Unnamed sources told the pair that Amazon is considering the offer for "its long-planned smartphone." While it has talked to wireless companies about selling the phones through the carriers' channels, Amazon will probably sell the phone on its site. The company doesn't want to make people sign up for a wireless plan contract for the free phone, a requirement wireless companies typically use to encourage customers to renew their contracts … Read more
Consumers eyeing Nokia's Lumia 1020 smartphone can now grab one for $199.99 courtesy of a one-day sale at Amazon.
The retail giant's Web site shows the black, white, and yellow versions of the high-res picture-taking phone on sale for AT&T subscribers. The $199.99 price requires the usual two-year contract. The promotion is good for just one day, according to Amazon, so eager buyers will have to snag it by the end of the day Wednesday.
Amazon has officially announced its second-generation Paperwhite after the company mistakenly released details earlier today.
Eagle-eyed spotters over at a Croatia-based forum noticed that Amazon had posted an image to its site on Tuesday promoting a new Kindle Paperwhite. That image included a picture of the device, along with a laundry list of improvements customers can expect when the device is expected to be made available later this month.
Although the image was taken down, Amazon on Tuesday announced that the device is real, and all of the details included in that leak are accurate. The new Paperwhite will come … Read more
Knowing that Amazon has a log of all your purchases stretching back nearly two decades may give you the willies, but for past print-book purchases, it soon could work in your favor.
Tuesday, the e-commerce giant announced a coming MatchBook program that will offer customers a corresponding Kindle version of certain print books purchased at any point since Amazon came into existence.
The program has two catches, at least initially. One, the list of eligible titles is far from comprehensive. Two, while some of the digital copies are available free, others will cost up to an additional $2.99 on … Read more
Jeff Bezos, the man who made Amazon the Walmart of the Internet, says the same guiding principles behind his e-commerce giant will well serve his latest investment, The Washington Post.
"We've had three big ideas at Amazon that we've stuck with for 18 years, and they're the reason we're successful: Put the customer first. Invent. And be patient," he told Paul Farhi in an interview with the newspaper. "If you replace 'customer' with 'reader,' that approach, that point of view, can be successful at The Post, too."
His first interview since agreeing to buy the Post's publishing side for $250 million … Read more
Amazon Kindle customers could get more than double what was previously estimated from the recent Apple e-book lawsuit settlement, the company posted in its forum on Friday.
Pending court approval, some customers who previously purchased books from the publishers involved in the case are estimated to receive between $0.73 to $3.82 per Kindle book thanks to more publishing companies agreeing to the settlement, according to the Amazon. The US Attorneys General had previously said the refund would range from $0.30 to $1.32.
The refund is the result of a $165 million settlement from a lawsuit in which the US Department of Justice accused Apple and several of the nation's largest publishers … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- The 404 Special Feature: Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant (podcast).
- The Internet explained by (three) prisoners who have never seen it.
- Three years after being banned, Bang With Friends returns as "Down."
Amazon launched a Mexican Kindle store, publishing platform and local brick-and-mortar sales in the country's Gandhi chain of booksellers Thursday, bringing the popular e-reader directly to a Latin American market.
Early this year, Amazon opened up sales of its Kindle Paperwhite e-reader for delivery in more than 175 countries, after it was previously only sold in the US, Japan, and some European countries. This takes the business directly into one of Latin America's biggest markets.
On Thursday, the e-commerce giant said that Kindle and Kindle Paperwhite are now available in Gandhi Stores at a suggested price of 1,… Read more
Amazon Studios, the entertainment production arm of the e-commerce giant, ordered up another pilot for an original children's television series Tuesday, pushing its current slate of kid-show pilots up to a half dozen.
The latest addition appeared to differ from many of Amazon's past pilots in two ways, though a response from Amazon later Tuesday indicated "Maker Shack Agency" isn't nearly as singular as it appeared at first blush.
For one, "Maker Shack Agency," a series about a 13-year-old inventor and his two best friends who build a new invention every episode to … Read more