A few months ago I started selling kinky eBooks for the Kindle, and it's been great. I'm paying my rent doing something I enjoy! But tonight I read this Salon.com article
, and it's scary as hell. Amazon is reportedly testing Kindle Unlimited, a service allowing readers to download unlimited books for a flat monthly fee. I've spent hours tonight trying to determine how this will affect self-publishers. Can anybody walk me through the likely scenarios, and talk me down from this panic attack? [more inside]
posted by Ursula Hitler
on Jul 16, 2014 -
Help me find some really great gourmet foods that are available through Amazon Prime.
posted by dougiedd
on Jul 13, 2014 -
Bought an item on Amazon. Seller sent me different model than what I bought. Took effort, but finally convinced seller they should pay for return shipping. I shipped it. Seller claims item was not in box I shipped. Now what? [more inside]
posted by StrawberryPie
on Jun 12, 2014 -
So a book I wrote is about to be published, and for my own sanity I think I need to stop looking at the ranking/reviews on my Amazon page. Until I grow some more self-control, I need help. Is there a plugin (or other method) I can use to block all Amazon pages relating to my book? [more inside]
posted by Ms. Informed
on Jun 12, 2014 -
I just received an Amazon delivery (a Kindle, actually). The package was delivered by two guys in street clothes in a beat-up sedan -- no uniformed driver in a marked delivery truck. Is this the new normal for Amazon? [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie
on Jun 6, 2014 -
After this FPP
on Amazon's questionable tactics dealing with Hachette (and in particular, Michael Sullivan's article
on the matter, in which he mentions developing "a direct sales channel" with readers), and mathowie's comment
in the MeFi funding thread on True Fans
, help me find a better way to support authors than binging on the Kindle Book Store (where the majority of my payment apparently goes to publishers and distributors - boo!). Difficulty level: hard SF (think Greg Egan), space opera (think Banks' Culture series); ebooks preferred. [more inside]
posted by snap, crackle and pop
on May 24, 2014 -
I often find, when I go to buy ebooks for my kindle, that Amazon does not carry the ebook title I am looking for. What are good sites to buy the ebooks that Amazon *doesn't* carry?
posted by The locked room sockpuppet
on May 24, 2014 -
Do consumers buy items that are listed on Amazon by sellers for twice Amazon's list price? [more inside]
posted by BillyAnne
on May 12, 2014 -
My wife and I are planning a two-week trip to Peru in November, and though the big pieces of the trip are in place, we need some advice on how to slot things in. Also, lodging help. [more inside]
posted by craven_morhead
on Apr 30, 2014 -
Amazon put a large deposit in my checking account for no known reason, and I'm trying to find out what the money is from. [more inside]
posted by LaurenIpsum
on Apr 25, 2014 -
I am considering a set-top box for commercial video-streaming. An Amazon Fire TV + Amazon Prime + Netflix subscription sounds pretty good. Should I be looking at other hardware or services? [more inside]
posted by Zed
on Apr 21, 2014 -
I was surprised to discover that there is no way to sort an Amazon search or browse within a category by user review--more specifically from lowest to highest. Is there a workaround for this? Or perhaps an app or script I could use? Or even a third party site that sorts it for you? I'm mostly interested in being able to browse a category and see the lowest ranked items, but I'd settle for ranked search results also.
posted by sourwookie
on Apr 13, 2014 -
I'm having a frustrating problem with my Kindle Keyboard/Manage Your Kindle Amazon account. Long ago, I subscribed to the New York Times Daily Audio Digest. I have now unsubscribed, but I can't remove the approximately 200 past "Archived Items" associated with that subscription from the list of same in my device or from my MYK account. [more inside]
posted by sevensnowflakes
on Apr 13, 2014 -
Can anyone recommend a US-based online DVD store other than Amazon
that ships internationally? [more inside]
posted by fearthehat
on Mar 26, 2014 -
I tried setting up my own vpn for my personal use via amazon s3. there are youtube tutorials on the web but I realized I'm out of my depth and I would like to hire someone to help me. only where should I go? is stackoverflow a good place to post such a request? or where do you go to find capable freelancers who can do a job like this?
