Former Amazon execs: Working at Amazon a cinch compared to startup life

3 October 2015

From GeekWire:

Almost anyone who has worked for Amazon seems to agree it has high standards, but there’s still one big question lingering around the company’s Seattle headquarters: What does that mean for the employees currently working at Amazon?

A panel of former Amazon executives shed light on life at the Seattle online giant during a GeekWire Summit panel on Thursday, sharing their experiences and saying things are intense, but that might not be such a bad thing.

“The first year after I left Amazon I thought it was the worst decision of my life,” former Amazon vice president Nadia Shourabourasaid. “I miss Amazon a lot and I think leaving Amazon was very difficult.”

The discussion was moderated by David Streitfeld, the New York Times reporter who co-authored the now famous piece, “Inside Amazon, Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bruising Workplace.”

His article was full of anecdotes that painted Amazon as a harsh place to work, where customers are put before all else — including employees.

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Sandi Lin, who spent four years at Amazon as a product manager of Amazon Local and Fulfillment teams, said some of the anecdotes employees told through the NYT article resonated with her. The two other panelists, Shouraboura and former general manager Dave Cotter, both disagreed with the article’s portrayal.

Cotter, who was at Amazon between 2007 and 2011, even shared a personal story about going through a divorce during his time at the company.

“For me, my bosses were some of the most compassionate individuals in helping me work through the divorce situation,” he said. “It was not at all similar to stories or what was written about. I have a very different experience. I think [the NYT article] was kind of imbalanced. Amazon has done amazing things for employees and the city with the number of jobs it created, and the things it has taught us. … It felt like the article was pretty heavily slanted toward instances that demonstrated poor management more than necessarily the company as a whole.”

All three former Amazon employees went to work for startups after leaving the company, and they each said that turned out to be much more challenging than anything they experienced at the e-commerce giant.

Link to the rest at GeekWire and thanks to SMH for the tip.

Amazon will allow smart washing machines to order laundry detergent

2 October 2015

From Fortune:

Amazon announced the expansion of its Dash service this morning, only instead of its slightly awkward connected buttons the company is revealing that a number of brands that will start using its Dash Replenishment service.

While the physical buttons were a somewhat gawky intermediate step toward frictionless ordering, the Dash Replenishment service uses sensors built into devices such as washing machines and pet feeders to automatically re-order placement products. This is a huge step for Amazon when it comes to snagging more of the consumers’ wallet and making commerce so seamless it’s something the consumer doesn’t even think about.

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With a technology called the Amazon Dash replenishment service program, devices that are connected to the internet will automatically measures when usage is low of things like print toner, or water filters, and will order these items from Amazon without the customer having to physically order the items themselves. Payment is made through the customer’s existing Amazon account.

Amazon says General Electric, Samsung, August, Gmate, Oster, Obe, Petnet, CleverPet, Sutro, Thync, and Sealed Air have all signed up to add the technology to the devices that they manufacture. This adds to a number of other brands, including Brother, Whirlpool, and Brita, who previously committed to using the Dash replenishment service.

For example, Obe’s Pro Bowl weighs the amount of dog food consumed by a pet and will subtracts that amount from the size of a dog food bag. When supply runs low, Obe’s Pro Bowl uses the Dash Replenishment Service to automatically place the order for the dog food on behalf of the customer.

General Electric’s new clothes washer will connect to the internet and users can download a mobile app that allows them to control laundry tasks from their smartphones. With the Dash Replenishment Service, laundry detergent will be automatically ordered when supply runs low. Samsung internet-connected laser printers will monitor toner usage over time and toner cartridges will be automatically ordered.

Link to the rest at Fortune and thanks to Felix for the tip.

Amazon to Ban Sale of Apple, Google Video-Streaming Devices

2 October 2015

From Bloomberg: Inc. will stop selling media-streaming devices from Google Inc. and Apple Inc. that aren’t easily compatible with its video service, the latest example of the company using its clout to promote products that fit with its own retailing strategy.

The Seattle-based Web retailer sent an e-mail to its marketplace sellers that it will stop selling the Apple TV and Google’s Chromecast since those devices don’t “interact well” with Prime Video. No new listings for the products will be allowed and posting of existing inventory will be removed Oct. 29, Amazon said. Prime Video doesn’t run easily on its rival’s hardware.

