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Amazon’s Alexa App Gains ‘Hands-Free’ Voice Activation Feature

Amazon is making it possible to use Alexa "hands free" from within its Alexa mobile app for iOS, reports TechCrunch.

How to sell books on Amazon

Do you want to earn online? Selling books is one of the many options to consider. It’s no secret that Amazon, the biggest online retail marketplace, started as a vendor for both new and used books. Amazon sold books, carrying 2.5 million titles, and earning over $150 million between 1994-1997. Amazon continued to sell books exclusively until 1999 when the company started expanding into selling electronics, toys, hardware, and tools.Why sell books on Amazon?Selling books on Amazon is still a smart choice as Amazon’s growth continues at a steady and outstanding rate. There has also been a continued emergence of many brick-and-mortar Amazon bookstores.How Can I Sell Books On Amazon?Before you can start selling books on Amazon, you have to consider three things:The fulfillment method (FBA or FBM)What type of seller would you be (Individual or Professional)?How to source your inventoryOnce these decisions have been taken care of, you can immediately list your books on Amazon and await your first sale! If you are looking for useful tools for Amazon, IOScout is what you need: https://ioscout.io/listing-builder. With these tools you can easily optimize your listings instantly with a proven keyword strategy to rank high!How Will Your Orders Be Fulfilled?There are two ways your orders on Amazon can be fulfilled: FBM and FBA.Fulfillment by Merchant (FBM)Using this method, when a sale is completed on Amazon, you will pick, pack, and ship the book by yourself, using your preferred carrier (e.g., UPS, FedEx, etc.). As an FBM seller, you are also responsible for warehousing your inventory.When calculating your costs, always remember to consider storage fees if you aren’t storing your books at home. Additionally, consider things like shipping and handling expenses, time spent packing, and shipping your orders.It is recommended that you utilize FBM if there are only a few orders for you to fulfill or if your operation is large enough that the shipping costs for your orders are significantly lesser than those of Amazon.Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA)If you are using this method, when a sale is completed on Amazon, Amazon will pick, pack, and ship the book on your behalf. Amazon is also responsible for storing your inventory and taking care of customer service. Therefore, in contrast to taking care of the warehousing, handling, shipping expenses, and labor by yourself, Amazon collects a charge (FBA fee) to cover these processes.It is recommended you use FBA if you have numerous orders for you to fulfill or if your operation is not large enough that the shipping costs for your orders are significantly lesser than Amazon’s FBA fees. Plus, there is no need to worry about book storage as Amazon’s fulfillment centers are obligated to hold your books pending sales. Use a free IO Scout FBA calculator https://ioscout.io/fba to calculate product revenue and fees.What Type Of Seller Would You Be?There are two categories of Amazon sellers.Individual sellersThese sellers characteristically sell less than 40 products monthly. This is the recommended method for Amazon sellers who only have limited products to sell or engage in selling only as a hobby. The individual sellers have different fees compared to professional sellers.Professional sellersThese sellers characteristically sell over 40 products monthly. This is the recommended method for Amazon sellers with massive inventories and wants to generate steady monthly revenue from their Amazon sales.How To Source Your BooksMany sellers look to sell books they presently have online; however, your inventory source can come from many different areas to continue the growth of your Amazon book sales. Some of the most popular methods includeSelling your booksThis is the simplest method to discover books to sell on Amazon. Search around your home or office and see if there are any old books gathering dust. Some of the book categories to consider include textbooks, old comic books, rare topics, etc. These are among the Amazon best-selling books.Book salesMany sellers relish attending book sales as the atmosphere makes it seem like some treasure hunt. Plus, there is continuously a book sale going on at a particular place, especially at libraries. Attend these sales with your book scanner and search for good picks to purchase and list online.Online arbitrageWell, if you don’t relish the idea of going out, no worries. Some Amazon sellers search on websites outside the Amazon website for books with lower prices compared to what the same book sells for on Amazon itself. This is typically referred to as online arbitrage. Just follow these simple steps:Purchase the books from the third-party websiteWait for your orders to arriveList them on AmazonOther ways to source for your book inventory include:Bulk purchase/wholesale,Estate/closing sales, andFree booksHowever, be careful when taking in free books as they could be listed by other Amazon sellers who want to get rid of their books that didn’t sell.ConclusionLearning to sell books on Amazon is one of the best ways to grow your e-commerce business. Additionally, you can also sell books to Amazon. Selling books to Amazon can be done as an Amazon vendor. These books will be significantly cheaper; however, it is the fastest way to upload your books if you are considering closing down your brick-and-mortar bookstore.EDITOR NOTE: This is a promoted post and should not be viewed as an editorial endorsement.

Amazon Fire HD 8 (2020) review: How good can a $90 tablet be?

