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As a Kindle eBook author, how terrified should I be of Kindle Unlimited?

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 - 12 answers

High priced Amazon sellers.

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 - 12 answers

Seeking video-streaming platform advice

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 - 19 answers

Online DVD sellers that aren't Amazon?

Can anyone recommend a US-based online DVD store other than Amazon that ships internationally? [more inside]
posted by fearthehat on Mar 26, 2014 - 7 answers

Camera Accessories

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 - 22 answers

Purchase used iPhone on Amazon?

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 - 8 answers

Shipping fees refund: what is reasonable?

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 - 17 answers

I swear it's not a Double Secret Quonsar!

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 - 3 answers

Textbook return after 2 months?

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 - 22 answers

How do I edit the "About Me" on my Amazon Wishlist?

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 - 7 answers

Studying the masters, not their pupils (budget edition)

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 - 9 answers

Where can I get clear instructions for this type of Kindle publishing?

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 - 4 answers

How to send an Amazon gift card to China

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 - 5 answers

organizing ebooks on Kindle Fire

How do you all organize your ebooks? [more inside]
posted by spunweb on Jun 12, 2013 - 8 answers

Smart TV : Log on/off questions for a weekly rental unit.

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 - 4 answers

Save me, Amazon Prime

What can I order from Amazon Prime RIGHT NOW to be delivered for Mother's Day? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on May 9, 2013 - 18 answers

Should i trust this amazon seller?

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 - 15 answers

Why are Amazon used-book vendors overpricing this book?

I'm trying to understand the logic of wildly overpriced used books on Amazon. [more inside]
posted by Bookhouse on Jan 29, 2013 - 14 answers

Can I get my old Amazon MP3 purchases to appear in Amazon Cloud Player?

Is there a way for me to get the MP3s I bought from Amazon.com before they introduced the cloud player (where you downloaded them once and that was it) to be available via cloud player now? [more inside]
posted by dhens on Jan 14, 2013 - 9 answers

Amazon Gift Cards

Can I use an Amazon Gift Card to pay for items on Amazon.com AND the Amazon App Store or do they each have their own gift card? [more inside]
posted by boby on Jan 11, 2013 - 3 answers

Where can I buy Mo Yan's book online (in chinese, not translated)?

Where can I buy Mo Yan's books "Red Sorghum" and "The Garlic Ballads" in traditional Chinese? (not the English translation)? [more inside]
posted by mhh5 on Oct 18, 2012 - 3 answers

buying used books on Amazon vs eBay

First time buying used books via Amazon. Is the process the same as that of eBay's? [more inside]
posted by pleasebekind on Oct 4, 2012 - 14 answers

Pump up Prime!

Mom just gave me a $100 Amazon gift card for my birthday. I'm thinking of taking the Amazon Prime plunge. But, I already have Netflix and am very happy with that. "Fringe" is my main reason for wanting Prime and even though it would save me money over renting the show, I wonder if there is other Prime exclusive content to help push me over the edge. [more inside]
posted by Infinity_8 on Oct 4, 2012 - 29 answers

What's the best way to sell a lot of stuff online?

My guy and I are digging in to all of his old stuff and we're going to sell a bunch of it off. What's the best way to do this? [more inside]
posted by patheral on Sep 11, 2012 - 12 answers

Amazon pays non-USA affiliates directly ?

Non-USAian Amazon Affiliates - do you get paid directly from amazon and in money rather than Amazon credits ? [more inside]
posted by southof40 on Aug 22, 2012 - 3 answers

What movies/TV shows available for free with an amazon prime membership would I like?

Please recommend some movies and TV shows I would enjoy watching that are available for free streaming with an amazon prime membership. [more inside]
posted by medusa on Jul 25, 2012 - 9 answers

Amazon Five Star items

Is it possible to search Amazon.com for the highest rated, five star products, across all departments? [more inside]
posted by jaimev on May 7, 2012 - 1 answer

EC2 and Sketchup?

Which Amazon AMI is best for running a huge Google Sketchup model? [more inside]
posted by sharingideas on Apr 14, 2012 - 10 answers

Which is better for a light reader: Kindle or Kindle Touch?

I'm a light reader who normally only ploughs through books when I'm on holiday. Which is better for my needs, a Kindle or Kindle Touch? [more inside]
posted by mr_silver on Apr 12, 2012 - 28 answers

I want to be a good online seller. How casually should I give a refund?

What's my responsibility to a buyer who I shipped to in good faith, but he claims he didn't receive his item? [more inside]
posted by Infinity_8 on Mar 23, 2012 - 7 answers

Amazon wishlist setting to keep items on the list when they're purchased?

Is there a setting for Amazon Wishlists to keep items on the list after they're purchased? [more inside]
posted by sharkfu on Mar 12, 2012 - 5 answers

Amazon.cn doesn't seem to have an English option...

Is there a China-based Amazon-style shopping website that I use to send a gift to someone in Shanghai? One that I can use from the US and is in English? thanks!!
posted by Bwithh on Mar 12, 2012 - 3 answers

Kindle without amazon

If I cancel my Amazon account, how will it affect my kindle? [more inside]
posted by Megami on Feb 27, 2012 - 7 answers

I'm Not a Bad Person, Amazon-san, Honest!