Roku Inc.’s set-top device, Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox and Sony Corp.’s PlayStation, which work with Amazon’s video service, aren’t affected, it said. Amazon’s Fire TV stick, which plugs into an HDMI port to connect televisions with streaming services such as Netflix and Prime Video, is the company’s best-selling electronic device.

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Amazon’s strategy will likely hurt Google more than Apple, which has its own stores and direct access to customers. The move may also cost Amazon sales by diverting purchases of popular devices to competitors such as Best Buy Co.

“This has the potential to hurt Amazon as much as it does Apple and Google,” said Barbara Kraus, an analyst at Parks Associates. “As a retailer, I want to give people a reason to come to me. When I take out best-selling brands, I take away those reasons.”

Link to the rest at Bloomberg

Amazon Wades Further Into the Complex World of the Gig Economy

30 September 2015

From Wired:

The instant gratification economy is still very much in vogue, and that means the demand for on-demand workers is high. Now, an entrenched tech giant and an early pioneer of the entire concept of “on-demand,” Amazon, is wading further into the gig economy.

The online retailer has for weeks been quietly operating a new program called Amazon Flex, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal, and has been testing it in its hometown of Seattle. Flex works in much the same way as other popular on-demand companies, including Uber and Postmates, do under the so-called 1099 model: Using an app platform, a network of independent contractors can sign up for flexible delivery shifts. On Amazon Flex, the company has these independent contractors collect packages from warehouses and bring them to customers’ homes in an hour or so.

According to the Journal, the program works hand in hand with Amazon’s Prime Now service, where customers who sign up for the company’s $99-a-year unlimited shipping program can get items delivered to their doorstep for a fee in an as little as an hour. Prime Now is available in 13 cities, and the company will eventually expand Amazon Flex to cover those areas in addition to Seattle, the WSJ reports.

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With Flex, Amazon has adopted the on-demand worker strategy, and it has the added advantage of a sprawling logistics infrastructure to boot. It’s worth noting that Amazon has operated its Mechanical Turk platform for a while—where workers completed micro-tasks like transcription, data entry, image identification—but now apparently, Amazon thinks on-demand work can transfer well to maximizing the company’s operations in package logistics, too.

Link to the rest at Wired and thanks to Tim for the tip.

Solving the Amazon Puzzle

28 September 2015

From Bloomberg Business:

Which company is a better investment, Google or Conventional wisdom suggests Google, which turns huge profits, enjoys better gross margins, and has a far lower price-to-earnings ratio. Yet Amazon’s stock has returned 62.6 percent in the past year, compared with 9.6 percent for Google.

That’s a phenomenon Steve Hanke, an economics professor at Johns Hopkins University, and Ryan Guttridge, a fellow there, have named the “Amazon Puzzle,” and one they say they’ve figured out. The key is hidden in asset turns, or how effective companies are at getting revenue out of their investments. Asset turnover is defined as sales divided by total assets; the higher the number, the better. “Google is just abysmal, and Amazon is really good,” says Guttridge, who once worked for legendary stock picker Bill Miller at Legg Mason in Baltimore.

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Guttridge and Hanke credit Amazon’s cash flow–focused CEO, Jeff Bezos. Bezos has a salary of just $81,840 a year, though he gets a further $1.6 million to cover his personal security. Beyond that, he receives nothing atop the return on the 18 percent of Amazon that he owns. It’s the same stock shareholders own. He makes money only if the stock goes up and must keep shareholders happy or be held accountable.

Link to the rest at Bloomberg Business

Is self-publishing heading for a ‘train wreck’?

26 September 2015

From Chris Meadows via TeleRead:

Author Derek Haines has written a blistering diatribe against the current state of the self-publishing market. From such portents as Sony exiting the e-reader business, the end of Diesel eBooks, the loss of Flikkart and Oyster’s all-you-can-eat service, and Scribd paring its own all-you-can-eat selection down, he sees a “train wreck” coming.

That’s not all, of course. He produces a chart of a gradually-declining squiggly line as another sign from which he reads doom (he never clearly explains, nor is it captioned, exactly what that squiggly line actually refers to, though I’m guessing from context that it’s search activity about the term “self-publishing”). Then he flourishes another chart showing that regional search interest in the term “self publishing” is limited to the US, Canada, the UK, and Australia. (Oddly enough, those happen to be the main countries where English is the primary lingua franca. Funny that an English-language search term should be most popular in those, huh?) From these, he concludes that self-publishing interest is on the wane and nobody cares about it outside a small portion of the world.

