Ten tips for frugal Amazon shoppers

By David Rothman
August 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

No, Amazon isn’t the warmest and fuzziest of companies, as demonstrated by Julia Cheiffetz’s essay, I Had a Baby and Cancer When I Worked at Amazon. This Is My Story. A boycott, however, most [...]

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. [...]

I’ve Got the Gadget Shopping Blues!

By Joanna Cabot
December 16, 2014 // 0 Comments

I am gadget shopping this week! And wow, what a pain it is. All these years of computer-owning, and I still feel like every time I buy a new one, there is all this manual labor involved. How have [...]

Why is Black Friday now Black Thursday Night? Blame Amazon

By Chris Meadows
November 18, 2014 // 3 Comments

Tis the season. As we gear up for the Christmas shopping rush to begin, we face a dilemma that’s become a lot more prominent in recent years: many retailers are going to open for early Black Friday [...]

Why fear Firefly when you can go with the Flow?

By Chris Meadows
June 19, 2014 // 1 Comment

No, not that Firefly. Various sites are referring to the Amazon Fire Phone’s “Firefly” image recognizer as a “built-in showrooming tool.” Which I suppose it is, when you get right down to [...]

For Jeff Bezos, customer convenience is king

By Chris Meadows
April 6, 2014 // 3 Comments

Forbes has another profile of Jeff Bezos. Seems we’ve been seeing those a lot lately, what with that recent book on the man. This one looks particularly at Bezos’s intense focus on customer [...]

Christmas Eve in a bookstore: How it used to be

By libertyc
December 24, 2013 // 2 Comments

Carrie Vaughn, author of the Kitty Norville werewolf novels, has posted to her blog an amusing tale of the Christmas Eves she used to work in a bookstore, right after college. She explains that she [...]

Lessons Learned During a Cross-Border Shopping Trip

By libertyc
August 6, 2013 // 0 Comments

I’ve just gotten back from a little birthday getaway—we had a long weekend here and the Beloved took an extra day off to whisk me away for the big 3-6. And I realized that there is nothing [...]

The Human Cost of Big-Box Online Shopping

By libertyc
July 31, 2013 // 10 Comments

A Facebook friend sent this oldish-but-goodie my way from Mother Jones, titled “I Was a Warehouse Wage Slave.” Author Mac McClelland writes about a stint with a company she refers to as [...]

My Answers Expert Articles: Online Shopping, Blogging, Writing

By libertyc
June 22, 2013 // 0 Comments

Yesterday I posted links to some of my articles as the “PC Expert” for’s Experts program. Here are the other articles of possible relevance to TeleRead. I’ve written plenty of [...]

Amazon price-matching app causes concern for bricks and mortar

By libertyc
December 13, 2011 // 4 Comments

Amazon has been running a promotion with a new smartphone-based price-checking tool that lets users scan the barcodes of items in stores and compare the prices to items Amazon sells to earn 5% store [...]

Black Friday e-reading deals: Nook, Apple

By libertyc
November 23, 2011 // 1 Comment

Black Friday is almost upon us, and it bids fair to be an e-reader kind of holiday season. There’s no word yet from Amazon on any discounts on its Kindle products (though it seems to be discounting [...]

Apple’s new rules create a usability problem in ebook apps

By Chris Walters
July 25, 2011 // 4 Comments

If you’re one of those people who loads up your iOS device with lots of apps, you’ve possibly already experienced the problem Martin Taylor is having this morning: When I try to download [...]

Amazon tablet could be the Sears Catalog of the 21st century

By Chris Walters
July 14, 2011 // 5 Comments

While reading various articles today about the forthcoming Amazon tablet, it struck me that of all the giant media companies entering this space, only Amazon routinely and successfully sells physical [...]

Wired posts tablet shopping guide

By libertyc
November 25, 2010 // 2 Comments

And speaking of Christmas gifts, Wired has a guide to what to look for when buying a tablet computer. The article notes that, even though Apple is still the frontrunner, enough tablets have emerged [...]

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