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Suck it, Colbert: Amazon still top U.S. brand despite PR blip

The Colbert effect may not take as much of a toll on the teflon coating of Amazon.com as you might think. Despite a concerted attack by the legendary late night comedian over Amazon’s antics with book publisher Hachette, Amazon retained the top ranking among U.S. brands, according to the YouGov BrandIndex report. The report placed… Read More

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Amazon’s ‘bulletproof’ reputation largely unhurt by Hachette dispute, study finds

Amazon has been taking it on the chin in media coverage of its dispute with publisher Hachette, culminating with Stephen Colbert comparing Jeff Bezos to Voldemort this week. But the company’s reputation has so far proven strong enough to withstand the barrage. Research by YouGov BrandIndex last year ranked Amazon the best-perceived brand in the… Read More

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Interview: Barnes & Noble CEO ‘not worried about Amazon’ as Nook ties fortunes to Samsung

Barnes & Noble laid out a new plan for its Nook e-reader business this morning, announcing plans to partner with Samsung on a Nook-branded Galaxy Tab 4 tablet. So what does this mean for the bookseller’s partnership with Microsoft, and its competition with Amazon? GeekWire spoke with Barnes & Noble CEO Mike Huseby via phone this morning, getting… Read More

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Stephen Colbert likens Jeff Bezos to Voldemort, declares ‘war’ on Amazon over Hachette dispute

OK, Amazon this is one PR fight you’ll probably lose. The Seattle online retailer just pissed off Stephen Colbert. Colbert happens to publish his books through Hachette, the publishing house whose contract dispute with Amazon has led the online retailer to delay shipments of Hachette books. In a segment that aired Wednesday night, the comedian ripped… Read More

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Seattle indie bookstore jabs at Amazon, enters Hachette fray with promise to hand-deliver J.K. Rowling’s new novel

Walmart and Barnes & Noble aren’t the only ones capitalizing on Amazon’s contract dispute with the Hachette Book Group — brick-and-mortar retailers are, too. Seattle-based independent bookstore Third Place Books said today that it will hand-deliver copies of The Silkworm, a new novel by J.K. Rowling (she wrote the book under her pseudonym, Robert Galbraith). Amazon is currently locked… Read More

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Walmart, Barnes & Noble take advantage of Amazon-Hachette fight with big book discounts

Walmart and Barnes & Noble are taking advantage of Amazon’s contract dispute with the Hachette Book Group. While Hachette and Amazon are currently locked in a stalemate over pricing and profit margins for e-books, Walmart is offering big discounts on books written by authors like James Patterson, David Baldacci and Robert Galbraith, all of whom publish with Hachette. CNN… Read More

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Chuck Adler: The Truth Behind Science Fiction

How much truth is in science fiction? For everyone who’s ever wanted to say “Beam me up Scotty,” physics professor Chuck Adler can tell you if it’s mathematically possible. He’s studied the world of fantasy and science fiction–from Ursula Le Guin to Harry Potter–and by using simple equations has discovered what is and is not… Read More

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Revealed: The 7 answers to our Bill Gates Book Contest

One GeekWire reader is about to receive a nice post-Christmas gift — and he’s probably going to become a little bit smarter in the process. Congratulations to Jason Nickolay, the winner of our Bill Gates Book Contest. Nickolay, a native of Elko, Minn., correctly answered all seven questions about Bill Gates and will receive BillG’s seven… Read More

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Here are the 7 best books Bill Gates read in 2013

If you’re looking for that perfect holiday gift for a book worm, Bill Gates has some recommendations. The Microsoft co-founder today posted a list of the seven books he read this year that were his favorites. Not all were necessarily published in 2013, but they all taught Bill G. something he didn’t know. “More generally,… Read More

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Reddit’s Alexis Ohanian cracks the startup code in ‘Without Their Permission’

[Editor's Note: GeekWire's Todd Bishop will be talking with reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian about his book, "Without Their Permission," tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall in Seattle. Tickets are available here.] Growing up in suburban Maryland, Alexis Ohanian had the words “Lives Remaining: 0″ written on the wall of his room. He’s been leveling up like a… Read More

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Amazon unveils Kindle MatchBook, turning physical books you’ve purchased over the years into digital copies

Amazon.com is already doing it with CDs. Now, it’s turning its focus to books. The Seattle online retailer today unveiled a new service called Kindle MatchBook. Basically, it allows customers who’ve purchased books via Amazon.com over the past 15 years to convert those titles into Kindle copies, allowing readers to enjoy them in the new format. “If… Read More

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Publishing power move? Amazon raising prices on some books

Amazon.com has built its success in the book business over the years through dramatic price cuts, a strategic move which has all but wiped out the competition. Now, as The New York Times reports, the Seattle online retailer is raising prices on some select titles, causing some publishers and authors to wonder what’s going on…. Read More

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The weight of words: Why I hope bookstores stick around

I was taking video of my baby’s small, assisted zig-zag steps between the shelves at Ravenna’s Third Place Books when I looked at him and said something surprising. “I hope bookstores still exist when you’re old enough to read.” Immediately I checked myself. Did I mean that? Yeah. Apparently I did. This was interesting. For… Read More