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Kindle for iOS Updated!
July 30, 2014 | 3:43 pm

kindle for iOSMultiple news sources are reporting a Kindle for iOS update today. It sounds like they have added some welcome new features, including: - The default syncing option is now to the most recent page read, not the latest-in-the-book page read. This means that people like me who use the index sometimes can go back to where we were reading and not have the cross-device sync be ruined. You can change it back to the other way if you'd like, via the preferences. - On a related note, a new feature called Kindle Placeholders, allows you to preview other parts of the book...

Kindle for iOS Updated with Collections (Sort Of)
September 18, 2013 | 4:03 pm

I've been updating apps all day in preparation for an upgrade to iOS 7 (as soon as I can get onto the swamped server). I was delighted to read the changelog for the new Kindle for iOS app and see that we're finally getting Collections. I can't think of another feature I see more on people's wish list for the Kindle apps, and my first thought was "Hooray! Finally!" Now I've updated the app and played around with them for a bit, and they aren't quite what I was hoping for. Yes, there are Collections. And yes, they do import Collections you've created...

Kindle app for Windows 8 does not read user-generated content…yet
July 12, 2013 | 10:14 pm

The Kindle e-reader client for Windows 8 does not support loading user-created MOBI format content. Writer Patricia “Pooks” Burroughs discovered this recently, and when she contacted Amazon to inquire about it she received an email from Amazon support saying simply that Kindle for Windows 8 did not support user-generated content at this time and they are “really sorry about it.” She subsequently posted an open letter to her blog blasting Amazon for removing this ability. In terms of breaking news, this is pretty much a non-story. The sky is not suddenly falling. All indications are that the issue is...

Amazon launches HTML5 Kindle Store web app for iPad
January 11, 2012 | 11:40 pm

amazon-kindle-storeBusiness Insider reports on Amazon’s new HTML5 iPad web app store, Accessible from the “Kindle Store” section of Amazon’s website (if you’re browsing from Mobile Safari on the iPad), tapping the bookmark icon and choosing “Add to Home Screen” adds a slick-looking “Kindle Store” icon to your launcher that you can tap on to open the store in Mobile Safari. Choosing a sample or buying a book offers the choice of sending it to the Kindle iPad app or opening it in the web-based reader. This is, of course, Amazon’s end run around Apple’s restrictions on in-app purchases—a way...

Kindle app update brings PDF, periodicals to iOS devices
December 24, 2011 | 12:15 pm

This past week, the Kindle iOS app received an update. We did mention it when it happened, but I think a couple of the features in that update are important enough to go into in detail. First of all, the software can now read PDF files. I tried it out with a TV manual downloaded from the website of manufacturer I support in my day job, and it worked pretty well, including drop-down access to the table of contents. Of course, there are many other ways to read PDFs on iOS by now, including GoodReader, iBooks, Stanza, and Safari...

Kindle app updated: store is out, magazines and newspapers are in
July 25, 2011 | 11:55 am

After several days of seeing ebookseller apps undergoing store-ectomies, pretty much all that was left as of this morning was Amazon's Kindle app and Barnes & Noble's Nook app. Now Amazon has released an update that removes its own store link. But this side-step of Apple's money grab comes with good news, too: as with the Android version of Kindle, you can now access around 100 Kindle magazine and newspaper subscriptions via the iOS app. Of the major ebooksellers, it appears Nook is the last app standing. Will it release a trimmed-down app in the coming hours? (I should note that...

Apple bringing media apps into compliance with in-app purchase guidelines
July 5, 2011 | 11:58 am

apple-logo1[1]Although the deadline for iPhone apps to be brought in line with Apple’s new in-app purchase rules recently passed, InfoWorld reports that Apple is still quietly working with developers to bring apps into compliance before the company begins enforcing the restrictions. Under the current form of Apple’s in-app purchase guidelines, apps such as Amazon’s Kindle app can continue allowing users to download externally-purchased content as long as there is no link or button within the app to redirect the iPhone user to the external purchasing source. At the time of the policy's announcement, All...

