2013 was a banner year for Amazon.
Their patent application to enhance e-books was approved. Apple conceded that Amazon could use the term “app store.” They signed Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin as well as self-publishing phenom Hugh Howey as authors for a new graphic novel/comic book imprint called Jet City Comics. A judge also ruled in Amazon’s favor that Apple conspired with publishers to try to force Amazon to price books at an advantage to publishers.
Publishers Weekly reports the online retailer ended the year on a high note too. Taking advantage of Amazon Prime’s “all-you-can-ship-for-free” promotion, “more than a million new users signed up the third week of December” making it “one of [Amazon’s] best Christmas shopping seasons ever.”
Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing program had a high season too. “150 Kindle Direct Publishing authors each sold more than 100,000 copies of their e-books in 2013,” PW reports. Check out the full post here.