. . . .

Haines opines:

Self publishing as it has been since 2009 is dead. It was all so simple back in 2009. You wrote a book, published it, and readers bought it, or not. There were no conditions attached. Even subscription borrowing had some merit. You borrow it, I get paid. But now, it’s a convoluted disaster. I do not want to get paid for someone reading five pages of one of my books and then thinking, ‘oh damn, no vampires. I’ll try another book then.’

Maybe you should try writing a book with vampires in it, then? The world doesn’t owe you a living just because you wrote a book, you know. (Oddly enough, he even admits to that elsewhere in the essay, bemoaning the fate of poor naïfs who are lured into self-publishing by the promise of easy money “with no idea at all about book marketing, but with a firm belief that if they have written a book, they will make a fortune.” What’s sauce for the goose…)

Link to the rest at TeleRead

Why I Work for Amazon: A Response

26 September 2015

From re/code:

I wouldn’t describe myself as outspoken. However, in the wake of the recent New York Times article about Amazon’s culture, I felt the need to contribute my voice to the conversation. Not because I seek to challenge other people’s experiences or because I have a remarkable story, but because I don’t. At least in my opinion, my story is representative for a lot of Amazonians.

We Amazonians are a different bunch. We hold ourselves to high standards and, even though we focus on data, we use anecdotes to verify and challenge our decisions. And so I found myself comparing and contrasting the Amazon portrayed in the article to the company where I feel privileged to have built my career.

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My work at Amazon has spanned many roles and functions. I started in October 1999 as a product manager in marketing. Back then, Amazon was a little Internet company with big potential facing a lot of skepticism about our prospects. But we were young and optimistic. Rather than listen to the skeptics, we focused deeply on our customers and delivered for them. The result was what we term a “high order” problem — customers appreciated our approach, and we grew quickly as a result.

In turn, I benefited from expanding job opportunities as the company grew. After spending a few years in marketing, and being promoted from product manager to group manager to director, I took a new position in our retail organization, where I launched new categories like Health & Personal Care, Beauty and Grocery, and was promoted to vice president. After that, I spent time building our softlines categories, led the physical media and Canada businesses, and spent two years acting as the CEO of Quidsi Inc., a subsidiary of Amazon. In April, I started my current role as vice president and technical adviser to the CEO.

. . . .

While my career was gaining momentum, so, too, was my personal life. During my time at Amazon, I have gotten married, endured the pain of a miscarriage, had two beautiful babies, enjoyed a sabbatical, and moved to New York and then back to Seattle to support my husband’s career and provide comfort to a gravely sick parent.

I started out thinking that I should share the details of my ups and downs and in-betweens as a way to shed light on what it feels like to be a professional woman at Amazon. But in the process of recording the life experiences I have had, I realized my story became pretty repetitive — in a positive way.

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In each life phase, I received support and understanding from co-workers and managers who gave me the flexibility I needed to balance the professional and the personal. It started in 2000, when my manager, now an executive on Jeff’s team, personally reached out to connect with my fiancé to ensure that we felt welcomed in Seattle. This human caring continued when my next manager showed great compassion following a miscarriage. Not only was the team supportive, but my manager enthusiastically endorsed my decision to take time off in the midst of a critical planning period so I could spend some time with my husband.

The support continued through the births of both of my children. On each occasion, I took a four-month maternity leave without it impacting my career path. In fact, when I was eight months pregnant with my first child, I was promoted to vice president — a major accomplishment within the ranks of Amazon. I recall initially wondering whether my pregnancy would factor into my promotion timing. I was happy that my concern was unfounded.

I again saw my manager’s commitment to me as a person when I was given the opportunity to take a six-week sabbatical to recharge with my family. Not once during the process was there discussion or suggestion that taking a sabbatical would harm my career. I was not the first (nor will I be the last) long-term employee to be afforded this type of flexibility in order to maintain work/life harmony.

Link to the rest at re/code

Here’s Why Amazon Will Continue To Gain Market Share In The U.S.

