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Amazon is reportedly exploring technology that could spell the end of privacy as we know it


In an effort to boost convenience, Amazon may be exploring a new way for customers to surrender privacy.

Smart lock company August and connected garage door firm Garageio — two startups with ties to Amazon — are looking into ways to allow delivery people to leave packages in your house or apartment when no one is home, reports tech blog The Information.

On one hand, the ability to deliver items, even when recipients aren’t home, is a golden opportunity for Amazon.

On the other hand, allowing a company to enter to deliver a package into one’s house essentially surrenders the idea of the expectation of privacy in your own home.

In-home drop off isn’t going to be an open door policy. Wareable reports that August is developing technology that would allow smart locks to open for delivery people during certain windows of time, by using temporary pins, or via smartphones.

Source: Amazon explores in-home delivery – Business Insider


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Amazon Prime penetration by household income – Business Insider

Amazon Prime is a vital part of the company’s e-commerce business: customers who belong to the $99-per-year loyalty program spend more than twice as much as people who don’t, according to several recent surveys.

It’s also growing like wildfire. New data from Piper Jaffray shows that half of all households in the United States are Prime members, up from about 35% two years ago. The penetration is highest, and growing fastest, among upper-income households with more than $112,000 a year in annual income — more than 70% of households in that demographic have a subscription, up from less than half two years ago.

Source: Amazon Prime penetration by household income – Business Insider

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Oasis is lightest and thinnest Kindle yet

If you’ve ever held a Kindle Paperwhite or Voyage e-reader, you’ve probably never thought “Boy, I wish this thing could be lighter and thinner.” The fact is, both readers are already comfortable to hold and use, and can pack in thousands of books in their slim form factors. But clearly the engineers at Amazon felt there was room for improvement and today they announced the Kindle Oasis, the thinnest and brightest Kindle yet.

In terms of the thinner claim, there is a part of the Oasis that’s quite a bit slimmer than the Voyage, Amazon’s last iteration of the popular Kindle line. It’s only part of the device, because what Amazon has done this time out is to make only a portion of the e-reader thinner. The other part stays wide to provide a hand grip of sorts which, it is claimed, will make the device easier to hold. So at its thinnest, the Oasis measures 0.13 in (3.4 mm), while at its thickest, it’s actually a wee bit bigger than the Voyager at 0.33 in (8.5 mm) versus that machine’s 0.3-in width (7.6 mm).

On the hand grip portion of the Oasis, Amazon has decided to include two buttons that can be used for page turning if you don’t like tapping on the screen to get the job done. This is a shift away from the page-press sensors in the Voyage, which allowed page turns to be activated by thumb pressure on the frame of the device, so it might be that Amazon didn’t get good feedback on that feature from Kindle fans.

Source: Oasis is lightest and thinnest Kindle yet

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Amazon’s newest Echo smart speaker is now officially available – Business Insider

A quick PSA for anyone on the fence about picking up an Amazon Echo: The Amazon Tap has officially started shipping in the US. It’s available for $130.For the uninitiated, the Tap is a more portable version of Amazon’s popular smart speaker. It has access to the same Alexa virtual assistant found on the Echo, except it’s totally wireless, built along the lines of more traditional Bluetooth speakers like the JBL Flip 3 or UE Boom 2. Because it’s portable, the Tap has you activate Alexa through a microphone button on its front, instead of utilizing the Echo’s always-on voice recognition tech. Amazon says this change is to help preserve the Tap’s battery, which it says will survive 9 hours of audio playback.

Source: Amazon’s newest Echo smart speaker is now officially available – Business Insider

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The Seven Best Things You Can Do With an Amazon Echo

The Amazon Echo offers our first serious glimpse into the future of an intelligent home. It’s not perfect, but whether you’re you’re thinking of getting an Echo, hear people talking about “Alexa,” or not sure what the one you have is capable of, here are some of the best things you can do with it.

Source: The Seven Best Things You Can Do With an Amazon Echo

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Kindle – How Much is Amazon Making Per Device


Amazon’s Kindle business is one of the more intriguing businesses in technology.

Amazon reveals almost nothing about its sales or profits, so we have to rely on the estimates of analysts. Scott Devitt at Morgan Stanley did his best to break it down, and he believes the Kindle business is highly profitable for Amazon.

He believes 34 percent of Amazon’s consolidated segment operating income is coming from the Kindle. In this chart, we break down where the money comes from. While Amazon loses money on each piece of hardware it sells, it makes money from advertising and digital media.

