This is just for fun and because Jayne sent it to me.
Internet sales tax: who’s for it, who’s against & what comes next – An Internet sales tax is about to pass the Senate and may do so as early as the end of this week. It may surprise you that Amazon is a supporter of this bill given its tax dodging efforts in the past. But in reality Amazon supports this because it wants the level playing field which means retailers like eBay must also enforce sales tax on all of its sales as well. We should know more about the effect of the bill by early next week. EBay is currently requesting an exception on the grounds that it will hurt home based sellers. GigaOM
Share Your Book – Avon Romance has launched a writing community, again. Aspiring writers can upload content for readers to comment and vote on. Avon and Its parent HarperCollins has hosted sites like these in the past including Authonomy and the writing website that a number of now published historical authors participated such as Tessa Dare, Courtney Milan, and Elyssa Patrick. avonromance.com
Pocketbook Unveils the World’s First 8? Color E-ink eReader in Russia (video) – The Digital Reader – Nate at The Digital Reader reports that Pocketbook has released an 8 inch color E ink reader. it will go on sale in Russia first and there is no planned worldwide announcement. The device runs on a custom Linux firmware, has alighted touchscreen, Wi-Fi, a microSD card slot, and an audio jack. The Digital Reader
Amazon To Introduce Kindle Paperwhite In China This Week – According to reports, Amazon is readying its Kindle paper white to enter the Chinese market at the end of the week. Mike Cane noted that the price point might make adoption very slow given the iPad clones and other black-market designs that are sold freely in China. Mike Cane’s xBlog
With Kindle Singles, David Blum Jump-Starts His Career – Digital book world linked to this article at the New York Times with the description “Kindle singles art making Amazon much money.” Yet the article is really about the Amazon Single success. Authors earn on average $22,000 for an under 10,000 word piece. It was launched in January 2011 and about 28% of the titles have sold more than 10,000 copies. Per the article, Amazon is carefully vetting the articles it is publishing increasing prestige by “tightly limiting the number of offerings.” Kindle Singles and services like them may have a niche audience but the benefit of digital and the low barrier to entry is that niche audiences can be served and the provider can make money. NYTimes.com