Round up #256: 6 AmazonLocal coupons, DoJ looking at AMZN?
The ILMK Round ups are short pieces which may or may not be expanded later.
Cloud Collections are on Kindle for Android
A number of people had negative reactions to Cloud Collections when they were first introduced…certainly, there was confusion about them. That led me to write this post:
I really like them, personally. I find it easy to manage our Kindle books. There is a Collection for me to read, and one for my Significant Other. When my SO buys a book, I stick it in the appropriate Collection (I can do that on my device), and my SO doesn’t have to hunt around for the books.
Amazon has been spreading them out to more devices and apps.
You can now get to them on:
- Kindle Fire HDXs
- Kindle Fire HD 2nd Generation
- Kindle Paperwhite (1st and 2nd Generation)
- iDevices (iPad, iPhone, iPod touch)
- On Android devices
- In the Kindle for Samsung app
So, what currently sold as new devices (hardware Kindles/apps) don’t have them?
- The “Mindle” (which is what I call the lowest priced model)
- Anything Windows
- Mac desktop/laptops (“non-mobile” Apple devices)
- The Kindle Cloud reader (Amazon’s browser-based reader)
On my Samsung (running Kindle for Android), I tap the menu, then tap Collections. I don’t have a lot of Collections on individual devices, so what came up worked fine for me.
When I “long press” (hold a finger or stylus on it for about a second) one of those collections, I get the choice to trash it or edit it (using a pencil icon). Choosing “Edit” only lets me rename it.
If I tap a Collection to open it, I can use the menu to sort by author, most recent, or title.
Again, there is a pencil edit icon, and a plus in a circle, which lets me add titles.
Long pressing a title within the Collection gives me a plus circle, a minus circle, and a menu (three squares). Tapping the menu lets me download it, view it in the store, or see the Shelfari book extras. Clicking the plus circle lets me add that book to other Cloud collections.
For me, again, this is a nice new feature!
I know a lot of people swear AT their devices, but… ;)
This is…well, I’m going to have to say cute. :)
I learned that Suzi LeVine, the new American ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein, was sworn into office…by putting a hand on a Kindle!
It’s a cool picture, and shows how integrated they’ve become.
The file was open to the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution…
Department of Justice looking at Amazon?
I’ve been flipping lots of articles about the Hachazon War (the Hachette and Amazon “negotiations”) into the free ILMK magazine at Flipboard. I’ll link a few here, but one interesting thing is the number of people who say that what Amazon is doing with Hachette may be illegal.
Running a search for “Amazon illegal Hachette” nets quite a few results:
Apparently, the DoJ (Department of Justice) is asking publishers about their new dealings with Amazon.
Now, that might not be to target Amazon…it might just be checking in with publishers that settled over the Agency model with the DoJ.
Still, it wouldn’t surprise me at all if some entities (including the Authors Guild) might have asked the DoJ to investigate.
Sure, a store could stop carrying somebody’s product (like Amazon dropping Hachette, if they were to do that…which they haven’t) and that’s legal. There’s no obligation to carry everybody’s everything.
However, there might be other concerns.
Take a look in particular at this
Kohn is a lawyer, and explains the concept of a “monopsony”. I think my vocabulary is pretty good, but I didn’t know this one.
In a monopoly, a seller has excessive (that can be arguable) control over customers.
In a monopsony a seller has excessive control over wholesalers.
That’s the way I understand it, and I don’t know the legal detail on it (I’m not a lawyer).
To illustrate, though:
If there was one car dealer in town, and they charged a million dollars per car to customers, that would be exerting monopoly power.
If that same car dealer only agreed to pay the auto company ten dollars a car (for the cars they sell to the customers), that would be exerting monopsony power.
If someone does practice law in this are and would like to comment, I’d appreciate it.
Some other dispatches from the Hachazon War front:
- Boston Globe: Hachette’s CEO on front lines of Amazon fight by Jonathan Mahler
- AP via Yahoo News: John Green criticizes Amazon.com in book dispute by Hillel Italie
- New York Times: Why Is Amazon Squeezing Hachette? Maybe It Really Needs the Money
- by David Streitfeld and Melissa Eddy
- USA Today: Wolff: How book biz dug its own Amazon grave by Michael Wolff
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Update for Kindle Fire HDX rolling out?
One of my regular readers and commenters, jjhitt, mentioned getting an update for a Kindle Fire HDX to 188.8.131.52.1.
I don’t have that yet on my
Mine is still at 184.108.40.206…most likely, it is just bug fixes. My version is the one that shows for both the 7″ and the 8.9″ at
I’ll keep an eye on it for you and let you know if I see an update becoming broadly available.
What do you think? Are you sick of Hachazon War stories? As regular readers know, I try to keep the blog eclectic, covering lots of different topics. This one is getting so much coverage, though, that it’s a bit hard to avoid mentioning it. ;) Have you found good uses for Cloud Collections? Since they aren’t on the Mindle, does that suggest the Mindle is going to be discontinued? Does Amazon need a Kindle device which is lower-priced than the Paperwhite? Will the DoJ go after Amazon? Feel free to tell me and my readers what you think by commenting on this post.
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