Amazon to pay self-published authors based on pages read

The Business Times

It could soon pay more to write lengthier books, if you are an author self-publishing on Inc's Kindle ebook platform.

Starting next month, the e-commerce giant will pay independent authors based on the number of pages read, rather than the number of times their book has been borrowed.

Amazon unveils unlimited reading plan on any device recently introduced a new subscription service, Kindle Unlimited, which allows customers to freely read as much as they want from over 600,000 Kindle books, and listen as much as they want to thousands of Audible audiobooks, all for only USD9.99 a month.

Amazon launches Kindle Fire HD 8.9 in Japan

Amazon's Kindle Fire HD 8.9, the large-screen version of its best-selling tablet is now in Japan, as well as in the the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain.

It was made available at a lower the price than the US, with the Wi-Fi version being sold for only USD269 while the price for the 4G version starts at USD399.

Dave Limp, Vice President, Amazon Kindle, explained that as the company expanded Kindle Fire HD 8.9" to Europe and Japan, it was able to increase production volumes and decrease the cost.

Amazon launches app to sell e-books

Shanghai Daily

Amazon has launched a free Kindle bookstore application to sell e-books on its Chinese website, a move widely seen as a prelude to Kindle tablets' entry into China, the world's biggest mobile device market.

Amazon, with its Kindle series of electronic ink screen and touch screen tablet computers, is the world's biggest online bookstore and e-book reader vendor.

But its Chinese website only sold real books and other goods without Kindle tablets and services though Amazon started China business a decade ago.


Amazon cuts Japan Kindle price before launch

The Business Times

Internet shopping giant Amazon has cut the cost of the Japanese version of its Kindle e-reader even before the first customers get their hands on the device.

The price of the wifi-only edition of Kindle Paperwhite was shaved by JPY500 (USD6.25) to JPY7,980 on Wednesday, as competition heats up in a sector that has been slow off the mark.

Amazon introduces Japanese Kindle Store

Amazon's Kindle Paperwhite e-reader is coming to Japan, along with a brand new Kindle Store with the largest selection of books, Oricon best sellers in books, bunko, and manga, and over 50,000 Japanese-language titles.

Jeff Bezos, Founder and CEO said that after 12 years of selling print books on, the company is finally offering its digital stock to anyone in Japan with a Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Fire, Android phone, Android tablet, iPhone, or iPad.

Amazon takes on iPad with new Kindle Fire tablet

Jakarta Globe

Amazon on Thursday unveiled a new, larger version of its Kindle Fire tablet computer with a high-definition display, in a move by the retail giant to take on the market-leading iPad.

The new Kindle Fire HD will be offered with 8.9-inch (22.6 centimetres) display, along with an upgraded version of the tablet launched in a smaller format last year, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos told reporters.

The Kindle Fire HD has dual-band Wi-Fi and two antennas, he said, comparing it to the rival iPad from Apple and the Google Nexus 7 tablets.

Amazon launches Kindle store for India

Business Standard on Wednesday unveiled the India Kindle Store, which showcases over a million books, priced in rupees. The company has roped in Croma, part of Infiniti Retail (a fully-owned subsidiary of Tata Sons), to retail its latest Kindle e-reader, priced at INR6,999 (USD126.13), across 30 Croma outlets and its online store.

Amazon to launch Kindle in Japan

The Japan Times Online

Leading US online retailer says it's ready to soon launch its Kindle electronic book reader in Japan.

"We plan to launch the e-book device by the end of this year," an official at Amazon Japan said, declining further comment.

Amazon hopes to tap into the Japanese market by using the strong customer base it has established through its online shopping services.

Supply chain players see dropping iPad 2 orders


Although Apple is reportedly set to use its iPad 2 to compete in the entry-level tablet PC market against Amazon's Kindle Fire when its next-generation iPads hit the market in March 2012, sources from Apple's supply chain have pointed out that Apple's orders for iPad 2 are dropping gradually, while orders for the new devices remain steady. 

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