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Amazon's Review Policy Is Creepy And Bad For Authors

Independent author and blogger Imy Santiago bought an ebook, read it, and posted a review on Amazon. Then things started to go wrong, according to her recent blog post, which has put Amazon in the crosshairs of another round of criticism from authors and reviewers.


Amazon Might Pay Self-Published Authors Less Than A Cent Per Page Read

So, remember that new Amazon payment scheme that’s going to revolutionise self-publishing by dolling out royalties based on pages read rather than copies sold? Remember how that was going to reward authors who can keep readers hooked rather than folks who can crank out 500 page-tomes that nobody has the gusto to finish?


You're About To Start Finding Amazon's Echo AI In Unexpected Places

Could Amazon actually win the race to build the most widely-used AI voice platform? As unlikely as it sounds, Amazon is pushing far harder than Microsoft or Apple to get its technology into the hands of other companies.


Apple Is Wrong To Pull Historical Games Featuring The Confederate Flag

The Confederate flag is a garbage flag that represents garbage ideas. But in an effort to purge the world of those garbage ideas, some companies are too quick to pull out the banhammer. Here’s one recent example: Apple has begun banning some games that feature the Confederate flag — even if that game is about the Civil War.


The Military's Ranger Panties Are My New Favourite Clothes

People love Soffe Men’s Running Shorts, a.k.a. Ranger Panties. That is evidenced in their 1250 Amazon reviews, the vast majority of which are five stars. People even like to include images of themselves wearing the comically tiny shorts, bragging about how close to exposed your penis is while flopping around on a jog.


Selling Erotic Ebooks Is Illegal In Germany Before 10pm 

Thanks to an old-fashioned law that treats ebooks like movies, online booksellers in Germany are eligible for a $US56,000 fine if they sell erotic ebooks before 10pm. That means any young fraus desperate to buy sensual Clippy stories may have to wait until after dark if booksellers come up with a plan to comply.


Amazon Will Soon Start Paying Authors Based On E-Book Pages Read

What if we lived in a world where authors earned royalties not based on how many books they sell, but on how many pages we read? The idea, which would have been preposterous 10 years ago, is not only possible with modern technology, it’s something Amazon will be test driving this soon.


Amazon's Super-Great Kindle Paperwhite Now Has A Super-Great Display And An Australian Price

E-readers are the bane of my existence. I like books. I like the feel of books. The weight of books. Hell, even the smell of books. But no e-reader has challenged my page-bound allegiance like this new Kindle Paperwhite.


Report: Amazon Is Developing An Uber-Style Service For Package Delivery

Like Uber, but for delivering Amazon packages? In its ongoing effort to get packages to consumers as quickly as possible, Amazon may soon employ an Uber-like app that uses ordinary people as delivery drivers.


Amazon's Building A Solar Farm To Green Its Data Centres

If it’s good enough for Apple, it’s clearly good enough for Amazon. Bezos & Co. has announced that it’s channelling money into the construction and running of an 80 megawatt solar farm in Virginia.