How good can a $90 tablet be? The Amazon Fire HD 8 might surprise you.

What is Audible? Amazon’s audiobook service explained

What do you get for subscribing to Audible? Here’s more info on the gargantuan audiobook company from Amazon.

Amazon Fire HD 8 review (2020): Cheap for a reason

With the inexpensive Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet, you really do get what you pay for. And you don't pay for much.

The 5 best tech deals in the Amazon Memorial Day Sale

We've smoked out the 5 best tech deals in the Amazon Memorial Day Sale so you don't miss your chance to save.

Greenpeace: Big Tech won’t reach emissions goals until it cuts ties with Big Oil

Efficient data centers don't matter if you're helping release carbon emissions elsewhere

Amazon Fire HD 8 refreshed with USB Type-C and wireless charging

In October, Amazon upgraded the Fire HD 10, giving the Fire line USB Type-C support for the first time.Now the Fire HD 8 is getting the same treatment, with the following features:12 hour battery life32GB/64GB storage, expandable via microSD up to 1TBMediaTek 8168 Processor with 2GB of RAMUSB-C chargingDolby speakersDual band Wi-FiPicture-in-picture mode2MP front and rear camerasAmazon FreeTime24/7 Amazon support via remote screen sharingHands-free AlexaThe latest Fire OS based on Android PThe Kids Edition features a two-year replacement guarantee, a year of FreeTime Unlimited, and a padded case with a built-in stand.As far as the Fire HD 8 Plus, that includes:3GB of RAM as opposed to 2GB in the base modelWireless charging with a dock mode that turns the device into an Echo Show-like smart display9W chargingSix months of Kindle Unlimited for freePricingThe Fire HD 8, available in plum, twilight blue, black, and white, costs $90 for 32GB of storage, $120 for 64GB.The Kids Edition runs $120GB for the same color options, but with only 32GB of storage.The Plus only comes in slate, at $110 for 32GB of storage, $140 for 64GB, or $140 for 32GB including the Wireless Charging Dock.You can preorder all configurations of the Fire HD 8 starting today, and they will be shipping June 3.

Amazon’s new Fire HD 8 line has USB-C, wireless charging, durable Kids Edition

It's joined by a Fire HD 8 Plus with wireless charging

Don’t miss these last-minute Mother’s Day sales with delivery before May 10

It's not too late, but if you wait until tomorrow you could be out of luck for delivery by Mother's Day 2020.

Don’t miss these last-minute Mother’s Day sales with delivery before May 10

It's not too late, but if you wait until tomorrow you could be out of luck for delivery by Mother's Day 2020.

Apple Lets Amazon Prime Video App Offer In-App Purchases on iPhone, iPad and Apple TV

The Amazon Prime Video apps for iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV now allow customers to purchase and rent movies and

Beat the boredom with a free Amazon Kindle Unlimited subscription

Whether you want to read a great piece of fiction or listen to an audiobook, Amazon has two months free of Kindle Unlimited.

Samsung Galaxy S20 sales see flagship getting $200 discount

Samsung has dropped the price of its Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20+ phones by some $200 at a couple of major retailers. With the discount it puts the starting prices of each model at just $800 and $1,000, respectively.Whether related to the coronavirus or not, the lower price comes quickly. The phones were just released a few weeks back (March 6) so the timing is interesting.Given the current economic uncertainty, and the fact that people aren’t all too excited to fork over huge chunks of money right now, we can understand why Samsung might drop the price.It’s not clear how long Samsung will keep this price down. It hasn’t exactly advertised the $200 discount so we’d assume it’s short term.If you want to take advantage of the major savings, head to Amazon and Best Buy before it ends. Look for the phone in a variety of colors and storage options.

Supercomputer consortium to fight coronavirus with processing power

Google, NASA, and Amazon are all contributing supercomputer resources

Keep kids learning: Amazon discounts Fire 7 Kids Edition and Kindle Kids Edition

Isolation from school and friends puts a strain on kids and parents. Social distancing is hard for kids.

Got young kids? Get three months of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited for only $1

Entertainment tailored for each kid in your family can be a parental survival tool when we're all at home.

