TeleRead Links: Amazon drones and butterflies in the sky; Authors Guild urges limited contracts; Windows 10 and Project Loon roll out

By Chris Meadows
July 29, 2015 // 6 Comments

Amazon proposes a delivery drone flight plan (Engadget) It’s basically a mirror of the current (and exceedingly safe) system employed by the FAA for commercial airliners. What’s more, Amazon wants to create a neutral central computer system to handle all of these flight plans and [...]

Amazon Prime Now same-day delivery works just fine

By Chris Meadows
July 17, 2015 // 1 Comment

Amazon has a same-day delivery service called Amazon Prime Now. You can have items from a specific catalog delivered within two hours at no charge, or within one hour for an extra $7.99. There’s a $15 minimum order. It’s only available in selected cities right now (it just launched in six of [...]

Amazon adds UK post offices to bricks-and-mortar footprint

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 27, 2014 // 0 Comments

Amazon has just expanded its distribution and delivery network in the UK by partnering with the Royal Mail to deliver Amazon packages to British post offices – an arrangement that observers say could help to support the ailing UK postal service, already under attack from private sector [...]

Amazon goes same day in UK

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 16, 2014 // 0 Comments

Amazon has begun same-day delivery in the UK, in a manner that – unexpectedly – might even help book chains, or at least one version of them. “ today announced an expansion of its Pick-Up Location programme which includes the introduction of its first ever Same-Day [...]

Barnes & Noble and Google – an Amazon-beating combo?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
August 7, 2014 // 1 Comment

A widely quoted report in the New York Times details a partnership between Barnes & Noble and Google to create a same-day book delivery service utilizing Google Shopping Express. According to the report, “book buyers in Manhattan, West Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area will be [...]

Amazon waves magic wand, creates Amazon Dash for instant Amazon Fresh shopping

By Chris Meadows
April 4, 2014 // 0 Comments

As many successful products and services as Amazon has launched over the last few years, sometimes it seems like Jeff Bezos must have a magic wand. It turns out, in fact, that he does, and now he’s making it available to select Amazon Fresh customers, too. Gizmodo has the word about the new [...]

Amazon UK is not the Dark Deliverer

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

The decision by Sainsbury’s Supermarkets to stop online sales of print books suddenly makes a lot more sense with the revelation that Amazon UK is no longer offering free delivery on smaller print book orders either. According to information on the Amazon UK website, as highlighted by The [...]

Waterstones announces plan to counter Amazon drones with trained owls

By libertyc
December 2, 2013 // 3 Comments

The Internet has been abuzz ever since Amazon announced it was looking into the use of drones to deliver lightweight packages to customers near its distribution centers. Personally, it sounds like another one of those things that is more about the publicity than the service. Amazon’s storage [...]

Amazon takes the Tube, moves on London Underground stations, collection points

By libertyc
November 22, 2013 // 0 Comments

Amazon seems to be readying a move in the UK that might get all the haters’ backs up, according to reports in the Financial Times and many other points elsewhere, with entry into one of London’s most iconic achievements: the  Tube. And the plan seems all the more likely to attract [...]

Staples, Radio Shack part ways with Amazon delivery lockers

By libertyc
November 6, 2013 // 4 Comments

Not sure how I missed seeing this when it came out a couple of weeks ago, but it turns out that a couple of the store chains where Amazon had experimented with placing its order pickup lockers decided to end the experiment and yank the lockers from their stores. Staples (which I knew about) and [...]

Caution: Low-flying books Down Under as drone delivery service launches

By libertyc
October 16, 2013 // 1 Comment

Aussies could soon be ducking to avoid more than low-flying kookaburras as New South Wales textbook rental and student services company Zookal … ahem… launches an airborne book delivery service using drones. The service, called Flirtey, is a JV between Zookal CEO Ahmed Haider and [...]

Amazon patents scheduled recurring deliveries

By libertyc
February 10, 2013 // 1 Comment

A few days ago I brought up a patent Amazon got on reselling “used” digital content. It turns out that’s not the only odd patent Amazon’s gotten lately. Dan brought to my attention U.S. patent number 8,370,271, which Amazon just received on “recurring delivery of products.” Essentially, [...]

Amazon launches delivery lockers in New York City

By libertyc
October 19, 2011 // 0 Comments

Yesterday Engadget reported that Amazon has brought its post-office-box-style package pickup lockers to Gristedes, Rite-Aid, and D’Agostino stores in New York City. We had last mentioned them trying the lockers out in Seattle, and Electronista also reports that they have been popping up in the UK [...]

Amazon field-tests convenience store package delivery drops

By libertyc
September 6, 2011 // 2 Comments

It’s a conundrum faced by anyone who has ever ordered something expensive on-line: how do you make sure you’re home when it gets there? How can you be sure the UPS man won’t just leave your shiny new Kindle, or even a box of books, sitting right on your doorstep? (I had that happen to an [...]

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