The Seattle-based online retail giant on Tuesday launched Amazon Birthday Gift, which allows customers to send friends electronic gift cards on their birthdays. Customers can invite mutual friends to contribute, so the gift can grow.
You start the process ahead of the friend's birthday by going to Amazon's site. After logging into your Amazon and Facebook accounts and connecting the two -- which allows Amazon to collect information about you and your friends -- you'll be shown a list of your friends … Read more
NEW YORK -- Apple sells about a quarter of all e-books in the market, a high-level executive at the electronics giant said Monday.
Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of software and services, estimated that Apple holds a 25 percent share of the market, about on par with Barnes & Noble. He noted the two companies often flip the ranking, with Barnes & Noble sometimes having a higher share than Apple.
"I believe it's close," Cue said in his testimony Monday during Apple's e-book pricing trial. "At different times, we go back and forth.&… Read more
In another step toward 3D printers finding a place in everyday businesses and homes, online retailer Amazon has dedicated a section of its site to selling 3D printers.
The site sells 3D printers from well-known manufacturers such as Makerbot, as well as others such as Cubify and fabbster, alongside 3D printer filament and spare parts.
Prices for machines range from the $1,099 JET/Open Source 3D printer Replicator G to $2,479 MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D printer.
Those of you eyeing the HTC One can score the phone for half off the usual price, courtesy of a one-day sale at Amazon.
On Friday, the retail giant will sell the HTC One for $99.99, a hefty discount off the usual $199.99 price tag. Buyers will be able to find the phone through Amazon's Cell Phones & Accessories page. But you'll need to be quick -- the sale itself will last just for the day.
The $99 offer is good for all AT&T or Sprint subscribers eligible for an upgrade. New customers can … Read more
If you're hoping to preorder the PlayStation 4, turning to Amazon might not be your best bet.
The company's initial supply of "Launch Edition" PlayStation 4 units has been exhausted. Amazon has now resorted to selling the "Standard Edition," which won't be available until December 31. When clicking on the "Launch Edition" option on Amazon's page, the company indicates that it's unsure "when or if this item will be back in stock."
Luckily, those looking for a PlayStation 4 on launch day -- which Sony is keeping … Read more
AmazonFresh, the e-retail giant's grocery delivery service, has finally made its way to the Los Angeles area.
Reports had surfaced off and on that Amazon would launch the service in Los Angeles. On the AmazonFresh homepage on Monday, the Los Angeles area was added. AmazonFresh was previously only available in Seattle.
AmazonFresh provides free same-day and early-morning delivery. According to Amazon, customers can choose from over 500,000 items in its online grocery store. The offering is free for 90 days to Amazon Prime members. Those who elect to keep it going will be charged $299 for full Prime … Read more
SEATTLE -- For the last five years, Amazon has been working to figure out an online business that has claimed its share of carnage -- grocery delivery.
Here in the company's backyard, it's deployed a fleet of green, refrigerated trucks to bring produce, meats, boxes of cereal, and more to customers' front doors 24 hours a day, whenever they choose. And the company has tinkered with pricing formulas, as well as the kind of goods it offers, trying to come up with the right mix that engenders loyalty and still earns a profit.
Asked, after so many years … Read more
Only a handful of the thousands of scripts plugged into Amazon Studios have gotten picked up, but the company has set up a program that could help breathe a little more life into the stories.
Amazon Studios, the "Hollywood" division of the online shopping giant, launched a free online tool Friday that will let aspiring film and television makers create storyboards for scripts, complete with characters and dialogue that can then be shared with others for feedback.
"Storyteller provides a digital backlot, acting troupe, prop department and assistant editor," Roy Price, the director of Amazon Studios, … Read more
The Amazon Kindle has officially landed in China.
On Friday, both the Kindle Fire HD tablet and the Kindle Paperwhite e-reader popped up for sale on Amazon's Chinese Web site. The Fire HD tablet costs 1,499 yuan ($244) for the 16GB version and 1,799 yuan ($293) for the 32GB version, while the Paperwhite e-reader costs 849 yuan ($138).
The Kindle devices will also be sold locally through Suning and Tesco Shi, two retail chains in China, according to Chinese news site Sina Tech. Chinese consumers will be able to find the Kindles at stores in Beijing, Shanghai, … Read more