Number of Self-Published Titles Jumped 40% in 2018
- Bowker measures the size of the market based on the number ISBN’s registered and thus does not include self-published e-books by Amazon’s Kindle division, which uses an Amazon identifier.
- Amazon is considered to be largest publisher of self-published e-books, even if no number is available.
- Amazon’s CreateSpace division dominates the print self-publishing market, with 1.4 million self-published print titles last year, up from 929.290 in 2017.
- Excluding Amazon, the top e-book self-publisher last year was Smashwords, which released nearly 72,000 titles, down 3% from 2017.
- “As more authors take advantage of the abundant tools now available to publish, distribute, and market their own books, we expect that self-publishing will continue to grow at a steady pace,” Barblan said.
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Sears is charging $99 annually for an Amazon Prime-style membership with 50% off car services, 20% off clothes, and free appliance delivery
- Sears is launching a paid membership program that offers steep discounts on car services, clothing, appliances, plumbing services, and more.
- The program, called Sears Plus, launched recently in select markets and will roll out nationally in the coming months, said Rob Gerlach, divisional vice president of member relationship management at Sears parent company Transformco.
- By comparison, Amazon Prime — which offers free, two-day delivery and a host of media content — costs $119 annually.
- Sears Plus is more focused on discounts than shipping, though it does offer free delivery and haul-aways of large appliances and mattresses.
- Sears also offers free delivery for all shoppers for most online purchases costing more than $59.
- The company's calculation assumes that a member would spend about $500 (before the discounts) on clothing, shoes, and bedding, and use the discounted car and appliance delivery services.
Mark Hurd, Oracle CEO Who Led Three Tech Companies, Dies
- Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG.
- Patrick Oster (Bloomberg) -- Mark Hurd, who was chief executive officer of three major technology companies including Oracle Corp., has died.
- 11 that Hurd had begun a leave of absence for unspecified heath-related reasons.
- Hurd began his career in 1980 as a salesman for National Cash Register Corp.
- Hurd joined Oracle as a co-president in 2010, after resigning from HP when it determined he violated company standards by filing inaccurate expense reports to conceal a personal relationship with a contractor.
- During his Oracle tenure, Hurd produced solid revenue and profits as the Redwood City, California-based company’s stock price hit an historic high in 2019.
- He was also a key driver in Oracle’s turn from an old model of licensing software toward the use of cloud computing, a burgeoning business dominated by rivals Amazon.com Inc. and Microsoft Corp.
- Hurd was co-president at Oracle with Safra Catz.
Amazon Releases New Public Data Set to Help Address “Cocktail Party” Problem
- Maarten Van Segbroeck, an applied scientist in the Alexa International group and first author on the associated paper, cowrote this post with Zaid Ahmed.
- Amazon today announced the public release of a new data set that will help speech scientists address the difficult problem of separating speech signals in reverberant rooms with multiple speakers.
- Each participant was outfitted with a headset microphone, which captured a clear, speaker-specific signal.
- Also dispersed around the room were five devices with seven microphones each, which fed audio signals directly to an administrator’s laptop.
- The data set we are releasing includes both the raw audio from each of the seven microphones in each device and the headset signals.
- The headset signals provide speaker-specific references that can be used to gauge the success of speech separation systems acting on the signals from the microphone arrays.
The outcry over deaths on Amazon's warehouse floor
- In September, Billy Foister, a 48-year-old Amazon warehouse worker, passed away after a heart attack at work.
- According to his brother, an Amazon human resources representative informed him at the hospital that Billy had lain on the floor for 20 minutes before receiving treatment from Amazon’s internal safety responders.
- According to 911 call records, a 60-year-old picker went into cardiac arrest on the job on 20 March 2019 and was found unconscious.
- Amazon also denied providing delayed medical attention to Billy Foister, though it’s not the first time the company has been accused of providing delayed medical attention to a warehouse worker during a cardiac arrest.
