Thu, 07/11/2013 - 16:53
Not everything Amazon does works. It is worth reminding ourselves of this occasionally.
In his book The Everything Store the journalist Brad Stone recalls how in the midst of the dot-com collapse, three senior Amazon executives compiled a list of Jeff Bezos' successes and failures, with the latter outnumbering the former...
Thu, 07/11/2013 - 09:40
Independent booksellers on both sides of the Atlantic have reacted with suspicion towards news of Amazon’s offer to US indies on Kindle e-readers.
The company's newly revealed "Amazon Source" retail deal allows independent...
Wed, 06/11/2013 - 14:02
Amazon.com is offering independent booksellers the opportunity to sell Kindle e-readers.
The company will give US indies 10% commission for every Kindle e-book bought on the device sold by the indie bookseller for two years after the e-reader was sold.
The 10% commission figure is believed to be slightly higher than the...
Wed, 30/10/2013 - 15:17
Amazon.com has launched two new initiatives for its US customers – a digital literary journal for the Kindle platform and a simple way of giving to charity when shopping on the site.
Day One is a weekly digital publication...
Wed, 30/10/2013 - 07:15
Amazon in the US has launched its Kindle MatchBook programme, allowing readers to buy digital copies of physical books they have bought on the site for $2.99 or less.
More than 70,000 books are available through the service, with publishers including HarperCollins, Macmillan, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Wiley all making books...
Tue, 29/10/2013 - 08:30
Margaret Hodge has grilled HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) over how it taxes major corporations such as Amazon, and questioned why it has not pursued court cases against some companies.
The Labour MP is chair of the Public Accounts Committee, which questioned the directors of HMRC yesterday (28th October) in Parliament.
Fri, 25/10/2013 - 09:18
UK booksellers have called for VAT on e-books to be scrapped in the week that the European Commission announced the creation of an expert group to explore taxation in the digital economy.
Waterstones managing director James Daunt, Foyles chief executive Sam Husain and The Book People chief executive Seni Glaister have all endorsed...
Fri, 25/10/2013 - 09:15
Amazon’s third quarter revenue has grown 24% to $17.09bn (£10.5bn) but the retailer is still making a loss.
The company revealed its third quarter results last night (24th October), at which point its share price rose by 8% to $361 (£222.70) after trading.
Amazon made a net loss of $41m (£25.29m)...
Fri, 18/10/2013 - 09:17
The Booksellers Association has said it will urgently consider an industry initiative to prevent explicit self-published e-books becoming available on mainstream retailers’ websites.
W H Smith shut down its entire site following the Mail on Sunday’s revelation last weekend (13th) that...
Fri, 11/10/2013 - 09:15
Amazon has agreed to acquire TenMarks, an online education business used by US schools to provide maths teaching for pupils.
The online retailer said that the purchase would allow the two companies to develop educational content and apps across multiple platforms.
TenMarks programmes can set exercises for pupils to do, along...