June 16th, 2016 by Michael Sauers

Otherland: River of Blue Fire by Tad Williams
Order Placed: June 6, 1998

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January 17th, 2014 by Michael Sauers

Brad Stone is an American journalist and the author of the books, Gearheads and The Everything Store.

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December 18th, 2013 by Michael Sauers

Miles Wins

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July 3rd, 2013 by Michael Sauers

Honestly, the image works much better in the context of the full article on the New York Times Web site.
How the Kindle Paperwhite Works


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June 27th, 2013 by Michael Sauers

Get your licensed fan fic here. (Should I feel concerned that I’ve only ever heard of two of the 12 “worlds” that they’re starting with?)

Kindle Worlds

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May 31st, 2013 by Michael Sauers

I’d pay an extra $10 to not get Crystal Skull…

Indiana Jones Blu-ray

(Click image to buy from Amazon.com. Price subject to change without notice.)

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May 23rd, 2013 by Michael Sauers

amazon-logoFrom Consumerist.com:

Oh and also, erotica might not fly with Amazon, as the content guidelines include the following restrictions: No pornography, no offensive content, no illegal/copyright infringing content, it can’t be a poor customer experience (misleading title, horribly formatted), no excessive use of brand names and no “crossover” stories that pick and choose elements from other series.

And then John Scalzi has some thoughts:

Essentially, this means that all the work in the Kindle Worlds arena is a work for hire that Alloy (and whomever else signs on) can mine with impunity. This is a very good deal for Alloy, et al — they’re getting story ideas! Free! — and less of a good deal for the actual writers themselves. I mean, the official media tie-in writers and script writers are doing work for hire, too, but they get advances and\or at least WGA minimum scale for their work.

Another red flag:

“Amazon Publishing will acquire all rights to your new stories, including global publication rights, for the term of copyright.”

Which is to say, once Amazon has it, they have the right to do anything they want with it, including possibly using it in anthologies or selling it other languages, etc, without paying the author anything else for it, ever. Again, an excellent deal for Amazon; a less than excellent deal for the actual writer.

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May 20th, 2013 by Michael Sauers

amazon-logoAmazon attorneys last week filed a letter with the court asking that it be allowed to redact sensitive business information about its Kindle e-book program gathered as evidence for the upcoming Apple price-fixing trial. Apple attorneys, however, are fighting the effort with a letter of its own, arguing that Amazon does not come close to meeting the legal standard for having the information in question redacted or sealed, and asking the court to grant public access to evidence gathered from Amazon.

Read the full article @ PublishersWeekly.com.

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April 27th, 2013 by Michael Sauers

amazon-logoThen I looked at the fine print. CCSU bases their study on factors like libraries, bookstores, periodicals, newspaper circulation, Internet resources, and education levels. But Amazon’s study? Is based on just “sales data of all book, magazine and newspaper sales in both print and Kindle format.”

So, in case you didn’t catch that, Amazon thinks the cities that are most “well-read” are the cities that bought the most stuff from them.

Read the full article on BookRiot.com.

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April 2nd, 2013 by Michael Sauers

US20130069865A1-20130321-D00000What if you took your eReader and separated the processor from the display, putting the bulk of the work into a base station which wirelessly sends the content to the display? That’s what Amazon.com’s Jeff Bezos just patented:

Patent #US 20130069865 A1
Inventors: Gregory M. Hart & Jeffrey P. Bezos
Abstract: A remote display system including a portable display that wirelessly receives data and power from a primary station. The primary station, which is remote from and without a tangible connection with the portable display, includes a data transmitting element and a power transmitting element. The portable display includes a power receiving element that receives power wirelessly from the power transmitting element and a data receiving element operable to receive data from the data transmitting element.

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