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Friday News: Kindle Unlimited & Amazon lists, Amazon profits down, Apple...

Amazon’s hourly list of the top 100 “paid” Kindle bestsellers appears to be under the steadily growing influence of Kindle Unlimited “checkouts,” which are counted as part of paid sales. In this morning’s check, 45 of the top 100 titles are also available through Kindle Unlimited — and 24 of the top 50 titles. Amazon Publishing’s own titles still appear to be benefitting the most, and self-published authors who are not exclusive to Amazon (and therefore not part of KU) seem to have lost the most bestseller slots. (We still have no idea whether this is affecting actual paid sales, or just bestseller list slots.) –Publishers Lunch

But losses mushroomed. Amazon had a net loss of $126 million, or 27 cents a share. A year ago, it lost $7 million, or 2 cents a share. Analysts had forecast a loss of 15 cents a share. –New York Times

he patent (which never uses the term “iWatch”) mentions features like gyroscopes, accelerometers, and vibrating elements, along with a variety of models, including one whose base can very clearly be removed from the wristwatch band, iPod Nano-style. This patent’s unveiling comes nearly two years after Google’s own “smartwatch including flip-up display” patent, but Apple beat Google to the filing punch by three months—and included a far wider range of designs and functionality (e.g. gyroscopes) to boot. –Ars Technica

If you want selfie toast, it’ll cost you $75 for the first toaster. Dively said he offers discounts if you plan on ordering more than one. Toast with your face on it for everyone! –Mashable

isn't sure if she's an average Romance reader, or even an average reader, but a reader she is, enjoying everything from literary fiction to philosophy to history to poetry. Historical Romance was her first love within the genre, but she's fickle and easily seduced by the promise of a good read. She approaches every book with the same hope: that she will be filled from the inside out with something awesome that she didnʼt know, didnʼt think about, or didnʼt feel until that moment. And she's always looking for the next mind-blowing read, so feel free to share any suggestions!


  1. library addict
    Jul 25, 2014 @ 07:18:17

    $75 for a toaster? Ha!

  2. Isobel Carr
    Jul 25, 2014 @ 09:10:13

    @library addict: Um, mine cost way more than that (Dualit).

  3. azteclady
    Jul 25, 2014 @ 10:42:28

    @Isobel Carr: Mind, boggled.

  4. Lorenda Christensen
    Jul 25, 2014 @ 19:22:40

    As I peruse the stacks of swag here at the RWA conference, I wonder whether next year I’m going to be able to get my goody bag filled at the same time I have my breakfast…book cover toast! I’m all for it!

  5. txvoodoo
    Jul 25, 2014 @ 19:58:24

    @Isobel Carr: I must ask, does it do more than toast baked goods?

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