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Amazon dives deep into being a publishing engine. It’s effectively a way for Amazon to incentivize authors to provide their works exclusively to Amazon for a period of timeInteresting pieces from the article: “KDP Select is a new option that features a $6 million annual fund dedicated to independent authors and publishers. If you choose to make a book exclusive to the Kindle Store for at least 90 days, the book is eligible to be included in the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library and you can earn a share of the fund based on how frequently the book is borrowed (click here to see how payments are calculated). In addition, by choosing KDP Select, you will have access to a new set of promotional tools, starting with the option to offer enrolled books free to readers for up to 5 days every 90 days. Authors and publishers can enroll a single title, their whole catalog or anything in between within KDP Select. ”

Kindle Direct Publishing: KDP Select

I feel like I’ve been listing a ton of these Kickstarter style tech projects lately, but there are so many amazingly cool things being developed by individuals using the service that I can’t help it. Here’s a new project trying to get a head start on the Internet-of-things, with a small wireless sensor that can be programmed via the ‘net to do things when triggered. Very interesting technology, and like all tech, it’s only gonna get cheaper and more prevalent. 

Twine : Listen to your world, talk to the Internet

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Kindle is set to launch its own lending library this Thursday, without the support of any of the Big 6 Publishers (Hachette, Harper-Collins, McMillan, Penguin, Random House, and Simon & Schuster). Very, very interesting, but incredibly limited. It’s a foot in the door. Limiting it to just native Kindles is brilliant marketing. 
The new program, called Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, cannot be accessed via apps on other devices, which means it won’t work on Apple Inc.’s iPad or iPhone, even though people can read Kindle books on both devices. This restriction is intended to drive Kindle device sales, says Amazon. The program, which is effective Thursday, comes a few weeks before Amazon ships the Kindle Fire tablet on Nov. 15, which is a direct competitor with the iPad.

Amazon Launching E-Book Lending Library – WSJ.com