Round up #98: new statement in Agency Model case, “5 or 6″ new “Kindle Fires”
The ILMK Round ups are short pieces which may or may not be expanded later.
I may flesh these out more later today, but there is some breaking news.
Reuters discusses Amazon’s mobile ambitions and SKUs
I heard about this one in a couple of places, including a reader sending it in private e-mail.
I would put this beyond the level of rumor, although there may be some confusion about it, and it’s not confirmed by Amazon.
Demos Parneros of Staples has said that they now have SKUs for multiple new tablets from Amazon.
A SKU is a Stock-Keeping Unit number (we always thought of them as just “StocK Units”).
The confusion here could be because it identifies what a brick-and-mortar store pulls out of the stockroom to replace things on the shelf (and it has other functions).
If an item comes in multiple colors, or memory configurations, or wi-fi versus 3G, they would each have a different SKU (if the customer gets a choice…if they say they want a “blue one”, you don’t want to have to start opening boxes to be able to tell).
Also very interesting (and good detective work) is that the number of people on LinkedIn from Lab126 (Amazon’s research and development lab) has massively increased.
New statement in Agency Model case
I haven’t had a chance to read the whole statement yet, and this is not the final settlement.
Here’s one statement from it, though:
“The United States received many comments that sought to excuse price fixing asnecessary to end Amazon’s reported ninety percent share of the e-book market, and notedthat Apple’s entry effectuated erosion of Amazon’s share and spurred all sorts of innovations, such as color e-books. But the reality is that, despite its conspiratorial efforts, Apple’s entry into the e-book market was not immediately successful. It was, in fact, Barnes & Noble’s entry—prior to Apple—that took significant share away from Amazon; and many of the touted innovations were in development long before Apple decided to enter the market via conspiracy.”
Correction: I originally reported this as a judge’s statement, because that was what I saw going to the link. However, it is actually a response of the DoJ (Department of Justice) which is acting as the plaintiff in this case. That explains the strength of the position…you would expect it to be advocatory. My apologies for that inaccuracy. It’s still an interesting document, though. :)
Kindle Touch 5.1.2 bug fix available
If you’ve done/gotten the 5.1.0 or 5.1.1 update for the Kindle Touch, they have a bug fix update you should get:
By “bug fix”, I meant that it doesn’t features, it just fixes a problem. My guess is that this has to do with a font size problem which has been reported.
Penguin takes over Author Solutions
This was sent to me by a reader in a private e-mail.
Penguin is apparently taking over Author Solutions…which makes it a tradpub (traditional publisher) taking over an independent publishing platform…think Random House taking over Smashwords, just for an analogy.
That’s an interesting development…a tradpub could certainly promote indie books in a different way.
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.