Amazon Releases Cheaper Kindle With On-Screen Ads

| Apr 12 | 1 Comment

Are you willing to put up with ads on your Kindle? Amazon is betting that readers will be willing to trade on-screen Kindle ads in order to save $25. Yesterday, they introduced a $114 Wi-Fi only Kindle with “special offers and sponsored screensavers.” Kindle with Special Offers is available for pre-order now and will begin shipping on May 3. “We’re working hard to make sure […]

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Kindle New York Times Subscribers Also Get Free Website Access

| Mar 29 | 0 Comments

The New York Times paywall went up yesterday, meaning users now have to pay for access to their website. However, if you’ve already purchased a NYT subscription on your Kindle, you will not have to pay extra to view NYTimes.com. Amazon announced yesterday that the $20/month fee to read the NYT on the Kindle will also include unlimited website access. In a statement, they said: […]

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Kindle Now Supports Wireless Delivery of Audible.com Audiobooks

| Mar 29 | 0 Comments

Did you know that you can listen to audiobooks on your Kindle? I’ve never tried it, but apparently you can download audiobooks from Audible.com and then transfer them to your Kindle via USB. And now owners of the latest generation Kindle don’t even need the USB. Amazon recently announced that Kindle users can download Audible.com audiobooks over Wi-Fi. Amazon says: Now hear this! We’re thrilled […]

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Amazon Attempts to Shut Down eBook Lending Services

| Mar 22 | 1 Comment

Remember those ebook sharing sites that popped up after Amazon added a lending feature to its Kindle ereader? The websites are popular among Kindle users because they allow them to connect and swap books with each other. Well, it was fun while it lasted. Amazon is now attempting to shut these sites down by revoking their access to Amazon’s database. The Lendle ebook sharing service […]

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Amazon Explains Kindle’s Real Page Numbers

| Mar 18 | 3 Comments

Amazon’s latest update to its Kindle 3 is the addition of “real” page numbers. For the first time, certain Kindle ebooks have page numbers that correspond to the page numbers in print editions. It may sound like a small thing, but to many Kindle users it’s huge. Not only does it give readers a sense of the book’s length, it also makes Kindle books easier […]

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Apple Launches App Store Subscription Plan

| Feb 15 | 0 Comments

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We told you a few weeks ago that Apple is tightening control over apps in their App Store that sell digital content. Today, Apple finally announced the details of its new subscription plan for content-based apps, including those that sell ebooks, magazines, and newspapers. The plan requires that these apps, such as Amazon’s Kindle app, sell content via Apple (at a 30% commission) in addition […]

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Amazon Adding Real Page Numbers to Kindle Books

| Feb 8 | 1 Comment

Kindle users are rejoicing over the news that Amazon is adding real page numbers to Kindle books that will correspond to the page numbers in print editions. It may sound like a small thing, but Kindle users have been clamoring for this feature for a while now. Not only will it give users a sense of the book’s length, it will also make Kindle books […]

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Apple Enforces App Store Rule – Kindle App Could Be in Trouble

| Feb 1 | 0 Comments

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Recent reports that Apple is cracking down on apps that sell content is troubling customers who frequently use ereader apps (like the Kindle app) to read ebooks on their iPhones and iPads. Apple’s rejection of the Sony Reader iPhone app and the subsequent New York Times article, “Apple Moves to Tighten Control of App Store,” are getting a lot of buzz right now. The articles […]

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Amazon is Selling More Kindle eBooks Than Paperbacks

| Jan 28 | 2 Comments

In yet another sign that technology is rapidly changing things in the book world, Amazon announced yesterday that sales of Kindle ebooks are now outpacing paperback sales. Amazon hadn’t expected this to happen until the second quarter of 2011, so they reached this milestone even sooner than expected. Amazon previously announced that Kindle books were outselling hardcovers, so that means the ebook is the most […]

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Amazon Now Selling Kindle Singles

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According to Engadget, Amazon is now selling Kindle Singles. Before the invention of digital readers, writers often had to choose between making their work short enough for a magazine article or long enough for book marketing and distribution. But not anymore, Amazon put the word out to serious writers, thinkers, scientists, business leaders, historians, politicians and publishers to join Kindle in making a new kind […]

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