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Help me figure out how to get my language learning videos on Amazon Prime and Netflix.

I have a subscription video language learning product - it's a popular iPhone app, and we have two languages- (Spanish and English) - about 30 hours total. We built it in-house and we would love to stream at least a few teaser episodes on Netflix and Amazon. But since we created it, we don't have a distributor who can reach out to Amazon or Netflix. Has anyone done this that could put me in touch with someone? The typical searches have yielded little and emailing support@agiantstreamingmediasite will probably not work...
posted by carlodio on Jun 6, 2012 - 1 answer

Customer base and average discount on Amazon.co.uk

Two questions based around Amazon.co.uk. I would like to know, probably rough, figures for Amazon.co.uk customer base and the average percent discount they have on books.
posted by dazzle on May 30, 2012 - 1 answer

Looking for this set of bento boxes

Do you see this 3-layer bento lunch box for sale online? One box in the stack is white with the yellow design, one is white with the orange design, and the 3rd box is white with the green design.
posted by cashman on May 19, 2012 - 10 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

Is there a way to be notified when something on my Amazon Wishlist is available cheaply?

Is there a way to be notified when something on my Amazon Wishlist is available cheaply? [more inside]
posted by madcaptenor on May 2, 2012 - 7 answers

Amazon is now automatically generating pull quotes from similar customer reviews: How are they doing that?

Amazon recently started featuring pull quotes on product reviews that are automatically compiled from 'similar' customer statements. For example, take a look at top of the reviews section for an iPad. At first I thought these might be manually maintained on popular products, but the pull quotes exist for some pretty obscure items with only a handful of reviews. They are obviously being procedurally compiled. I'm working on a project where this exact type of natural language processing could be very useful. Is there a preexisting library available that offers functionality similar to what Amazon is doing here? Or could anybody point me in the right direction for understand the technology behind this better?
posted by csimpkins on May 2, 2012 - 4 answers

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

Canadian Looking for Amazon Turk Requester Account

I'm interested in having a requester account with amazon turk. I live in Canada...But I am physically close to the US border. Can anyone tell me of an acceptable workaround to accomplish this? I've considered driving to the US to open an account but I don't want to do that unless I know for sure it will allow me to run a requester account. Any ideas? Thanks!
posted by anewnormal on Apr 5, 2012 - 3 answers

How to keep a self-published story on Amazon safe?

I'm in the process of formulating a story that would twist a known, beloved children's franchise setting into a violent noir. The eventual goal would be to self-publish an ebook for a few bucks on Amazon, but I'm concerned that the subject matter would get the book pulled due to copyright matters. How does Amazon handle parody and pastiche? [more inside]
posted by robocop is bleeding on Mar 26, 2012 - 10 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

Nook vs. Kindle? Please help me choose.

I am looking to purchase an e-ink reader... Been looking at the Kindle and Nook and I am having trouble deciding. One of my top priorities is that books I purchase not be lost in 3, 5 or 10 years down the road. Which device is most likely to be be future proof? I also have specific uses that I want it to work for such as being able to load PDFs of academic articles/books and access to the library (see extended explanation for more uses). Thanks for your help! [more inside]
posted by D Wiz on Mar 20, 2012 - 43 answers

Temporary SFTP/Rsync for traveling videography

Temporary Cloud Backup on the road: I'm traveling this summer for 2 months in Europe and will be shooting HD footage at a rate of at most 64 GB a day (4 hrs) documenting music festivals. What would be the cheapest solution to do daily backups to a hosted service? By the end of the trip I at most will have 3 TB of video. [more inside]
posted by wcfields on Mar 20, 2012 - 10 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

I've read a lot of books. Now I want to do something productive.

Is there a way to download a list, en masse, of ALL the digital books I've bought via Amazon.com? [more inside]
posted by dfriedman on Mar 12, 2012 - 4 answers

How do I turn my Word file novel into an Amazon listing?

