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Initial post: Apr 9, 2012 7:41:08 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 9, 2012 7:41:49 AM PDT
Surveyah says:
Is Amazon quietly supporting small publishing houses out of guilt, or just throwing a bone to keep them happy?

http://www.salon.com/2012/04/08/amazons_1_million_slush_fund/

Lots of pros and cons in this article about Amazons dominance of the e-book market....a lengthy article but interesting reading nonetheless

Posted on Apr 9, 2012 7:57:39 AM PDT
An interesting article. Thanks for posting.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 9, 2012 8:20:58 AM PDT
Surveyah says:
Your welcome.....I am always interested in anything "Amazon" in the news. I came across this while reading my Pulse news feeds on my PocketEdge tablet....

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 9, 2012 8:45:00 AM PDT
Interesting article, although it seems as though the author has a grudge against Amazon. Another of her articles is about how to stop buying Amazon ebooks and start buying Google ebooks. And although her statement that the Nook is widely regarded as the better ereader may or may not be true, I would like to see some supporting evidence of that.

Posted on Apr 9, 2012 8:48:42 AM PDT
I found the article titled "Scott Turow on why we should fear Amazon", located just underneath the $1 million secret article, to be equally as interesting, and informative. Thanks for posting!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 9, 2012 8:52:26 AM PDT
I don't agree with that statement from the article MMM, about the Nook that is. It's an ereader that is no different from the Kindle in any significant way, at least from how it operates/functions physically anyway. I think that commentary was based primarily on the perception that the Nook is a "sleeker" feeling/looking device and little more, so I agree - supporting evidence would be nice, or at least a disclaimer that the comment was strictly the author's opinion.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 9, 2012 9:03:37 AM PDT
I will go ahead and admit that nine times out of ten when someone comments on my Kindle, the first words out of their mouth are "Is that one of those Nooks?". No one EVER asks if it is a Kindle. I've often wondered why.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 9, 2012 9:05:20 AM PDT
Really? Everyone asks me if what I have is a "kindle". Never had anyone mention "nook" (iPad once or twice...)

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 9, 2012 9:05:58 AM PDT
That's interesting. I've had the opposite experience. Nearly everyone asks me, "Oh, is that one of those Kindles?"

Posted on Apr 9, 2012 9:12:13 AM PDT
I've never had someone ask if I'm reading a nook and I've had a Kindle since 2009. They've always assumed it was a Kindle. I see more and more people using ereaders and tablets at Starbucks, in waiting rooms, etc., and I rarely see a nook. It's almost always a Kindle or iPad.

Posted on Apr 9, 2012 9:12:54 AM PDT
Bufo Calvin says:
Thanks, Surveyah...I've spread the word and credited you for the heads up. :)

Posted on Apr 9, 2012 9:22:30 AM PDT
I don't necessarily think they are keeping it a secret - I've known about the donations they've made to the lambda literary society for a while - just because they don't advertise something widely, does it mean they are trying to hide it?

I did find the article to have a bit of an anti-amazon feel to it though - like the writer had his believes and that was influencing his writing rather than providing an unbiased view...I didn't see many quotations from ppl who thought what amazon was doing was a good idea

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 9, 2012 9:41:00 AM PDT
Chai on Life says:
Ditto Roy W Huffman, Jr. I have only met 1 person who had a Nook and even he ask if I was reading a Kindle. He looked it over and said he was getting rid of his Nook and buying a Kindle.

Not 1 person has ever ask if I was reading anything other than a Kindle. And I have been ask hundreds of times.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 9, 2012 9:45:25 AM PDT
Same here. No one has ever asked about a nook.

In LA, I do see a lot of people with readers - quite a few iPads, of course, and when I was on jury duty a couple of years ago, a few Sonys, in addition to many, many Kindles. The only nook I've ever seen is one that belongs to a woman here at work. It was a gift from her kids.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 9, 2012 10:00:35 AM PDT
same here. I always see others reading Kindles, but people always seem to assume I have a Nook. No idea why.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 9, 2012 10:03:28 AM PDT
Surveyah says:
Thank You Bufo....credit from you means a lot to me....

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 9, 2012 10:16:55 AM PDT
You must just look like a Nook reader. (Whatever that means.)

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 9, 2012 10:22:30 AM PDT
Sounds like an insult to me ;-)

Posted on Apr 9, 2012 10:30:05 AM PDT
Shabuboy says:
Nook, it is better in one aspect, hardware.
KF, has better ecosystem. Now, just because Nook has better hardware does not mean KF is bad.
We love our KF.
And same here as most people mentioned, everyone asks "is that the kindle fire"?. Not one person ever mentioned the Nook.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 9, 2012 10:32:27 AM PDT
Not being argumentative, just curious. In what way is the Nook Hardware better than the Kindle Hardware?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 9, 2012 10:38:25 AM PDT
I have been known to take a very keen interest in nooks and crannies both, but I'm not sure what that has to do with this discussion.....

Posted on Apr 9, 2012 10:38:44 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 9, 2012 10:44:05 AM PDT
Shabuboy says:
double the RAM, more space and better screen. Remember, this is just hardware. Past hardware, there are tons of pros/cons for both.

ADDED:
Actually, let me rephrase that... The $249 Nook is better, not too long ago I believe B&N released a new $199 Nook with same specs as KF.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 9, 2012 10:40:21 AM PDT
Just don't reverse the leading consonants on those two interests and you will be OK.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 9, 2012 10:41:09 AM PDT
Is all that for the same form factor? Size and weight?

Posted on Apr 9, 2012 10:43:25 AM PDT
The Artist says:
I'm in L.A. too, and I've never even seen anyone reading a Nook -- I've only seen people reading iPads, phones and Kindles. I've never had anyone ask if I was reading a Nook, either. It's usually "is that one of those Kindles?"
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