Amazon to pay authors according to how many pages people read

Posted in Research on June 22nd, 2015 by steve

International“From the beginning of July, a clutch of authors self-publishing on Amazon’s site will no longer be reimbursed based on how many people download their books. Instead, the company has announced, those operating through the site’s Kindle Unlimited and Lending Library book borrowing services will be paid according to how far customers actually get through their books …” (more)

[Barbara Speed, New Statesman, 22 June]

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Happy Halloween: Actual PhDs respond to Amazon’s ‘women’s sexy PhD’ costume and it is a treat

Posted in Life on November 1st, 2014 by steve

USA“‘Though I have a PhD and a successful career as an academic, what really matters is how hot I look in my regalia’. Everyone, you can change your Halloween plans tonight because there is no longer any need to go trick-or-treating. The lady PhDs have done it …” (more)

[Jenny Kutner, Salon, 31 October]

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Does Amazon kill a revenue channel for open access monographs?

Posted in Research on September 3rd, 2014 by steve

“It is widely acknowledged (in many funder mandates, for instance) that open access for peer-reviewed academic books in the humanities is a harder proposition …” (more)

[Dr Martin Paul Eve, 3 September]

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Around Retail Giant Amazon, University Presses Tiptoe and Whisper

Posted in Governance and administration on July 24th, 2014 by steve

“Customers adore Amazon for its ability to deliver almost anything almost instantly. Publishers’ feelings about the online retail giant are a lot more complicated. They love how it can boost book sales …” (more)

[Jennifer Howard, Chronicle of Higher Education, 24 July]

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Who Can Rival Amazon?

Posted in Research on January 22nd, 2014 by steve

“… The question was in two parts: first, how much more market share can Amazon amass before it slows down or is stopped? Second, who can put together a meaningful merchandising service that could take share from Amazon? …” (more)

[Joseph Esposito, The Scholarly Kitchen, 22 January]


Amazon unpacked

Posted in Governance and administration on February 9th, 2013 by steve

“The online giant is creating thousands of UK jobs, so why are some employees less than happy? Between a sooty power station and a brown canal on the edge of a small English town, there is a building that seems as if it should be somewhere else …” (more)

[Sarah O’Connor,, 8 February]


Amazon Will Even Read the Book for You

Posted in Research on September 10th, 2012 by steve

“Amazon has just announced a new line of e-reading devices. While the tech press is digesting the new information, one thing of interest has already emerged: ever disruptive, Amazon now plans to disintermediate the human reader …” (more)

[Joseph Esposito, The Scholarly Kitchen, 10 September]


Ebooks outselling print books among Amazon’s British customers

Posted in Research on August 6th, 2012 by steve

“Amazon sells 114 ebooks for every 100 print books it sells in Britain, according to new data from the online giant …” (more)

[Business Post, 6 August]

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British Library sparks Amazon row

Posted in Research on October 17th, 2011 by steve

“The British Library has been criticised by booksellers for linking to Amazon on its public online catalogue. The catalogue lists more than 13 million of the library’s items along with a link to buy the item from the online retailer …” (more)

[BBC News, 17 October]

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Amazon Comes to Academic Publishing

Posted in Life on October 6th, 2009 by steve

USA“Amazon is famous for a lot of things, but foremost among them is the customer reviews that are appended to virtually every product it sells (the company went so far as to patent its approach). The company sells books, but it isn’t a publisher, so it has an interest – at least theoretically – in letting its customers say what they don’t like as well as what they like about specific titles …” (more)

[Inside Higher Ed, 6 October]

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