Kindle and DOJ Decision: Amazon’s Huge Day

It was a big day for Amazon, with the celebrated release of its next generation of Kindle e-readers and tablets.

Click here for all the details on the new tablets, plus complete specs. For those of you who don’t want to click, Amazon unveiled a $69 e-ink e-reader, a $499 8.9-inch Kindle Fire with 4G LTE connectivity and 32 gigabytes of RAM, and everything in between. All in all, the company released several new e-ink e-readers and three new Kindle Fire tablets. (Read more.)

But for Jeff Bezos it was all about the content.

“We want to make money when people use our devices, not when they buy our devices,” he said at an Amazon press conference announcing the new devices.

Ah yes, the content: Mere hours before the press conference in Calif., Judge Denise Cote gave her ruling on the e-book price-fixing settlement between the DOJ and several large publishers from a courthouse in New York.

Settlement approved.

In less than a day, Amazon launched an ecosystem of devices aimed at getting consumers to buy more content and gained control over the pricing of much of that content.

Amazon, which has proven near genius at retailing, won’t likely let that opportunity go to waste.


Industry Rocked as Settlement Approved (DBW)
We hate to say it, but we told you so. Despite furious resistance from the book publishing industry, Judge Denise Cote approved the e-book price-fixing settlement between the DOJ and three of the largest U.S. publishers, putting e-book pricing control back into the hands of the retailers. What will they do now that they have it? What publishers must now do.

Five Thoughts and Questions About the Kindle Announcement (DBW)
Will the new Kindle Fire be as good as an iPad? When will we see a free e-reader? Does anyone remember Kobo’s device announcement from earlier in the day?

The Future of E-Reading – And It’s Not the Latest Kindle (Forbes)
When Amazon released its fleet of new Kindle devices, it heralded a new era in e-reading: Diversification.

Why the Kindle Fire 4G LTE Costs So Much (PaidContent)
It’s Amazon’s most expensive device ever, just edging out the Kindle DX when it was introduced in 2009. But why? An expensive modem aimed at solving logistics problems.

Korea E-Book Boom? (DBW)
Korea’s e-book market might be ready to blow. Google launched its first Asia e-book program in the country, citing Korea’s high adoption rate for digital devices.

OverDrive Enhancements (infoDOCKET)
Library e-book service OverDrive plans on adding several features later this year, including one-stop checkout for its library customers and a “next-gen” content browsing and selecting system for librarians.

Why E-Books Won’t Rule the World (Geekwire)
Every piece of content has its proper home. For linear fiction and narrative non-fiction, it’s e-books, apparently. For apps? Recipes.

Speaking of Recipes: Print/Digital Cookbook (DBW) has launched what it’s calling the first print and digital cookbook. Invisible watermarks on the pages link readers to special online features.

Charles Dickens Reborn? (PaidContent)
Perhaps lost in the Kindle maelstrom was the news that Amazon will be launching a program of serials. Kindle Serials will start at $1.99 and there are currently eight series going. Buy the first episode and the subsequent installments are free.

Second-Guessing Bezos (C|Net)
Jeff Bezos may be the most second-guessed tech CEO. After today’s announcement, that might change.

It Takes Experience (PandoDaily)
Think you need young, technology-savvy leaders to navigate your company through an industry experiencing fundamental change (read: book publishing)? Think again. CEOs with a little bit of grey in their hair might be best at staying at the forefront of technology innovations.

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