Round up #305: Amazon Underground, BAMM

Round up #305: Amazon Underground, BAMM

The ILMK Round ups are short pieces which may or may not be expanded later.

Books-A-Million revenues down slightly, loss nearly doubles

According to their

press release

Books-A-Million, the second largest chain bookstore in the USA (after Barnes & Noble) had comparable store sales down .3% compared to the same period in the previous year. That’s not a large amount…they blame it on megahit books the previous year.

However, their net loss went down a lot more:

“Net loss attributable to Books-A-Million for the second quarter was $5.8 million, or $0.41 per diluted
share, compared with a net loss of $3.0 million, or $0.21 per diluted share, in the year earlier period.”

If their revenue was down .3 percent, and their loss was down nearly twice as much, it could be that their costs have  risen.

It’s also important to note that their book sales were probably down more than the .3%: as CEO Terrance G. Finley said, “…this quarter we saw strong performances in our cafés and in our general merchandise departments.”

Kindle  Fire HDX update


Kindle Fire HDX (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping)

updated this evening to 4.5.5.

No new no major features that  I can see…it says it has “general improvements and performance enhancements”. We see that statement when Amazon does  a bug fix. If I notice anything new, I’ll let you know.

No more Free Apps of the Day (FAOTD)? Welcome Amazon Underground

I was surprised not to see a free app of the day yesterday. Well, today I know why. It’s probably due to

Amazon Underground (at AmazonSmile*)

which is Amazon’s new Android shopping app.

This is another huge benefit for Amazon customers, and another striking innovation from Amazon.

Apps for which you would normally pay are free…actually free…to you.

Amazon pays the app publisher on a “play per minute” basis, somewhat similar to the way Kindle Unlimited works now, where they pay based on page read.

You don’t need to download the app, though…there are lots of “actually free” apps as part of AU (Amazon Underground) at the Amazon Appstore, where we would normally have seen the free app of the day:

Amazon Appstore (at Amazon Smile*)

Check it out! There are a lot of interesting apps!

The 471 Underground apps include

OfficeSuite Professional 8, which I use frequently for work. It’s normally $9.99…but you get it free, and even in-app purchases are free!

I’m going to have to check it out more…feel free to share any ones you find that you think are especially cool.


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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.

5 Responses to “Round up #305: Amazon Underground, BAMM”

  1. Allie Says:

    What’s the catch to this Amazon Underground thing? I took a look and it sounds kinda too good to be true.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Allie!

      As far as I can tell, no catch for consumers. 🙂

      I’ve been saying for a while that I think Amazon wants to be the “infrastructure of the internet”. Their most important product is satisfied customers…then they’ll charge suppliers/producers for access to those customers. In this case, Amazon is paying the app studio per minute used, rather than the customer paying. Why is Amazon paying? I’m guessing one of two things (and it could be a combination): Amazon is doing this as like paying for videos for Prime…a way to increase the “stickiness” of Prime/Amazon; the studio pays in some other way for the privilege.

      Oh, and the biggest one, of course: to woo people away from Google Play. Not everything is going to be in Amazon Underground, I presume…

      • Bufo Calvin Says:

        Oh, and I really meant to include this link! Andrys Basten of the excellent Kindle World blog wrote a nice piece on it:

        AMAZON UNDERGROUND: $10,000 worth of “Actually Free” apps and games replace Free Amazon App of the Day Huge change to Amazon’s former “Free Android App of the Day” feature. It’s gone. In its place is Amazon Underground app. The first stories I read left me unclear on what this actually means for …

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  2. Peter Willard Says:

    One thing that makes it to good is that it doesn’t work on Fires older than 3. I can use it on my Android phone, but not my Fire HD2

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