Years ago, I wrote a novel. I am not interested in seeking out a publisher for it - rather, I'm hoping to sell it on Amazon as an e-book for a few bucks. From someone who has done it, how can I transform my Word file into an Amazon e-book listing which I can direct my friends to? [more inside]
posted by Sully on Mar 11, 2012 - 8 answers

Verizon Prepaid = A 6 Month Lock on Switching Your Number to a Verizon Contract?

Verizon and Google Voice experts: Which of these plans will be the best way to port my number? What can go wrong with these approaches? [more inside]
posted by slidell on Mar 10, 2012 - 5 answers

My liver vs. Amazon.

Is there a way that I can get Amazon to periodically send me items from my wishlist without me telling it to? [more inside]
posted by punchtothehead on Feb 29, 2012 - 11 answers

What should I know about buying a Kindle DX?

I'm considering purchasing a Kindle DX, but the current version is two years old and two hardware generations behind the regular Kindle. Is there functionality in the newer versions of the regular Kindle that I would miss when using the Kindle DX? Is it likely to be replaced or discontinued in the near future? Is there anything else that I should know about before buying a Kindle DX?
posted by theclaw on Feb 28, 2012 - 14 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

The most passive income?

I recently bought a camera from a third party retailer on Amazon (in the US). The retailer used Amazon's fulfillment service to ship the items and to give Amazon Prime members their free shipping. They also priced their wares at a couple bucks less than Amazon itself, so theirs was the default way to purchase the camera. My questions are: What is expected from the third party retailer in this case? Just buying the stock and cashing the checks? Is there anything to prevent, say, me from doing the same thing?
posted by CutaneousRabbit on Feb 16, 2012 - 4 answers

CAD GAH

I am not in Canadabut I have a credit card loaded with 75 Canadian dollars. What is the smartest way to buy something in canadian dollars off of Amazon (amazon.ca)? I will need any purchase shipped to the U.S.. Will there be crazy unforeseen delivery charges buying through amazon.ca? Is there a way to get this money onto my amazon.com account as credit? Is there some other smart way to spend Canadian dollars while living in the u.s.? Is there some way to get it transferred through the credit card company to an account of mine? The card says it is only for electronic use. [more inside]
posted by cashman on Feb 15, 2012 - 12 answers

What is best approach for measuring cloud network latency?

I would like to know what is the best approach for measuring a cloud provider's network latency and jitter e.g. Amazon EC2. While a single ping on the command line can achieve a round trip latency snapshot for that one moment, I was looking for something more comprehensive and thorough. Are there any software tools out there that are particularly recommended and hopefully easy to use for measuring at intervals, network latency & jitter, preferably in Windows? Is round trip latency or end to end latency the best metric to consider? Ping provides roundtrip although if the packet came back the same route it came, then end to end could be found by dividing by 2. Latency and jitter increases in proportion to server load. How could I ramp up server load to let's say a specified percentage? Many thanks!
posted by conrad101 on Feb 14, 2012 - 8 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

What Amazon singles should I get?

What Amazon singles should I get? Help me find great individual tracks. [more inside]
posted by kristi on Feb 7, 2012 - 4 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

How do I construct a url to search Amazon's kindle store?

How do I construct a URL so that it will search Amazon's Kindle store with any text I append to the end of it? I can create one to search all of Amazon (by simply taking the URL I get as the result of an ordinary search and adding words to the end), but I can't find a way of specifying in the URL that it should only search the Kindle store.
posted by humblepigeon on Jan 28, 2012 - 3 answers

An app to order random crap?

A couple of years ago, I read about a guy who wrote a script that would randomly order items that cost $1, so he'd get a bunch of cheap, unexpected stuff from all over. I think it was for ebay auctions, but maybe it was amazon. Does anyone remember this or know where his page was? And if you don't, does anyone know of something similar to that (automatically ordering random cheap stuff)?
posted by empath on Jan 27, 2012 - 5 answers

How do we bulk shop, and where?

Bulk shopping: Amazon or Costco and other questions too... [more inside]
posted by griphus on Jan 20, 2012 - 45 answers

Publishing a magazine electronically - who should I be asking?

