Amazon posted a 34% increase in quarterly sales (compare this to the decline in sales for both BGI and BN) but their profits were down 51%. Increased sales of electronics, lower prices and discount shipping program Amazon Prime crimped profit margins, Szkutak said. Via CNN.
Dear Ms. Briggs: As I was reading this book last night, I turned to Ned with an epiphany. “Ned,” I said, “When an author of a fantasy book can make you believe her truths, that’s a great book.” He replied, “that’s why I read fantasy.” Indeed. You have the unique ... more >
Dear Ms. Bast: I’ve kind of marked you down as a go to read. When I am looking for a hot but emotionally satisfying story, I generally feel that you will deliver. Alas, this was a misstep. I looked at the copyright on this one and it says January 2006. ... more >
Slate reported that print on demand publisher, BookSurge, offers a positive review for $399 from NYT bestselling author, Ellen Tanner Marsh. You can even make suggestions about what you want in your review. BookSurge was recently acquired by Amazon. At least Klausner does it for free. Via Slate.
Amazon has a not so secret anymore, 30 day money back guarantee. Slate and several other sources have posted about Amazon’s customer service policy. Slate gives a phone number to call 1-800-201-7575; to get a human right away, dial extension 7–"ask him about that 30-day price guarantee. Basically, Amazon will ... more >
The Tuesday after Christmas, Amazon announced that it had a record breaking holiday sales. There were orders in excess of four billion placed on December 11 and it was able to ship more than 99% on schedule, shipping more than 3.4 million units on a single day. Yet, investors are ... more >