Andrew Wylie, the literary agent whose exclusive deal with Amazon.com last week stunned the publishing world, has threatened a broad expansion of his digital publishing business to include up to 2,000 titles if traditional publishers refuse to improve digital royalties.
Posted onJuly 29, 2010|Comments Off on Are There No BAD Amazon Customer Stories?
Found this Comment at a site that prefers not to be linked to:
I have a launch Kindle 2. I love the device for all of the same reasons that [another commenter] listed. I never had any problems with it until this past weekend. I turned on the 3G and hit the ‘sync/update’ option. I knew that it was going to download and install the newer 2.5 update (which added the long-needed ‘collections’ feature which allows you to arbitrarily group your books). Well it bricked the device. I’m not sure how it happened. I was well outside (~6 months) the 1 yr warranty. I called them up and they overnighted a brand-new K2 at no cost. (At least it looks brand-new, it could be a really well-preserved refurb). That kind of experience is why I really like Amazon and the Kindle.
Amazon thinks nothing of shipping out an expensive piece of hardware at the drop of a hat to satisfy a customer.
Amazon.com Inc. plans to release a cheaper Kindle e-reader next month, said Chief Executive Jeff Bezos, laying out a strategy to go “mass market” with an inexpensive gadget designed to do just one thing: sell digital books from Amazon.
The new Kindle features a screen with increased gray-scale contrast, a battery that lasts for a month, and a slightly smaller size. It will come in two flavors: one with Wi-Fi and 3G Internet connections selling for $189, the other with Wi-Fi only for $139. The latter will be among the cheapest wireless-equipped e-readers on the market, at least for now.
Boldfaced emphasis added by me.
Wow. I think Barnes & Noble just got indigestion.
And Borders, with its very low-end USB-cable-syncing $149 Kobo Reader, just had a heart attack.
Over at Sony, it cannot be a good day (it’s just near 5PM for them in California as I type this).
Think about it! Last year at this time, one of these devices cost between $199 (Sony Pocket Reader) to $300 (Sony Reader Touch), which other entrants boasting of larger displays and prices nearing $500.
People marveled at the Kobo Reader coming in at $149 just a few months ago.
Now Amazon has just made a Kindle at half the price it used to be!
Amazon’s initial implementation of Kindle 2 would have added audio playback to your e-book regardless of whether Amazon had properly acquired audio rights. For most of you, Amazon’s announcement means that it will now respect your contractual right to authorize (or not) the addition of computer-generated audio to your e-books sold for the Kindle.
Those idiots couldn’t distinguish between crappy machine-generated badly-pronounced audio output and the artistry of a human reader.
And now along comes the Copyright Office to slap them down:
(6) Literary works distributed in ebook format when all existing ebook editions of the work (including digital text editions made available by authorized entities) contain access controls that prevent the enabling either of the book’s read-aloud function or of screen readers that render the text into a specialized format.
The Copyright Office has now stated that machine-reading is not a subsidiary right of a book contract and the DRM on such eBooks that prevent Text-to-Speech can legally be circumvented to re-enable that function.
It remains to be seen now if Amazon will flip the flag on all of its Kindle books that has prevented this feature.
I won’t be going into other DRM issues. There are plenty of others chiming in about that elsewhere.
I just needed to show once again that the Authors Guild is an organization with its head stuck up its ass when it comes to technology.
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I haven’t paid attention to the Kindle until now, so I don’t know if this has been going on for some time or is a new development.
I know Aldiko has been included on both the Camangi Workstation and the Archos 7 Home Tablet.
Bundling an eBook application like that is very smart — particularly so for Amazon. Just seeing that icon on the home screen, a prospective customer is bound to notice and think, “Ooh, look! I don’t have to buy a Kindle now!”
HP continues to march forward on its Master Plan to be Apple, Mark II. If they can tie all of the back-end stuff seamlessly and neatly to webOS, they will kick some serious ass later this year with their tablet. They have eBooks, photos, music — and now video too.