24 September 2015

From Forbes blogs:

Amazon‘s stock has surged by over 70% this year, as its results over the last few quarters have surpassed market expectations. Specifically, its results in the North American geography and in cloud services business have surprised on both top-line as well as bottom-line. We believe Amazon will continue to outperform the broader U.S. e-commerce market in the coming years, given its various competitive advantages, including the Amazon Prime program and a strong network of fulfillment and sortation centers. In addition, we believe the company’s continuous stream of innovations, such as the ‘Dash button’ and the use of drones to supply products could significantly bolster growth over the next 3-5 years. Simultaneously, we think Amazon will continue to win on product selection, prices, and customer experience, which are among the key factors that govern buying behavior in the online retail market.

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Loyal Customer Base Due To Amazon Prime Program: The ‘Amazon Prime’ program has seen strong growth over the past few years, and we expect this growth to sustain over the coming years. According to latest estimates by RBC Capital Markets, there could be 50 million Prime subscribers in the U.S., along with 60-80 million subscribers across the world. Prime subscribers are known to spend much more than other non-Prime subscribers, and their spending generally also rises with their time spent in the program. Hence, we think the Prime program will be a key factor that will strengthen Amazon’s sales in the U.S. market over the coming years.

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Continuous Stream Of Innovations Further Boosts Amazon’s Popularity: The continuous roll-out of innovations further makes the company a key favorite among customers in the North American region. Earlier this year, Amazon launched dash buttons which allow customers to order things with the click of a button. Recently, the company expanded this service across additional brands and made it free, further enhancing the attractiveness of this program. We believe such measures will go a long way in boosting Amazon’s top-line over the coming years, and will also make it stand out against its competitors in the market. Moreover, Amazon’s efforts to deliver products in record-time using drones, is another service to watch out for over the coming years, as it could further propel the company’s growth over the next 3-5 years.

Link to the rest at Forbes blogs

Continuous stream of innovations. PG tried to remember if he’d ever heard the term applied to the traditional publishing industry by an informed analyst. Maybe his memory is still sleepy this morning, but . . . .

Individual author earnings tracked across 7 quarters, Feb. 2014 – Sept. 2015

23 September 2015

From Author Earnings:

Seven quarters.

Seven Author Earnings reports.

Seven times we unleashed our software spider and took a detailed X-Ray of the majority of the US ebook market. Each time, we captured between 35% and 50% of all ebook sales in the US that day.

Over 200,000 authors, and close to a million different books.

Title-level data spanning half a billion ebook purchases, nearly $3 billion in consumer ebook spending, and a billion dollars in author earnings.

Quarter after quarter, we’ve tracked the fastest-growing and most volatile sector of the US publishing industry, and watched how it has shifted. And seen how the different sectors of the industry — from the Big Five traditional publishers and their smaller traditional-publishing peers to Amazon publishing imprints and self-published indie authors — have competitively fared.

But each of our quarterly snapshots, no matter how comprehensive, is only an X-Ray of the US ebook market at that exact moment. It’s what’s called a cross-sectional study. Like a freeze frame photo, it can only tell us how the ebook market is faring as a whole, rather than predicting the future prospects of any particular author along any particular publishing path. Because although every AE snapshot captures the sales of tens of thousands of authors — even hundreds of thousands of authors — each data set can only tell us how each individual author’s books happen to be selling at that precise instant in time.

The picture painted by each quarterly report, taken on its own, is thus necessarily incomplete.

They tell us nothing about the consistency of those individual authors’ earnings over time.

And if I’m an author deciding which publishing route to pursue, isn’t that what I’m really most interested in? Rather than broad comparisons of each publishing path’s total collective “market share”?

Publishing professionally, after all, is about building a readership and a long-term, decent-paying writing career. As an individual author, that’s really all I care about, regardless of which publication method I choose.

And that’s why single-quarter snapshots of the market, no matter how comprehensive, don’t tell me what I need to know.

Let say you’re a writer holding a completed manuscript, on the fence about which publishing path to pursue. The traditional path is undoubtedly the slower one — countless authors end up querying and submitting their work for decades, without ever landing a publishing contract. But for the relative few traditional aspirants who do, does that patience get rewarded with higher long-term stability than indie publishers see? And greater long-term income?

Does slow and steady actually win the race?

What if, for example, it turns out that traditionally published authors — as a result of their publishers’ superior marketing muscle — end up being steadier, more consistent earners quarter after quarter, just like the proverbial tortoise? And what if their bestselling indie peers are by contrast more like the proverbial hare, each of them briefly surging up the charts to be captured by our spider during their single fleeting moment of glory, only to be churned under once again and languish in non-selling obscurity thereafter, overwhelmed by the sheer teeming numbers of other indie hopefuls? What if each indie you see on the best seller charts is only king or queen for a day, or even a month or two, before their brief place in the sun is taken from them by the next lucky — and equally short-lived — indie contender?

