January 26, 2011
GIZMO: Case controversies plague the Kindle (with M-Edge to the rescue!) and taunt Apple's iPad 2 "secrecy. " Also, a cautionary tale about tech magazine cover headlines. KINDLE KLUNK-UP: Just a month ago, Amazon.com was bragging about the huge success of its third-generation Kindle, the best-selling item in company history. Now, and only under duress, has the online giant come clean (kinda) about problems with this e-reader when it's installed in a $34.99, made-for-Kindle carrying case.
January 21, 2011 |
DuckDuckGo.com, the stripped-down, Google-alternative Internet search site that Valley Forge resident Gabriel Weinberg started in 2008, is looking more like a business. Weinberg, a 2001 MIT grad, cashed in when he sold NamesDatabase.com, to Classmates Online Inc. in 2006. He moved here from New England to start a family with his wife, who worked at GlaxoSmithKline. DuckDuckGo has begun linking searches to Amazon.com offers, "If they're for good products," to those users "who search for stuff that may be shopping-related," Weinberg says.
June 17, 2008 |
TV journalist Tim Russert's books have risen to the top of Amazon.com's sales chart since his death Friday. Big Russ and Me: Father and Son: Lessons of Life , in paperback, ranked No. 1, while Wisdom of Our Fathers: Lessons and Letters from Daughters and Sons , was No. 2, over the 24-hour period through 3 p.m. yesterday, the largest online bookseller said. "Interest in Tim Russert's books has increased since his untimely death," said Tammy Hovey, Amazon's public relations manager for media products.
June 3, 2006 |
A page turned Thursday night, though probably not as big and heavy a one as the bookseller would have you believe. "We're on the computer!" Bill Maher told his L.A. studio audience and anyone else who was logged on to the homepage of Amazon.com. The comedian touted Amazon as "the first major Internet site to launch an episodic series. " Fishbowl With Bill Maher, which began at 11 p.m. Thursday and is available at this very second at www.amazon.com/gp/movie-player-dashboard/permalink/39:31/104-3877406-928 7120, puts Maher in the talk-show host seat, interviewing folks whose stuff you can buy on Amazon.
May 9, 2003
YOUR May 1 article on Internet taxation was, in general, excellent. On behalf of Amazon.com, however, I would like to clarify one aspect of your characterization of Amazon's position on the imposition of tax collection obligations on online sellers. Your piece declares that "Amazon.com lobbies against online sales taxes claiming they would inhibit the growth of Internet commerce. " This is incorrect. Amazon.com has been an active participant in the Streamlined Sales Tax Project from its early stages.
December 1, 2002 |
Last year, Amazon.com was all about hunkering down and proving it could turn a profit. This year, the world's largest online retailer is back in the expansion mode that made it, well, the world's largest online retailer. The Seattle-based company debuted an ambitious clothing and accessories section last month that features merchandise from more than 400 retailers and brands - including Gap, Lands' End and Nike - in hopes of luring more customers during the crucial holiday season.
November 4, 2002 |
Beatrice Ball Evans Landenberger, 94, who overcame the loss of her first husband by writing a novel that was published four decades later, died of heart failure Friday at Chestnut Hill Hospital. Last year, after Mrs. Landenberger's novel, A Gift of Life, was published, she was profiled in a newspaper article and on cable television. She had begun to write the book more than 40 years earlier in longhand after her first husband died. The romantic story involved an Irish governess and two generations of a prominent Quaker family at the time of the anti-Catholic riots in Philadelphia in the 1840s.
December 12, 2001 |
After promising that Amazon.com Inc. would post its first operating profit this quarter, Jeff Bezos is facing his D-Day. But Bezos, the online retailer's founder and chief executive officer, appeared as jovial as ever - frequently laughing that signature, honking laugh - during a tour of Amazon's warehouse and distribution center in New Castle, Del., last week. "In January, we said our goal was to have a pro forma operating profit in" the fourth quarter, Bezos said. "On Oct. 23, we said it remains our goal.
September 15, 2001 |
Talk is: Nostradamus did it again. Truth is: He didn't. Widely circulating e-mail messages have declared that the famed 16th-century penner of predictions foretold Tuesday's World Trade Center attack. The buzz has piqued so much interest that three books about the seer were among the top five sellers on Amazon.com yesterday. Yet people who research such things say the prophecies are almost entirely bogus. Still, people have been frightened by the predictions, because they talk about World War III or the destruction of humanity, said Barbara Mikkelson, whose Urban Legends Web site investigates such stories.
June 18, 2001 |
For 67 years, bibliophiles have been browsing to their hearts' content in the warren of rooms that is Baldwin's Book Barn. But these days, anyone with access to the Internet can get a thrill out of what Baldwin's and hundreds of other dealers in used and rare books have to offer. The Book Barn, which is packed with more than 300,000 books and situated in a bucolic setting two miles southwest of West Chester, has moved onto the Internet in a major way. The move is part of a seismic shift in the way many seekers of used and rare books buy the treasures they want, book dealers say. The growth of the Net as a source for finding used books began cutting into the Book Barn's in-store sales so severely in the late 1990s that it nearly drove the owner, Tom Baldwin, out of business.