- In January 2019, the widow of 57-year-old Thomas Becker filed a lawsuit against Amazon, alleging management delayed medical attention during a cardiac arrest while Becker worked at a Joliet, Illinois, Amazon warehouse in 2017.
Amazon’s new weapon to crush competition: $1 items delivered for free — by tomorrow
- Or maybe they’d have to pair a single stick of deodorant — as a so-called “add-on” item — with other goods in an order to hit a $25 minimum before Amazon would qualify the purchase for Amazon Prime fast shipping.
- Now, however, the combination of these changes, coupled with Amazon recently speeding up Prime shipping from two days to one, means that Amazon could become the go-to retailer for a category of regularly consumed household items that it has yet to deeply penetrate.
- It’s all a reminder that Amazon’s size and power mean that when it makes seemingly innocuous changes, like letting you buy a tube of toothpaste with free next-day shipping, it triggers a series of consequences: for brands selling on its platform, for traditional retailers trying to survive, and, potentially, for this planet.
New NVIDIA Shield Android TV streaming device leaks via Amazon listing
- An Amazon listing for a new NVIDIA Shield Pro set-top streaming device went live briefly before being taken down, showing a familiar hardware design, a new remote control, and listing some of the forthcoming feature updates new to this generation of hardware.
- The feature photos for the listing show a new remote control, which has a pyramid-like design, as well as a lot more dedicated buttons on the face.
- This Amazon page certainly paints a comprehensive picture of what to expect, and it looks like a compelling update to be sure.
- This is different, however, and features a Shield TV device (no ‘Pro’ in the name) that has almost all the same specs, but a much smaller design that includes a microSD card, and seems to have half the amount of on-board storage (8GB vs 16GB) and a retail price of around $150.
Here’s the pitch deck a Stanford professor used to raise $52.5 million from top VCs for his AI startup Sisu, which was named by his mom
- His goal was to figure out "how do we make machine learning, not just more accurate, but also more useful." Sisu is a cloud startup that uses AI to help companies process massive amounts of data to quickly gain useful insights for running a business.
- The San Francisco-based company came out of stealth mode this week as it unveiled its data analytics platform for the first time.
- It also said it has secured a $52.5 million Series B funding from investors that include NEA and Andreessen Horowitz.
- Sisu highlights the trend of cloud startups building tools that help businesses process and make more use of massive amounts of data they are storing in the cloud, usually on data warehousing platforms such as Snowflake, Amazon Redshift and Google BigQuery.
- Bailis said Sisu is looking to offer more sophisticated tools to help businesses manage a constantly increasing amount of data.
This is the test Amazon uses to decide which ideas are worth turning into new products
- And while Amazon's product portfolio may be larger and more diverse than ever, there's a simple process the company uses to figure out which ideas are worthy of becoming real products: writing a press release.
- This is what has come to be known as the "working backwards document" within Amazon, a mock press release that describes the product and the problem it's trying to solve.
- Daniel points to the Echo Studio, a high-end version of the company's smart speaker that offers improved sound quality over the standard model, as an example of a new product that was created using this process.
- The report, which reveals Amazon's ambitions to create its own grocery store that would be separate from Whole Foods, opens with snippets from an internal memo from 2017 outlining the company's vision for new type of supermarket.
'What is an Amazon Fire TV Stick?': Amazon's portable streaming device, explained
- The Amazon Fire TV Stick is a streaming video player sold by Amazon.
- Similar in many ways to the Roku Streaming Stick, the Fire TV stick is the entry-level product in Amazon's streaming media player family, priced at about $40.
- The Fire TV Stick is shaped like an oversized USB flash drive and plugs directly into a TV's HDMI video input.
- That includes all the streaming services you are most familiar with, including Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Netflix, and HBO Now, along with network TV apps, sports, and, of course, thousands of less common niche channels you may not be familiar with.
- You simply need to plug the Fire TV stick into its supplied power adapter and then plug the stick into your TV's HDMI video input.
- After that, setup is largely complete; you'll just need to add and log into any streaming channels you use (like Netflix, Hulu, and so on).