Loaded: Amazon Prime adds book borrowing


Uploaded by CNETTV on 03.11.2011

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IT'S THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3RD 2011. I'M BRIDGET CAREY ON CNET.COM AND IT'S TIME TO GET LOADED.
AMAZON WAS ALREADY WINNING THE WAR IN EBOOK READERS - ESPECIALLY WITH THE ALLURING NEW
LINE OF KINDLE MODELS AT LOW PRICES. AND NOW, AMAZON KICKED IT UP ANOTHER NOTCH. AMAZON
PRIME MEMBERS CAN BORROW DIGITAL BOOKS - ONE BOOK A MONTH - FOR FREE. AND THERE'S NO DUE
DATE. AMAZON PRIME IS A $79 DOLLAR-A-YEAR SERVICE THAT GETS USERS FREE TWO-DAY SHIPPING
ON PURCHASES AND ACCESS TO AMAZON'S FREE INSTANT STREAMING VIDEO LIBRARY. NOW ADD TO THAT ACCESS
TO MORE THAN 5,000 FREE BOOKS TO BORROW, WITH MORE THAN 100 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERS.
THE NEW NOOK COLOR IS SUPPOSED TO BE ANNOUNCED ON MONDAY - SO WE'LL HAVE TO SEE HOW BARNES
AND NOBLE WILL COMPETE. YESTERDAY WE REPORTED ON A PROPOSAL IN CONGRESS
THAT'S AIMING TO CHARGE STATE SALES TAX TO ONLINE RETAILERS, THE REASON BEING THAT IT
CAN BE AN UNFAIR ADVANTAGE WHEN OVERSTOCK OR AMAZON DON'T CHARGE STATE TAXES. AMAZON
SAID THEY DON'T MIND, BUT EBAY IS FIGHTING HARD AGAINST IT. NOW THE LAW WOULD ONLY IMPACT
BUSINESSES THAT MAKE MORE THAN 500 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN ANNUAL REVENUE. SO HERE'S THE CATCH
FOR EBAY SELLERS -- SAY YOU'RE A MOM AND POP SHOP WITH AN ACTUAL BRICK AND MORTAR STORE
THAT MEETS THAT REVENUE. EVEN IF YOU JUST SELL A COUPLE OF THINGS ON EBAY, YOU STILL
HAVE TO DEAL WITH HANDING SALES TAXES FOR MULTIPLE STATES. AND THAT'S A BURDEN EBAY
SAYS SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS SHOULDN'T DEAL WITH.
IN MOBILE NEWS, APPLE ADMITTED THERE IS A BATTERY LIFE PROBLEM IN DEVICES RUNNING iOS
5 DUE TO A SOFTWARE ISSUE. AN UPDATE IS GOING TO BE PUSHED OUT OVER THE NEXT FEW WEEKS THAT
ADDRESSES COMPLAINTS THAT THE BATTERY DRAINS TOO FAST. DEVELOPERS ALREADY HAVE ACCESS TO
THE UPDATE AS OF YESTERDAY. BUT WHILE YOU iPHONE USERS WAIT FOR THAT UPDATE,
CHECK OUT AN INNOVATIVE SCANNING APP FROM AMAZON CALLED FLOW. JUST RELEASED YESTERDAY,
IT USES THE CAMERA TO IDENTIFY AN ITEM AND POPS UP LINK TO BUY IT. INSTEAD OF SIMPLY
SCANING BARCODES, IT ALSO CAN RECOGNIZE THE COVERS OF BOOKS, VIDEO GAMES, SOFTWARE, MOVIES
AND CDS. IT ALSO AUTO SAVES THUMBNAIL LINKS TO YOUR SCANS IF YOU'RE IN A HURRY.
BUT ENOUGH ABOUT iPHONES. THERE'S NEWS FOR BLACKBERRY USERS - A NEW MUSIC SERVICE IS
LAUNCHING TODAY OR TOMORROW. THAT'S RIGHT, RESEARCH IN MOTION IS HOPING TO BE A LITTLE
MORE HIP BY GETTING IN THE MUSIC GAME. BUT THE WAY IT WORKS MIGHT SEEM A LITTLE COMPLICATED.
MESSENGER ACCOUNTS PAY FIVE DOLLARS A MONTH TO DOWNLOAD 50 SONGS FROM THE BLACKBERRY CATALOG.
THERE ARE MORE THAN 50 SONGS IN THE LIBRARY, BUT YOU ONLY GET TO PICK 50. THE PERK, IS
IF YOU HAVE FRIENDS WITH THE SERVICE, YOU CAN ACCESS ALL OF THEIR 50 SONGS PLUS YOUR
OWN, AND EXPAND YOUR MUSIC COLLECTION THAT WAY. SHARING SONGS ON A MONTHLY MUSIC SERVICE...
DIDN'T THE ZUNE TRY THAT? HMM. WELL IF YOU SIGN UP, BETTER HOPE YOU HAVE OTHER BLACKBERRY
FRIENDS WITH COOL MUSIC TASTES. THOSE ARE YOUR HEADLINES FOR TODAY, I'M BRIDGET
CAREY FOR CNET.COM AND YOU'VE JUST BEEN LOADED.