The vast empire of Amazon.com continues to expand, and its price war with competing e-readers heats up.
It's been a busy couple of weeks for Amazon.com.
Days after slashing the price of its Kindle eReader by $40, the company announced yesterday it would acquire discount retailer Woot.com for a reported $110 million. According to a statement, Amazon will "foster the long-term growth of Woot, allowing it to continue its passion for MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Jul 1, 2010 11:58 AM ET
In the face of Kindle price cuts and wild iPad sales, Jeff Bezos is taking Amazon into new markets and onto every device he can. Will it be enough?
Jeff Bezos has been dismissed before. For most of the dot-com boom, he was assumed to be a one-shot wonder, inches away from having his bookstore, Amazon.com, (AMZN) extinguished by Wal-Mart (WMT). Now, with Apple's (AAPL) mad rush into books and MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Jun 29, 2010 3:00 AM ET
Barnes and Noble dropped the price of its Nook eBook reader today to $199 and introduced an even cheaper $149 Wifi-only Nook, sparking a price war with Amazon.
The race to 'free' in eBook readers is on today as the standard Nook was dropped from $259 to $199 by Barnes and Noble (BKS). The biggest news however, is that they introduced a new device that costs only $149 but can only use MORESeth Weintraub - Jun 21, 2010 6:40 PM ET
Amid all the talk about the "death of print" and the ill effects of multitasking and our shrinking attention spans, we have overlooked the fundamental truth that storytelling will never die.
There's so much jawboning lately about e-readers and tablets and e-ink and pay walls. The debate rages. Will Apple's (AAPL) iPad flatten everyone else? Is Amazon's (AMZN) Kindle franchise fading? What about Sony (SNE) and Barnes & Noble (BN)? MOREAdam Lashinsky, Sr. Editor at Large - Jun 16, 2010 9:23 AM ET
By not competing, Jeff Bezos tells stockholders at Amazon's annual meeting
Although Amazon's (AMZN) Kindle has the largest share of the U.S. e-reader market -- 62%, according to a ChangeWave survey conducted in early May -- the iPad is gaining fast.
In the same survey -- fielded only a month or so after the iPad went on sale, Apple's (AAPL) tablet computer was already in the hands of 16% of the 245 MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 25, 2010 5:15 PM ET
Google's 'more open' application environment allows Amazon to build the bookstore into the app.
On the iPhone, you can read your Kindle books using Amazon's WhisperSync technology. Implementing it however, involved a bit of a workaround for Amazon.
If you want to buy an Amazon book on an iPhone (or iPad or iPod touch), you need to exit the Kindle application, open a web browser, and buy the book with your Amazon MORESeth Weintraub - May 18, 2010 1:22 PM ET
Who were the device's first buyers, and what do they plan to do with it?
Most of the people who lined up in New York and Minneapolis to purchase the iPad on Saturday were already committed Apple (AAPL) users, according to the results of a survey of 448 iPad buyers issued early Monday by Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster.
The full results are pasted below the fold. The key findings:
74% were Mac users MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Apr 5, 2010 6:12 AM ET
Even the wireless industry's biggest bulls couldn't have predicted the coming mobile explosion.
Wireless phone companies and equipment manufacturers totally underestimated the potential of their own industry, says Ericsson (ERIC) CEO Hans Vestberg. Now he and his company are preparing for a totally interconnected world in which billions of consumers -- and machines -- talk non-stop to one another via wireless networks.
"What I've learned in this industry, and I've spent 18 MOREStephanie N. Mehta, Deputy Managing Editor - Mar 29, 2010 6:45 AM ET
After Apple's big tablet debut, Amazon is starting to play a little defense.
In the matchup between the iPad and the Kindle, some say it's game over for Amazon's e-Reader. But according to industry watchers, it's still only the first quarter.
Keep in mind that Apple's tablet showed up just two weeks ago, and it hasn't even hit the market yet. Meanwhile, Amazon hasn't exactly gone on the offensive, but CEO Jeff MOREJessica Shambora, Writer-Reporter - Feb 11, 2010 8:59 AM ET
There's more than one way to look at a before-and-after survey
"The more people know about the iPad," writes David Coursey in PC World, "the less they want to buy one."
That's how Coursey interprets the results of a survey published Friday by Retrevo, an online electronics marketplace that polls its 4 million users from time to time on a variety of topical issues.
"There was too much hoopla," co-founder Manish Rathi MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Feb 8, 2010 10:15 AM ET
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