7:50AM Adrian Chen | What do you think of when you hear the phrase “top Amazon reviewers”. Probably some lady crouched over a rickety Gateway brushing cat hair off her screen. But Amazon’s citizen critics are courted by companies like their mainstream counterparts. More »
3:11PM Fast Company | Behold, the power of Lady Gaga. The pop superstar’s new album, “Born This Way,” managed to crash Amazon.com’s servers soon after the retailer offered it on sale for only 99 cents. Consumers, initially wowed by the discount, quickly became peeved by the dragging download speeds, and took to the album review section to complain not of Gaga’s music but of their ridiculous experience using Amazon—one fan I know said it took upwards of six hours to download the CD. More »
11:37PM Hamilton Nolan | Freedom, the most groundbreaking book about white people since Jonathan Franzen’s last book, isn’t released until August 31. But Amazon.com reportedly put the whole thing online yesterday by accident. Anybody grab a copy? It’s only newsworthy three more days. Updated. More »
7:37AM Brian Moylan | Amazon.com reports that, for the past three months, sales of ebooks for their Kindle device have outpaced sales of hardcover books. They sold 143 Kindle downloads for every 100 hardcover. Yeah, but can you use a Kindle as a doorstop?
3:22AM Maureen OConnor | Dispatched to the Amazon by Hollywood to woo natives and steal their charming stories, James Cameron is torn between following his orders and protecting the rustic simplicity he loves, because it reminds him of a big-budget CGI blockbuster about aliens. More »
6:25AM Richard Lawson | Here’s a memo that John Sargent just sent out to all Macmillan authors and agents about the recent Amazon dispute over e-book pricing. It’s optimistic! Sort of. More »