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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

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Hello, Michigan: Ballmer going home to open Microsoft Store

When Microsoft opens retail stores in markets around the country, it often brings out celebs and execs with connections to the local community to participate. Which means that a special guest is in store for residents of Troy, Michigan, when a new Microsoft Store opens this week. No, we’re not talking about Kelly Clarkson, the… Read More

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Men’s fashion site Indochino sews up $13 million to help guys sharpen their style

Indochino, the Vancouver, B.C.-based men’s fashion site, has pulled in $13 million in fresh funding that it will use to build out its e-commerce site for suits, shirts, and other custom menswear. The deal was led by Highland Consumer Fund, with existing investors such as Madrona Venture Group, former Yahoo executive Jeff Mallett and others participating… Read More

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Poll: Should Microsoft buy Barnes & Noble?

Barnes & Noble is struggling. Could Microsoft, which invested $300 million in the company’s Nook digital reader business last year, be the bookseller’s savior? Barron’s got the rumor mill going over the weekend when it wrote that Microsoft’s ownership of the nation’s largest bookseller would “jump start” the company’s retail efforts by giving it 677… Read More

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Photo: The significance of Obidos at Amazon.com

We’ve been having fun covering Amazon.com’s ambitious locker effort — including Todd Bishop’s experiment to pick up a pack of batteries at a Seattle area 7-Eleven store. Since then, Amazon Lockers have been popping up at various locations around the country, including at the company’s ever-expanding headquarters in the South Lake Union area of Seattle.  That’s why… Read More

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Amazon continues California expansion, plans massive warehouse near San Fran

Amazon.com isn’t messing around when it comes to expansion in California. The Seattle online retailer today announced that it plans to open a new 1-million square-foot fulfillment center in outside of San Francisco in Tracy, California. It marks the third announced fulfillment center in California for Amazon, which opened its first facility in San Bernardino… Read More

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Microsoft announces its first six retail stores of 2013

With the holiday shopping season wrapped up, Microsoft this morning announced six locations in the U.S. where the company plans to open its first retail stores of 2013. It’s part of a broader effort by the company to increase its retail footprint as a marketing and distribution strategy, to have more direct interaction with consumers…. Read More

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Free shipping offers boost online holiday spending

Americans continue to spend more of their cash online this holiday season, with comScore reporting that online spending is up 16 percent so far this holiday season. One of the reasons for the surge was a big uptick in last-minute shopping, propelled by free shipping promotions by online retailers. That included what is being dubbed… Read More

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Best Buy’s top geek Stephen Gillett resigns after 9 months

It was a big deal earlier this year when Best Buy lured Stephen Gillett away from Starbucks to lead digital efforts for the Minneapolis  consumer electronics retailer. But shortly after Gillett’s arrival in March, Best Buy entered a tailspin. The stock — down nearly 50 percent this year — continued to fall after management changes… Read More

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Nordstrom exec maneuvers online as Amazon.com threat looms

A few months ago, we wrote a story on GeekWire about the growing rivalry between two iconic Seattle brands: Amazon.com and Nordstrom. But how big of a threat is Amazon to the Nordstrom franchise? Pretty big. Reuters this week profiles Jamie Nordstrom, the 40-year-old great grandson of John W. Nordstrom who is leading the retailer’s… Read More

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Chart: Here’s how much Americans are spending online this holiday season

Americans are spending a lot of dough online this holiday season, with comScore reporting that $33.8 billion has been spent online so far this year. That’s up 13-percent compared to the corresponding days last year. “This past workweek saw four days surpass the billion dollar spending threshold during the heaviest five-day online shopping period on record,”… Read More

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Online holiday shopping off to a fast start, jumps 16 percent

Americans are spending more money online this holiday shopping season. For the first 26 days of the November-December 2012 holiday season, Americans spent $16.4 billion, a 16 percent increase over the same period last year, according to a report from comScore. On “Cyber Monday,” comScore tallied $1.465 billion in online spending, up 17 percent versus year… Read More

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Newsmakers: Adam Brotman gives Starbucks a digital jolt

Typically, around these parts at least, technological innovation is associated with tech titans like Microsoft, Amazon and Boeing. But there’s a bit of a technological revolution brewing at one of Seattle’s other big brands: Starbucks. Make no mistake about it, Starbucks is still very much about the coffee experience. But the world’s best known coffee… Read More

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The ‘ultimate disrupter’ Jeff Bezos named Fortune’s Businessperson of the Year

Dubbing him the “ultimate disrupter,” Fortune magazine has chosen Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos as its Businessperson of the Year. The profile that accompanies the honor, written expertly by senior editor Adam Lashinsky, delves into everything from Amazon’s memo-based culture to Bezos’ love of science fiction to the company’s legendary focus on the customer. Quoted throughout the… Read More