Monday Midday Links: Amazon Questioned About Privacy by Congress
Congress is asking Amazon to explain its SILK service. SILK is the service that Amazon will be using to speed up browser access on its tablet. Rather than spend the money on building a faster processor like Apple’s A5, Amazon has developed SILK which takes in web content and then optimizes it for the Kindle Fire. It also uses predictive analysis to push pages to your Fire that it believes you will want to see. All of this allows Amazon to track every step the user takes on the Fire. Forbes suggests that Amazon use this data on an anonymous basis only. Forbes also suggests that Amazon isn’t the only one trying to capture all your web browsing data. Be careful out there, folks.
NYTimes has an article about Amazon’s new publishing ventures. Some interesting tidbits:
- It purportedly paid $800,000 for Penny Marshall’s biography
- It saw a review of a self pubbed book in Publishers Weekly for which the author paid $100 and liked the concept of the book. Amazon will be publishing it next month.
- Kiana Davenport’s hated publisher is Penguin.
We strongly believe that this marketplace will provide and protect the rights of consumers as they were provided for under US copyright act and the first sale doctrine. Just because things have gone digital doesn’t mean that people have given up their hard fought for rights, each individual has the right to sell their legally purchased digital goods. The ReDigi marketplace is NOT about file sharing, it is a method offacilitating the legal transfer of music between two parties. The ReDigi approach is novel, it verifies that the track was properly acquired, manages items selected for sale within the sellers music libraries to prevent multiple copies (protecting the seller from copyright infringement), and facilitates an even greater level of copyright protection than the previous CD market.
DC Comics has sold more than 5 million comics in the first six weeks of its line-wide relaunch, the publisher trumpeted this morning, saying the company “is experiencing its best comic books sales in more than 20 years.”
That figure includes more than 250,000 copies of Justice League #1, whose debut on Aug. 31 kicked off the New 52. According to DC, Action Comics #1 and Batman #1 — the top-selling comics in the direct market in September— have each moved more than 200,000 copies, while the first issues ofDetective Comics, The Flash, Green Lantern and Superman have all sold more than 150,000.
As a consumer I hate exclusives but they often work. I was a long time customer of DirecTV primarily because the NFL Ticket is available only to DirecTV subscribers. NFL Ticket, for non football fans, is a pricey package that allows you to watch every game every Sunday. I was told by a DirecTV employee once that the NFL Ticket is responsible for millions of DirecTV subscribers and that DirecTV makes no money off the NFL Ticket. In some sense, it is nearly a loss leader for DirecTV. This doesn’t mean all of the other media providers black out the NFL because to do so would be to likely lose even more customers to DirecTV. Instead, those other media providers have to offer something else more attractive.