September 4, 2012 |
A best-selling British author has been caught red-handed slamming others' books on Amazon while praising his own under a number of pseudonyms. It was the assiduous work of Jeremy Duns, another writer, that laid out a case demonstrating that prize-winning mystery writer R.J. Ellory had been writing the "sock puppet" reviews on Amazon. Ellory has admitted to using the sock puppetry -- pseudonymous handles to post positive Amazon reviews of his own books and one-star reviews of others'.
August 13, 2013 |
The much-publicized $1.45-million Monet listed on Amazon could soon sell, although not through the e-tailer. Claude Monet's portrait of his infant son was among the artworks listed last Tuesday when Amazon launched a new section of its site dedicated to fine art. Within a day, the portrait had garnered a lot of attention from Amazon users, who playfully commented on the million-dollar Monet like it was one of site's common household wares....
July 17, 2011 |
Greed, we are told by the moral philosophers, brings out the worst in human beings. As Amazon.com is about to prove, the same rule applies to big corporations. Last week, the giant online retailer announced that it was backing a ballot referendum to overturn a new state law mandating that it collect the sales tax due on purchases by its California customers. That law, which was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown at the end of June, was designed to eliminate the price advantage enjoyed by Amazon, and many other online retailers, over brick-and-mortar stores.
February 7, 2012 |
Here's your touch-me-in-the-morning Tuesday roundup of consumer news from around the Web: --You think you pay too much in taxes? Facebook's upcoming IPO will make founder Mark Zuckerberg a billionaire, but it will also stick him with an eye-popping tax bill that could reach as high as $2 billion . The gigantic tax hit is a consequence of Zuckerberg's plan to exercise stock options worth billions. The move will significantly increase his ownership stake in the company he founded eight years ago. Zuckerberg currently owns almost 414 million shares of Facebook, but he also holds options to buy an additional 120 million shares at the bargain price of 6 cents a piece.
October 16, 2013 |
The editors of the British website the Kernel bought a copy of the e-book "Naughty Daughter Abducted ... (taboo daddy daughter erotica)" on Amazon, and did not like what they saw. "The book is a sick rape fantasy with language and details too graphic for a family-friendly publication to reproduce," they wrote in a story about pornographic e-books being sold by the online retailer. In its heated report ("How Amazon Cashes in on Kindle Filth"), the Kernel found hundreds of e-books that include scenarios of rape, incest and "forced sex" with young girls -- findings that have led to an outcry in Britain . Here in the United States, the 1st Amendment protects some such works as free speech.
February 14, 2013 |
Just in time for Valentine's Day, Amazon, the behemoth online retailer and knower of all habits and tastes, has released a list of America's 20 most romantic cities. It's high time. Gandhi might have said the best measure of a society is how it treats its weakest members, but we all know that's a treacly platitude. The best measure of a society is how often its members dine by candlelight, walk along the beach at sunset and give and/or receive heart-shaped Mylar balloons. And that's why Amazon's No. 1 most romantic city is - Knoxville, Tenn.
August 7, 2012 |
Amazon.com Inc. has launched a new textbook rental program, this time with old-fashioned print books. The program sends the print copies to students, for a fee, with the stipulation that they be returned in reasonably good condition within 130 days unless other arrangements are made. The e-commerce giant has a digital textbook rental service that began last year. Amazon said the fees it's charging to rent the print books represent savings of up to 70% compared with retail purchase prices.
November 12, 2010
There is a world of difference between a right to speak and an obligation to publish. That distinction became an issue this week when Amazon.com, the world's largest online book distributor, succumbed to pressure and pulled an electronic book on pedophilia. The book is the work of one Philip R. Greaves II, a self-evidently disturbed Colorado man who catalogued various perversions and inanities in "The Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure. " Greaves is entitled to his shameful views ?
December 9, 2011 |
Amazon.com Inc. and the nation's bricks-and-mortar retailers are in combat again, this time over the online giant's price-comparison tool that enables shoppers to quickly check out prices at rival merchants. An uproar over the Price Check shopping app, used on mobile devices, erupted after Amazon launched a promotion for Saturday that gives customers 5% off (up to $5) on up to three qualifying items on its site if they check the prices of those goods on the app while browsing at a physical store.
September 9, 2009 |
"Money can't buy me love," the Beatles sang in 1964, and Tuesday, it couldn't buy either the stereo or mono box sets of the remastered Beatles catalog at Amazon.com, which reported selling out of both a day before their official release. The online retailer is, however, continuing to take orders for the individual CD reissues, according to an EMI Records representative, who said Amazon will be restocked on both box sets "soon." As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, five of Amazon's 10 bestselling music titles were Beatles albums, and 12 of its top 20 were occupied by the Fab Four.