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Amazon now heavily discouraging focused website promotion of free Kindle books
February 24, 2013 | 10:53 am

Amazon discouraging promotion of free Kindle booksThere's been indication for awhile that Amazon has been shifting emphasis from their various free-Kindle book promos to get more attention for Kindle books that bring them revenue (considering news that their margins are thin, partially due to reinvestment in expansion and jobs), although the free-Kindle book carrot will continue to be offered. They just no longer want them promoted ... at least not as a focus on websites belonging to Amazon affiliates. This week brings news of a stronger effort on Amazon's part to strongly discourage affiliate website promotion of those free Kindle books, an action which will have an effect on authors who have...

The Kindle Paperwhite is getting around!
February 8, 2013 | 1:30 pm

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite e-readerAmazon's Kindle Paperwhite is definitely going global: A few weeks ago, it was Canada, where the Paperwhite could be found in the Amazon Canada Kindle Store. Now it's (finally) not only shipping to Australia, where it's been eagerly awaited—it's also available (in both the Wi-Fi-only model and the 3G/Wi-Fi model) for shipping to countries including Madagascar, Poland, Sri Lanka, Trinidad and Tobago, Thailand, and to most developed areas of the world not in (cold or hot) war zones, and which don't already have their own Kindle Stores. Continue reading on Andrys Basten's A Kindle World blog......

Kindle Paperwhite screen: Less fragile than earlier front-lit reader?
September 22, 2012 | 1:25 pm

Kindle Paperwhite intro Glimpses of font darkness Paperwhite book covers projected onto hall screen Paperwhite, WiFi (no 3G) Five Generations of Kindle Showing "9 mins left in chapter" estimate This time, a bit about the coming Kindle Paperwhite, which was to ship on October 1, although the current shipping date is listed as October 22, partially because of demand.  I've included some photos I took at the recent Amazon press event in Santa Monica, as these illustrate some of the points they stressed. Much has been written about the Paperwhite, because few of us expected the light to be so evenly distributed, with a soft, diffused quality.  It's easy on...

Convert Epub books to Kindle format; almost a million free Google books already in Kindle format
October 24, 2011 | 9:40 am

EPUB TO KINDLE - Example: Free Google BooksI'm updating an older post on converting free ePub booksfrom Google to work on the Kindle.  (The earlier blog article was updated often for Google-book changes and lost its basic focus.)The conversion is actually easy to do, and although we can now easily get free Kindle-versions of these Google books, it's good to know how to do this for any ePub book that doesn't have a form of digital-rights-protection or management (DRM) placed on it.Google now combines its free Google books with the ones they sell in the the newish Google Book Store....

Kindle personal document enhancements – how it all works
October 18, 2011 | 9:30 am

ImagesAMAZON'S EMAIL TO "PAST USERS" OF THE PERSONAL DOCUMENTS FEATURE Introduction As many now know, since Sept. 30 and with the Kindle Keyboard software update to v3.3 on Oct. 13, Amazon has made notable, long-requested improvements to the Personal Documents feature, upgrading personal documents that you send to your Kindle, from 2nd-class status to having the regular features that Kindle books have. See Update with email from Customer Svc. Those first-class features include sync'g your reading between devices, having them archived at the Amazon servers, and showing their titles in your Kindle's Archived Items folder when the personal document is no longer on...

Kindle 3 software updated
October 14, 2011 | 5:59 pm

Images SOFTWARE VERSION v3.3 IS READY for delivery to all Kindle Keyboard / Kindle 3 models. This is for the physical-keyboard model (Kindle 3 U.S. [UK: K3]) first released August 2010 and not for the coming Kindle Touch devices nor for the new $79/$109 Kindle Basic (which recently got its own update) This update for Kindle Keyboard models includes the following changes, which I'll quote from the Amazon page.   Here's Amazon's info page for the v3.3 software update.   Kindle Keyboard Version 3.3 Overview Some of the features included in this update are: Download your archived Personal Documents on Kindle Keyboard: You can now view and...

Amazon answers Kindle Touch 3G web browsing availability
October 2, 2011 | 9:21 pm

Kindle Team responds at the Amazon Kindle forum thread. At the link, you'll see the now clear answer to the questions asked over the last 3 days: 'Posted on Oct 2, 2011 4:42:59 PM PDT The Amazon Kindle team says: (AMAZON OFFICIAL) We apologize for the confusion. Our new Kindle Touch 3G enables you to connect to the Kindle Store, download books and periodicals, and access Wikipedia - all over 3G or Wi-Fi. Experimental web browsing (outside of Wikipedia) on Kindle Touch 3G is only available over Wi-Fi. Our Kindle Keyboard 3G will continue to offer...

Adding a Collection to a new or replacement Kindle
September 30, 2011 | 6:44 pm

Filefolders collections Using a books Collection structure created on another Kindle There are various ways to add a collection structure you've created, for one Kindle, to a replacement or new Kindle on your account.  You don't have to start from scratch if you're replacing or adding a Kindle on or to your account. On the forums, I replied to someone who had 600~ books on the Kindle and asked how this is done, and I described the way I do it. I thought adding this as a blog entry could be useful. ' If Kindle Support sends you a replacement Kindle, be sure to keep...

