Amazon updates web design to make books more “interactive”

I believe Amazon is slowly rolling this design out (or still just testing it) so you might not see this yet. I’ve attached a screen shot of Amazon’s new design from our book The Names of Things: First off, the book covers are displayed about 20% larger, which I love. Also, you can “flip to …

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The magic number of Amazon book reviews — and the rules of the road

I almost always read customer reviews before I buy something on Amazon. Of course, I’m well aware that you shouldn’t always trust these reviews. I’m well aware that authors often review their own books anonymously and that a few nefarious folks go out and buy positive reviews. But by and large I find that if …

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An easy way to move files from your Mac (or PC) to your Kindle

When I tried out the Kindle Fire, the first thought that occurred to me was How do I easily get documents onto it? Of course, any book, song, or movie I purchase from Amazon is automatically downloaded to the Kindle — and made available to my Kindle app on my iPad and Mac. But what about …

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If e-books are the new paperbacks, why are they so expensive?

I’m not the only one who’s been saying that paperbacks are the new hardcovers, and e-books are the new paperbacks. Paperbacks are getting more expensive as publishers go with smaller print runs or print-on-demand (like us). And e-books are generally priced under $10, due in part to Amazon’s revenue-share incentives, but also due to the …

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When we say we love libraries, we mean it

This is not exactly mainstream news, but the major publishers have been battling with libraries for the past few years over the pricing and management of e-books. It boils down the money, basically. Publishers have been increasing the price of e-books to more than triple the price of the equivalent paper books. To get an idea, …

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