Visual Relationships at Amazon.com
- Here's an interesting visual implementation of the Amazon API. It's almost like flipping through books on the shelf. What's next? A 3D bookstore rendered on the Quake engine?
Looking for a nursery theme? Try the John Lennon Collection
& John Lennon Musical Parade
. These products are based on his drawings of stylized animals. Imagine what Yoko Ono and the Lennon Estate come up with next.
I Wish, You Wish
Nifty site that scours wishlists (Amazon and others) of bloggers and puts them all in one convenient place, sorted by either birthday or alphabetically.
Henry Raddick's Amazon Reviews
are among the most insidiously hilarious works I've seen in some time. From his review of "McDonald Happy Meal Toys From The Nineties: With Price Guide"
: "An essential guide for the fast food promotional toy collector, this fine book lists each and every one of the toys given away with Happy meals in the 90s. If you choked on it, it's in here. It even had listings and recent auction prices for some of that weird "McCrying Game" merchandising. A must. " Indeed.
CDNow cedes operations to Amazon.com.
While looking up some 'non-traditional' Christmas music
, I noticed this site's
layout looked oddly familiar. Is there reason for concern about the fact that Amazon is taking over shop for it's rival
or is this an example of using what's the 'best' in a competitive market
"Customers who bought this product from Amazon also bought
fake recommendations? Yes, Amazon just admitted
algorithms don't work alone in the recommendations and shopping histories department. What happened is that, besides betraying those of us who thought recommendations were made by objective software, strange things started to happen at the store. Like the one Joshua Allen wrote about on his blog (Better Living Through Software
): while trying to buy the book Essential.NET
, he received the following hint
: "people who shopped for this product also wear clean underwear
". It's not an algorithm, it's a super-algorithm with x-ray vision.
your Ginger today! Amazon scores exclusive selling rights, apparently.
Previously mentioned here
, a year ago. "Got your own Web site? Got an Amazon wishlist? If the answer to both of these is yes, and you like the idea of giving and receiving, you should definitely sign up."
Well, it's that time of year again.
People continually invent new games to play with Google and Amazon.com to find curious content and excercise the system. First there was Google Whacking (here
Then there was Google fighting
Google image whacking
, and Google poetry
What similar games have you played, invented, or enjoyed?
You Shall Know Our Velocity,
but you shall not buy it from Amazon or other large booksellers. The new novel by Dave Eggers is out. The reviews have come in quite positively (Time
, SF Chronicle
, among others). The main topic of discussion, though, is not the quality
of the book, but the ego/stance/plan
of Dave Eggers to not publish and sell it more widely (only 10,000 copies on first run). Will Dave Eggers succeed at NOT being a major commercial success, or will it happen despite his best efforts?
Use P2P? You might be unknowingly stealing money from one of your favorite websites. Add-on software that come with the programs divert commission money from affiliate sales
on popular websites like Amazon.com to the creators of the file sharing programs. Follow the link for instructions on how to uninstall the software. Yet another reason I use KaZaa Lite
. I've got to get those MST3K episodes
"Plugs in the City"
My Spock like left eyebrow went up questioningly at the ease with which Charlotte York discreetly ordered her embarrassing book with 1-click® shopping.
She was going to buy it at the books store with Miranda, who had just come from a Weight Watchers®
meeting and was trying to resist the cravings for Krispy Kreme®
. Mmmm... original glazed is my favorite, too. While I enjoy the fact that HBO doesn't have commercials, I thought that is why I paid $20 a month. Some how I prefer real ads to this insidious crap
. It was creepy and also destroyed a lot of the immersion of the show for me. The whole episode seemed stilted and odd.
is project powered by amazon's SOAP API
, with a design and interaction reminiscent of Google's clean no-frills approach. Pretty cool and clean way to use the site (without annoying popups or gold box offers).
Amazon does a Google! APIs for everyone!
Cool. Now you can access Amazon's wealth of information via SOAP. This is great news for affiliates who could, potentially, create their own seamless Amazon.com. Amazon even gives some ideas
for what cool stuff you could do with the info, including linking keywords from weblogs to their products.
Reminds me of
Is this a win-win for all parties, or is Amazon just angling to try and grab yet another slice of the pie? (Via Yahoo! News.)
Alexa, the internet depository that lead to things like the wayback machine
was acquired by Amazon some time ago. A new service, Alexa Web Search
joins the power of Alexa's archive with Amazon's proven interface and feature set with Google's killer-app level searching power. The results are fairly impressive
, adding a related sites layer that may actually help folks browsing the web (as opposed to direct searching). [via anil
Amazon List: Bands whose keyboards players slept with my ex girlfriend
I found out about Henry Raddick through Slate's
"Other web sites". He's written over 300 reviews, far from the record holder who has over 3,000, but the titles he chooses. His main list
includes "Guide to Bovine Clinics", "Patrick Swayze" and the always popular "Carrion and Dung : The Decomposition of Animal Wastes (The Institute of Biology's Studies in Biology, No. 156)"
Obligatory FadeToBlack Unintentionally Funny Site Post #3
Collect them all while there's still flesh on the bones of this decomposing Equine!