Expect more cashier-free stores as Amazon starts selling its Go technology

The company says it's already inked deals with several retailers

Why India is the newest hotbed for tech experimentation

Western tech giants have been actively trying to break into the Indian market

Just $30, this bundle can put you on the path to serious money with AWS

Cloud computing is growing in popularity, and an increasing number of businesses are embracing it. Just about every major business has a go-to person for IT and back-end administrative technology.The ever-changing structure of how work is done creates huge opportunities, particularly for aspiring IT professionals and developers. Amazon Web Services is the perhaps the biggest name in the space, offering its leading cloud computing platform with reliable and scalable services. AWS cloud services are where it’s at.The AndroidGuys Deals Store has a 4-piece set of training around AWS architecture and development. Valued upwards of $8,000, we’re offering it for just $30, a savings of more than 95 percent.SEE ALSOGoogle Takeout: What it is and how do you use it?How to delete your Google Search historyTips and tricks for Google PhotosHow to change your Google Assistant voiceThere are nearly 130 lessons spread out over more than nine hours of education awaiting you. You’ll start with a general understanding of what AWS is and how it works and then move into more specifics.Once you come out the other side of this online training you’ll be prepared to sit for certification exams — and pass them the first time.Your full bundle includes:AWS DevOps Engineer Professional 1: Continuous Delivery & AutomationAWS DevOps Engineer Professional 2: Basics of Amazon CloudWatchAWS DevOps Engineer Professional 3: AWS Identity & Access ManagementAWS DevOps Engineer Professional 4: Basics of High Availability & ElasticityWhere to buyYou can purchase the entire Complete AWS Dev & Ops Certification Training Bundle for just $30 in the AndroidGuys Deals Store. Hurry, though, this incredible deal will not last forever. If you want the 96% discount, you will need to act fast.Best SellersEarn Credits!For every $25 you spend in the AG Deals Store you get $1 credit added to your account. And, if you refer the deal via social media or an email that results in a purchase, you’ll earn $10 credit in your account.First Time Buying?If this is your first time buying, you are also eligible for 10% discount! Just be sure to subscribe for email updates.Free StuffNot looking to spend any money today? No worries. You can still visit the AndroidGuys section for freebies and pick something anyhow.

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Verizon announces Samsung Galaxy A71 5G UW

Back in May, Verizon announced the Samsung Galaxy S20 5G UW, a phone compatible with Verizon’s 5G Ultra-Wideband and lowband networks.Now Verizon has come back with the Samsung Galaxy A71 5G UW, a far more affordable smartphone than the flagship S20 while still bringing 5G connectivity.SpecsThe A71 5G UW features:A 6.7″ Super AMOLED Infinity-O DisplayA quad-camera rear array with a 64MP main module, a 12MP Ultra Wide lens, a 5MP Macro lens, and a 5MP Depth CameraA 32MP front cameraA 4,500mAh battery8GB of RAM and 128GB of expandable storagePricing and availabilityThe Samsung Galaxy A71 5G UW has a retail price of $649.99, which breaks down to $27.08 a month for 24 months on Verizon Device Payment.However, if you activate a new line on any Premium Unlimited Plan, you can get the device for $15 a month or $20 a month online.Preorders for the Galaxy A71 5G UW start tomorrow, July 9 here. The phone will be available in stores starting July 16. During the preorder period, users can get 25% off cases and screen protectors.Verizon also launched three additional phones, the Samsung Galaxy A11 and A21 and the Orbic Journey L.

Just $89.95, the MagiMask is the future of AR

Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) are two topics which have been kicking around for quite some time, with the former dating back decades. And thanks to the advances in phones and consoles, they both continue to get better. And cheaper.Augmented Reality really took off with the launch of Pokemon Go, ushering in an exciting and fun way to blend the real world with collectible characters. Over on the retail front, places like IKEA and Amazon are making AR an instrumental part of their shopping experience.What does the future hold for AR technology? It looks an awful lot like what MagiMask is doing today.Whereas most conventional AR accessories have an image that’s viewed via split-screen, the MakiMask is a singular full-screen experience. What’s more, it’s four times the resolution as compared to today’s common experience. That means fewer headaches and less eye strain.Beyond the AR aspect, the MagiMask is a fun way to enjoy movies and games on your handset. Paired with a Bluetooth controller, you’ll have more fun gaming with popular such as Fortnite. Or, simply take in a cinema-like experience from the comfort of your hammock.As we’ve seen time and again, innovations like these get their start on crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. It should come as no surprise to learn that the MagiMask was successfully backed on both outlets (Kickstarter, Indiegogo).Magimask BundleMagiMask: Full resolution 4x higher than split-screen VRsMagiTools: Physical tracker objects that allow you to easily interact w/ the digital worldUniversal phone mount: Adjusts to your AR-compatible smartphoneRecommended Portable Cinema Viewing Apps: Netflix, HBO, Hulu, VLC, YouTube, YouTube 360, & Amazon PrimeRecommended Augmented Reality Apps: Sketchfab, Augment, Kubity, IKEA, Alone, Holo, Sketch AR, Geogebra AR, Jig Space, Civilizations AR, Visible Body AR, Dinopark AR, & Enter the roomGaming & Drones: Grand Theft Auto (With Bluetooth Controller), Fortnite (With Bluetooth Controller), DJI (Navigate Drone With Controller, Connect To DJI app)Ludenso Create: Create 3D models & view your masterpiece in AR on the MagiTile with your iPad.Buy it Today!Normally, the MagiMask retails for $129.99; however, AndroidGuys readers can snag the MagiMask plus a bundle of props for $89.95. That’s 30% off its regular price, plus the goodies.Best SellersEarn Credits!For every $25 you spend in the AG Deals Store you get $1 credit added to your account. And, if you refer the deal via social media or an email that results in a purchase, you’ll earn $10 credit in your account.First Time Buying?If this is your first time buying, you are also eligible for 10% discount! Just be sure to subscribe for email updates.Free StuffNot looking to spend any money today? No worries. You can still visit the AndroidGuys section for freebies and pick something anyhow.

