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Walmart.com said Thursday it will start offering its Top 10 pre-order DVD movie titles at just $10 each as well as "free home delivery" on its entire catalog of DVD and Blu-ray titles (excluding box sets).
Amazon.com has introduced "PayPhrase," a new shortcut for making purchases at the online retailer and other websites.
PayPhrase works by allowing users to choose their own phrase along with a PIN and then set up their shipping information, which is stored at Amazon.
Amazon customers can use PayPhrase to make purchases at any websites that offers Checkout by Amazon, such as DNKY, Patagonia, Buy.com and J&R Electronics.
Update: Amazon announced the completion of its acquisition of Zappos.com today. The Zappos management team will remain intact, and Zappos will operate independently with its headquarters in Las Vegas.
Original Article: Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh sent an email to Zappos employees today informing them that Amazon is becoming the only shareholder of Zappos stock. The following video from Jeff Bezos was also posted on the Zappos Blog:
Amazon and Walmart have been engaged in an online price war over holiday sales of bargain books. The whole thing began when Walmart announced that it would let customers preorder 10 of the most highly anticipated upcoming books for as little as $10 each. In a matter of hours, Amazon matched the price for all of the same books. Walmart then dropped the price to $9. Then Amazon did the same.
Amazon.com has introduced "Kindle for PC," a free software application that allows PC users to access Kindle content on their computers.
Users will be able to buy e-books from Amazon without having to own its Kindle e-reader. Previously users had to buy a Kindle or an iPhone or iPod touch to buy e-books from its Kindle store.
The new Kindle for PC download will be available from Amazon next month. Amazon introduced its Kindle for PC software at Windows 7 launch event today in New York City.
Amazon.com has launched Amazon Mobile Payments Service (MPS) which provides developers, merchants and distributors of mobile applications a way to process payments from mobile devices.
Amazon MPS allows customers to use their current payment and shipping information from their accounts to make purchases from their mobile device.
Amazon.com has announced the winner of its "Your Amazon Ad Contest" its first national competition for the best customer-created television commercial.
Angela Kohler, of Los Angles, was voted the winner by the company as well as Amazon customers. Kohler will receive $20,000 in Amazon gift cards along with a trip for two to the 15th Annual Gen Art Film Festival in New York City next April where her commercial will be screened.
The Performance Marketing Alliance has filed a brief with the New York Supreme Court in support of Amazon.com’s appeal, which argues that the law requiring online retailers to collect use taxes on sales in New York based on their relationship with affiliate marketers is unconstitutional under the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution.
Last November Amazon.com announced its initiative called "Frustration-Free Packaging" aimed at reducing the amount of packaging materials and making them easier for customers to open.
Now the company has added two new features allowing customers to provide feedback on both Amazon’s and manufacturer’s packaging. Customers can now rate Amazon’s packaging on a four-point scale ranging from "too small" to "way too big."
Micropayments have worked for companies like iTunes and even Amazon.com for songs and television episodes. But could they be the solution to the newspaper industry’s pending demise?
The Financial Times is ready to find out. They currently use a hybrid paid-free model, where users can access up to 20 stories a month for free, but they’re looking to a pay-per-story or possibly subject or time period model.
E-readers such as Amazon’s Kindle have sparked interest among consumers but have not yet reached mainstream adoption, according to a new report from the NPD Group.
Some 37 percent of consumers expressed interest in purchasing an e-reader, but more than 40 percent said they were "somewhat uninterested" or "not interested at all." When asked why, nearly 70 percent said it’s because they prefer the feel of an actual book.
The Free Software Foundation has launched an online petition to convince Amazon.com to drop its use of digital rights management (DRM) technology on its Kindle.
The move comes after Amazon deleted customers copies of George Orwell’s "Animal Farm" and "1984" without notice. Amazon says the titles were added to the Kindle store by a company that did not have the rights to them and it removed the copies at the request of the publisher from both its Kindle store and users personal electronic readers.
The American Jewish Committee filed a lawsuit Friday against Amazon-Germany for selling books it says question the Holocaust and "trivialize" the Nazis.
The AJC says there are about 50 titles available on Amazon.de that question the Holocaust and promote Nazis.
Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos has apologized for the way his company handled the deletion of two George Orwell titles from its customers Kindle readers.
