The Amazon/Kindle News Round-Up


Already, August has been a busy month for Amazon. If you’ve been sunning on a beach somewhere this summer or ctually getting some writing done, maybe you missed out on the latest Amazon/Kindle news. We’ll summarize below:

1. Amazon reports more eBooks sold in the UK than paper books.

According to a story on Red Orbit:

Amazon, the American company behind the Kindle ebook reader, has just revealed their UK portion of their ebook store is selling 114 ebooks for every 100 hardback or paperback books sold.

2. Amazon opens a new textbook rental service.

According to GalleyCat:

Amazon is now renting textbooks through a new platform called Amazon Textbook Rental.

Students can rent textbooks for their classes for a specific time period by clicking on the “Rent Now” button on the book’s listing. Amazon Student members (which requires a .edu email address) are eligible for free two-day shipping on qualifying rental titles.

The rental price is about half of the purchase price for the print edition.

 3. The Kindle Fire overtakes the iPad among eBook consumers.

According to Book Business Mag:

Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet has overtaken Apple’s iPad among e-book consumers for the first time. Ownership of the Kindle Fire has grown from seven percent of respondents in December 2011 to 20 percent just six months later. Apple’s iPad has remained static at 17 percent over the same time period.

And we’re not even halfway through the month yet!

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Chris Robley
Chris Robley is an award-winning poet, songwriter, performer, and music producer who now lives in Portland, Maine after more than a decade in Portland, Oregon. His music has been praised by NPR, the LA Times, the Boston Globe, and others. Skyscraper Magazine said he is “one of the best short-story musicians to come along in quite some time.” Robley’s poetry has been published or is forthcoming in POETRY, Prairie Schooner, Poetry Northwest, Beloit Poetry Journal, RHINO, Magma Poetry, and more. He is the 2013 winner of Boulevard's Poetry Prize for Emerging Writers and the 2014 recipient of a Maine Literary Award in the category of "Short Works Poetry."


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