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Hacking the Amazon Dash Button to track presses

By Chris Meadows
August 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Internet wouldn’t be the Internet if it weren’t full of people who can figure out how to hack commercial gizmos to do more useful things. Like Ted Benson, for example, who figured out how to [...]

J.A. Konrath doubles his earnings from the new Kindle Unlimited payment scheme

By Chris Meadows
August 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

The other day I discussed what Hugh Howey thought of the new Kindle Unlimited. Here’s a similar post from J.A. Konrath. Konrath reports that his Kindle Unlimited earnings went from $5,700 in June [...]

An Amazonian’s response to ‘Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bruising Workplace’

By Nick Ciubotariu, an Amazon engineer
August 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

Nick Ciubotariu kindly granted TeleRead permission to run in full his rebuttal to the New York Times article on Amazon’s workplace culture in Seattle. I discovered the rebuttal on LinkedIn and, [...]

Amazon knocks $30 off 6” Fire HD & Fire HD Kids Edition, August 17 only

By Chris Meadows
August 17, 2015 // 4 Comments

Today (August 17) only, Amazon has put its Fire HD 6 with Special Offers on sale for $30 off the regular price. You can pay $69 to get the 6” version, or $119 to get the ruggedized Kids Edition. [...]

NYT Amazon expose withstands attacks from the company’s defenders

By David Rothman
August 17, 2015 // 3 Comments

The New York Times’ expose of brutal working conditions at Amazon drew attacks over the weekend (here, here, here, here, here, via The Digital Reader—along with a memo from Jeff Bezos). [...]

Hugh Howey believes going Amazon-exclusive is worth it, thanks to Kindle Unlimited

By Chris Meadows
August 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

Hugh Howey’s latest blog post talks about his experimentation with the Kindle Unlimited subscription e-book program. He had participated in the program before as part of a trial, but had pulled his [...]

‘Hunger Games’ in Seattle? New York Times portrays Amazon as a Darwinian sweatshop

By David Rothman
August 15, 2015 // 3 Comments

I’ve praised, praised, praised Amazon’s pros, such as knock-out customer service, well-built e-readers and other goodies. But at what human cost is this happening? If you believe Jodi Kantor and [...]

Sampling: How a research fiend saves money on e-books

By Joanna Cabot
August 14, 2015 // 2 Comments

New hobbies can wreck a teacher’s budget, especially if she’s a research fiend. How to afford the books that will bring me up to speed on my new interests? I’m already a constant buyer. [...]

Pocket-sized screens are in again: The rise of smartphone e-reading

By Chris Meadows
August 13, 2015 // 1 Comment

Everything old is new again. Jennifer Maloney at the Wall Street Journal has just noticed that more and more people seem to like reading on little tiny pocket-sized devices. Of course, those devices [...]

The ethics of web scraping

By Chris Meadows
August 13, 2015 // 2 Comments

On the Global Investigative Journalism Network, Nael Shiab looks at the question of journalistic ethics in gathering data via web scraping. The article considers the moral aspects of whether and how [...]

ePub isn’t perfect—but look at the format mess at Amazon: Time for anti-trust action to get Amazon to do ePub?

By David Rothman
August 12, 2015 // 34 Comments

Isn’t Amazon supposed to offer us a smooth e-book experience? Well, the ride is getting bumpier. Amazon has now rolled out yet another propriety e-book format or quasi-format, the KFX one. The [...]

Kindle Paperwhite, Voyage and basic model get 5.6.5 update for Bookerly font, etc. What tweaks do you want next?

By David Rothman
August 11, 2015 // 8 Comments

Own a 2013 Kindle Paperwhite? Well, you can finally enjoy the new Bookerly font optimized for readability, thanks to Amazon’s latest update, 5.6.5. Same if you own a deluxe Voyage or a recent basic [...]

$1.99 add-on Audible audiobooks cause headaches for Amazon authors

By Chris Meadows
August 7, 2015 // 5 Comments

On The Passive Voice, Passive Guy posted a question about Amazon/Audible audiobook rates and payouts on behalf of his wife, an author herself. She had heard from a friend that their audiobook [...]

Erotica flourishes in e-books via Ellora’s Cave

By Chris Meadows
August 7, 2015 // 4 Comments

The strong use of e-readers by erotica readers is not exactly new, but The Guardian has a story discussing the success of erotica publisher Ellora’s Cave and the huge numbers of erotica readers [...]

114 SF, fantasy, and horror e-books for $3.99 or less

By Chris Meadows
August 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

SF Signal has a list of 114 SF, fantasy, and horror e-books for $3.99 or less—all using SF Signal’s Amazon affiliate URL, of course. It seems like linking to lots of Amazon e-books with a [...]

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