links for 2010-01-18

  • Amazon.com has been pushing publishers to release new books in hardcover and in electronic form for its Kindle readers at the same time. But some key publishers are holding back the digital edition of new titles by weeks or months to preserve hardcover sales (Kindle books are typically cheaper). Now there are signs that the battle over Kindle books is spilling over into an area of critical importance to authors and publishers: Amazon customer ratings.
  • How the battle between Silicon Valley's superstars will shape the future of mobile computing