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Amazon expands in-app purchasing for physical goods

Amazon recently introduced the Mobile Associates API for Kindle Fire and other Android devices that would allow developers to market both physical and digital goods within apps and games on Amazon.com.

Developers stand to earn up to 6 percent on qualifying in-app customer purchases.

Today, developers who wanted to create additional revenue channels for their apps t could use a “freemium” model with digital in-app purchasing or subscriptions, or by using mobile ads.

Amazon.in launches computers, accessories store in India

Source: 
The Hindu Business Line

Amazon.in, an affiliate of global retail giant Amazon.com, on Monday launched a computers and accessories store for customers in India.

Shoppers in the country will be able to shop across 7,000-plus products from over 180 brands with the help of Amazon.in, Amazon said in a statement.

It will also provide detailed product descriptions, options to shortlist products by feature, customer reviews from Amazon.com, and personalised recommendations, it said.
 

Amazon Appstore now open to HTML5 Web Apps

Developers can now submit URLs for their HTML5 web apps and mobile websites and have Amazon offer that content to millions of Kindle Fire and Amazon Appstore customers in the same, convenient way as native apps.

Amazon said Web developers and content publishers have historically faced numerous challenges when building, optimizing and distributing web apps for mobile devices.

Amazon, Lazada: Top online retailers in Southeast Asia

Online retail is on the rise in Southeast Asia and Amazon and Lazada are the top online retailers in the region, according to the latest report released by comScore.

The report, "Southeast Asia Digital Future in Focus 2013," showed that the Southeast Asian markets account for approximately 10 percent of the Asia-Pacific's Internet population of 644 million. Consequently, online retail sales is also in the rise.

Flipkart beefs up to take on Amazon

Source: 
Business Standard

When Indian e-commerce major Flipkart decided to hold a press conference last week to announce its biggest fund-raising, the event added an additional air of mystery around the company. Co-founders Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal were for the first time addressing the media ever since the online retailer, best known for selling discounted books, went live in 2007. What's the deal, people tracking the sector asked. Some even tried to guess if the announcement had any links with the entry of US online retailer Amazon into India recently.

Amazon India to sell mobiles, accessories

Source: 
The Hindu Business Line

Amazon.in, the world's largest online retailer, is all set to fight it out in India's burgeoning ecommerce market. The US-based marketplace cum etailer, that entered the country last month with books and music, has extended its service with the launch mobiles and accessories, cameras and Portable Media Players. It has over 20, 000 electronic products on its platform.

 

Amazon to follow marketplace model in India

Source: 
Business Standard

The Seattle-based Nasdaq-listed e-commerce company Amazon entered India on Thursday by launching its marketplace model, offering up to 25 to 30 percent discount on products and the option of paying by cash on delivery. The move came after years of preparation and 16 months of getting a foothold in the country through Junglee.com, a price comparison site it had acquired.

 

New login reduces sign-in friction for Amazon customers

Amazon is introducing a new service that will allow over 200 million customers to securely login to apps, games and websites.

The online retailer said this would easily reduce sign-in friction for customers by eliminating the need for users to create an account and password, and instead allows them to sign-in using their existing Amazon account information.

Customers can choose to share certain attributes of their account profile with apps, games, and websites.

Early adopters of the service include Zappos and Woot, both Amazon subsidiaries.

Amazon.com to acquire book lovers' website Goodreads

Amazon.com is acquiring Goodreads, a site for readers and book recommendations that helps people find and share books they love.

Russ Grandinetti, Amazon Vice President, Kindle Content, said Amazon and Goodreads share a passion for reinventing reading and the website has helped change how Amazon discover and discuss books.

"In addition, both Amazon and Goodreads have helped thousands of authors reach a wider audience and make a better living at their craft. Together we intend to build many new ways to delight readers and authors alike,” he said.

Amazon's sellers unhappy about fee hikes, eye rivals

Source: 
scmp.com

A brewing conflict between Amazon.com and its merchants over fee hikes could benefit rival eBay, and provide an opening for Wal-Mart Stores and Google, which are just getting into the space.

Amazon's online bazaar generates margins many times higher than traditional retail as the company takes a cut of every sale on its site made by a merchant, known as a third-party seller, and charges extra fees for handling logistics.

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