Colbert Gives Amazon the Finger For Shady Book Selling Tactics

In the wake of Amazon's questionable tactics in dealing with publishing house Hachette, many Amazon shoppers are questioning their loyalty to the mega-seller. Stephen Colbert, not one to hide his anger, unleashed on Amazon in a less-than-subtle way last night. » 6/05/14 9:21am 6/05/14 9:21am

Offline Shopping is Alive and Trampling

Sixteen years since Amazon launched. Well into an era when we can buy anything with a click. Why are there still Black Friday headlines about shoppers trampled in a mad effort to get their mitts on the latest offline deal? » 12/04/10 3:00pm 12/04/10 3:00pm

Amazon Will Deliver Zune HD to Your Door on September 15 Launch

How is this for timing? Apple might be gearing up to release new iPods within minutes, but Amazon just let us know that it will be offering release date delivery on the...Zune HD. » 9/09/09 12:28pm 9/09/09 12:28pm

Jeff Bezos Issues A Personal Apology for Kindle Debacle

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has released his own response to the Kindle book debacle. While his response comes a bit late, it seems genuine. Hopefully he really has taken all the criticism to heart and we never see a similar incident again. » 7/23/09 6:14pm 7/23/09 6:14pm

Amazon Kindle Now Also an iPhone App

Amazon wasn't just teasing you whiners who blabbed on about how you'd rather just read ebooks on your iPhone: The iPhone and iPod Touch app has arrived. » 3/04/09 12:50am 3/04/09 12:50am

Amazon's Sales Tax Lawsuit in NY State Court Gets Dismissed

A New York court has dismissed Amazon's lawsuit over a law that required the online retailer to collect taxes from New Yorkers even though it didn't have a physical presence in the state. » 1/14/09 1:30am 1/14/09 1:30am

Amazon Sues New York to Stop Collecting Sales Tax

Amazon has filed suit against the state of New York in response to the law passed last week that requires the company to collect sales tax on purchases made by New Yorkers. They say the law, which demands any web retailer with affiliates in the state to charge sales tax, is vague and unconstitutional. The company also… » 5/01/08 8:11pm 5/01/08 8:11pm

Amazon "Simple" TextBuyIt Text-Message Shopping Sounds Complicated

Amazon.com says its TextBuyIt system for buying merch via text message is "incredibly simple and convenient" but it actually entails a few steps. Weirder still, Amazon says the process happens "using only text messages," which is just blatantly untrue. Here's the rundown of the process—which in its defense can be used… » 4/02/08 11:50am 4/02/08 11:50am

Amazon Plans to Buy Audible

It seems like a cozy fit: Amazon.com, the beloved mega bookseller, plans to by Audible.com, the biggest (only?) digital distributor of audiobooks. The news release itself describes the terms of the deal ($300 million in cash) but doesn't really outline Amazon's ultimate plans. Amazon does, notably, take this… » 1/31/08 8:46am 1/31/08 8:46am

Amazon vs. Wal-Mart: MP3 Store Showdown Before iTunes Final Battle

Click to viewNow that EMI and Universal have seen the light and started offering music in DRM-free MP3 format—and according to well-founded rumors, Sony and Warner are also exploring a DRM-free launch in 2008—online music stores finally have the means to get iPod-friendly and take on iTunes. As you know, iTunes only… » 12/07/07 1:00pm 12/07/07 1:00pm

Amazon's MP3s Contain Watermarks, But Not the Privacy-Invading Variety

Amazon.com's new MP3 store watermarks its MP3s, but only with information stating where the songs were purchased, not who did the purchasing, according to the online uberstore. That's the good news. The bad news is that this issue has inspired me to ramble about the stupidity of the whole idea of watermarking tracks… » 9/26/07 2:15pm 9/26/07 2:15pm

Zune Not Exactly Tearing Up the Sales Charts

So it's been a couple weeks, how is the Zune selling? Is Microsoft on course to topple Apple's portable-audio regime? Are people unable to walk down the street without having fellow Zune-owners offering to share their songs? Uh… no. » 11/27/06 3:18pm 11/27/06 3:18pm

$12 off 2 UMD Movies on Amazon

Buy 2 UMD movies from Amazon.com and you'll qualify for a $12 discount. Considering the prices on these little flicks, it's worth checking out the eligible products. Just use this promo code: SPHEUMDFEB67. I'm thinkin' Kung Fu Hustle is a done deal. » 2/07/06 12:15pm 2/07/06 12:15pm