Wednesday News: Jeff Bezos’ wife leaves a negative review of the book about Amazon; Google’s Nexus 8, and Target deal
Jeff Bezos’ wife slams ‘misleading’ biography in Amazon review – This is kind of hilarious and maybe even against Amazon’s own reviewing policy. But in the review section to The Everything Store by Brad Stone, Mackenzie Bezos leaves a lengthy one star review accusing the author of fabricating many things and using poor “techniques”. Anyway, I thought that was fairly amusing. theguardian.com
Is this the first glimpse of the Google Nexus 8? – Google is going to take on Apple by producing an 8″ tablet. I think this is a bit odd but maybe consumers think the 7″ tablet is lesser because it is slightly smaller? The Nexus 8 will be a midsize tablet about the same size as the Apple iPad Mini.
In general, sales of the smaller tablets are currently outpacing shipments of traditional 9-inch and over tablets, and according to a recent survey by analysts Gartner, almost half of tablet owners have a device that’s 8-inches or less — which “confirmed Gartner’s long-standing assumption that smaller is better when it comes to consumer tablets”, the company said. ZDNet
Target’s trading $200 gift cards for any working iPad, even first generation tablets – This is a great deal. Target will give you a $200 gift card in exchange for any working iPad, including that “big” and “old” first generation one. This deal is in place until November 9th and you can use it toward the purchase of a new iPad which is probably what Target would like for you to do. Engadget
As the wife of the subject of the book, it’s fine for Mackenzie Bezos to leave a review. But the spouse of Brad Stone really- really- shouldn’t. (Whether Amazon has a review policy that prohibits Amazon employees from leaving a review, I don’t know.)
That Target offer is very tempting, but it isn’t happening as long as the old iPad 2 keeps running perfectly.
I agree Deborah; Mackenzie Bezos is free to leave reviews, though she is inevitibly opening herself up for criticism. I’m sure she knows that. I agree the wife of the author should not, and technically that is type of reviews I thought Amazon was policing against–the friends and family auto-5 stqr reviews.
I wonder if Ms. B’s review would be allowed to stay up at GR with their new “enforcement” policy.
Sounds to me like the review is of the author, not the book.