posted by krautland
on Mar 3, 2014 -
Is there a way to search Amazon by price and actually get results within that range? I recently found a pretty sweet deal on a nice nail polish when I needed a filler item and was looking through the offers on Amazon Filler Finder
, but I'd like to search for more items within a tight range like that. Unfortunately, when you tell Amazon to return, say, items under $5 it still returns results up to $8, and when you're looking for really cheap stuff-- like under $2-- it's even worse, returning pretty much the same results you got for the $5 search. [more inside]
posted by NoraReed
on Feb 24, 2014 -
An old friend put out her first book, and I want to pre-order it, but I also want to help it "pop." If I buy the Kindle Edition instead of the hardcover, will it still maximally count for the popularity trackers like NYTimes bestsellers and Amazon Best Of, or whatever? Or is that too "new media"?
posted by tintexas
on Feb 15, 2014 -
Hi, I have 1 keyboard, 1 mouse, and two desktop computers to use with a 3-monitor setup. I would like to know the best way to use a triple monitor setup where I can click a button and switch back and forth between desktop A and desktop B for the single keyboard/mouse and the monitors. Consolidating files onto one machine is not an option.
Are there devices or hubs I could plug the keyboard/mouse/monitors and desktops into that can do this? Amazon links would be great.
posted by furious
on Feb 5, 2014 -
I'm an author. I've seen enough other authors flame out when responding to criticism that I know never to respond to negative reviews. But I'm sometimes tempted to respond to positive
reviews of my book on Amazon, Goodreads, or other sites-- perhaps with a short "Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed it;" perhaps with a longer reply if it seems appropriate. Should I ever do that? If so, when? [more inside]
posted by yankeefog
on Jan 1, 2014 -
NOT another "what camera to get" question; I already own a Canon EOS Rebel T3i. It's the other stuff I'm confused about! I received a $200 Amazon gift card, but I'm getting overwhelmed trying to decide what to get. [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog
on Dec 26, 2013 -
My iPhone was stolen and I need to purchase a new one. I am considering saving myself the hassle of a craigslist interaction by purchasing a used one through an Amazon retailer. Has anyone done this? Would you recommend it? Anything I should look for specifically besides carrier compatibility etc.?
posted by Packy_1962
on Dec 23, 2013 -
An Amazon.com seller failed to deliver on time, and is now quibbling about refunding shipping costs. Am I being unreasonable? [more inside]
posted by ohcanireally
on Dec 5, 2013 -
We received a mystery package form Amazon, which I didn't order. I have the Order ID number. Is there a way to figure out who sent it? [more inside]
posted by Liesl
on Nov 27, 2013 -
I have inherited several memoirs and other paper documents produced by family members before the digital age made document creation, storage, and dissemination so easy and extensive. What's the best way to make sure these documents survive and are accessible to those who might be interested in them? [more inside]
posted by Naberius
on Nov 20, 2013 -
Today, I received a second refund request on my Amazon seller account under the A-to-Z Claims Guarantee. This is for a textbook I sold three months ago on Amazon. Should I accept the request? [more inside]
posted by horizonseeker
on Nov 20, 2013 -
Today, I received a refund request on my Amazon seller account for a textbook I sold two months ago on Amazon. Should I accept the request? [more inside]
posted by horizonseeker
on Oct 25, 2013 -
It's quite possible I'm just being unusually stupid here, but I've put in three attempts of a half hour or so each and cannot figure out how to edit the "About Me" text that shows up to the left of my Amazon wishlist. It's not that there's anything urgent'y awful there. It just lists my hometown as 6 years out of date and my job as eight years out of date. It's driving me nuts and I'd like to kill it with fire.
Where in hell is the page where I edit this?
posted by DirtyOldTown
on Oct 21, 2013 -
I am a frequent buyer of <$5 books on Amazon. Lately I am interested in math treatises but have been unable to find any that aren't way out of my price range. Am I being way too demanding? [more inside]
posted by myitkyina
on Oct 20, 2013 -
My book is in an HTML file, not Word. I'm going to use kindlegen to convert it. Everything is working great, except I can't figure out how to include the cover, start page, and table of contents. Amazon's directions are spectacularly opaque. Where can I go to find out what to do?
posted by markcmyers
on Sep 22, 2013 -
I just bought some stuff from Amazon.com and needed a little bit more to get free shipping. I ended up buying some glass rods
from Amazon's "industrial and scientific" store that I will use for stirring cocktails. Can you recommend other cool doodads from Amazon's dark corners that might be useful around the house? Bonus points for less-expensive items to round out your shopping cart, not $1000 pieces of lab equipment. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock
on Sep 10, 2013 -
So I've been downloading books to my iPad's Kindle app from Amazon, and also downloading from Project Gutenberg to my desktop PC and mailing them to my Kindle address to get them on the iPad. And I've got a small but annoying problem.
