No more freebie ebooks? Not a great thing for those of us who download a lot of them, but Amazon is about to start penalizing sites that point their affiliate links primarily toward free downloads. I don’t expect this will – at all – keep people from using free promos as a sales tool, but it is definitely going to have an impact on these freebie sites, who obviously are hoping that while you are there picking up the freebie, you’ll buy something and they’ll get a commission for it. Details at GoodeReader.com. Although this penalty will only kick in with some pretty hefty downloading, the start date for this new penalty is March 1st.
Speaking of paying, how much more would you pay for a DRM-free book? When you consider many indie authors don’t place DRM restrictions (I certainly don’t) on their ebooks anyway, I suppose it only matters if you purchase mainstream ebooks for your reading device. However,DigitalBookWorld.com has a test running. Head over there to see which will come out more successful. My nickel is on the DRM-free, even if it costs a little bit more. (Though my thoughts are: boo on the extra payment required. When you go to the store and buy a physical paperback or hardback book, you don’t have to pay extra if you plan to loan it to someone else, do you? I think this is eventually going to come back and bite authors where it hurts, but I am not yet sure exactly how).
Amazon Cloud Player – available now in your car? Starting last week, Ford SYNC Applink-equipped vehicles have made this service available for your audio listening pleasure. Is this a step toward making Kindle content also available through your vehicle? I guess time will tell, but Amazon’s not (yet) telling more than what you will see in this link to help.
And finally, Mashable.com is wondering whether Amazon should take pity on Radio Shack and just buy it to put it out of its misery. Since Amazon has instituted the “locker” concept for quickly and safely delivering items people have ordered, Mashable thinks RS stores might be a great place to further implement the idea.
How would you feel about going to your local Radio Shack to pick up items you ordered from Amazon?