Peter Kafka

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Amazon Says Kindle Selling Faster. Than What? Good Question!

Amazon, which seems to specialize in not disclosing any real numbers about its Kindle business, is at it again. Via press release, the retailer says that the e-reader’s sales are…growing! Specifically: “Kindle device unit sales accelerated each month in the second quarter–both on a sequential month-over-month basis and on a year-over-year basis.” One slightly more helpful data point from Jeff Bezos, via the same release: “The growth rate of Kindle device unit sales has tripled since we lowered the price from $259 to $189.” Your move, Barnes & Noble, Nook, et al.


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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus