This year has been a great year for reading. But if you’re wondering which new books are worth your time, consider Amazon Books’ annual list of the best books of the year. We've also included links to all ten books so you can purchase them in time for Christmas!
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Amazon shopping is coming to Australia - and it aims to have stores in every Australian state by 2017. If you have shares in Coles or Woolworths you should be worried. If you own an independent grocery store you should be very worried. Here's everything we know about Amazon's shopping strategy and how it will affect they way we buy goods in Australia.
Amazon's international e-store is finally launching Down Under! According to a report in the Australian Financial Review (AFR), Amazon's hugely popular shopping service aims to have a local presence in every Australian state in 2017. Bizarrely, they also plan to build physical retail stores. Here are the details.
The Amazon Echo is useful to have around the home. It can play podcasts, take reminders and notes, tell you the length of your commute, even control other appliances in your house. But it's unavailable in Australia, and importing it is an expensive proposition if you're not sure you'll use it. Good news though, you can make a fully-functional one using a Raspberry Pi.
Until recently, Amazon's review system allowed for a deceptively biased loophole: Users could receive free products from companies in exchange for an "honest" review. These were still pretty biased, so Amazon's getting rid of them.
It goes without saying that not all Amazon reviews can be trusted. That glowing five-star review for an el cheapo hair drier was posted by the manufacturer. That scathing review of the iPhone 7 came from an Android fan who never tested the product. And so on and so forth.
But what about reviews from regular users who received a free or discounted product in exchange for "unbiased" feedback? Well, it turns out they're the least trustworthy of all. According to a new study by ReviewMeta, Amazon reviewers who use incentive disclaimers usually rate the products a lot higher. Well, duh.