Amazon to Lease Entire Manhattan Building, Hinting at Retail Ambitions
Amazon.com agreed to lease 470,000 square feet of space in midtown Manhattan from Vornado Realty Trust, including a site people familiar with the matter say will serve as a same-day shipping hub, warehouse and the company’s first customer-facing brick-and-mortar location.
The Seattle e-commerce giant has agreed to lease the space for 17 years, according to a statement from Vornado Thursday. The Wall Street Journal last month reported Amazon’s plans for the brick-and-mortar location, on one of Manhattan’s busiest commercial streets.
And it’s the place I visited earlier: No Evidence Of Amazon Store In NYC
Apparently Amazon’s ambitions are far grander than a mere pop-up store for the holidays.
I wonder how soon there will be Amazon delivery bicycles zooming around Manhattan?
Amazon and Hachette Resolve Dispute
Amazon and Hachette announced Thursday morning that they have resolved their differences and signed a new multiyear contract, bringing to an official end one of the most bitter publishing conflicts in recent years.
Neither side gave details of the deal, but both pronounced themselves happy with the terms. Hachette gets the ability to set the prices on its e-books, which was a major battleground in the dispute.
“This is great news for writers,” said Michael Pietsch, Hachette’s chief executive.
Keep dreaming. It’s “good news” only for Hachette.
All the writers who couldn’t shut the fuck up during this are now on The Blacklist.
Actual photo of Jeff Bezos thanking one of the writers who turned against him:
Now you know what he means when he says, “Let’s do some business together.”
Y’all better hope Jack Ma of Alibaba loves books …
I was in the area today and remembered to go check it out.
Ah! The pumpkins! Will their excitement be … ermmmm … kindled?
I think not.
Amazon Unveils High-End Kindle Reader and Low-Price 6-Inch Tablet
Amazon.com Inc. introduced a handful of new devices, including a $100 tablet aimed at the masses and a high-end electronic-reader that the company says is the closest e-reading experience to plain paper.
The $200 Kindle Voyage is the thinnest Amazon e-reader so far and has a magnesium body. Its flush display is much higher in pixel density and 39% brighter than Amazon’s $100 Kindle Paperwhite, making it easier on the eyes, especially in direct sunlight, the company said. The screen’s texture even looks slightly speckled, reminiscent of high-quality paper fiber.
I didn’t expect Amazon to go the premium route, even after I saw the Japan price for the Voyage was about US$250 (something I figured was a Japan Thing…).
And Amazon slaps down all the craptabs too.
Amazon Kindle Voyage with high-res display coming soon?
The first credible rumors of a thinner, lighter, higher-resolution Kindle surfaced many months ago.
I’ve been telling people it was coming. Now it’s confirmed.
According to the cached Amazon Japan page, it’ll be released — at least in Japan — on November 4th:
Kindle Unlimited is now live for customers in the U.S..
And there’s bad news for some people, including me, in the Terms of Service:
We only accept credit cards for payment of your membership fees. Please do not sign up for the program with a debit card. Also known as a “check” or “ATM” card, a debit card typically has the word “debit” printed on the face of the card.
Boldfaced emphasis added by me.
Well that sucks. I was hoping I’d be able to buy a $10 Amazon Gift Card, have a binge-read for the month, then not have to pay for the months I wasn’t using it.
It isn’t like Amazon not to want all the money.
Here’s Amazon’s first store:
It’s in Shanghai, and it exists only between July 18-20th [Google Translate].
It’s Amazon’s ploy to get people to fondle their devices so they might increase their sales in China.