Amazon’s annual Kindle profit was $565 million last year, according to Devitt, so we’re not talking about an Apple-esque performance. He sees it jumping to $620 million this year.



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Tablet vs eReader

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This lens offers objective information that compares tablet computers (like the Apple iPad or Samsung Galaxy) with dedicated e- reader devices (like the Kindle or Nook).


This lens offers objective information that compares tablet computers (like the Apple iPad or Samsung Galaxy) with dedicated e-reader devices (like the Kindle or Nook). Each type of device has its own pros and cons, and the type of device that is better for you will depend on what you want from your personal electronics.

Below you will find an explanation of the basic (but important) differences between tables and ereaders, and then more detailed information about the most popular current devices. Mobile computing and reading is really an exiting new type of technology

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Amazon Unlimited Access to Kid’s Content Via Kindle


Amazon’s new unlimited digital offering for kids, Kindle FreeTime Unlimited, is a very ambitious program. For a set monthly price, families get unlimited access to ebooks, movies, TV shows, educational apps and games aimed at 3-to-8-year-olds. Kindle FreeTime Unlimited works only on the newest Kindle Fires as an extension to Kindle FreeTime, the parental controls feature that lets parents set time limits on kids’ various uses of the tablet.

Households that subscribe to Amazon Prime will pay $2.99 per child or $6.99 per family (up to six kids) per month; non-Prime members will pay $4.99 per child or $9.99 per family per month. Content is “pre-screened for age-appropriateness.” Unlike the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, which lets Kindle-owning Prime members borrow one free ebook per month from a collection of largely self-published titles, the content partners here are brands that kids will actually recognize: Sesame Street, Disney, Nickelodeon, PBS. That means characters like Dora, Elmo, Thomas and Cinderella — the good stuff.


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Major Publishers Using Many Apps

The tablet magazine opportunity is not all about iPad apps.

Although nearly half of U.S. magazine publishers have launched iPad apps, about the same proportion are also on the Nook device’s Newsstand and Zinio’s cross-platform newsstand.

That is according to The State Of The App, a report by McPheters & Company comprised from its iMonitor database of information about 4,000 news and magazine apps.

That makes Nook Newsstand and Zinio the second most popular platform for publishers after iOS (not including the web). And Nook added the most publishers between May and August.

Where does that leave Android apps? Still languishing. only 21 percent of U.S. magazine publishers are currently distributing through Android apps, according to McPheters.

However, it may be true to say that other platforms like Nook and Zinio are more likely to play host to replica page-turners than dedicated interactive app editions, as iPad editions are.

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Book Publishers Digital Revenue

Publisher (Parent Company) Earnings Period Book Publishing Revenues (Change*) Digital Revenues (Change*) Digital As %Age Of Total Book Sales
Simon & Schuster (CBS) Q3 2011 $220 million (+1%) Not broken out (“more than doubled”) 17%
HarperCollins (News Corp.) Q3 2011 Not broken out Not broken out N/A. Print books sold in brick-and-mortar stores accounted for 71% of sales in the U.S., 77% worldwide
Penguin (Pearson) First 9 months of 2011 Not broken out; “level with 2010.” First 6 months of year: ?457 million Not broken out. First 6 months of year: Up 128% In first 6 months of year, e-book sales represented 14% of sales worldwide
Harlequin (Torstar) Q3 2011 C$115.7 million (-1.5% due to foreign exchange rates) Increased by C$7.5 million 15.8% worldwide
Bloomsbury 6-month period ending 8/31/11 ?44.9 million (+16%) ?2.5 (+564%) 5.5% (U.S. and UK)
Scholastic children’s trade books Q1 2012 (ending 8/31/11) Children’s trade books: $59.6 million (+10%) Not broken out N/A
John Wiley & Sons professional/trade books Q1 2012 (ending 7/31/11) Professional/trade books: $100 million (+0.4%) $11 million (+175%) 11%
Hachette Book Group (Lagardere) First half of 2011 Lagard?re Publishing worldwide (U.S., UK, Australia, France, Spain): ?900 million (-7.7%) Not broken out 20% (U.S.), 8% (UK); 5% of Lagardere Publishing revenues worldwide
Random House (Bertelsmann) First half of 2011 Random House worldwide: ?787 million (-0.5%) Not broken out, but “triple-digit percentage sales growth in e-books” Over 20% in the U.S.

*Change from same period last year

Sources:, publishers’ financial reports,

Compiled by Laura Hazard Owen, 11/4/2011

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