Amazon has launched Matchmaker, which offers Kindle users a discounted audio version of e-books they have purchased. Buyers can listen on mobile devices using the Audible application. Amazon's Whispersync technology lets users listen to a book, then read the e-book where they left off.
Kobo will launch the $99 Kobo Touch With Offers in time for the holidays. The ad-supported e-reader aims to compete with Amazon's Kindle Touch With Special Offers and Barnes & Noble's Nook Simple Touch, which also cost $99.
EBay will not release a tablet to compete with Amazon's upcoming Kindle Fire, CEO John Donahoe said. "Tablets are most relevant if you are a digital-goods provider. ... We do not provide digital goods the way Apple does or the way Amazon does," Donahoe said.
Tracking mobile commerce trends helps online retailers keep up with where their customers are going next. This story includes a slew of industry research and statistics, including the fact that 15% of mobile users now use their gadgets to research products and compare prices at least once a month.