Kobo objects to potentially “devastating” Competition Bureau agreement on agency pricing
By analogy, in the US, when Agency Lite was brought into existence, Kobo saw its net revenues steadily decline. Kobo has since stopped investing in marketing in the US, closed its office in Chicago and is focusing on other markets. Its market share and revenues are now negligible there.
Boldfaced emphasis added by me.
Well, there it is. What I’ve thought was the case for at least the past year.
B&N’s Nook division goes into a death-spiral of losses.
Sony pulls out and sends it eBook customers to Kobo.
Now Kobo is saying it has basically written off the American market.
That leaves Amazon as undisputed winner.
Tell me again how ePub 3 is going to save everyone from Amazon…
A lot of words spilled in two posts:
Slushy Glut Slog: Why The Self-Publishing Shit Volcano Is A Problem — which the people who are the problem will never think they’re the problem.
Why the self-publishing shit volcano isn’t going to stop erupting any time soon — which the people who are the problem will never read to the end because they can’t understand it.
The glut is something I’ve raised in past posts that I am now too damn lazy to look up because fuck it.
But I do want to go on record — again, because I’ve done it before but only on Twitter — about how I see the “shit volcano” ending.
From this week’s flier for Staples:
Click to enlarge that and look carefully.
You’ll see that a 32GB Kindle Fire HDX with seven-inch screen is US$10 more than a 32GB Dell Venue 8 Pro with eight-inch screen running Windows 8!
In the 1960s TV series, Thunderbirds, there was a vehicle called Thunderbird 2. It was a heavy transport carrier and used a variety of pods to deliver the appropriate equipment to a rescue site.
The Amazon Drone uses a variety of pods to deliver goods to customers.
I’ve never seen this ad before today. It doesn’t appear on YouTube and there’s no Twitter chatter about it aside from my mention and one other. So I think this is brand new.
In a TV ad of a whopping two minutes in length, Amazon is pushing its Prime service really hard. In time for the holidays — as they are keen to mention in the ad.
What interests me is the mention of the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, letting Prime members read books for free. This should help writers, allowing them to spread the word to Prime members for free reading — and getting paid for it — instead of just giving away their work for free and getting nothing for it.
The complete ad can be seen here.
Steven Troughton-Smith has got me to thinking about the Dell Venue 8 Pro tablet. And when I ruminate about something, I mentally replay all that I’ve seen and read in my head.
And what popped up with a flag in my replay was this:
That’s the Kindle app. Already on the Dell Venue 8 Pro.
And that led me to the incredibly stupid thing Amazon has been doing.
US$494 for 64GBs of storage and 2GBs of RAM undercuts a 16GBs full-size iPad.
Apple just got mauled. Do they even realize it?
Exclusive: Amazon Wants To Offer Its Smartphone for Free. Who Will Follow?
It’s not that hard.
Amazon has the lesson of China’s Xiaomi.
Xiaomi sells its phones just about at cost and makes their money selling services, apps, and accessories. They also make their phones in limited batches. They don’t do the kind of long production runs we here in the West expect, like Apple does with the iPhone. This is why Xiaomi is so damned hot in China. And also why Xiaomi has gone to a valuation of $10B in just a few years. Whether that valuation is true or not, don’t carp. The same could be said of Amazon for years!
Introducing the All-New Kindle Paperwhite—The 6th Generation of Kindle
No outdoor-friendly color Liquavista screen this time.
And I see the Kindle Basic hasn’t been changed at all.
Where’s the Amazon phone?