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  • How The Big 5 Publishers Hobbled The Amazon Unlimited Launch

    How The Big 5 Publishers Hobbled The Amazon Unlimited Launch

    Amazon Unlimited was dubbed the Netflix of books. That is correct as long as you imagine a Netflix consisting of an endless array of low-budget indie releases and some major small-studio films. In truth, Amazon’s new $9.99 all-you-can-read service features no books by “big 5″ trade publishers, an issue on which Amazon has remained mum. I’ve asked Amazon for… Read More

  • Amazon Officially Announces Kindle Unlimited, Offering Endless Reading And Listening For $9.99 A Month

    Amazon Officially Announces Kindle Unlimited, Offering Endless Reading And Listening For $9.99 A Month

    Amazon officially announced that Kindle Unlimited, an all-you-can eat reading and listening service, that we first mentioned two days ago. Dubbed a “Netflix for books” by our own Darrell Etherington, the service offers over 600,000 books for free reading on Kindle and Kindle-enabled devices as well as thousands of audiobooks from Audible. Books include the Diary of a Wimpy Kid… Read More

  • Amazon Tests ‘Kindle Unlimited,’ A Netflix For Ebooks And Audiobooks

    Amazon Tests ‘Kindle Unlimited,’ A Netflix For Ebooks And Audiobooks

    Amazon might give readers something to get really excited about: A digital ebook and audiobook subscription service that provides Kindle users with all the content they can consume from a potential library of over 600,000 titles for just $9.99 per month. That’s according to this cached link, first spotted by GigaOM. This ‘Netflix for ebooks’ would compete with existing… Read More

  • Amazon Web Services Moves Beyond Developer Tools

    Amazon Web Services Moves Beyond Developer Tools

    Amazon Web Services is known for many things, but all of those have to do with developer services like cloud computing instances, databases and storage. Lately, however, AWS is slowly getting more into productivity tools that are meant for end users. Amazon’s first attempt to get into this market was Amazon Cloud Drive. It launched back in 2011, but while there are no exact numbers about… Read More

  • FTC Takes Legal Action Against Amazon For Unauthorized In-app Purchases

    FTC Takes Legal Action Against Amazon For Unauthorized In-app Purchases

    The Federal Trade Commission filed a complaint against Amazon Thursday, alleging the company billed parents for millions of dollars of in-app purchases that their children made without their consent. The filing follows Amazon’s refusal to comply with the FTC’s request to implement a “consent” model similar to the one Apple conceded to earlier this year, according to… Read More

  • Amazon Sends Letter To Try To Take Authors “Out Of The Middle” Of The Hachette Dispute

    Amazon Sends Letter To Try To Take Authors “Out Of The Middle” Of The Hachette Dispute

    Amazon is flexing another muscle in the ongoing Hachette dispute. In a letter obtained by the New York Times, David Naggar, VP of Kindle content, is offering 100 percent of all profits for some Hachette authors and has forwarded the offer to the Authors Guild, a long-time opponent of all things Amazon. “We agree that authors are caught in the middle while these negotiations drag on… Read More

  • Amazon Stands Up To FTC Demands For More Parental Controls

    Amazon Stands Up To FTC Demands For More Parental Controls

    Amazon is refusing to comply with a request from the Federal Trade Commission to prevent children from making in-app purchases without their parents’ permission. The FTC is demanding Amazon implement a “consent” model similar to the one Apple conceded to earlier this year, according to a letter Amazon to the FTC Tuesday. Amazon believes it has implemented effective… Read More

  • Amazon Is Quietly Launching A Local Takeout Service To Rival Seamless And DeliveryHero

    Amazon Is Quietly Launching A Local Takeout Service To Rival Seamless And DeliveryHero

    Amazon has been tipped to launch a local services marketplace this year to rival the likes of Thumbtack, Angie’s List and Yelp. Now one part of that effort looks like it’s about to go live: the company is now rolling out a food takeout service, a direct competitor to GrubHub, Seamless and DeliveryHero. The offering is initially going to be part of Amazon Local, the… Read More

  • FAA Bans The Use Of Drones To Deliver Packages

    FAA Bans The Use Of Drones To Deliver Packages

    The FAA made it plain this week that Amazon, or anyone else for that matter, won’t be able to deliver packages using a drone in the near future. In a document soliciting feedback regarding drone policy — a “Notice of Interpretation with Request for Comment ” — the FAA calls “delivering packages to people for a fee” a non-hobby or recreation-based… Read More

  • Amazillions Are Streaming Music Via Amazon Prime

    Amazillions Are Streaming Music Via Amazon Prime

    Amazon today released its first numbers offering some insight into how many people are streaming music over its new Amazon Prime Music service a little over a week after its launch. Before you ask, I’ll say straight out that par for the course with Amazon, there are no specific sales numbers: “Prime members streamed tens of millions of songs—that’s millions of hours… Read More