Tag Archives: Amazon

Amazon’s Whole Foods acquisition is about so much more than groceries

Amazon’s Whole Foods acquisition is about so much more than groceries

Yes, the grocery business is huge. And while it’s one of several industries Amazon hasn’t yet dominated, there’s something way more significant about their acquisition of Whole Foods. This deal is about location, location, location. No, it’s not just about having Amazon groceries in physical locations. This is about creating a more efficient gateway between […]

BookMachine February Wrap: Publishing stories from around the web

BookMachine February Wrap: Publishing stories from around the web

This month in publishing, booksellers have taken the spotlight, with Waterstones announcing their first year of profit since the 2008 financial crash. In fact, Bookstore sales rose 2.5% in 2016 and Amazon is determined to get in on the action, with plans to open 10 books and mortar stores across the US by the end […]

Why Amazon ebook market is not enough – go global!

Why Amazon ebook market is not enough – go global!

PublishDrive is an ebook publishing service which supports the operational processes of small indie publishers and authors. Kinga Jentetics is CEO and co-founder of PublishDrive, and here she shares their information on global ebook sales. Amazon ebook market is not the only store where you can reach your readers When it is about ebooks, many […]

Four players in the book business with the power to rewrite some of the rules

Four players in the book business with the power to rewrite some of the rules

The news came recently that ReaderLink has purchased Anderson News. Those two companies have been the leading suppliers of books to the mass merchandisers: primarily Wal-mart, Target, and Sam’s Club. There are other players selling books in the space, including Ingram, Baker & Taylor, and smaller distributors like the less-well-known American West. But most of the […]

Book Marketing Survey identifies the top 5 book promotional services

Book Marketing Survey identifies the top 5 book promotional services

The latest Book Marketing Survey carried out by KindleBookReview provides a number of interesting insights into the best ways self-published authors should be promoting their ebooks. With over 300 indie authors participating in the survey, questions ranged from the best places to seek book reviews to how much money authors spend on promoting their books […]

Reviews are dead. Long live reviews!

Reviews are dead. Long live reviews!

There is no area of book publicity that has changed more over the last few years than the ‘book review’. Traditional reviews – the ones written by professional critics – used to dominate the publishing industry. In years gone by, they were so important that book publication dates were always Thursdays, so that review copies […]

Kindle Instant Preview reinforces Amazon’s dominance

Kindle Instant Preview reinforces Amazon’s dominance

Ebook preview widgets have been around for quite awhile but when was the last time you saw one on a blog or website? I can’t recall the last one I saw but I’ll bet that’s about to change. Amazon recently released their Kindle Instant Previews widget in the US, and it does what its name […]

Getting found in translation

Getting found in translation

In 2015 there was a much needed push for works in translation. In October Amazon announced it was making a $10m (£6.5m) investment in AmazonCrossing as a “commitment over the next five years to increase the number and diversity of its books in translation”. According to an article in the Guardian late last year, ‘How […]

1000 Fake Reviewers: What does publishing’s underbelly say about us?

1000 Fake Reviewers: What does publishing’s underbelly say about us?

Once again the practice of faking bad reviews has made the headlines, but this time Amazon is the good guy. The online book retailer has announced that it will sue 1,114 ‘fake reviewers’ in a lawsuit filed in Seattle, Washington. The reviewers, dubbed “John Does” as Amazon does not yet know their real names, have […]