Amazon made two announcements this week that continues their ongoing commitment to innovating and solidifying their lead in book retailing and customer service.
The first announcement was the latest version of the Kindle Paperwhite. The news overshadowed others and kept Amazon ahead of their competition on devices. Plus this is the first Kindle to integrate Goodreads into the platform.
They also announced Kindle MatchBook. This allows publishers to “bundle” the eBook with the purchase of the physical edition. The eBook will retail for $2.99 or less. This gives Amazon a competitive advantage over Apple, Kobo and Sony – all of which do not sell physical books. B&N Nook is the only one set up currently to do so. Maybe Overstock will partner with one of the eBook vendors and compete? Publishers are hesitant to sign up. But then that is the norm. It will build and grow over time.
Ever since Amazon introduced the Kindle in November 2007, they have been the market leader in selling eBooks and have never stopped experimenting.
Timeline:

NOV 2007 – Kindle introduced with 90,000 eBooks. The initial press release stated that NYT best-sellers would be $9.99. This is consistent with what Amazon prices best-sellers today.
NOV 2007 – Digital Text …read more

Via: Digital Book World