Last week Amazon, without notice, deleted customers copies of Orwell’s "Animal Farm" and "1984" later saying the action was taken at the request of the publisher. After removing the titles from its catalogue, Amazon deleted the titles from all of its customers Kindle devices. Customers were refunded for their purchase of the titles.
Amazon.com is partnering with the University of Michigan to reprint 400,000 titles that are no longer under copyright protection or are out of print.
Amazon’s BookSurge unit will print and bind the books in soft cover and they will be available on the site for $10 to $45 depending on the length.
Amazon.com has been hit with a $5 million class action suit over its popular Kindle 2 book reader.
Some Kindle owners who purchased the optional $30 protective cover are complaining it is causing cracks in the device, which eventually lead it to stop working. The cover fastens onto the body of the Kindle with a set of metal clips.
Amazon has launched a new site catering specifically to cell phones and their service plans. The online store located at wireless.amazon.com lets users shop for phones by model, service, color, etc.
You may be able to shop by carrier at AmazonWireless, but that only includes AT&T and Verizon. On top of that, they don’t even carry the iPhone, which is available through AT&T. Here is a look at the site’s bestselling phones:
Amazon.com has announced its third annual Amazon Web Services Start-Up Challenge, a contest for entrepreneurs and start-ups.
The winner of the contest will receive $50,000 in cash, $50,000 in Amazon Web Services (AWS) credits, mentoring sessions, and premium gold support for one year. The winner may also receive an investment from Amazon.
All finalists will receive $5,000 in AWS credits and all qualified participants will receive $25 in AWS credits.
Japan’s tax authorities have ordered an affiliate of Amazon.com to pay $119 million in back taxes for unreported income earned it the country during a three year span that ended in 2005.
U.S. companies that do business in Japan without branch offices are not required to file tax returns or pay taxes to the Japanese government.
Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle has vetoed a bill that would have required online retailers such as Amazon.com and Overstock.com to collect and pay sales tax on their affiliate programs within the state.
Earlier this week both Amazon and Overstock had notified affiliates in the state that they would be ending their programs there due to the new tax requirements.
Amazon.com has killed another affiliates program due to proposed legislation that would force the company to collect and pay sales tax in Rhode Island.
The move comes less than a week after Amazon notified its affiliates in North Carolina it would be ending its program there due to similar proposed legislation.
North Carolina residents who are Amazon Affiliates recently received an email telling them the company would be ending its relationships with them due to the North Carolina state legislature getting ready to, as Amazon puts it, "enact an unconstitutional tax collection scheme."
What the North Carolina government is proposing would apply sales tax to purchases made through online affiliates based in NC. It has not yet passed.
It appears that North Carolina is about to follow New York’s lead and implement a tax collection scheme that will see Amazon.com shut down its Associates affiliate program in the state. Today, all Amazon Associates in NC received this gloomy email from the online retailer:
Update 2: The Kindle DX will ship on June 10th, a spokesperson for Amazon tells WebProNews. "The Kindle DX is currently available for pre-order and all orders are prioritized on a first come, first served
basis," they said.
Update: The Kindle DX is now available for pre-order at Amazon for $489.
Google has announced plans it will start selling eBooks by the end of the year.
The move will put Google in direct competition with Amazon.com and it is also part of its strategy to promote an open platform for reading and accessing books.
Unlike Amazon, Google will allow users to read its ebooks on any Web enabled device including a PC, mobile phone and an eBook reader.
"Eventually, we hope to extend this functionality to retailers who embed Google Previews on their website," the company said in a statement.
People who want to make their blogs more accessible through the Amazon Kindle – and get some money as a result – can consider themselves officially encouraged to do so. Amazon’s started a Kindle Publishing for Blogs program that allows for self-publishing and then splits the revenue.
The results of the 10th annual Harris Interactive Reputation Quotient Study have been released, and – thank you, automotive and financial sectors – 88 percent of respondents apparently feel the reputation of corporate America is either "not good" or "terrible." However, Google, Amazon, and Microsoft are still well-regarded.
Amazon announced today that HD TV shows are available for purchase, and HD movies are available for devices supporting Amazon Video On Deamnd.
