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Amazon launches ‘Netflix for books’ service Kindle Unlimited

Amazon has launched a new ebook subscription service, giving customers access to thousands of titles (including some audiobooks) for $9.99 a month.

Watch this promo video here:

21/07/2014  |  Full story...

Amazon’s high costs eat into profits

Internet retailer Amazon reported a 32% rise in profits to $108m (£64m) in the first quarter of 2014, but expenses rose 23% on last year.

28/04/2014  |  Full story...

iTunes and Amazon hit by planned download tax hike

Digital downloads such as apps, eBooks, films and MP3s could all see their prices rise next year, under new UK government plans to bring taxes inline with location.

25/03/2014  |  Full story...

Amazon’s new Kindle tablet feature ‘Mayday’ customer video chat support

Amazon has launched the latest version of its Kindle Fire tablet range, featuring live video chat for tech support via a ‘mayday’ button, activated in ‘just 15 seconds’.

Watch this video demonstrating the 'Mayday' button below:

27/09/2013  |  Full story...

Amazon ‘Matchbook’ offers print and eBook bundles

Amazon is offering customers free or discounted eBook versions of physical books, as the online retailer looks to encourage more people to use its Kindle devices and apps.

04/09/2013  |  Full story...

Amazon woos developers with ‘app engagement’ reports

Amazon is offering free tools to let developers better understand how users are interacting with their Android apps distributed by the online retailer.

05/06/2013  |  Full story...

Amazon posts first loss in years after Living Social buy

Amazon has reported third quarter results below expectations, including a large loss related to its stake in online coupon business, LivingSocial. Despite a 27% increase in Q3 sales Amazon the company's investment programme cancelled out US$13.8 billion of sales. Amazon posted a loss of US$274 million, down from earnings of US$63 million a year earlier.

29/10/2012  |  Full story...

iPad mini unveiled 23rd October?

Apple has sent out a number of press invites to a secret event on October 23rd, hinting at the launch of its much-anticpated iPad mini launch. The digital cards' text reads: "We've got a little more to show you". The event will take place at California Theatre in San Jose, California. Rumours suggest the new model will feature a display that is 7-8 inches (18-20cm) in size, putting it in competition with the likes of Amazon's Kindle Fire and the Goolge Nexus 7.

17/10/2012  |  Full story...

iPad Mini ‘unveiled on October 17’ with 8 inch screen

Apple is reportedly launching a mini version of the iPad this month, as the firm looks to fend of increasing competition from the likes of Amazon, Google and Samsung in the growing mini-tablet market. Apple is expected to introduce the iPad mini on October 17th - just a week before arch rival Amazon launches its Fire range of tablets in the UK. The device is said to be available in shops on November 2, according to Fortune magazine.

08/10/2012  |  Full story...

Barnes and Noble brings Nook tablet to UK

Barnes & Noble plans to launch new Nook tablets alongside its e-readers in the UK later this year, as the book retailer looks to take on the likes of Apple, Amazon and Google in the growing market. The Nook tablet is smaller than rivals at 7 inches, and is also the lightest such device to offer a "high definition" experience. The firm has secured distribution deals with some of the country's leading retailers, but may suffer because its brand is less well known.

27/09/2012  |  Full story...

Amazon debuts Cloud Player in the UK- streams all songs for £22 a year

Amazon has launched its Cloud Player in the UK, offering an online backup of all their songs purchased from the online retailer. All MP3 files purchased from Amazon are automatically stored in Cloud Player for free and there is no charge for importing a further 250 songs from iTunes or elsewhere.

Watch a video explaining how the service works below;

25/09/2012  |  Full story...

Android gains on Apple in global mobile ad market

Android has notched a second consecutive month of ad share gains on iOS in August, now taking 43% of global served mobile ad impressions compared to 57% for Apple, according to new research. The study, from mobile marketing and advertising technology firm Velti, indicates that in July, Android held 42 percent of ad impressions compared to 58 percent for Apple. This comes on the back of the news that Samsung sold more devices than Apple and other manufacturers in Q2 2012.

18/09/2012  |  Full story...

Amazon’s £159 iPad rival Kindle Fire HD unveiled

Amazon has unveiled three new versions of its Kindle Fire tablet, as the online retail giant looks to take on Apple’s iPad and Google’s new Nexus 7. The new version, called ‘Kindle Fire HD’, will also use a partly ad-funded business model. The devices come with ads, called "special offers" that appear when screens are locked and in the corner of the home screen, helping Amazon keep prices low.

07/09/2012  |  Full story...

Amazon launches Groupon rival in Europe

Amazon is launching its Groupon rival, AmazonLocal, across Europe, as the online retail giant looks to cash-in on the growing daily deals market. Launched last summer in the US, AmazonLocal offers users time- and location-sensitive discounts on shopping, restaurants, and special events. Like market leader Groupon, the local deals that offer price breaks on everything from spa treatments to flying lessons are shared via email subscription.

03/09/2012  |  Full story...

Amazon snubs Google Maps for Nokia in new Kindle Fire

Online retailer Amazon has partnered with Nokia to provide mapping services for its new Kindle Fire, representing a significant snub to Google. Reuters reports that the new tablet device will have an integrated mapping feature and the partnership with Nokia help the company avoid using Google Maps. Amazon revealed that the original Kindle Fire is now sold out and the Kindle Fire 2 is expected to be announced at an event on 6 September 2012.

