Nate the greatest writes: A French publisher has opened a new bookstore in Paris, only it's not carrying any books in stock. Instead, the shop has a limited selection of books on display as well as an Espresso Book Machine. All of the books sold to customers are printed at the time of purchase. That usually takes around 4 to 7 minutes per paperback book.
Nate the greatest writes: Amazon's getting serious about a recent required firmware update. Last month Amazon sent out emails, asking everyone to update, and this week they stepped up their game. Several Kindle owners say they've received postcards from Amazon with reminders to update their Kindles. Sure, this is an important update which adds security certificates, but don't you think this is overkill?
Speaking as a guy who wrote about it at the time, lots of erotica was pulled from the major ebookstores for a time. (I don't think Monster erotica was included, but it could have been.) And to be clear, there was no ban on monster erotica. It was being sold, and is being sold.
Given that the new terms are voluntary and limited to just KU, this will likely be fine for everyone.
What the above summary missed was that the new payment terms only apply to the books authors put into Kindle unlimited, and not to the entire Kindle Store.
Amazon made the change to encourage authors to submit longer works to KU. The old terms were based on per ebook read, not page. That favored short works over longer works.
Thanks to Google's indifference, the pirates can continue to sell ebooks no matter how many times copyright holders might complain. If Google takes a pirated ebook down in response to a DMCA notice, the pirates simply upload another copy of the same title.
It turns out that he did have a formatting issue in the ebook:
The author coded the ebook by hand and used minus signs in place of hyphens. While that would look okay when you read the ebook, a TTS engine would have issues.
Nate the greatest writes: It looks like all that talk last month of Amazon opening a brick and mortar store in New York City may be coming to naught. A new report reveals that Amazon is renting 470,000 sq. ft of office space in Manhattan at 7 West 34th St. That's a huge amount of space which will take up the entirety of the 12-story building. That's far more space than Amazon would need for a store (it's 3 times the size of a Walmart store), so it looks like those rumors about Amazon opening a brick and mortar store are still rumors.