Tag Archive: Amazon

“For thousands of qualifying books, your past, present, and future print-edition purchases will soon allow you to buy the Kindle edition for $2.99, $1.99, $0.99, or free.”

Sep. 3, ‘13: — Amazon’s Kindle MatchBook program — coming in October — sounds like the “AutoRip for Books” I’d hoped for. Let’s hope the book publishers don’t screw up a good thing.

Amazon’s $35 External DVD Drive Will Make You Feel Young Again

Feb. 13, ‘13: The optical drive in my iMac is getting moody, and there have been a few times when I wished I’d had an external disc drive around to use with my MacBook Air. So I added the $35 AmazonBasics DVD drive … Continue reading →

How About An Amazon AutoRip For Books?

Jan. 10, ‘13: Amazon is showing off a new feature today called AutoRip, which gives you a free MP3 copy of some CDs you buy (or have bought since 1998). This is nice enough, but what I really want is a books version … Continue reading →

Now Imagine If Amazon Had Bought Palm And WebOS

Sep. 14, ‘12: Tuesday night, while everyone was gearing up for Wednesday’s iPhone 5 event, the reviews for Amazon’s new Kindle Fire HD tablets went online. The consensus seems to be: Amazon’s hardware is solid, its media ecosystem is vast, its prices are … Continue reading →

The difference between Apple and Amazon in one chart

Sep. 10, ‘12: One of the most dramatic-yet-simple charts I’ve ever made or seen. Long-term questions: Will Amazon ever become more profitable? How and when? Will Amazon’s pricing strategy force Apple to lower its prices on some models, and potentially its profit margins? … Continue reading →

What does the new Kindle Fire say about Amazon’s future smartphone?

Sep. 7, ‘12: The most intriguing idea I had, in addition to stuff like ad-supported subsidies, etc.: Could Amazon try to act as a middleman between its users and carriers, offering much cheaper 4G service? That’s what it’s doing with the Kindle Fire’s … Continue reading →

Amazon’s Amazing Kindle Growth Chart, 2012 Edition

Sep. 7, ‘12: Last September at Amazon’s Kindle launch event in New York, Jeff Bezos showed this amazing chart of Kindle e-book sales just edging past Amazon’s physical book sales. What a difference a year makes. Here’s a screenshot from today’s Amazon Kindle … Continue reading →

Amazon’s New Kindles

Sep. 6, ‘12: The one I’m most interested in is actually the Kindle Paperwhite. I’ve never actually bought a Kindle before — I’ve tested a bunch, but never felt I needed to own one — but I think the new light-up display could … Continue reading →

Amazon ‘made an offer’ for Roku earlier this year

Sep. 6, ‘12: So says Peter Kafka, who supposes that Amazon might show off an Apple TV/Roku-like living-room box of its own at Thursday’s press event in Santa Monica. That makes some sense to me, too, even if it’s a less-ambitious start, such … Continue reading →

Amazon wants to be a BIG player in mobile ads

Jul. 31, ‘12: Good luck cutting through the corporate jargon on this job posting. But my takeaway is that Amazon is very serious about becoming a leader in mobile advertising. Given Amazon’s apparent disregard for maximizing profits, I wonder if a mostly or completely ad-supported … Continue reading →