I'm helping a Chinese magazine put out an electronic English edition. In addition to the Kindle and Apple iVenues, what are other platforms where we should be distributing this? They're hoping to achieve as wide a paid readership as possible without having to pay impossible listing fees. It's a magazine on the Chinese advertising industry. Are there any advertising industry-specific platforms I should be aware of?
posted by saysthis on Jan 3, 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

How do I gift an Amazon Prime membership?

How do I gift an Amazon Prime membership? [more inside]
posted by RUPure on Dec 20, 2011 - 11 answers

all those 2-day Prime deliveries add up...

I was watching a TV show about UPS' Worldport facility, and there are a lot of shots of Amazon boxes! So I got curious: what percentage of UPS' business (by revenue, number of items, weight, whatever) comes from Amazon? [more inside]
posted by roast beef on Dec 19, 2011 - 5 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

Selling my own books through amazon

Tactics for selling books online? Since I've pretty much adopted ebooks, I've begun to liquidate my dust-collecting dead-tree library. Rather than just donating them to a charity or dumping them on the local county library, I've started listing the more valuable books (more than a dollar) on Amazon. I've had some immediate successes, enough to prompt me to keep entering in the ISBN numbers. So now I have a few questions... [more inside]
posted by crunchland on Dec 8, 2011 - 18 answers

Kindle Fire or iPod Touch?

Kindle Fire or iPod Touch for my disabled dad? [more inside]
posted by jabberjaw on Dec 6, 2011 - 23 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

Best way to distribute my music to Spotify, Itunes, Amazon ECT? Secondly, how can I protect my songs prior to releasing them?

Best way to distribute my music to Spotify, Itunes, Amazon ECT? Secondly, how can I protect my songs prior to releasing them? [more inside]
posted by audio on Nov 27, 2011 - 6 answers

How To Update a Static Photo Site on Amazon S3?

So, I have a little Wordpress site on Media Temple for photos. Nothing else, just photos. No blog posts, no comments, etc. It's occurred to me that it's really a static site. And static sites can be hosted on Amazon S3. I can handle building the site locally and moving it up to S3. But, I'm wondering about updates. It seems to me that if I build a site locally, publish it to S3, that I can do updates by synching S3 with my local file system. Right? Has anyone done this? Are there apps specifically geared to publishing and maintaining sites on S3?
posted by justcorbly on Nov 12, 2011 - 6 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

Kindle email, whispernet and personal documents

Kindle email, whispernet and personal documents [more inside]
posted by mattholomew on Oct 17, 2011 - 11 answers

Where to get more information about the culture of different software teams?

This insider perspective on the management culture at Google and Amazon by Steve Yegge is absolutely fascinating and educational. Where else can I get information like this on the culture of various software organizations? [more inside]
posted by unmodern on Oct 15, 2011 - 7 answers

Are there still benefits to traditional publishing or should we try self-publishing?

My husband wrote a novel a few years back. It has pretty much sat in our house in digital and a print-out form. I will not comment on how the major publishing houses tend to not come searching in your house for The Next Great American Novel... *ahem* But what SHOULD he do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 12, 2011 - 7 answers

Smarter way to consolidate a big international Amazon shipment?

Smartest way to consolidate a large international order from Amazon.com? A big enough order to get free shipping within the US, and of mostly small and light items from multiple vendors, but international shipping will add several hundred to the cost. This is to Singapore, but the Singapore service (Vpost.com.sg) is frankly lousy, and I'd like an alternative.
posted by viggorlijah on Oct 5, 2011 - 4 answers

Is there a plugin or script to sort Amazon wishlist by lowest Prime-eligible price?

Is there a plugin or script to sort Amazon wishlist by lowest Prime-eligible price? [more inside]
posted by yesno on Oct 5, 2011 - 6 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

the lady and the amazon?

does anyone know this novel/story? it is the supposedly true story of the first European woman to travel the Amazon on her own. [more inside]
posted by orangemacky on Sep 8, 2011 - 1 answer

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