03/09/2012  |  Full story...

Waterstones sells Amazon's Kindle book reader

The UK’s top bookseller Waterstones is to sell Amazon's Kindle book-reader and launch other Kindle digital services. Waterstones says the deal will be integrated with its current store refurbishment scheme, which is creating dedicated areas for digital books, free wireless internet and new coffee shops.

23/05/2012  |  Full story...

Amazon to sell ads on Kindle Fire home screen?

Amazon is considering selling ads on its new Kindlie Fire tablet homescreen, according to a newspaper report. According to an AdAge report, the retailer is meeting with various advertisers. The deal would result in a prime placement slot on the popular tablet. According to AdAge, the advertisers will have to pay $600,000 for the slot.

22/05/2012  |  Full story...

Kindle Fire takes over half of Android tablet market in US

The Kindle Fire, introduced to the market in November 2011, has seen rapid adoption among buyers of tablets in the US, according to new research. The data, from comScore, also indicates that the larger 10" tablets have a 39% higher content consumption rate than 7" tablets.

18/05/2012  |  Full story...

Amazon profits dip despite Kindle boost

A doubling in UK sales of its Kindle ebook reader failed to stop Amazon - the world’s biggest online retailer - suffering a profits slump. The Seattle-based group said sales rose 35% to $17.4bn (£11bn) in the final quarter of 2011 as the number of Kindles sold worldwide rose 177% in the last nine weeks of the period.

02/02/2012  |  Full story...

Siri rival? Amazon buys voice recognition firm Yap ahead of Kindle tablet launch

Amazon looks set to include its own version of iPhone’s Siri voice recognition in its forthcoming Kindle Fire tablet, buying voice recognition startup Yap. The deal has not been confirmed, but a US Securities and Exchange commission filing found by CLT Blog revealed Yap was purchased by a company called Dion Acquisition Sub. The address for the new merged business, however, is a Seattle building belonging to Amazon.

11/11/2011

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Digital Intelligence September 2011

Digital Strategy data - Digital Intelligence September 2011

Is Facebook destined to become the next AOL? This month saw the social network transform into a media hub, realising Zuckerberg's strategy of positioning Facebook as an "Internet within the Internet". The move has worked for games, providing huge ad revenues and rich demographic data yields, but will users be happy to watch Netflix films, stream Spotify playlists and read eBooks within Facebook's site? Or is it too similar to AOL's doomed "walled garden" strategy of the early noughties?

This month saw Google take the revamped Google+ public, buying Groupon rival Daily Deal and unveiling its potentially revolutionary Wallet service in the US. Meanwhile, Twitter's new analytics tool could help marketers shed light on the dark art of social media ROI, and the relationship between retweets and revenue on the micro-blogging site.

September also provided some prime examples of how not to get ahead in digital media. Yahoo fired fiery boss Bartz over the phone, leaving the former dotcom darling looking for a buyer. RIM saw its profits collapse as Blackberry lost its grip on the mobile market, and newly bought MySpace has been forced to postpone its grand launch. Award for worst CRM of the month goes to Netflix, which fumbled a re-branding and re-pricing strategy that outraged customers and forced a humble YouTube apology from the CEO, which you can view in all its wince-inducing glory below.

On the research side, we've got some telling stats on mobile broadband this month. 1 in 10 of eBay's customers now buy via mobiles, while the UN found that over 10% world population now has mobile broadband. Food for thought for anyone doubting the potential of mobile...

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30/09/2011

Amazon unveils £199 Kindle Fire tablet: Is it an iPad killer?

Amazon has unveiled the Kindle Fire tablet, which at less than half the price, could be the biggest challenger to Apple's dominant iPad yet. The Kindle Fire will have a 7-inch display and sell for $199 (£130), compared with $499 for Apple’s cheapest iPad. The device, will expand the Kindle’s functions from a traditional e-book reader to a multifunctional digital media tool, will run on Google’s Android software.

29/09/2011

29/09/2011  |  Full story...

Amazon’s iPad rival ‘Kindle Fire’ to be unveiled today?

Amazon’s much-anticipated new colour Kindle tablet device will be called the Fire, according to widespread internet rumours. The device, which is set to launch at an event today in New York, will begin to ship in early November, and run a version of Google’s Android operating system, according to reports. The device, which will expand the Kindle from a traditional e-book reader to a multifunctional digital media tool, is rumoured to sell for just $250, including a subscription to the firm’s loyalty discount scheme ‘Amazon Prime’.

28/09/2011

28/09/2011  |  Full story...

Amazon to sell Kindle tablet for $250?

Amazon is expected to launch its much-anticpated color Kindle tablet on Wednesday, offering a cheaper rival to Apple’s iPad, according to new reports. The device, which will expand the Kindle from a traditional e-book reader to a multifunctional digital media tool, is rumoured to sell for just $250, including a subscription to the firm’s loyalty discount scheme ‘Amazon Prime’.

27/09/2011

27/09/2011  |  Full story...

Amazon to launch $300 tablet in October?

Amazon is reportedly set to launch an Android-based tablet in October, rumoured to undercut the price of the iPad and other devices by ‘hundreds less’. The New York Post reports that the Amazon Android tablet will drastically undercut the price of the iPad. Given that the base iPad model costs $500, "'hundreds less" would mean that Amazon's tablet could be $300 or less.

01/09/2011

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