Dispatches from the Digital Revolution
Seattle Times publishes several articles, criticizing Amazon. The Seattle Times reported on the deep discounts Amazon asks for from publishers, as well as the states fighting back against Amazon’s tax deals.
Consumer Reports names iPad the best. Despite the heating issues in the new iPad, Tech Crunch said that in the report, the iPad was ahead of the pack due to its “great screen, 5MP camera, and fast, dependable 4G Verizon data connectivity.”
Is Kobo going to be a publisher too? Teleread included a report from CBC News, stating that Kobo may be launching its own “publishing arm” sometime next year.
Amazon and in-app purchases. According to Bloomberg, Amazon may be testing a service that allows customers to purchase things on mobile apps (thus, entering the mobile app market with Google and Apple).
Forbes asks, “Are Apps the Future of Publishing?” In the article, Alex Knapp states, with the rapid growth in tablet sales it’s really no surprise that, “Publishers are turning to the app as a possible product for books moving forward.”
Is B&N backing down against Amazon? Paid Content reports that Barnes and Noble will begin stocking Marshall Cavendish books (which Amazon acquired in December) in its stores again.
Decoding customers. Forbes, calling Bezos the number one CEO in America states, “For Bezos a data-driven customer focus lets him take risks to innovate, secure in the belief that he’s doing the right thing.”
Gooogle ends ebook reseller program with ABA and others. According to Shelf Awareness, the program will end next January. Google stated, the resellers program “has not gained the traction that we hoped it would.”