There are over 500 shows and movies from major studios available in HD. Studios include Warner Bros., Sony Pictures, Paramount, MGM, Universal Studios Home Entertainment and Showtime. Popular titles they’re mentioning include Twilight, Smallville, Gossip Girl, Frost/Nixon, and Californication.
Amazon.com announced today it would not allow behavioral advertising firm Phorm to access its Web pages to compile information on Internet users.
Phorm tracks individuals browsing in order to serve highly targeted ads. Phorm has received criticism from the European Commission for the way ISPs use it in the UK. The EU is currently considering legal action against the UK over the use of Phorm.
Amazon.com has come under fire for removing the "Sales Rank" data for books with gay and lesbian themes.
Author Mark R. Probst wrote about the Amazon policy change on his blog Sunday.
"On Amazon.com two days ago, mysteriously, the sales rankings disappeared from two newly-released high profile gay romance books: ‘Transgressions’ by Erastes and ‘False Colors’ by Alex Beecroft. Everybody was perplexed. Was it a glitch of some sort?"
Amazon.com has launched its own Xbox Live Store in beta that allows gamers to purchase games, subscription cards and Microsoft Points cards.
Previously games were only available directly from the Xbox 360 console or xbox.com, making Amazon the first retailer to offer consumers access to codes for downloading Xbox Live Arcade games.
Yahoo Music is doing its best "come one, come all" carnival barker imitation. Starting tomorrow, existing Artist Pages will be customizable with modules from iTunes, Amazon, Last.fm, Rhapsody, Pandora, and YouTube, and more exciting stuff is on the way, too.
Amazon is ending the payment of referral fees to associates in North America using pay-per-click (PPC) to get traffic. This is effective beginning May 1st.
The change is not temporary. Amazon will not reinstate payment of referral fees to paid search associates. They say the decision to make the change is based on their review of how they invest their advertising resources.
Amazon.com is closing three of its fulfillment centers in Munster, Indiana, Red Rock, Nevada, and Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, the first time the online retailer has closed a warehouse since 2006.
Amazon said the move is part of a reorganization of its distribution network so it can "better balance product mix and customer orders."
Discovery Communications, the company behind the Discovery Channel, has sued Amazon.com for allegedly violating a patent on electronic book technology with the Kindle.
Discovery filed the patent infringement suit against Amazon in U.S. District Court in Delaware alleging that the sale of both versions of the Kindle violates a patent Discovery received in 2007.
Amazon Web Services, Amazon’s cloud computing service, has announced it has added a new pricing option for Amazon EC2 called Reserved Instances.
Reserved Instances extends the current on-demand pay-as-you-go pricing by giving customers an option to make a one-time payment to reserve capacity and reduce hourly charges.
After the one- time payment, the instance is reserved enabling customers to only pay for the compute capacity they use, and if they don’t use an instance they will not pay usage charges on it. Reserved Instances are available in 1-year or 3-year terms.
Amazon.com has announced it will allow customers to trade-in used videogames for credit on its site, a move that will challenge game retailer GameStop.
The company has launched Amazon Video Games Trade-In in beta. "Our video game trade-in process is easy. Go to www.amazon.com/tradeingames and discover games that you want to trade among hundreds of titles," the Amazon Game Room’s Blog states.
Amazon.com has changed its position on its Kindle 2 book reader and says it will allow copyright holders to decide if they want to enable a text- to- speech feature on a title-by-title basis.
"Kindle 2’s experimental text-to-speech feature is legal: no copy is made, no derivative work is created, and no performance is being given," Amazon said in a statement.
You’ve probably heard a lot of hype about the new Kindle 2 from Amazon that people just started receiving this week. This isn’t the only news in electronic reading materials though. What if you could just get books delivered to your phone? That doesn’t sound too bad, and it’s exactly what Canadian Indigo Books & Music, Inc. is doing with its well-timed release of Shortcovers, which launched today.
With the Unveiling of the newest generation of Amazon Kindle (which began shipping on Monday) bloggers, publishing houses, newspaper editors, and even lumberjacks are thinking: what’s next?
It’s the second version of the Kindle, a wireless reading device, capable of storing thousands of titles within its svelte design.
Rumor had it that Amazon would unveil a new version of its Kindle e-book reader today; pictures of a slim and slick-looking device were already circulating, and Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s CEO, had called a press conference in New York. Now, Amazon’s investors and (slightly) late adopters will be happy to hear that the rumor was realized.
