Times at Security Checkpoints

Amazon Workers Sue Over Wait Times at Security Checkpoints

News by Dean Fetzer May 9, 2013
In an effort to prevent theft of pricey electronics or other goods, the retailer instituted security checks - on the way out - for its warehouse staff, but the lengthy lines are causing problems.
Chad Leslie Peters Craigslist

Erotica Author Places Craigslist Ad Seeking Partner For An Affair

News by Christopher Shultz April 24, 2013
Chad Leslie Peters wants to write what he knows, and he needs a little help to do it...
David Risher Worldleader Org eBooks

Former Amazon Executive Launches Free eBooks App For Underdeveloped Countries

News by Christopher Shultz April 10, 2013
David Risher's Worldreader Organization believes everyone should have access to free books, and now he's made it even easier for those in need to get them.
Goodreads to Join the Amazon Family

Goodreads to Join the Amazon Family

News by Dean Fetzer March 29, 2013
The social networking site for readers has announced it’s joining forces with the bookselling giant.
Amazon Faces Fight Over '.Book' Domain

Amazon Facing Battle for Web Domain Names Like ‘.Book’

News by Dean Fetzer March 12, 2013
The online retailer is facing a fight from competitors and industry groups over its application for new domain names.
Amazon's got a problem with porn on the Kindle

The I̶n̶t̶e̶r̶n̶e̶t̶ Kindle is For Porn

News by Dean Fetzer March 8, 2013
Amazon has a problem with self-publishers producing pornography for distribution via Kindle — apparently it’s pretty easy.

Amazon Shakes Up Indie Book Marketing Starting March 1

Column by Erik Wecks February 28, 2013
Amazon made changes to their affiliate agreement last week which will reshape how eBooks are marketed and priced.
Indie Bookstores Sue Amazon, Big Six Over DRM

Indie Bookstores Sue Amazon, Big Six Over DRM

News by Christopher Shultz February 22, 2013
Amazon is currently the go-to place for eBooks. Three east coast bookshops and a lawyer hope to level out the playing field.
Amazon Granted Resale Marketplace Patent

Amazon Granted Resale Marketplace Patent for Used eBooks, Songs, Other Digital Content

News by Dean Fetzer February 8, 2013
Rather surprisingly, considering the online giant’s current business model revolves around DRM, Amazon seems to be entering the used content arena. A sea change? We’ll see.
'Untouchable...' biography of Michael Jackson

Amazon Faces More ‘Sock Puppet’ Charges After Fans Attack New Michael Jackson Biography

News by Dean Fetzer January 23, 2013
A group of diehard fans, describing themselves as “Michael Jackson’s Rapid Response Team to Media Attacks”, has attacked Randall Sullivan’s new biography of the King of Pop via his Amazon page.
BookScan Still Relevant in the Digital Era?

BookScan - Still Relevant in the Digital Era?

News by Dean Fetzer
Neilsen’s BookScan now sends its sales data to Amazon’s Author Central so authors can check how many books they’ve sold - but the figures don’t always add up.
Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest

Amazon Announces 2013 Breakthrough Novel Award Contest

News by Christopher Shultz December 18, 2012
With bigger advances and more categories to choose from, Amazon hopes to make this their best contest yet.
Computer generated books

Computer System Author of Over 100,000 Books on Amazon

News by Dean Fetzer December 18, 2012
A professor of Marketing has been compiling books from his database - in 20 minutes or less, with more than 100,000 titles listed on Amazon to date.
Amazon European Expansion

Europe in the Cards For Amazon Expansion in 2013

News by Dean Fetzer
Riding on the “success” of Amazon Publishing in the US, the company plans to open a Luxembourg-based arm aimed at authors in Western Europe.