Amazon rolls out contracted-driver Flex delivery service in Seattle

By Chris Meadows
September 29, 2015 // 5 Comments

Remember Amazon Prime Now, the service that courier-delivers a subset of Amazon-available goods to you? The Wall Street Journal reports (paywalled; Google the headline to bypass it) that Amazon is attempting to add an Uber-style twist in the form of Amazon Flex. Currently only available in Seattle, [...]

Michael Kozlowski: Traditional publishers are the true price predators

By Chris Meadows
September 29, 2015 // 3 Comments

If someone mentions “predatory pricing” in an e-book context, your first thought is probably Amazon’s $9.99 new-release e-books. Publishers complained that Amazon was using “predatory pricing” to drive competitors out of the market and put pressure on the publishers to lower their asking [...]

Is self-publishing heading for a ‘train wreck’?

By Chris Meadows
September 26, 2015 // 9 Comments

Wow. There’s someone who’s bitter. Author Derek Haines has written a blistering diatribe against the current state of the self-publishing market. From such portents as Sony exiting the e-reader business, the end of Diesel eBooks, the loss of Flipkart and Oyster’s all-you-can-eat services, and [...]

Are Fire six-packs meant for education? I doubt it

By Chris Meadows
September 26, 2015 // 4 Comments

Might the six-pack of $50 Fire tablets be Amazon’s way of slipping into the education market via the back door? The Motley Fool’s Adam Levy thinks so, pointing out that schools have been making more and more use of tablets lately, but iPads are just so expensive and schools do have limited [...]

Amazon eating Google’s lunch?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

Following my earlier report on the way that Amazon’s business is evolving, here’s some fresh meat for the thesis in the shape of a Business Insider article quoting Morgan Stanley analysis on the proportion of mobile e-commerce traffic going through dedicated apps rather than through [...]

Are you asking the wrong question about the Kindle Fire 7?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 23, 2015 // 1 Comment

A lot of the peripheral commentary on the debut of the new Kindle Fire lineup, especially the ultra-cheap Kindle Fire 7, is revolving around whether Amazon can make any money off it. After all, $49.99, right? But is that question simply a no-brainer? The Motley Fool has just run an article, [...]

iPad fanboy NOT: From Mini to Android (continued)

By Joanna Cabot
September 23, 2015 // 3 Comments

In my previous post, I told how I’d bought an Android tablet after several years firmly ensconced in the Apple camp. This new device is to be a secondary tablet for my family and me. As much as I love my full-size iPad, I didn’t love my iPad Mini $200 more than a comparable Android. So what [...]

Want an alternative to the $50 Fire? You have plenty of cheap choices

By Chris Meadows
September 23, 2015 // 2 Comments

On the Yahoo Kindle Korner mailing list, TeleRead commenter Barry Marks pointed to this $40 GameStop exclusive Asus MeMO Pad HD 7 tablet. Unfortunately, by the time I checked it out, it had already sold out online—not surprising, given that it’s normally $150 and has considerably better specs [...]

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