Imagine that I’m an author deciding which way to publish my first book… or even my tenth book.

I’d kind of want to know that, right? And so, most likely, would you.

The thing we’d both really like to see is called a longitudinal study of author earnings, rather than a cross-sectional one. A study that tracks the earnings of those same individual authors over a longer period of time. And we’d especially like to see such a study done with a statistically well-defined and economically representative sample of authors — such as all authors whose books appeared on any Amazon best seller list over a seven-quarter period — rather than done based upon the self-selected responses of a handful of narrow-demographic, association-dues-paying survey participants.

Eighteen months ago, back in early 2014, at Author Earnings we took our first stab at tracking same-author earnings over time. With only two quarterly cross-sectional snapshots available to compare, the results were suggestive, but hardly conclusive.

We simply didn’t have enough data to work with, back then.

We do now.

A Longitudinal Study of Individual Author Earnings Over a 7-Quarter Period, from Feb. 2014 – Sept. 2015

By matching up author names across all seven of our quarterly snapshots, we were able to create a single, merged data set. It included over 200,000 authors and their cumulative seven-quarter sales and author earnings from the subset of their Kindle books which appeared on any Amazon best seller list or sub-list during any of our snapshots. It also included their Kindle best-seller sales and earnings broken down by each individual quarter.

Next, because we were only interested in comparing longer-term performance, we excluded “one-hit wonders” — i.e. authors whose author earnings from Amazon-bestseller-listed Kindle ebooks were not above a $10,000/year run rate in at least 2 different quarterly snapshots out of our 7. Perhaps some of these single-snapshot earners were indies that just happened to have their books captured on “Bookbub day”, or maybe some of them were traditionally-published authors whom Amazon happened to be deeply discounting for a few days, giving them a brief pop in sales. Either way, it means that we caught those authors on a particularly good day in one of our snapshots, which was not representative of their longer-term earnings.

That left us:

5,643 authors in our longitudinal data set — or roughly 2.8% of the original 200,000 — whose Kindle best-selling ebooks appearing on Amazon best seller lists were consistently earning them $10K/year or better.

Lest anyone get discouraged by that 5,643 number, keep in mind that it is only the visible tip of the iceberg: there are many, many other strong-selling authors and books that never appear on any of the Amazon Kindle best-seller lists. Those other writers don’t appear on Amazon’s best seller lists — and thus don’t appear in our data sets — because they happen to write in highly competitive genres where even dozens of sales per day are insufficient to allow a book to reach position #100 on any sub-genre best seller list. Thus those other books and authors are invisible to our spider. (Anecdotally, we’ve spoken to many of these “non-best-selling” mostly-indie authors who are earning five-figure incomes — sometimes six-figure incomes — from ebooks that never appeared on any Amazon best seller lists.)

And even for those 5,643 authors whose visible earnings from Kindle best sellers in our data sets exceeded $10K/year, many of them also had other Kindle books, too, which were NOT visible on the best seller lists. And thus their true overall Kindle ebook author earnings were higher than we show… to say nothing of their additional earnings from ebook sales at other retailers, audiobook sales (10% of the audiobooks on Amazon’s best seller lists are indie), and print sales (offset or POD).

But even so, it’s a meaningfully large and statistically representative sample, so without further ado, let’s jump in and take a look at the (best-selling) Kindle mid list.

The Kindle Mid-List


We’ll start with the steady $10K-or-better earners. Again, keep in mind that this is by no means all authors who are earning more than $10K+/year, nor even all authors earning that much just from their US ebooks, nor yet even all authors earning that much from only their Kindle ebooks. These are authors earning $10K+/year consistently from only that subset of their Kindle books that appear on the Amazon best seller lists.

For now, we’ll focus only on the leftmost set of bars, which include all authors regardless of how long they’ve been publishing.

The first thing that stands out from the chart is that there are many thousands of such consistent five-figure-earning “Kindle Midlisters” visible in the data — both traditionally published (purple) and indie published (blue). And as we’ll see in the charts that follow, almost half of these 5,600 authors — over 2,200 of them — are consistently making $25K/year or more on their Kindle bestsellers, and more than a fifth of them — over 1,200 authors in the data set — are making $50K/year or more on their Kindle best sellers alone.

