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Why won’t Amazon say how many Kindles it’s sold?

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Something about returning from the Christmas holidays makes people want to show off what they received – a new sweater donned, a new gadget subtly pulled out at meetings, a few extra pounds padding the belly.

Jeff Bezos doesn't like this tradition. He will hint at the generous present that consumers gave to Amazon in the form of surprisingly strong sales, but he won't offer details.

Bezos wants you to know that his Kindle – the e-book reader that has done a remarkably good job surviving in the age of the iPad – was Amazon's “bestselling product of all time.” How many Kindles did Amazon sell? We don't know because Amazon isn't saying.

What Amazon does say is that the third generation of the Kindle surpassed even the number of Harry Potter 7 books it sold. Which is kind of disingenuous because Kindles are sold primarily through Amazon, while Harry Potter books are available in nearly every bookstore. But it does offer a hint: Some 5 million copies of Harry Potter have sold on Amazon since 2007, one analyst estimates.

Check Out Line: Borders launches e-bookstore … finally

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bgp1Check out Borders Group finally launching its e-bookstore.

The No. 2 U.S. bookstore chain’s electronic bookstore comes nine months after rival Barnes & Noble debuted its Nook e-reader and three months after Apple introduced its popular iPad tablet computer, allowing both companies, and Amazon.com, which sells the Kindle e-reader, to get a head start.

No worries, says Borders, which saw sales at its namesake superstores open at least a year and on its website fall 11.4 percent in the first quarter.

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Hey Woot, its Amazon. You’re rich.

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You gotta figure that every web entrepreneur waits (prays!) for a call or email that goes like this: "Hey dinky but popular outfit with a loyal customer base -- super-huge company here. We want to buy you and make you rich. Have a nice day."

Woot.com got a call like that from Jeff Bezos's Amazon.com. They announced the deal on Wednesday. It's speculated that Amazon paid about $110 million for the company that sells only one item per day at discounted prices, until inventory runs out. The next day, it moves on to another item such as you know, a water gun or a home pedicure kit.

Check Out Line: Amazon’s board shrinks

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Check out the downsizing at Amazon.com.

No, no, it’s not a big corporate layoff. But the e-commerce giant is cutting the size of its board of directors by 12.5 percent.

Of course, once you’ve lost the part of “the center of gravity in the Internet,” why even try to replace him.

No need for a man purse, wear an iPad vest instead!

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img_ipad_framesYou’ve got the hottest new gadget in town. Now where do you put it?
 
Inside an iPAD-compatible vest, of course.
 
Ketchum, Idaho-based Scottevest, which debuted a line of clothing in 2005 that was compatible with the smaller iPod, has introduced “outerwear” with a large interior pocket that holds Apple‘s latest device securely without damaging the screen.    

“If you’re going to carry it around all the time, you don’t want to carry it in a purse,” said Chief Executive and Founder Scott Jordan. “I don’t think men want to carry around a purse.” 

Check Out Line: No nook for you

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nookCheck out another nook delay.

Some of Barnes & Noble’s top stores were supposed to have nook e-readers available for sale today.  Instead, shoppers can just look at the nook, not take it home.

In-store demo models have been delivered and Barnes & Noble is accepting pre-orders, spokeswoman Mary Ellen Keating said.

from MediaFile:

Barnes & Noble plans big (e-reader?) event

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Brace yourself for the next salvo in the battle of the ebook readers (or electronic reading devices, or e-reader, or whatever you want to call them).

Barnes & Noble is planning a "major event" next Tuesday in New York to announce a mystery... something.

Amazon.com hopes results take spotlight off snafus

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US-KINDLE/Amazon.com reports second-quarter results this week and the online retailer is likely hoping projected market share gains take the focus off of two embarrassing Kindle blunders last week.  

 On Friday, Amazon acknowledged that it had deleted certain purchased e-books from the Kindles of an undisclosed number of owners. Why? Turns out that Amazon never had the rights in the first place to sell digital copies of the works. Poof! They went away.
    
As one blogger on Gizmodo wrote: “If you can’t be sure that you own something after you pay for it, what’s the point?”     
 
Amazon later acknowledged that it should have alerted its customers.
 
“These books were added to our catalog using our self-service platform by a third-party who did not have the rights to the books.  When we were notified of this by the rights holder, we removed the illegal copies from our systems and from customers’ devices, and refunded customers,” said a spokesman. 

Is Amazon’s Kindle DX e-reader hype?

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The new Kindle DX is bigger, but is it better?” asked one headline as gadget reviewers examined the latest electronic reader from Amazon.com.

The verdict: “It isn’t as revolutionary as its promoters might like us to think.”

Check Out Line: Recession? Not at Amazon.com

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AMAZON-KINDLE/Check out the sales surge at Amazon.

The online retailer beat Wall Street expectations for quarterly earnings and revenue as lowered prices lured more shoppers online. It also benefited as sales of its Kindle electronic reader gained momentum.

The company increased revenue an unexpectedly strong 18 percent as cash-strapped consumers went shopping online, and Amazon’s own discount shipping program spurred purchases. 

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