A look at what the Kindle Touch 3G offers – some differences
September 30, 2011 | 9:18 am

Kindletouch lighted cvr KINDLE TOUCH 3G Free 3G + Wi-Fi, 6" E Ink Display, 3G Works Globally Notes about the new Kindle Touch 3G The product page presentation begins with the feature that differentiates this device from the Kindle Touch (WiFi only): "Free 3G wireless, no annual contracts or monthly fees." "Kindle Touch 3G uses the same wireless signals as cell phones, so you don't need to worry about Wi-Fi connections, passwords or internet charges.  Unlike cell phones, with Kindle Touch 3G there are no monthly fees or commitments — Amazon pays for Kindle Touch 3G's ...

Software update already available for Kindle 4
September 29, 2011 | 8:59 am

K4nt sw v401The Kindle No-Touch/No Keyboard $79-$109 Model is available right away and here's a software update for it already Software v4.0.1 update for the Kindle 4 NoTouch/NoKeyboard model is already ready for download as an option.  What it does is allow you to have e-Ink refreshes on every page, as the default is to not have it refresh on each page. Both the Nook and Kobo Touch devices do not have e-Ink refreshes (aka black flash page-turn) on each page.  While that can be nice, others have found that the less frequent black flashes...

Where and how to find libraries using OverDrive
September 22, 2011 | 9:18 am

ACCESSING THE LIBRARY IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT Overdrive Library resources are online 24/7.  Some of the libraries were ready for the Kindle this morning, but others had not been able to change their system processes yet, and Overdrive has said it'll take a few days to get all libraries in place. In fact, their list of compatible devices this afternoon did not include the Kindle although it did yesterday -- but there was an error in the information seen yesterday, so they're probably just correcting the pages.  Getting 11,000~...

Kindle tips: adding a Collection to a new or replacement Kindle
September 19, 2011 | 10:15 am

Using a books Collection structure created on another Kindle There are various ways to add a collection structure you've created, for one Kindle, to a replacement or new Kindle on your account.  You don't have to start from scratch if you're replacing or adding a Kindle on or to your account. On the forums, I replied to someone who had 600~ books on the Kindle and asked how this is done, and I described the way I do it. I thought adding this as a blog entry could be useful. ' If Kindle Support...

Kindle News – Amazon’s possible digital-book subscription library. Plastic Logic is back.
September 14, 2011 | 9:34 am

Wall Street Journal - "Amazon in Talks to Launch Digital-Book Library" A WSJ article by Stu Woo and Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg on Monday reports that Amazon is talking with publishers about a Netflix-like service for e-books, which would provide access to a library of content (older books) for an annual fee. Publishing executives have said they're not enthusiastic about the idea, for the usual reasons -- belief this type of subscription service could "lower the value of books," WSJ reports, and could strain relationships with other retailers selling their books. ...

Kindle for PC and Mac updated
September 5, 2011 | 3:38 pm

K4pc 171This Kindle for PC update, version 1.7.1 and the update for Kindle for Macs (I see no version #) offer: "Support for Kindle Print Replica content, which look like the corresponding print book with words and images in the position corresponding to the print edition.  See more detail on Print Replica content here. Support for reading most PDF files within the Kindle application, including functionality such as zoom and pan, highlighting, note taking, dictionary lookup, and bookmarks. By the way, I've read that it's best, when finishing a book within the PC for Kindle...

Kindle for Android updated to 3.1.0
September 2, 2011 | 3:04 pm

TFTS' Robert Nelson reports that there is a Kindle for Android update today, to v3.1.0 and is, of course, a free download at Amazon or the Android Market. This brings a new Home interface, bug fixes, book reocmmendations in your library, and in-app upgrade-notifications. Nelson explains the update is for those with Android 2.1 or later and is a 3.2MB download.  The screenshot seen here, by TFTS, shows the new Home screen.  The Links at the top are for Home, On Device, Archive and the Store. If you'd rather see the older layout, touch the...

100 Amazon editor picks for $1.99-$3.99 thru’ 9/30/11 + Ask @Author while reading
September 1, 2011 | 9:42 am

100kbooks 2to4 100 KINDLE BOOKS FOR $1.99 to $3.99 The Kindle Post (readable close to the top right corner of the Kindle Store), has quite a bit of news lately. The editors have "hand-selected" a varied lot here, with most of the books being sold at $1.99 to $2.99 and some at $3.99, until September 30, 2011.  There are some really interesting books in this particular collection. The image I used may give an idea, as it includes some that Amazon editors have highlighted as "favorites" -- but click here to check them out. ...

Kindlescribe.com, Kindleair domain names. HP Touchpads #1 & 2 Amazon sellers
August 23, 2011 | 10:26 am

RUMOR CITY With HP's two terminated Touchpads suddenly taking over the top selling slots at Amazon from the Kindle and the iPod Touch, even at heftier prices than HP's discounted prices that were announced Saturday before selling out Sunday at those attractive prices ($99~ and $150~), Kindle and Amazon Android tablet rumors are hitting the news again. I tried getting the 32gig HP Sunday morning for $150 but they were sold out everywhere.  Why?  Real, dedicated Multitasking (unlike Apple's suspended type), the popular Beats Audio sound, Flash video (blank on the iPad), Hulu...

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