Amazon has dropped the price of its new Fire Phone to $0.99 with a two-year cell service contract with AT&T (the deal also comes with a year of Amazon prime, which retails for $99).
The new price is nearly $200 less than what the company was charging beforehand. The phone was announced in late June and released in late July. Early reports on sales have speculated lukewarm numbers.
For publishers, the cheap price tag should signal another opportunity for Amazon to get ebook-reading devices into the hands of more customers. Unfortunately, these may not be new customers but those who already are Amazon loyalists.
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Something Deeper in the Fire Phone Discount? (Forbes)
The timing of Amazon’s deep Fire phone discount announcement makes one wonder if had anything to do with today’s Apple new product unveiling.
New CEO at Sesame Workshop (DBW)
Jeffrey Dunn is the new CEO of Sesame Workshop. He has experience in c-level leadership roles at children’s content powerhouses HiT and Nickelodeon.
Rakuten Shareholders Don’t Like Step Toward U.S. (Bloomberg)
Investors sent shares of Rakuten down in trading yesterday on news that the company is eyeing an expensive acquisition aimed at giving it more of a foothold in the U.S. market. Rakuten owns ebook and e-reader company Kobo, which just released a new high-end, waterproof e-reader.
New Adobe Digital Editions Offers EPUB3 Support (The Digital Reader)
Version 4.0 supports much of the EPUB3 spec, but not all of it, as its release notes reveal.
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Bloomsbury Acquires Conway Imprint From Pavilion (The Bookseller)
The house that Harry Potter built has acquired 200 titles on naval and military history.
Ruckus Founder Becomes an Agent (DBW)
Publishing veteran and children’s publishing start-up Ruckus Media founder Rick Richter has landed at a Boston literary agency.
Indie Bookstore Success Stories (PW)
Even as bookstore sales decrease nationwide, according to U.S. economic data, some indie bookstores are doing spectacularly well.
Self-Publishing in East Africa (Pub Perspectives)
In East Africa, authors are becoming more comfortable with the idea of self-promotion as self-publishing takes off.
Nook Press Glitch Fixed (PW)
A glitch that was delaying payments to some authors on the Barnes & Noble Nook Press platform has been fixed. Look out for Barnes & Noble earnings for the first quarter of the company’s 2015 fiscal year.
Bend Your Ebooks (The Digital Reader)
A new display made of a material called “graphene” is incredibly strong, light and flexible. It’s still in the lab but has the potential to revolutionize the way we read – and do a lot of other things, too.