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 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 on… » 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