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Thursday News: Amazon drops price of 4G Kindle Fire; Ladies – too dumb to operate a Fire – offered alternative; HC sued over ditched book

Thursday News: Amazon drops price of 4G Kindle Fire; Ladies –...

“Amazon announced Wednesday that it’s dropping the price of the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD in the United States, and is also rolling out the tablet in Europe and Japan. The biggest price cut is for the 4G LTE Kindle Fire HD. The 32 GB version, which had been $499, gets a price drop to $399. The Wi-Fi-only version of the same tablet gets a price cut of $30 — to $269 for the 16 GB version and $299 for the 32 GB version.” GigaOM

Helper #1 is Brit whose crafting empire is being called tech for women. Shaping cookie dough into hearts and putting them on a stick is hacking and tech oriented. “Girls don’t necessarily want to read Cnet,” she said. “We want something a little pinker and sparklier.”  Never mind, of course, that the originators of computers and computer code were women like Ada Lovelace (developed the first computer algorithm) and Admiral Grace Hopper (developed first computer language which led to COBOL for which she developed standards and compiler for COBOL, the mother of computer programming).

Helper #2 Eurostar is selling the ePad Femme. It comes preloaded with about 12 apps so you can cook, do yoga, and lose weight. The background is just as Brit would order, pink and sparkly. Daily Dot

“The Tablet comes preloaded with applications so you can just turn it on and log in to cooking recipes or yoga,” Mani Nair, Associate Vice President for Marketing at Eurostar Group, told the Jerusalem Post. “It makes a perfect gadget for a woman who might find difficulties in terms of downloading these applications and it is a quick reference.””

Later DNA evidence showed him to be innocent. He sold his a book of his life story to HarperCollins but before the book went on sale, he was arrested and charged with growing weed. HC stopped production of the book and now Yarris suing HC for the lost opportunity. That’s a tough case for him to win – proving that his book would be a success. Media |

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Tuesday News: HarperCollins to be spun off; Niche authors protest price...

This separation is a little different than the direction that Hyperion and Amazon are going which is to acquire books tied in to various video media segments. Business on

Speaking of HarperCollins, its last quarter 18% increase in sales was primarily  due to the Thomas Nelson catalog per Publishers’ Weekly.

On the other hand, niche authors are stuck with the $9.99 ceiling. To the deputy chief executive of the Society of Authors, the inability to price higher is hurting them. Books priced outside the sweet zone between $2.99 and $9.99 are penalized by Amazon through a lower royalty rate.

Any book priced below $2.99 and above $9.99 receive only a 35% royalty rate versus a 70% royalty rate.

Kate Pool, deputy chief executive of the Society of Authors, commented: “Our concern is the increasing dominance that Amazon is having. It is starting to change the perception of books entirely and the danger is people will start to see them in terms of cheap items rather than the price reflecting the time and research that has gone in to it.”The Bookseller