This is the 40-year-old actress suing Amazon for revealing her age

The 40-year-old actress who sued Amazon.com’s Internet Movie Database (IMDb) for revealing her age disclosed her identity in a court filing this afternoon, after the judge in the case said she couldn’t proceed with her suit anonymously. She is Huong Hoang, known by the stage name Junie Hoang, whose recent credits include the comedy/horror flick “Gingerdead Man… Read More


Apple vs. Amazon: Plot thickens with reports of iBooks event

Amazon.com’s growing rivalry with Apple appears poised to take an interesting twist. Apple is planning a press event later this month in New York City, reports Kara Swisher of AllThingsD.com, quoting anonymous sources. Alexia Tsotsis of TechCrunch follows up with confirmation and an extra detail – reporting that Apple will be announcing improvements to its iBooks platform. Translation: Look… Read More


Amazon rolls out Kindle Fire update to fix early problems

With just a few days to spare before Christmas, Amazon.com has released a previously promised Kindle Fire software update (Version No. 6.2.1). The improvements should address some of the complaints from early Kindle Fire users, and reduce the headache for people receiving the Amazon tablet as a gift for the holidays. According to Amazon’s release… Read More


Cyber Monday: Are you buying it?

Today is “Cyber Monday,” in case you somehow missed all those ads from all those retailers trying to distract you with the promise of online deals, taking advantage of your reluctance to dig back into work after the holiday. It’s a bona fide cultural phenomenon, and a key day (or week) for Amazon and other… Read More

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Bezos: Amazon is perfectly happy with its low profit margins

Today’s must-read for anyone interested in Amazon.com is Steven Levy’s interview with CEO Jeff Bezos in Wired magazine. It covers the waterfront on Amazon, focusing largely on the new Kindle Fire but also giving Bezos a chance to explain how he thinks about almost every aspect of Amazon’s business. The piece draws a clear distinction… Read More


Amazon adds Deepak Chopra memoir to publishing lineup

Amazon.com has added another big name, spiritual doctor Deepak Chopra, in its effort to expand beyond the business of selling books and into the world of actual book publishing. The company’s publishing initiative has taken on added importance as the Amazon starts to offer Kindle e-books through its Amazon Prime subscription service, putting it at odds with… Read More


Amazon patents gift cards that can tattle on what you buy

Happy Birthday! Here’s the Creepiest Gift Card Ever! U.S. Patent & Trademark Office records show that Amazon today received a patent on something called “customizing gift instrument experiences for recipients.” Yeah, it sounds OK from the title. But digging into the text, the approach includes the option for the giver to not only recommend items via… Read More


Amazon goes sci-fi with latest book publishing arm, 47North

Amazon.com this morning moved further into the world of book publishing, beyond its traditional sales and distribution business, with the announcement of its seventh publishing imprint, 47North, focused on science fiction, fantasy, and horror titles. 47North is starting with a coup, announcing that it’s publishing the “The Mongoliad: Book One,” the first in the collaborative five-book Foreworld… Read More


Report: Amazon selling 2,000 Kindle Fires every hour

Looks like Amazon.com has a hit on its hands, even before its new tablet is officially released to consumers. The Seattle company is selling pre-orders for its new Kindle Fire tablets at a rate of 2,000 an hour, or more than 50,000 per day, according to website Cult of Android, which has gotten its hands… Read More


Full Video: Watch Jeff Bezos unveil Amazon’s new Kindles

There’s nothing quite like watching a big product unveiling in its entirety, and getting to know the ins and outs of a new gadget from a company’s top executive. ‘ Granted, in terms of showmanship, Jeff Bezos isn’t quite on the level of Steve Jobs, but Amazon’s unveiling of its new Kindle lineup and Kindle… Read More


Exclusive pics: Amazon lockers surface on college campus

This is starting to feel like something out of a science fiction novel, with mysterious contraptions showing up inexplicably in random locations, awaiting commands from the mother ship to carry out some master plan. After getting a tip from an alert reader, GeekWire braved the wilds of the suburbs to uncover another set of Amazon.com… Read More


Amazon feeling the heat over warehouse allegations, says it spent $2.4M on air conditioning

A recent report in the Allentown Morning Call newspaper alleged what could only be described as harsh working conditions in Amazon.com’s Breinigsville, Pa., fulfillment warehouse — including workers being taken out in wheelchairs and stretchers after suffering from heat stress this summer, with eager new temporary employees ready to take their place in the difficult job market…. Read More


Practical Nerd: When Amazon can’t be trusted

Recently, I bought a new Android phone. It didn’t come with everything I wanted, so I turned to my default shopping resource, Amazon.com. I did a search, set the options to only show “Prime Eligible” shipping, found the accessory I wanted … And stopped dead. Instead, after reading several buyer reviews, I purchased from a… Read More


Kindle e-book lending goes national, at 11,000 libraries

Amazon.com this morning announced the rollout of its Kindle e-book lending program to more than 11,000 U.S. libraries, confirming what we suspected after the initiative surfaced this week at two libraries in the Seattle region. It’s a big move that promises to further boost interest in the Seattle company’s Kindle devices and software. The program… Read More


Amazon Kindle library lending program launches in beta

Amazon.com is has begun publicly testing its new Kindle e-book lending program at two major library systems in its home region, the Seattle Public Library and the King County Library System, in apparent preparation for a larger national rollout. The news was reported earlier by Nate Hoffelder of The Digital Reader, after Seattle-area library users noticed… Read More


Amazon integrates AmazonLocal deals service into Kindle

Would you like a deal on ice cream along with your daily read? That’s one of the questions Amazon.com’s Kindle will be asking its users as the company brings AmazonLocal to its popular e-reader — integrating the deals service into the discounted “Kindle with Special Offers” devices that the company launched earlier this year. Amazon announced the… Read More


Amazon.com and Hearst deepen their partnership

Amazon.com is expanding its relationship with Hearst Corp., the large magazine and newspaper publisher known in the Seattle region as the company behind SeattlePI.com, formerly the Seattle P-I newspaper. The companies said in a news release this afternoon that they’ve “entered into an expanded, multi-faceted consumer marketing, e-commerce and content relationship.” As part of the… Read More


UK bookseller plans Kindle rival, inspired by Nook

Amazon’s Kindle e-reader will be getting more competition from a major bookseller overseas. Waterstone’s, which has nearly 300 retail stores across Europe, says it’s planning its own electronic reading device, following in the footsteps of Barnes & Noble’s Nook. The news is making headlines today, and no doubt it will get the attention of some… Read More