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TVs sold by Amazon and Best Buy ‘contain chemicals banned in Europe’

Popular brands of televisions sold by Amazon and Best Buy in the US contain potentially hazardous flame retardants linked to health problems including cancers and learning difficulties, according to a new report. Six Toshiba and Insignia brand TVs, made in partnership with Amazon and Best Buy respectively, sampled by public health campaign groups contained organohalogens, […]

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Fraudulent Tactics on Amazon Marketplace

Last August, Zac Plansky woke to find that the rifle scopes he was selling on Amazon had received 16 five-star reviews overnight. Usually, that would be a good thing, but the reviews were strange. The scope would normally get a single review a day, and many of these referred to a different scope, as if […]

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Amazon deletes my picture ebooks for children

Amazon notified me today they removed my picture ebooks for children. My picture ebooks for children all contained coloring book type images of characters or scenes at the end of the ebook which could be printed out. I felt this was a chance for a child to practice coloring. Amazon obviously disagrees as it bans […]

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Goodbye privacy, hello ‘Alexa’: Amazon Echo, the home robot who hears it all

The Guardian has an article on the latest Amazon device to snoop on your privacy, which Amazon calls ‘Amazon Echo’. Here is part of the article. The full article is available at the link at bottom of page. It was not that Alexa seemed human, exactly, or evoked the operating system voiced by Scarlett Johansson […]

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Threesome word puzzles ebook for Amazon Kindle

My Threesome word puzzles ebook is now available for Amazon Kindle devices in Japan, Mexico, America, Brazil, India, Canada, the United Kingdom and many other countries served by Amazon. The object of “Maintain Your Brain Vocabulary Builder Threesome Edition” is to find the same 3 letters which either begin or end a selection of words […]

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What’s happening with Ebook Orchard

A lot has been happening with Ebook Orchard since I last posted about it. Here’s what I’ve done in the past week or so. First, the logo is going to be changed in the next few days because the logo text style needs to be more modern. The fact is I suck at that sort […]

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Is sharecouponcodes a scam, fraud, or something else?

Authors of ebooks are always an open target for scams and other nasty business. Today I was notified of yet another site I never heard of offering one of my free ebooks, this time with a coupon code and a “Buy from Amazon” button. A “Buy from Amazon” button for a free ebook, plus offering […]

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Author Earnings report on Amazon using 2013 data

Author Earnings has published a report using data gleaned from Amazon by their Internet spider. From the article, “What is presented here is but one snapshot of the publishing revolution as it stands today. That revolution isn’t over. These reports can be run so long as books are ranked. Our hope is that the future […]

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Another accounting error by Amazon.

Today I received from Amazon another accounting error relating to their erroneously withholding tax on my royalty payments, just after Amazon corrected my first complaint about their incorrectly withholding tax on my royalties. Amazon withheld the tax again despite stating in an earlier email regarding their first accounting error: “Our Accounts Payable team has confirmed […]

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Amazon accounting error update

Amazon update. Received email today from Amazon support and they confirm withholding tax withheld in error. Duh. Amazon email states “…be in touch with you again with an update regarding the amount and the date on which the payment will be processed as soon as possible. Thanks for your continued patience.” Patience? I’m pissed off […]

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Amazon accounting problem

Let’s face it. Amazon is a gorilla. It’s hairy and scary. Especially scary if you are an author selling books through Amazon. Why? They can’t keep the IRS tax withholding information straight. Back in early 2011 I joined the Amazon KDP program, published a couple of ebooks through them, then mailed the IRS withholding form […]

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I’m tired of reading about your low book or ebook sales. Do something about it.

I want all you new authors out there who aren’t selling any books or ebooks worth a darn and are whining about your low or non-existent sales on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin or other online locale to stop crying about it everywhere as the only sympathy you’re going to get is from your mom or your […]

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Apple fixes price error on humor ebook. Previous price not funny.

It took about one month from the first time Apple was notified of their price mistake for my latest ebook “Buy This Book. Make Me A Millionaire” and reduced it from $1.99 to its correct and original price of $0.99. I’m proud Apple thought my latest creation was worth much more than I priced it […]

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Is this another ebook scam hitting authors?

A Google Alert on the weekend led to a site listing my popular “A Christmas Tree For Santa” ebook with an image of ebook cover from Amazon – but no link to Amazon – and a download button opening another site which had a horrendous amount of complaints from people paying money to join the […]

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Arabic Alphabet Sudoku Puzzles

Maintain your brain with these 66 challenging Arabic Alphabet Sudoku Puzzles. Many times more mentally stimulating than regular English language style sudoku puzzles. 66 Arabic Alphabet Sudoku Puzzles in easy, medium and hard levels of play, and in 9×9 and 16×16 grid sizes. 54 9×9 grid size puzzles and 12 16×16 grid size games, both […]

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KDP Select is legalized piracy

Amazon KDP Select grants authors in that program the ‘opportunity’ to offer their work for free for five days every 90 days, a work which is normally for sale. Amazon calls this promotion. I call it legalized piracy. I say that because the copyrighted work of an author is no longer in the control of […]

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Self-published authors about to be dumped??

Derek Haines has written an interesting article on the future of self-publishing following recent actions by Amazon, and how these actions will end up costing Kindle owners more money for ebooks. Every indie-author should read this article…. here.

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Amazon replies to why they removed my non-interactive ebooks.

Here is a copy of the reply I got from Amazon on October 11th. In the original reply email I sent them I had requested Amazon either remove similar non-interactive ebooks or return my ebooks to sales status so that Amazon could offer a level playing field for all authors. I’m not sure what they […]

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Amazon removes Kindle ebooks

Yesterday Amazon removed 5 of my puzzle ebooks from the Kindle ebook store because the ebooks were printable instead of playable on Kindle devices. The problem as I see it is Amazon only removed my puzzle ebooks. I just checked Amazon and found similar ebooks for sale, all non-interactive and mostly more expensive than similar […]

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Amazon author name link function fails to list all ebooks.

Authors with ebooks on Amazon might want to check their name link and see if all their works are displayed as the link failed for me. Why? When I click on my author name link – the author name link displayed below the title when viewing a page on Amazon – the result show much […]