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The new drone war: Amazon and the online retail battle

Drones delivering books? A TV stunt on 60 Minutes is all part of a fierce retail war in the United States on “Cyber Monday”. The future of retailing is very weird indeed.

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As family ties break, will the rich save our newspapers?

The family is getting out of newspapers in the United States, leaving rich philanthropists to redefine what big-city newspapers are. So what will the media charitable causes in Australia do?

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What’s a dot-com genius going to do with The Washington Post?

Can Amazon founder Jeff Bezos revolutionise the news media with his purchase of The Washington Post like he did with book publishing? Journalists have reason to hope.

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Poor retail a local experience, as global magnates get bigger

While Australian retailers struggle with technology, the poor performance appears to be a local problem, rather than a retail problem, as some of the world’s biggest retailers provided in 2012.

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Despite renos, Penguin House can’t match Amazon McMansion

The merger of publishers Penguin and Random House will trigger more takeover activity. And the impact will trickle down to all aspects of the industry, writes Scribe publisher Henry Rosenbloom.

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Advertising Age | ADVERTISING|

Amazon charges big bucks for Kindle Fire ads

For e-reader devotees, Amazon’s Kindle Fire is a must have. For companies, advertising on it is desirable — but, at at least US$600,000 a pop for a welcome screen ad, not always affordable.

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The international agreement to gouge e-book customers

E-book prices have soared due to an international agreement between publishers. But why are non-US customers being gouged even more?

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The most outrageous tech predictions for 2012

Lists of tech predictions for the year ahead are super abundant at this time of year, writes Charis Palmer, of Technology Spectator.

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Fast Company | COMPANIES|

It’s war: Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google to battle for tech prominence

The war will be long and intense. In coming years four tech giants will battle mercifully for prominence in markets such as smartphones, tablet PCs and social media, writes Farhad Manjoo.

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Monday Note | LINKS|

Amazon’s strategy: sell ‘em cheap, pocket dosh from apps and ads

Amazon and Apple’s business strategies are diametrically opposed: Apple relies largely on hardware sales but Amazon is all about directing users to various forms of media, writes Frédéric Filloux.

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Computerworld | COMPANIES|

Life in the Amazon: e-books outsell the printed word

Powerful bookseller Amazon announced that for the first time since it began selling e-books — and its succesful Kindle e-reader — four years ago, it now sells 105 e-books for every 100 printed book.

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Bartholomeusz: an Amazonian effort

The common denominator in the Amazon and Google results was that the increase in revenues significantly outstripped the increase in earnings.

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Real Business | BOOKS|

How I made a blank book an Amazon bestseller

Author Shed Simove desperately wanted a bestseller, but even he was surprised when his self-published blank book — titled What Every Man Thinks About Apart From Sex — sailed up the Amazon charts.

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The Guardian | COMPANIES|

Amazon cuts ribbon for new cyber movie studio

Online giant Amazon have taken an unexpected detour into the movie biz with the recently launched Amazon Studios, an online user-based production company that aspires to create new distribution channels for filmmakers.

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PC Magazine | LINKS|

Amazon defend the sale of “pedosexual” e-book

Online giant Amazon.com is under fire for refusing to remove a pro-pedophilia e-book from their catalogue, arguing that pulling The Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure from their cyber shelves would constitute unnecessary censorship.

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Washington Post | ECONOMY|

Will America implement an internet sales tax?

Given the lingering effects of the GFC and the continued proliferation of largely untaxed e-commerce, a renewed movement of internet sales tax advocates is growing in Washington. Unsurprisingly, online retailers such as Amazon aren’t part of the club.

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TechCrunch | LINKS|

For sale on Amazon: uranium ore

For the low low price of US$29.95, visitors to Amazon can purchase their own tin of uranium ore. But wait, there’s more: the product is generating some very positive reviews.

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Business Week | LINKS|

The Kindle is alive and well

If you thought Apple’s iPad had seized control of the e-reader industry and obliterated the competition, think again. The Kindle is far from dead. According to new figures from Amazon, the digital reading device is actually more popular than ever.

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The New Yorker | ONLINE|

Will Apple save or destroy the publishing industry?

With Amazon offering increasingly cut-price e-books, the publishing industry is looking to Apple’s iPad to kill the Kindle and save the book business. But is Steve Jobs really looking after the interests of publishers, or just his own legacy?

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New York Times | COMPANIES|

Former VP: How Microsoft lost its cool

Microsoft has truckloads of cash, employs some of the smartest people on Earth, and, until recently, completely dominated the computer industry. So how come it didn’t invent the iPad, iPod, BlackBerry or Kindle? Former VP Dick Brass explains.

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Washington Post | BOOKS|

The new economics of book publishing explained

For anyone confused by all the hype about e-readers and the “digital revolution” in the book publishing world, this article breaks it down perfectly: how Amazon makes money with the Kindle, how Apple will from the iPad, and why publishers are pissed off.

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New York Times | COMPANIES|

Destroying the Amazon

After Amazon last week pulled all the Macmillan published books from its online shelves following a dispute over pricing of e-books, Amazon has caved and raised the prices as per Macmillan’s wishes. Is this the first defeat in the Kindle vs. iPad war?

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E-Day looms for book publishers

The power relationship between authors and publishers is set to change fundamentally with the coming e-publishing revolution, writes Michael R. James.

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E-books: publishers need to get with the program

Book publishers been twiddling their thumbs on e-books for years, but the success of Amazon’s Kindle and the looming Apple Tablet is about to force their hands, writes Mark Davis.

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New York Times | BOOKS|

How to write a best-seller: give it away free

The best-selling e-Books aren’t necessarily the ones penned by big-name authors or showered in awards: they’re the ones that don’t cost anything. Heaving bosoms and lusty vampires don’t hurt “sales”, either.

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