November 3, 2012 |
SACRAMENTO -- Most Internet shoppers in California know that, since Sept. 15, Amazon.com and other e-merchants, have been required to collect sales taxes for online purchases. But, what many are just finding out is that Amazon and some competitors also are collecting California's 7.25% base rate plus any local government add-on sales taxes on combined "shipping and handling" charges. According to California's sales tax collection agency, the Board of Equalization, sales tax should be collected when a seller "makes a combined charge for 'shipping and handling' or 'postage and handling,' " if the invoice does not show the actual cost of the individual delivery.
September 6, 2012 |
Amazon has announced a new device called the Kindle Paperwhite, which is front-lit and has a higher resolution than the company's previous e-readers. The Seattle online retailer said its newest Kindle is thinner than a magazine at 9.1 millimeters and weighs 7.5 ounces. The Kindle Paperwhite also has a long-lasting battery, with Amazon saying the device can stay on for up to eight weeks even if its front light is powered on. PHOTOS: Amazon's newest Kindles The new device will be available for $119 for the Wi-Fi version and it will begin shipping Oct. 1, the company said at a news event Thursday morning in Santa Monica.
May 25, 2012
Re "Amazon set to keep share of state sales tax," May 20 To call what Amazon is getting a "rebate" is totally incorrect. A rebate is when you pay for something and get part of that back. Amazon has not payed those taxes; its customers have. A rebate would be if the customers got part of their money back. This is just a rich corporation getting money for nothing. Christopher Latham San Diego ALSO: Letters: Wall Street's casinos Letters: Killing a mountain lion Letters: Obamacare and church rights
November 19, 2013 |
Amazon announced a free software update for Kindle Paperwhite that will add several new features to the e-reader. Amazon said the update would be delivered over the air automatically in the coming weeks, or via download from its website. The update includes integration with Goodreads, the books-recommendation website that Amazon purchased this year. Features of the new Goodreads integration include the ability to see what your friends are reading, read their reviews and discover new books to read; share favorite passages with your Goodreads friends without leaving the book; and, when you finish a book, immediately rate it from your Kindle.
December 11, 2013 |
Just one week after Amazon announced its high-tech, albeit somewhat vague, plans for drone delivery , the online retail giant is beginning to face warlike competition. Amazon drones, meet Groupon catapults. The popular deals website Groupon posted a YouTube video Tuesday mocking all those other companies "that drone on" (get it?) about their "risky, experimental, new methods of package delivery. " (Watch the video above.) QUIZ: Who said it? Looking back to the slightly more low-tech past for innovative ideas, Groupon announced its plans for delivery by catapult.
January 23, 2014 |
On Thursday, Amazon announced the launch of its 15th imprint, Waterfall Press. Waterfall Press will specialize in Christian nonfiction and fiction. Amazon's release notes that in 2014, Waterfall Press will publish both fiction and nonfiction, but its lead titles are all nonfiction. They include "The Four Best Places to Live" by Mark Buchanan, "When You Need a Miracle" by Cherie Hill, who has reached bestseller lists as a self-published author, and "The Quiet Revolution: An Active Faith That Transforms Lives and Communities" by Jay Hein, director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives under President George W. Bush.