Round up #273: what Edith Wharton and Scarlett Johansson have in common, the Everything Store store
The ILMK Round ups are short pieces which may or may not be expanded later.
The New Yorker cartoon about Amazon
A reader alerted me in a private e-mail (thanks, reader! If you want credit, let me know) about this
It illustrates how some people feel about Amazon (present company excepted…I assume). ;)
Amazon webcast of Q3 financials
Amazon has announced that they will webcast their third quarter financials (they always webcast them) on Thursday, October 23, at 2:00 PM Pacific.
You can listen live at
or listen to the recording later at the same site. I’ll let you know what I think. This is an interesting one, because of all the controversy with Hachette (and other things), the launch of the Fire Phone, and Kindle Unlimited. I think the last one must be working pretty well, since they are expanding it to other markets.
suggests it may be a better report than some people projected.
“You know what this website needs? Walls…”
According to this
and other sources (it seems to have started with the New York Times, but they like to keep their stuff from you with a paywall…I try to make this simple for you when I can), Amazon is going to open a brick and mortar (or as Clarke cleverly called it, “clicks and mortar”) store in New York City.
Don’t expect to walk into it and see twenty million books. :) It will probably serve two main purposes.
The first is as a showroom for Amazon hardware and such. You know, they can have Kindles and Fires (tablets, TV, phones) on display, and let you get hands on. Gee, this is a case where showrooming (something that many brick and mortar stores hate: people come into their store to check out items, feel them…and then buy them online) is a good thing. ;)
That makes sense: it’s not a store/store, it’s a live demo.
The other thing they are likely to do it “order online, pick up in person”. That would only be for a limited number of items if you wanted to pick it up the same day, and could be far more if you are willing to wait a couple of days.
It seems pretty unlikely to me, as a former retailer, that the store can sell enough merchandise in that location to be profitable…but if you chalk it up to advertising expense, it makes sense.
New York Comic Con
It may not be as big as San Diego Comic Con, but New York Comic Con is happening this weekend. You can expect some tie-in deals from Amazon: one of my regular readers, Brian Hartman, commented on this, noticing it on trade paperbacks (the large size).
While Amazon recently bought the very popular Comixology app, they also have comic books available directly through the Kindle store:
I’m not noticing a big sale there, but I did stumble across that there are over 4,000 comic books available as part of Kindle Unlimited! I keep seeing more and more value to that subscription…
Some books coming to TV
Movies and TV based on books can really drive up book sales…Gone Girl is #1 in the Kindle store right now, for example.
So, here’s a quick listing of some upcoming adaptations. Note that they might never make it to your screen…you never know for sure.
- Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars Trilogy on Spike
- Steven Frey’s The Chairman on Spike
- Richard D. Bronson’s War at the Shore on Spike
- Mairi Hedderwick’s Katie Morag books on CBBC
- Edith Wharton’s 1913 novel The Custom of the Country (to star Scarlett Johanssson), network to be determined
- Dan Brown’s The Digital Fortress on ABC
- Douglas Adams’ Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, network to be determined
What do you think? Is there a book you would like to see adapted to TV? would you be excited to go to an Amazon physical store. Do you have a prediction on Amazon’s Q3 financials? Feel free to let me and my readers know what you think by commenting on this post.
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