Really though, Amazon can be so precious--check out the customer reviews: One day it just happened... I realized I was at a dead end. My job, my finances, my relationships - DEAD END. Surfing the net one evening, I was strangely drawn to this book on Amazon's site. Though the anal constriction theme was a bit odd, I thought, "Hey that goodbye depression thing is for me!" It suddenly came to me - what better way to pull myself out of a "dead end" than to liven my "end" up through this boot camp for the bootie?
Whew! Almost as good as the ones for The Ultimate Guide To Anal Sex For Women
, for example. No, I'm not
linking that one!
Authors Guild seeks to stop Amazon from selling used books.
It's the analog version of RIAA vs. Napster!
"Amazon's practice does damage to the publishing industry, decreasing royalty payments to authors and profits to publishers. In time, as we pointed out to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos when it first began this practice over a year ago, the financial loss to the industry could affect the quality and diversity of literature made available through booksellers. If profits suffer, publishers will cut their investments in new works, and authors facing reduced advances and royalties will have to find other ways to earn income. "
Read Jeff Bezos' email to Amazon Associate Members
David Brock's book "Blinded by the Right
" chronicles the laundry list of illegality he took part in as a part of the conservative machine, smearing both Anita Hill and Bill Clinton during the 1990's. He claims all the ridiculous things you've heard about "vast right-wing conspiracies" were true
, and that it's time the truth come out. Is this guy for real, or blowing smoke up our collective asses?
According to Amazon,
Photoshop 7 is shipping on April 20. The list price is $149 (same as direct from Adobe), and they've got a $20 mail-in rebate
on Photoshop (and a bunch of other programs) until April 25. Plus, you can get free shipping if you select Super Saver Shipping. Can't wait...I just need this and Flash MX and I'll be all OS X, all the time.
gifts for laid-off .com employees (amazon listmania)
sort of old news, but saw this and thought it was odd. didn't really think anything was funny except for the dr. seuss book, in an awful way, but maybe it wasn't meant to be funny.
I knew amazon sold bollox,
but this IS cool. You must be over 10 to play Bollox though. I wonder if you can shout "Bollox" if you win instead of if you loose.
Amazon Easter Egg
--Click on "Directory of All Stores" near the bottom, then scroll down to the copyright notice at the bottom. Under the "1996" is an invisible link which will take you to the farewell page for one of their employees.
Want to be the first kid on the block to own a Segway?
Amazon and Dean Kamen are auctioning off three of them. All proceeds go to Dean's non-profit organization, FIRST
Ask and you shall receive.
Move over, Amazon Honor System! Now you can sign up for a one-click service that lets visitors to your Web site donate something you'll really
appreciate: oral sex. Best of all, they don't keep a percentage of your donations like Amazon and PayPal do.
Fake profits are causing the stock market to descend. Could someone explain to me the meaningful difference between Enron and Amazon.com?
One company recently reported fake profits of $5 million, while having billions in debt. Enron, well...no profits either, and billions in debt. So why is Amazon.com considered "promising"? Enron had a revenue stream too.... Prediction: Amazon.com's stock will be "revalued" sharply lower as people get lucid about real profits and as the accounting/profit scandals spread.
The Brand Called You:
Amazon lists the author of Cascading Style Sheets 2.0 Programmer's Reference
as “Eric A. Cascading Style Sheets Meyer”
Whatever Next? Amazon Makes A Profit!
Having lost $3 billion so far, Amazon Books has just posted its first-ever profit of $5 million. Perhaps it was thanks to the new machines
they bought to replace more workers.(this last link req. NYT reg.
) How would you
spend it if you were Jeff Bezos? And what does it mean: has the tide turned or not?
For the Amazon obsessed author or others interested in Amazon rankings
When Amazon said it was going to diversify, who knew that they meant vibrators!
They've done so well establishing themselves as THE place to go when looking for books online. Why is it that they think that they have to sell XXX stuff to finally turn a profit?
Is it really impossible to make money on an eCommerce site without delving into the world of Adult accessories? I'm not judging, I'm just asking.
Just in case you need more information than the Internet Movie Database
provides, there's now a subscription version with advanced features like STARmeter and MOVIEmaker (billed as proprietary algorithms). Is Amazon about to take on Variety
? Or is IMDB not selling enough videos with the click throughs?