Once earnings from their other non-bestselling Kindle books, other ebook retailers, and other formats such as audio and print are factored in, it’s safe to say that most of these 5,600 writers in our longitudinal data set are making a living wage from their writing.

The two bar charts below tally up the numbers of authors making $25K/year or more, and those making $50K/year or more, from best-seller-listed Kindle ebooks alone. At each of these higher income levels, we further tightened up our requirements for observable earnings consistency. To be included in the charts below, each of these authors not only had to have total 7-quarter earnings at that yearly level or above, their earnings each quarter also had to exceed that of the previous level in at least 4 of our 7 quarterly snapshots.

Let’s take a look:



The leftmost set of bars in every chart includes <i>all</i> authors earning at or above a given level, regardless of their earliest publication date. The left-most purple bar is thus where we’ll find traditional publishing’s longest-tenured and highest-selling authors: names like James Patterson, Nora Roberts, Lee Child, David Baldacci, Janet Evanovich, John Grisham, and Stephen King.

The left-most blue bar is also worth a mention. Prior to 2009 indie authors were a niche phenomenon, with very limited access to mainstream readers. Six short years later, there are more than half as many indie authors earning steady midlist-or-better incomes from their Kindle ebook bestsellers as there are among ALL traditionally-published authors — even with all of those perennial traditional-publishing name-brand heavyweights, who spent decades atop the old-media best seller lists, also tipping the ebook scales.

So let’s take a look at the other sets of bars, moving across the charts from left to right, because that’s where things start to get really interesting.

When you look only at authors who started publishing less than a decade ago — in 2005 or later — the gap between the numbers of indie and traditionally published authors earning midlist-or-better incomes nearly disappears. Fast work, considering that none of those indies had widespread access to readers until 2010, giving their traditionally-published cohort-mates a five-year head start.

In fact, if we look at only authors who debuted in the “ebook era” — i.e. in 2010 or after — we see a reversal. At each annual earnings level, we find far more indies than traditionally-published authors who debuted in the last 5 years and are now earning that much or more.

If we look at the most recent debuts — authors whose first Kindle book was published in the last three years or so — the disparity grows:

There are fewer than half as many traditionally published authors as indie authors who debuted in the last 3 years and are now earning consistently at the $25K/year level or $50K/year level from Kindle ebooks.

This, then, is the world that all new entrants — whether traditionally published or indie — face in 2015. If you’re a debut author in 2015 with a manuscript in hand, or even an experienced author regaining the rights to your backlist or starting out with a fresh pen name, when choosing your publishing route it’s that right-most set of bars in every one of these charts that is today most relevant to you.

But what if you are destined to be more than a mid-lister? You don’t want to sell your work short. Isn’t it still worth being patient and pursuing the traditional route, to have a better shot at truly stellar earnings?

Surprisingly, as we move into six-figure-earning territory and beyond, the contrast between indie ebook earnings and traditionally-published ebook earnings becomes even more stark.

Link to the rest at Author Earnings

PG says you’ll be interested in the comparisons between trad pub and indie authors earning $250,000, $500,000 and over $1,000,000 per year from Kindle bestsellers. It’s not a pretty story for trad pub.

PG will also note that AE used a very conservative methodology to calculate earnings for indie authors. The true numbers and incomes will be higher in each of the earnings categories.

Amazon Prime Memberships Drop To $67 On Friday Only

23 September 2015

From TechCrunch:

Amazon is always looking for ways to boost the numbers of Amazon Prime customers, whether that’s by holding a Black Friday-like “Prime Day” sales event or bundling in subscriptions alongside Amazon hardware, as it attempted with the launch of its own Fire Phone devices. This morning, the online retailer has a new gimmick – its dropping the price for Amazon Prime to just $67 in a one-day sale starting on Friday, September 25th at 12:01 AM ET, and ending at 11:59 PM PT.

The company says the sale will last for only 24 hours, as it’s a limited time offer.

. . . .

Typically, Amazon Prime memberships, which also include free, 2-day shipping on over 20 million items, access to the Kindle Lending Library, Prime Music, unlimited photo storage, and more, cost $99. That means this price drop is actually a pretty good deal for those looking to sign up. The offer is available at Transparent Prime.

Link to the rest at TechCrunch

PG was an early adopter of Prime and has happily continued to renew each year.

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