Rumor has it Amazon will unveil the second generation of its ebook Kindle at a press event next Monday. The device is expected to be thinner and cheaper, but still will lack certain functionalities the digital consuming public might expect. Beyond that, predictions for the device seem overly optimistic.
The Kindle, Amazon’s e-book reader, has been sold out for months. Over 7,600 (mostly positive) reviews have been written on its official product page. And even though Amazon’s chosen not to share official figures, a Citigroup analyst has now estimated that around 500,000 Kindles were sold last year.
The market for e-books and e-book readers seems to be growing bigger and bigger. It’s not at all time to declare the death of the paperback, but new UK data from Hitwise shows that searches for certain e-book-related terms are becoming much more common.
A New York State Supreme Court Justice has dismissed Amazon.com’s lawsuit challenging the law that requires some out-of-state online retailers to collect New York sales tax.
New York Justice Eileen Bransten wrote in an order released today "there is no basis upon which Amazon can prevail."
The judge said the New York law does not tax "any and all Internet sales," but only requires businesses to collect state and local sales taxes if the company generates $10,000 or more in revenue via affiliate networks.
Last week, some fairly devastating unemployment stats renewed comparisons between what we’re going through now and the Great Depression. Fresh reports indicate that at least a few major tech companies are still happily chatting up potential employees, though.
The news may be a little hard to believe today – the Dow has closed down about 221 points – but a fresh report from Compete says that online retailers aren’t having such a bad holiday season. In fact, thanks to a charge led by Amazon, the latest unique visitor stats are pulling ahead of the levels set in 2007.
Amazon has purchased Reflexive Entertainment, a computer game developer based in Lake Forest, California, founded 11 years ago. Apart from actually developing games for PCs, Macs, and even the XBox 360, they own the popular site Reflexive Arcade, which offers downloads of PC games and Mac games, as well as online web games.
NBC Sports had a good run with online video during the Olympics to say the least. They reported that they streamed over 12 million hours of Olympics content across its digital platforms, with 7 million visitors watching over 30 millions streams of live and Video On Demand content at NBCOlympics.com.
Amazon announced today that it will be launching a Content Delivery Network service before the end of the year. This could mean bad news for other networks.
Amazon has stolen away Microsoft senior ad exec Lisa Ultzschneider leaving us all to wonder just what kind of advertising aspirations the company has.
Amazon has not commented on what kind of plans it has for Ultzschneider. Rick Aristotle Muarriz at Fool.com speculates that it won’t much involve Amazon.com, but likely the company’s other properties:
Online retailer Amazon.com will start selling wine produced in the U.S. by early October making it available to its domestic customers.
Napa Valley Vintners, a nonprofit organization representing more than 300 vintners in California, has started workshops for wineries that want to sell their wine on Amazon, according to Terry Hall, communications director for the group.
Online video competition has just gotten a little more heated. Amazon Video On Demand is making over 40,000 movie and television show titles available for streaming. Before, customers could only download titles and watch them on a PC via Amazon’s Unbox or on their TiVo box. Now you can do that or stream the titles to watch them instantly.
Apple is everywhere in the news this week, with its big score on the American Customer Satisfaction Index, its MobileMe problems, its iPhone 3G lawsuit, and now issues with the Chinese government. Apple’s iTunes store has been blocked in China for pushing a controversial benefit album.
Good dogs get compared to Lassie, good sports cars are put next to Corvettes, and good athletes are measured against Michael Jordan. Now a Citigroup analyst has done Amazon the favor of comparing its Kindle to the iPod.
Online retailers cannot risk raising shipping prices. The sluggish economy combined with high fuel prices are hurting Americans financially but Amazon.com and other online retailers are unlikely to increase shipping costs out of fear of losing customers.
Contracts with shippers may protect Amazon and some others as companies look for ways to cut costs. Companies such as Amazon and Overstock depend on low or free shipping to attract business.
Online retailing giant Amazon.com is launching a new online service that will feature TV shows and movies called Amazon Video on Demand.
Initially Amazon Video on Demand will only be available to a limited number of invited customers starting today and becoming more widely accessible to other users later in the summer.