In the ebooks it sells from its site, Amazon lists the author as, for example, "Doyle, Arthur Conan," while the .mobi files from Project Gutenberg list the author as "Arthur Conan Doyle."
Thus the Amazon files sort under D for Doyle while the Project Gutenberg files show up under A for Arthur.
Is there a way to edit the .mobi files to change the author's names to match Amazon's format and get everybody's works to come together in the same place?
posted by Naberius
on Aug 21, 2013 -
I need to set up someone in China with an Amazon gift card ($20). I live in Canada. Looking at the Amazon site, it's not immediately apparent how to do this. Any ideas?
posted by KokuRyu
on Jul 10, 2013 -
Well-meant $400 Amazon voucher expires soon. Shipping is prohibitive to Australia. What small but expensive item/s can I buy to make this worthwhile? (I don't need or want a kindle or more books, already own a Leatherman, electrical appliances are out because of voltage issues).
posted by superfish
on Jul 5, 2013 -
A while back I remember coming across a really novel vanity site that somebody had come up with. It was a vanity site configured as an Amazon.com products page. It had an identical layout and a place for reviews where former employers and co-workers could write their "product" reviews of this person's work. At the time I came across this site, it was somewhat of a meme and people listed it as a creative way of standing out from the crowd with all of their usually boring sites.
Does anybody remember this or have the link to it?
posted by RapcityinBlue
on Jun 19, 2013 -
I own a Kindle associated with my Amazon account. For his birthday this year my son received a Kindle Fire, which we decided to also associate with my account so that he can share access to the books I already own. All was well until he realized he could add things to a wish list. I took his first round of wishes and added them to a new "Son's Wishlist," and when he's shopping for books my son can choose which wishlist he wants to add them to. But physical items can apparently only be added to the default wishlist (mine) and I haven't found a way on the Fire for him to move them. As a result I regularly find myself sorting dozens of collectible cards and other items from my list to his. Have any of you found a better way of dealing with this?
posted by Songdog
on Jun 16, 2013 -
I just installed some Smart TVs in a weekly rental unit. Will the renters be able to log on and off to their personal accounts, or have I opened Pandora's box ? [more inside]
posted by lobstah
on Jun 9, 2013 -
I'm looking for warnings or limitations for publishing adult/mature erotic fiction through Kindle Direct Publishing, and I'm worried about pitfalls and I haven't yet found any direct language about content or rated content or the like. [more inside]
posted by loquacious
on May 30, 2013 -
I'm nearing completion of a book of very short stories that riff in various ways on the 'joke' form. The pieces are 1-2 pages. I want to publish this book. I'm not sure the best way. [more inside]
posted by skwt
on May 27, 2013 -
I've had a Kindle Keyboard with lighted case that I've been pretty happy with for a couple of years. However, I'm thinking of upgrading to the Paperwhite for the improved display. Is it worth the price, and is there any trade-off in battery life? [more inside]
posted by iamisaid
on May 10, 2013 -
I ordered a box set from an amazon user at the end of april listed as "like new" which it wasn't. Asked for a refund, and he asked for more details and pictures which i gave, then i heard nothing for well over a week. So i decided to file an a to z claim on Monday, then today (Thursday) he says how he had been locked out of his bank account due to some banking issue. Now he's all gung ho to give me a refund after i send the stuff back and drop the a to z.
I feel a little weary trusting him. He has good feed back, but it's only 6 feedbacks. Should i do as he suggests or continue letting amazon look into it?
posted by earthquakeglue
on May 8, 2013 -
I have so many used books to sell that I decided to start posting them on Amazon, and much to my amazement, they are selling like hotcakes. In the meantime, I'm having a hard time parsing the unbelievable "fees" Amazon is charging me. Is this for real? Am I doing something wrong? What are my options? [more inside]
posted by phaedon
on May 7, 2013 -
A google search of my name revealed an Amazon "Hope to Read" list that I didn't know existed. This is a public
record of the books I've bought and, for kindle books, how much I've read of each. I've tried looking through Amazon's settings and googling this question--how do I make my books private? [more inside]
posted by melancholyplay
on Apr 26, 2013 -
I am trying to avoid shopping at amazon.com because of the company's predatory business model. What are the best online alternatives for each product category? [more inside]
posted by alms
on Apr 22, 2013 -
1. Non-profit bookstore.
2. Books are donated.
3. Books are priced for $1 or $2.
4. Resellers come in and buy books.
7. No profit [more inside]
posted by Folk
on Apr 22, 2013 -