Mon, 14/04/2014 - 09:55
After 18 months of negotiations, Amazon has signed an agreement with the Swedish database company Bokrondellen.
The agreement means Amazon can now access metadata from virtually every Swedish publishing house.
The reason the negotiations took so long is that Bokrondellen did not want to give Amazon any advantages over...
Mon, 14/04/2014 - 09:41
Amazon is already testing its delivery drones, c.e.o. Jeff Bezos has told shareholders.
In a letter, Bezos said Amazon’s “Prime Air team is already testing our fifth and sixth generation aerial vehicles”.
He also said the company...
Fri, 11/04/2014 - 09:40
Amazon has acquired comiXology, a US-based digital comic book platform.
David Steinberger, comiXology c.e.o., confirmed the sale on a post on the website, saying the deal will help make “every person on the planet a comics fan”.
He said: “ComiXology will retain its identity as an...
Thu, 10/04/2014 - 16:54
Amazon’s grip on the e-book market is stronger in the UK, where it accounts for 79% of the market, than in the US (67%), Germany (43%) or France (40%), according to the Global eBook: A report on market trends and developments, compiled by Rüdiger Wischenbart.
The report said that online is the “most...
Thu, 10/04/2014 - 11:40
Amazon is continuing to invest in its publishing business in the US and the UK, Sarah Jane Gunter, director of Amazon Publishing International, told The Bookseller.
Gunter confirmed that Amazon Publishing would launch 500 new titles this year, publishing a mix of UK and US authors globally. “It’s a number we are...
Mon, 07/04/2014 - 09:50
Amazon’s self-publishing platform CreateSpace (CS) has had an exponential rise in print sales this year, effectively becoming the UK’s 30th-largest print publisher.
CS has sold 149,993 units for just over £1.14m through Nielsen BookScan UK in the first quarter of 2014, a 127% rise in value terms on Q1 2013. It...
Tue, 01/04/2014 - 15:48
Amazon is to open a bookstore selling physical books on the International Space Station (ISS).
NASA announced the historic agreement in Houston this morning. The shop, which is expected to open in time for the busy summer season on the ISS – when international crews come and go every 50 days – will stock around 2,000...
Fri, 28/03/2014 - 16:47
There is an old Soviet-era joke that the Lubyanka, the KGB headquarters, was the tallest building in Moscow because from the basement you could see all the way to Siberia.
In a similar way, the loudest part of the conversation around Amazon’s plans for publishing in the UK is the deafening silence from it about anything its...
Fri, 28/03/2014 - 14:26
Kobo has said that it is not withdrawing from the US market despite an intensification of price competition among e-book vendors since the demise of the original agency agreements.
Last week Kobo petitioned Canada's Competitions tribunal to stay the implementation of new agency-lite agreements in Canada, claiming that the new...
Fri, 28/03/2014 - 10:00
The arrival of blinkbox books, Tesco’s e-book site which launched this week (25th March), has been welcomed by publishers, with analysts giving it the “best chance yet” of breaking Amazon’s e-book market monopoly.