Prime spot for Harry Potter

Mr Bezos (Amazon‘s CEO) has penned another of his letters to all of us in the UKFrance and Germany.

We can all now order the Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD 7” and the remarkabloe Kindle Paperwhite e-reader.

The additional good news is that, with Amazon prime membership (free for a month then £49 a year) from 31 October (Halloween again)) they are introducing their book lending library to these 3 European countries. Its been in operation 1n the US since late 2011.

In a nutshell you can borrow from their library (200,00 books they say) including all seven of J K Rowling’s Harry Potter books (likely the Casual Vacancy will eventually be added to the library but this is probably many months – if not years away)! You can  “ …..borrow for free as frequently as a book a month, with no due dates”.

In their press release Amazon also explain how the lending library works as far authors are concerned. It is, as we understand it, part of their self publishing platform, effectively funded via the Prime subscriptions collected by Amazon – they anticipate about $6 million of funding this year. More details at kdp (Kindle Direct Publishing).

We were quite impressed with the next day delivery comparisons provided as part of your Prime (or Premium if French) membership on coverage from top to bottom of all three countries and can now translate Land’s End to John O’Groats into two other languages!

In other Amazon news some are impressed by how certain Fashion houses are adapting  to their platform.

In other tablet news we are delighted to report that the Barnes & Noble’s nook uk  twitter account has come to life, but their newly created support account nook_care_uk appears tp have inherited at least some of its dormancy !




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