Oukitel WP5 Pro launches globally at $129.99

Oukitel this week launched its attractive WP5 Pro rugged phone, offering it up with a full global availability. Thus far the reviews and chatter surrounding the handset has been rather positive, and it falls in line with the brand’s affordable alternatives to pricey big-name models.The Oukitel WP5 Pro landing page has gone live, giving consumers a chance to purchase the new phone for the reasonable and budget-friendly launch price of $129.99. In stock and ready to go, it’s also on sale for a short time.The Oukitel WP5 Pro has a unique owl-like camera design that may be of interest to you. It features a three-camera array with a parallel row of LED lights. It’s pretty distinctive stuff, especially for a rugged phone.With an 8,000mAh battery, the Oukitel WP5 Pro is like having a solid phone battery and a portable power bank in one. Indeed, it’s about twice the capacity that other phones offer.In terms of hardware features, the WP5 Pro comes with MediaTek’s Helio A25 processor with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. It truly is a slightly more robust take on the standard WP5. Moreover, it runs Android 10 and has a customizable button on the side which can be configured as users see fit.The standard price of the Oukitel WP5 Pro will be $200, but the newly launched phone is being offered at just $130 for a limited time. Head to AliExpress to purchase the phone. For more new features and information on this phone, and others in its portfolio, please go to Oukitel’s official website.EDITOR NOTE: This is a promoted post and should not be viewed as an editorial endorsement.

Just $39.99, this 9-course bundle will help you master Microsoft Office like a pro

Looking to take your career to the next level in 2020? Maybe you’ve been hoping to round out your resume or portfolio. Or perhaps you’d like to shake things up and take your life in a new direction.Regardless of what it looks like, if want to get ahead of the curve in 2020, or really tap into your new-found down time, you will want to master data and documents like a pro. And when it comes to that, Microsoft Office still reigns supreme.If you’re ready to get serious about certification, or want to expand your horizons, look no further than the Complete 2020 Microsoft Office Mastery Bundle.The Complete 2020 Microsoft Office Mastery Bundle includes nine courses, more than 59 hours of instruction, and more than 566 lectures in how to improve your knowledge and skills by way of Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Access.Microsoft Teams: Supercharge Your Business Productivity & Master Microsoft TeamsMicrosoft Outlook 2019: Learn to Use Outlook Properly & Watch Your Productivity SoarExcel Beginner 2019: Know Your Way Around Spreadsheets & Learn Basic Functions, Formulas, and FeaturesExcel Advanced 2019: Delve Into High-Level Consolidation, Analysis & Financial ReportingExcel Beginner 2019 for Mac: Get to Grips for Excel 2018 as a Mac UserPowerPoint 2019: Beginner to Advanced Tools, Features & Techniques on Making Amazing Slide PresentationsWord 2019: Conquer Your Word Documents & Improve Your ProductivityAccess 2019: Start Your Database Journey by Learning the Fundamentals of MS Access 2019Advanced Access 2019: The Next Step to Supercharge Your Microsoft Access & Data Analysis SkillsThe training lays out all the critical areas covered in Microsoft’s key Office programs and also provides certification upon completion. The bundle comes with lifetime access, and you’ll be able to learn on desktop and mobile. Learn at your own pace and where it makes the most sense.The Complete 2020 Microsoft Office Mastery Bundle is valued at $870, but we’re offering it to our readers for just $39.99 (95% off). Hurry, this incredible offer won’t last forever!Best SellersEarn Credits!For every $25 you spend in the AG Deals Store you get $1 credit added to your account. And, if you refer the deal via social media or an email that results in a purchase, you’ll earn $10 credit in your account.First Time Buying?If this is your first time buying, you are also eligible for 10% discount! Just be sure to subscribe for email updates.Free StuffNot looking to spend any money today? No worries. You can still visit the AndroidGuys section for freebies and pick something anyhow.