I live overseas. I like music. I want to purchase and download MP3s from Amazon.com, which are literally half the price of the same album sold by iTunes Japan. Amazon doesn't want to let me do this. [more inside]
posted by zachawry on Feb 23, 2012 - 5 answers

What benefit does a Negative Operating Cycle get you?

What benefit does a Negative Operating Cycle get you? Other than just cash on hand. Amazon has a lot of cash because they practice Just In Time inventory management & sell out of their products before the bill for that product comes due. Other companies pay the bill first & then wait for the stock to sell out to recoup their money. Aside from the benefit of having cash on hand, what benefit do you get from this? [more inside]
posted by MesoFilter on Feb 17, 2012 - 19 answers

Pretzels and Pirhanas

Help us identify an illustrated children's book involving people on a ship, the invention of pretzels, and piranhas - probably from the late 70s or early 80s. [more inside]
posted by lunasol on Feb 10, 2012 - 2 answers

How to use Amazon's Text Stats

How do I use Amazon's Text Stats feature to find a book's word count? [more inside]
posted by John Frum on Feb 4, 2012 - 4 answers

Small but good

I have fifty dollars to spend on Amazon, and I'm looking for ideas beyond books, ebooks, music, or movies. If you had had to pick 3-5 $10 to $15 dollar items that would make your life slightly better in some way, what would you pick?
posted by codacorolla on Dec 25, 2011 - 34 answers

Help me help my friend

How do I make sure my author friend gets the biggest bang for my buck? [more inside]
posted by CookieNose on Dec 15, 2011 - 13 answers

Amazon whistleblower contact info?

Amazon employees: is there a whistleblower contact number or otherwise? (Asking for an ex-employee friend) [more inside]
posted by Gucky on Dec 1, 2011 - 8 answers

Does Amazon know we're both listening, and disapprove?

I put an mp3 album I bought from Amazon on my Android phone and happily listened to it for more than a week. Then, my husband put a copy on his Blackberry also. Now the album has disappeared from my phone's native music player's list. How did this happen? Is the Android music player somehow "playing nice" with Amazon...? The folder of files is still there on my phone when I view files through the computer, but the Music player does not show it either by album, artist or song titles. Neither of us has the "Amazon mp3 app" on our devices, though I do have the Kindle app on mine. [more inside]
posted by tomboko on Oct 30, 2011 - 4 answers

Amazon Backorder Dilemma

I ordered this item from Amazon.com last month and when I ordered it, I noticed that the shipping date was September 28-October 29. That seemed a little weird so I contact Amazon and the rep just confused me more. Do you know the inner workings of Amazon? Can you explain this to me? [more inside]
posted by juniperesque on Sep 22, 2011 - 12 answers

Funny, prolific Amazon reviewer from mid-`00s?

Who is the Amazon reviewer who posted a corpus of very funny, very weird reviews? As the reviews accumulated, he would reveal occasional bits of his "real" life. This would have been in the mid-2000s, I think. My Google skills are letting me down sorely.
posted by everichon on Aug 29, 2011 - 8 answers

Art Supplies Online?

Can anyone recommend decent places to buy art supplies online? [more inside]
posted by zazzles on Aug 23, 2011 - 15 answers

Help my Mom go Android on the cheap via Moto Atrix

My 72 year-old, reasonably tech-savvy Mom is taking the smartphone plunge and planning to buy a Motorola Atrix via AT&T. On Amazon Wireless a new Atrix is 29 bucks, while the CostCo price is 90 bucks after rebate. Any difference, other than a couple of accessories and Amazon's extra cancellation fee before 180 days?
posted by SenorJaime on Aug 17, 2011 - 3 answers

What's the best way to find the bestselling genre books on Amazon?

How do I determine all-time high sellers on Amazon? [more inside]
posted by jasondbarr on Jul 1, 2011 - 0 answers

Help me get my Doctor Who!

Is iTunes my only option for getting Doctor Who Season 6 online? [more inside]
posted by orrnyereg on Apr 23, 2011 - 8 answers

Cheap ways to improve apartment living

What are some relatively inexpensive things I can order via Amazon Prime to improve the design/quality of life in a studio apartment? I'm a single dude and my place still feels as cold and faceless as a furnished room, but I don't have the cash or the vision to do a full-scale overhaul.
posted by nasreddin on Apr 9, 2011 - 60 answers

Will Amazon care if I return an identical, but not the same, computer for a refund?

In returning a computer bought on-line, could there be problems if what I send back is an identical computer obtained from a different retailer, rather than the one they originally sent me? [more inside]
posted by Kat Allison on Mar 4, 2011 - 25 answers

How to search Hule and Netflix at the same time?

Is there a site that searches all the flat-rate streaming sites (Netflix, Hulu, and now Amazon prime) for a particular movie/tv show? Or, better, that's like Instant Watcher for more than Netflix? I realize I can search all the sites separately.
posted by loulou718 on Feb 25, 2011 - 4 answers

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