Still Conflicted about Amazon

Still Conflicted about Amazon I’ve just finished reading Brad Stone’s The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon. I’m still processing what I learned, and checking other sources for differing perspectives, but my initial reaction is that this is an eye-opening, clarifying, sobering yet illuminating resource for anyone interested in publishing or business in general.   I approached this book the same way I’ve always approached Amazon: (1) as an Amazon customer, and (2) as a person employed by traditional publishing. The two perspectives leave me feeling a little whiplashed at times, since they induce two opposing views of Amazon.   As a customer, I’ve always been extremely happy. I’m a Kindle reader, a Prime member, and I use Amazon almost every day.   As a...
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Amazon Kindle Owners’ Lending Library

Amazon Kindle Owners’ Lending Library Most of you know that last week Amazon unveiled their Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, a service that is only open to Amazon Prime members who own a Kindle. Amazon Prime is an upgraded Amazon membership that costs $79 a year. (Full disclosure – I’ve been a Prime member for a few years now.) The Lending Library is not currently available to users of Kindle apps on smartphones and tablets—only the Kindle itself.  How the Kindle Owners Lending Library works Members can borrow one book per month, and keep it on their Kindle for as long as they like, but they can only borrow one book at a time. If they opt to borrow another e-book, the first title is deleted from the device. Any notes and highlighting they made will be saved, and restored if the reader later purchases or...
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