Round up #150:Round up #150: cast Harry Potter spells at Amazon, tradpubs rebound
The ILMK Round ups are short pieces which may or may not be expanded later.
“55 Books to Read this Fall”
This is a nice slideshow of some of the big name books for the fall. It comes from Entertainment Weekly, to which I have been subscribing for a very long time.
Definitely interesting books…how about this graphic novel from Margaret Atwood?
“Your brain on books, or the benefits of reading (infographic)”
Always a good topic. 😉 This one is particularly science-based with nice links.
Amazon Music Unlimited comes to the UK
While USA Amazon customers may get things first sometimes, Amazon is truly an international company. I’m not subscribing to Amazon Music Unlimited, but I’m sure many people will. I’ve been using the richer language interface to Prime music, though…I wanted some music for work, and asked for “happy jazz”…and it delivered nicely.
Speaking of Britain, this is a nice
with beginner’s tips for the
While there was a lot of concern for traditional publishers (which I call “tradpubs”) that they were doomed with the rise of e-books and the supposed declined of reading, that doesn’t seem to be the case, or at least not a straight linear decline. According to this
there was a notable increasing trend in this year’s third quarter…despite, by the way, a downward trend in e-book sales for tradpubs. As I’ve written before, I don’t think that means fewer e-books are being read…just that customers may be migrating way from tradpubs as their source for e-books.
Amazon must refund in-app purchases by kids
According to this
Amazon has to refund purchases made by kids inside apps (“in-app purchases”). Amazon isn’t often found legally at fault in terms of consumer practices, and it’s worth noting that Apple and Google were also earlier found to have done the same thing, and that all three have taken steps to remedy the situation.
Bookstore bans Wi-Fi to encourage people to read books while in the store
I’m a former brick-and-mortar bookstore manager…and I would not have done this.
ABC7New reports about Wind City Books’ policy in this
The store encourages customers to “live like it’s 1993” and says that “EMAILS CAN WAIT”.
I understand the concept…but it seems to be a very backward concept of how people use mobile devices. E-mail is hardly as important to people on the road as texting, and it blocks people off from many sources that benefit those with disabilities, among other things. Quite simply, you could put people at considerable risk.
I don’t doubt their motives…although blocking Wi-Fi perhaps benefits the store by making it more difficult to use the retailer for “showrooming”, where people look at books in a store and then buy them online.
I could see giving people the option of a Wi-Fi free zone for a reading room, but doing it in a store is different.
Black Friday is next week
Lots of people seem to feel like Thanksgiving snuck up on this year…I suspect people have been very distracted by the news lately.
I’m not seeing all that much about Kindle deals (although they will be there), but I am seeing rumors of the Echo for $139.99 and the All-New Echo Dot (2nd Generation) – White (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) for $39.99 as Early Bird sales at Best Buy.
If you have an Echo family product, you can just ask Alexa, “What are your deals?” to get exclusive deals. That’s something I’ve wanted from the beginning for Alexa, and it does seem to be pretty impressive.
Amazon does have its own deals on Kindle and other devices right now, as part of the countdown to Black Friday. Check out
Harry Potter spells at Amazon
Finally, just for fun (and promoting the Fantastic Beasts movie), try typing these Harry Potter spell words into the searchbox at Amazon.com:
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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! By the way, it’s been interesting lately to see Amazon remind me to “start at AmazonSmile” if I check a link on the original Amazon site. I do buy from AmazonSmile, but I have a lot of stored links I use to check for things.