The latest Holt Uncensored is a review of online book stores from various regions of the U.S., including Boulder Bookstore
, with its "invaluable subsites," YogaSight.com and BuddhaSight.com, Square Books
where "You'll feel almost set down in the hot and leafy Courthouse Square of Oxford, Mississippi," Amazon Bookstore Cooperative
("not *that* Amazon [but] the oldest independent feminist bookstore in North America" (in Minneapolis) - and a dozen more. Do you have a favorite that was left out?
With Amazon now
selling magazines it became slightly easier to buy them. They also can be the gift that keeps on giving. What's everyone's favorite magazine(s)
, and why?
Got your own Web site? Got an Amazon wishlist? If the answer to both of these is yes, and you like the idea of giving and receiving, you should definitely sign up.
Amazon screws up bag promotion.
Amazon messes up a 'Buy this camera and get that bag free" promotion to be "Buy this bag and get that camera free." As a result you can get a $350 Minolta Maxxum SLR for $40. We'll see how long this lasts. I know that when the airlines made this mistake, they had to honor it.
Modern Humorist's "Rough Draft: Pop Culture the Way it Almost Was" is finally available.
A few samples are here
. And while I like the Modern Humorist
and enjoyed their first book
I'm partial to The Onion's "Our Dumb Century"
as the funniest.book.ever. As I brace for the sarcastic responses, what do you
think is the funniest book ever written?
Amazon's new Look Inside feature
allows you to see images of selected pages and excerpts from books. Now if only they could get that latte to flow through the cat-5...
Dark is Rising (Amazon link) by Susan Cooper.
This book, about an 11 year old boy, was given to me by my oldest sister when I turned 11. Now that I have kids of my own, I look forward to passing this book on to my son when he turns 11. Any other age-appropriate books that stand out in your mind, particularly if given when you were the age of the lead character?
added a new tab to it's menubar. And it's got MY name on it!
Amazon's Red Cross donation page
as pointed to by arielmeadow in the big thread. This deserves front page treatment.
Read what Newt does.
Or not. Newt Gingrich offers his book reviews
on Amazon. Who knows, maybe he is saving up his associates fees for a barbecue grill
Environmentally Correct Dance Party Set for Amazon.
"Brazil's lush Amazon rain forest may be best known for its isolated Indian tribes and abundant wildlife, but local officials hope it will soon be a hotbed of techno music ... [the] four-day 'rave' that is expected to lure tens of thousands of clubbers from around the world to all-night 'environmentally correct' dance parties." Can any one give me a ride?
AOL can (potentially) buy out Amazon.
Now the question is, what would the new company be called? I vote for "AOL Times Amazon."
AOL gives pre-ICU infusion to Amazon.
Jeff, baby. It's over. Your place as an e-commerce pioneer is secure, but face it, selling mass-market atoms on the Web was never going to work.
is essentially going against the will of the MPAA by offering
(followed the link from the Thirteen Days
dvd) information regarding a work around to RCE (which prevents Region 1 dvd's from being played on region free dvd players). It's funny how the MPAA has taken 2600
to court because they posted links to DeCSS but they haven't made any moves against Amazon. CSS isn't protection against copying, it's really just used to prevent
people from importing dvd's.
Amazon Stops Free Shipping.
After only 2 weeks, Amazon.com stops free shipping for orders with two or more items. (At least they rememberd to lower the prices they raised in order to be financially able to offer this promotion.)
Amazon stopped their free shipping promotion right as Barnes and Noble's website offered a similar offer. Is Amazon going to be able to compete with B&N? Is the end near for Amazon? Or is Amazon sufficiently love-marked enough to withstand shipping costs?
Update on Bezos' recent clash of interests (shock, horror..) book review
Amazon's announces "free" shipping
I have been shopping on Amazon for over 3 years. When I buy books, music and DVDs, I buy on average $80 worth of entertainment. Today I received a order of 10 books. I used the "Wait until order is ready" service because I preordered Neil Gaiman's new book. The total for my books was $123.26 with shipping of $13.39 making
the grand total $136.65.
I was shopping Amazon tonight and saw their new free shipping notice. My first though was great! Then when I went to look for some books, I noticed the 20% off prices were no more. Now they are full price or 10%. I searched around and found the total for the books I just purchased using your new pricing. The grand total of my order would now
be $147.91 with free shipping. An increase of $11.26 or 8 percent.
I am a fan of Amazon but not a fan of their thinly veiled attempt to raise prices using the bait-and-switch approach taken from offline stores. Nothing is ever 'free.' I know Amazon wants to be profitable by Q4, but this pricing is too aggressive. The email for feedback is firstname.lastname@example.org. Voice your opinion about this offering. Is it warranted?