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Amazon Offers Cut of Ebook Sales To Book Stores Selling Kindle 80

nk497 writes with this excerpt from PC Pro "Amazon plans to give independent booksellers 10% of the takings from ebooks bought on Kindles they sell, the online giant has revealed. The new Amazon Source program aims to encourage independent bookstores and small retailers to sell Kindle readers by offering commission for the first two years of the device's life. As an alternative to the 10% kickback from book sales, retailers opting into the Amazon Source program can choose instead to receive a larger discount up front when buying the devices for resale."
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Amazon Offers Cut of Ebook Sales To Book Stores Selling Kindle

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  • What's the typical lifespan of a kindle?
    That sounds like a good deal if people do change HW every couple years, not sure what the fineprint says (I can't RTFA).

    • by tapi0 ( 2805569 )
      Dunno about typical but I and many people I know have had one for around 3yrs. tbh, unless the screen is damaged I can see it going on for some time yet
      • by 0123456 ( 636235 )

        Dunno about typical but I and many people I know have had one for around 3yrs. tbh, unless the screen is damaged I can see it going on for some time yet

        I think mine is about three years now and has one black spot on the screen where something poked it. The two killers will be the screen, as you said, or the battery; I don't think it's replaceable.

        • If you're careful you can open the unit to replace the battery, they have a connector on them. You have to get your hands on a replacement, though - it's not exactly a AAA battery. When my first (I'm still on the second) kindle "died" (i had an oopsie) I salvaged to 4-way stick switch, battery, and SIM - each easily replaceable if you have the part handy.

          • I don't think the percentage of the market willing to crack open a Kindle to replace the battery is large enough to bother considering in forecasting.
      • by colesw ( 951825 )
        I'm also just over the three year mark on my original kindle. No plans on replacing it unless the screen messed up, or I can't read for at least a week without charging.
    • by jsrjsr ( 658966 ) on Wednesday November 06, 2013 @01:57PM (#45346991)
      First one -- two months. Second one -- eight months so far. Learn not to leave it laying on seating areas and it will last longer. ;^)
    • by Salgak1 ( 20136 )

      Can't speak to LIFESPAN of Kindles, but recently bought a lot of 80 re-conditioned Kindle 3G's, and am finding about a 5% failure rate out of the box.

      And, while not a Kindle,I have a first-flight Nook Color reader (~ 2 1/2 years old), and the battery performance is off significantly, to the point where it requires daily charging. Of course, it's backlit, color, and is a walled-garden Android minitablet, so the charge cycle is going to be a lot higher than an e-Ink Kindle. . .

    • Sell a Kindle now and get maybe 2-3 years of kickbacks from Amazon. After that time, the user is comfortable with Amazon and just orders their next upgraded Kindle direct. Book store ends up cut out completely.
      • Not necessarily.

        There's still a definite class of books that can't be Kindled - coffee-table photo-books as one example, and those that just belong on a bookshelf somewhere. There's also something to be said for having a storefront to take your hardware problem to, even if they just throw it in a box and ship it to Amazon for you behind the scenes. Also potential for a graceful "warrantied replacement/upgrade" mechanism where you could bring in your old/problem Kindle and have it immediately replaced with

    • by geek ( 5680 )

      I bought the first Kindle ages ago. Still works like a charm. I then bought the first Kindle Touch, works flawlessly still. I recently bought the new Kindle Paperwhite and honestly can't see myself ever getting rid of it. I actually replaced my Nexus 7 with the Kindle Paperwhite because I'm going Google free and frankly, I hate reading on LCD's. E-Ink is perfect for me.

    • by hAckz0r ( 989977 )

      What's the typical lifespan of a kindle?

      I've had my Kindle 2 since Feb 2009, so four+ years and counting, of using it daily.

      Every day, to work and back it reads to me via text-to-speach while I am driving. Its the best text-to-speech I have come across. I don't think the newer ones (aka fire) can do what I want, so I'm not trading it in. The bubble membrane keyboard, with a few snips of tape for tactile location of the proper keys, allows me to operate it without having to be distracted. I never need to look at it. The touch interface kindles

      • I still have my Kindle 2 also. Still works great. I use it on my morning/evening commute and normally for a while before bed. The free 3G still works. Some of the keys are getting worn but I don't intend replacing it soon.
    • by Lumpy ( 12016 )

      Mine is 4 years old and still going strong, use it daily and still takes a week to need a recharge.

  • I agree that 10% sounds low, but its better than nothing. Why would a store want to sell a product that affects their business model? Now if said store got a kickback from it....

    It also keeps bookstores from having to stock as many physical books. I am not sure what the percentage rate a store gets from selling a physical book, but I can certainly see this being an attractive offer for many B&M stores.

  • The marketing maxim "give away the razor, sell the blades" now seems to be "slit your throat by selling the razor."
  • Seems right.... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by wbr1 ( 2538558 ) on Wednesday November 06, 2013 @01:57PM (#45346987)
    Sell this device now and get a cut for immediate gain. Watch as devices sold slowly render your main business dead, and only have residual income after that.
    • Re:Seems right.... (Score:4, Insightful)

      by ScentCone ( 795499 ) on Wednesday November 06, 2013 @02:02PM (#45347061)

      Watch as devices sold slowly render your main business dead

      Which is going to happen to that retail store whether or not the devices are bought through them. Why not get a piece of the action while your business is failing anyway? Sell e-readers, and use the proceeds to tune up your coffee lounge area.

      • Which is going to happen to that retail store whether or not the devices are bought through them. Why not get a piece of the action while your business is failing anyway?

        If your selling enough kindles to make that 10% actually mean something then you have enough walk in traffic to not need that 10% incentive. Not to mention, when you sell a kindle to your bookstore patron you are pushing your patrons to use Amazon instead. You just told your customers to go ahead and make your future purchases with Amazon b

    • by SuperKendall ( 25149 ) on Wednesday November 06, 2013 @02:35PM (#45347411)

      I don't understand why the new model for local book stores is not clear to everyone. It is this; local bookstores are essentially places to browse books to see what you want, then thy can earn money either of direct sales from the location (which is very much going to happen in the cases of gifts) or from affiliate revenue.

      Gifts alone are not enough revenue to cut it; buying a Kindle from your local affiliate is a whole new stream of revenue that is likely enough to keep a store afloat. All the store has to do is figure out a way to entice people to buy Kindle's from the store and they get two-three years of recurring revenue as the owner buys books even if they never return to the store!

      Book stores would also be smart to place QR stickers on each book that provided an affiliate link to purchase the book on Amazon.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    In other news, the local turkey farm has now opened for Christmas.

    Turkeys have been offered extra feed if they are prepared to wear bright red hats and suits, and wander around singing christmas carols.

  • It may seem harmless at first glance. But this is analogous to the problem we're having with cable TV - where the company which owns the delivery hardware is also the company which is selling you the content.

    For this to work properly, the delivery infrastructure has to remain separate from the product being delivered. That's what we do with electricity and gas. For efficiency purposes, one company owns the power lines or the gas pipes. But they're not allowed to discriminate against electricity and g
  • We can read and still enjoy the vanilla'esqe smell of a nice old used book store.

    Good move Amazon. Go once step further, and let them sell kindle books and keep 10%.

Adding manpower to a late software project makes it later. -- F. Brooks, "The Mythical Man-Month"