Thursday, April 1, 2010

Amazon’s caves on price structure

Bezos sadly spending his days on the basement stair dressing up as his hero Austin Powers

It’s like the publishers want Amazon’s Kindle  to fail. They leaned on Bezos to raise the price of ebooks from the affordable and sensible price of $9.99 to prices between $12.99 and $14.99. Preposterous! Is Bezos pig latin for oNay allsBay? I forget how that works, but jeezus, at least until today, Amazon could effectively compete on price. Now they can’t even do that. Apparently the RDF for the iPad release  is widening and taking a grip on the ebook market and Bezos is utterably helpless to stop it. He’s cracking up so bad they may need to get the net.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Amazon: “Your package was eaten by an alligator”

A fellow by the name of Will Collier ordered a computer part from Amazon.  The part didn’t show.  So he called Amazon up and was told..his part had been eaten by an alligator.  That is a new one.  (PS- “Fake Steve Jobs” is a part of Will’s blog roll.  As it should be Will, as it should be.)

Monday, February 22, 2010

The most trusted brand in America is…

According to this new study, it’s Amazon.  But judging by that grinning chipmunk below, you already knew that.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The Amazon gloves come off

It looks like Amazon isn’t maintaining the status quo with the Kindle.  The New York Times says Amazon has purchased Touchco, a start-up specializing  in touch-screen technology.  Now just who could Amazon be gunning for? Can’t imagine.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Amazon blinks, raises e-book prices for Macmillan

That’s the word here. In a statement on the Kindle Community site, they laid it out.

Dear Customers:

Macmillan, one of the “big six” publishers, has clearly communicated to us that, regardless of our viewpoint, they are committed to switching to an agency model and charging $12.99 to $14.99 for e-book versions of bestsellers and most hardcover releases.

We have expressed our strong disagreement and the seriousness of our disagreement by temporarily ceasing the sale of all Macmillan titles. We want you to know that ultimately, however, we will have to capitulate and accept Macmillan’s terms because Macmillan has a monopoly over their own titles, and we will want to offer them to you even at prices we believe are needlessly high for e-books. Amazon customers will at that point decide for themselves whether they believe it’s reasonable to pay $14.99 for a bestselling e-book. We don’t believe that all of the major publishers will take the same route as Macmillan. And we know for sure that many independent presses and self-published authors will see this as an opportunity to provide attractively priced e-books as an alternative.

Kindle is a business for Amazon, and it is also a mission. We never expected it to be easy!

Thank you for being a customer.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

And so it begins

Amazon has pulled all Macmillan titles. Digital, physical, the works. Why? Apparently, it’s because the publisher is going to sell its titles at a higher price point with Apple. Get the info here from Peter Kafka.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Dead Tree Society takes on Amazon

Here. Haven’t these organizations had the talk with El Jobso? Ah, that’s it they’re preparing for the Tablet Of God. See Amazon stock now? Watch the sleigh ride begin folks, cos’ it’s downhill from here on!