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E-book sales top paperbacks for first time

The publishing tide is shifting fast: E-book sales in February topped all over formats, including paperbacks and hardcovers, according to an industry report released this week. Get the full story »

Amazon offers cheaper Kindle — with ads

A commuter reads a Kindle while riding the subway in Cambridge, Mass. (Reuters/Brian Snyder)

Amazon announced its new “Kindle with Special Offers“ on Monday which will sell for $114, which is $25 less than its ad-free counterpart, Amazon’s $139 Kindle Wi-Fi. The Kindle 3G is available for $189. It will begin shipping May 3.

The Kindle’s “special offers” and ads will appear on the e-reader’s screensaver and at the bottom of its home screen. Amazon plans to mix together advertisements from launch sponsors including Buick, Olay and Visa with daily-deal style discount coupons. Get the full story » leaving Illinois for Wisconsin

From the Chicago Sun-Times | Rockford-based, an online partner of and, is leaving Illinois for Wisconsin after losing business ties with major online retailers since Gov. Quinn signed of the “ tax” earlier this month. Get the full story>>

Amazon to offer cloud storage for music, videos Inc. is planning to start a service that would let people store music and video online and access it from various digital devices, people familiar with the matter said. The company could announce the effort as early as Tuesday, the people said. Get the full story »

Amazon Appstore debut still lacks free test feature

A key feature of’s Appstore for Android was unavailable Wednesday, a day after the e-commerce giant launched its store to much fanfare. But other parts of Amazon’s venture were more successful, and early tests underscored the positives and negatives of the retailer’s approach. Get the full story »

Apple sues Amazon over its ‘App Store’

Apple Inc. sued Inc. over its use of the phrase App Store, accusing the online retailer of trademark infringement. In a complaint filed March 18 in the U.S. District of Northern California, Apple asked the court for an injunction stopping Amazon from using the name as well as unspecified damages. Get the full story »

Amazon drops Illinois affiliates in fight with states took action in Illinois, as it had threatened to do, to counter a new law aimed at forcing online retailers to collect sales taxes in the state. Hawaii, North Carolina and Rhode Island have enacted similar laws, and California is weighing action. Amazon is also in a court battle with New York over such legislation.

The Illinois law, signed by Gov. Pat Quinn Thursday, requires online retailers that work with affiliates in the state to collect sales taxes on purchases made by Illinois residents and businesses. Amazon responded to the measure by cutting ties to its Illinois-based affiliates, which are blogs and other Web sites that refer traffic to Amazon and get paid commissions if customers make purchases there. Get the full story »

Gov. Quinn signs Internet sales tax bill

An Amazon employee loading boxes, Dec. 1, 2008. (AP Photo/Scott Sady, file)

Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Thursday to require online merchants with a physical presence in Illinois to collect and remit sales tax.

The controversial law, called the Main Street Fairness Act, means online retailers — including giant Inc. and Inc. — must  collect sales taxes on purchases made by Illinois residents as long as the retailer has a physical presence in the state.  The law is effective immediately. Get the full story »

Sears latest store chain to woo Amazon affiliates

Sears Holdings Corp. on Thursday invited sales affiliates worried about losing Amazon business to direct their online traffic to The Hoffman Estates-based company joins a growing chorus of other retailers looking to cash in on Amazon’s battle with state governments over collecting sales tax.

In an open letter written Thursday, Sears eCommerce President Imran Jooma said he wanted affiliates “around the country to know that you have a place with us.”, the world’s largest online retailer, relies on a fleet of deal sites and other online portals to direct customers to The affiliate websites typically send potential customers to Amazon’s website in exchange for a cut of sales. Get the full story »

Amazon announces Android app store

Bloomberg News | plans to open an app store to sell software for the Android operating system. It will join the more than 30 stores selling the mobile-phone downloads.

Kindle 3G to come to AT&T stores Sunday

AT&T will begin selling Amazon’s Kindle 3G March 6 as it looks toward other gadgets to increase its customer base outside of cell phones.

The Kindle 3G will sell for $189 at AT&T’s retail stores, the same price at which Amazon sells the e-reader online. Amazon has said that the Kindle is the most popular item sold on its gigantic retail Web site — though the company has never said how many it has sold.

Free streaming video for Amazon Prime members Inc. on Tuesday added a streaming-video service offering for its $79-a-year Amazon Prime members, an expected move by the online retailer as it looks to more directly compete with Netflix Inc. Get the full story »

Amazon expanding home delivery Inc. may be expanding a free home-delivery program, a move that analysts say would encourage consumers to do more of their shopping for groceries and other goods with the online retailer.

The service, AmazonTote, is currently available only around Seattle, where the company is based. The program offers customers a free weekly delivery on a specified day and doesn’t require a minimum-order size. Get the full story »

Amazon buys Lovefilm, Britain’s Netflix

U.S. online retailer is to buy the 58 percent of British DVD and games rental firm Lovefilm it does not already own for an undisclosed price, it said on Thursday.

Lovefilm, whose Europe-focused business has a similar model to U.S. video rental firm Netflix Inc., has built a movie rental-by-mail business and has also started streaming digital movies. Get the full story »

Kindle surge makes it Amazon’s best-seller Inc.  said its third-generation Kindle is the best-selling product in its history, taking the title from the book “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” though the online retail giant didn’t disclose the number of units sold.

The company said that on its peak day, Nov. 29, also known as Cyber Monday, customers ordered more than 13.7 million items, up 44 percent from its peak day a year earlier, when customers ordered more than 9.5 million items. Get the full story »