Apple deadline passes, major ebook apps still unchanged on App Store
July 1, 2011 | 9:57 am

Update: Macworld just posted that an unnamed Apple source says Apple is currently working with developers to bring their apps in line with the new guidelines, and that we can expect to see modified app updates appearing in the coming days or weeks. [Original post follows.] Despite all the threats, blog outrage, and speculation around Apple's new rules for content apps over the past several months, as of this morning the three major ebooksellers' apps already available on Apple's App Store—Kindle, Nook, and Kobo—remain unchanged and available for download. (Sony never got a chance to play.) Kindle and Nook both offer a...

iBooks fails to set e-book world on fire
April 26, 2011 | 9:15 am

If the iPad was supposed to be a magic bullet for e-books, why hasn’t iBooks made more of a splash in the e-book market? Jason Bennett asks the question in an entry on Melville House Publishing’s blog, pointing to the much higher Kindle (24%) than iPad 1 (13%) ownership among those waiting in line to buy an iPad 2, and Apple’s overall cageyness about iBooks sales in its quarterly report. Apple certainly hasn’t seen fit to go to some of the lengths Amazon or Barnes and Noble have for providing more avenues of sale for their books. There...

Apple rejects Orange e-book app due to in-app purchase policy change, but Amazon and Kobo updates squeak by
March 20, 2011 | 5:47 pm

orange06FutureBook reports that UK mobile company Orange released an Orange Book Club Android app, allowing customers to browse and download thousands of books, billing them directly to their Orange mobile accounts. However, an iOS version of the application is nowhere to be found. It turns out that Orange submitted the iOS app at the same time as Apple announced its in-app purchasing policy change, requiring applications to direct in-app purchases through the app store, to the tune of a 30% cut of the revenue. An Orange spokeswoman said, "Orange had submitted the Apple app at the same...

Windows/iPhone/iPad e-book app review: Nook Reader
March 13, 2011 | 7:09 pm

Since posting my review of Diane Duane’s Young Wizards series, I have been moved to go back and reread the entire thing, including the latest book that was released only recently. And a couple months ago I had purchased a $20 Groupon to Barnes & Noble, which was only good through April. So it seemed like a reasonable excuse to snag the e-books and do some reading—especially since the books were so reasonably priced. Which, in turn, was a good excuse to get around to reviewing the new Nook e-reader for the iPad, iPhone, and Windows Desktop and see...

More rumors suggest free Kindles for Prime subscribers may be in the offing
March 9, 2011 | 2:19 am

free[1]More rumors are flying around about Amazon giving away Kindle e-readers for free, probably to Prime members. This time CNET’s Crave blog picks up on it. Though it doesn’t mention the price point chart I brought up a few days ago, it does link to a GeekWire interview with a venture capitalist who used to be on the Kindle team at Amazon, which in turn links to a CNN piece which mentions it. Taken together, the pieces make some good arguments. The Kindles have always been loss leaders—Amazon makes its money off the e-books (especially now that agency pricing...

Is Kindle for the Web Amazon’s answer to in-app purchase restrictions?
February 24, 2011 | 11:17 pm

ScreenClip(10)Fortune reports Merril Lynch analysts believe that Apple’s new in-app purchase policy could cost Amazon $80 to $160 million per year in lost revenue from Kindle sales. However, on his blog “@chuckdude,” Chuck Toporek writes about why he thinks Amazon isn’t worried over the matter of Apple’s in-app purchasing fee changes. He notes that Amazon has been working on Kindle for the Web, which will soon bring the full text of Kindle e-books to web browsers. The point I’m trying to make here is that the reason we haven’t heard Jeff Bezos screaming about this recent...

Readability runs afoul of Apple’s in-app subscription policy
February 21, 2011 | 11:38 am

Remember Readability’s new plan for providing a read-it-later service with a monthly fee they could use partly to compensate the producers of web-based media for people using Readability to cut out the ads? It’s run smack into Apple’s position on subscription-based iOS applications. It seems that Apple considers this plan to be of a piece with magazine and other apps that offer subscriptions. MG Siegler writes at TechCrunch: Readability details the rejection and their feeling on it on their blog today (which is down at the moment). But let’s just say they’re not happy. The...

Kindle page numbering scheme still contentious
January 31, 2011 | 7:51 pm

CNet’s David Carnoy has an article and poll pertaining to the thorny issue of Amazon’s Kindle page (or, rather, location) numbering scheme. Carnoy looks at the controversy as expressed in a number of Amazon discussion forum threads—some find, as Amazon notes, that it makes a good alternative to page numbers that will have to be recalculated every time orientation or font is changed. Others are less sanguine about it, and as Sayre’s Law would predict, emotions run quite high over a largely trivial issue. "Keep in mind that his [Bezos'] background is engineering and computer science,...

Apple enforcement of in-app purchase clause may imperil e-book apps
January 24, 2011 | 11:21 pm

A shot fired by Apple in the ongoing e-magazine controversy could end up having profound implications for reading non-iBooks e-books on iOS devices. It’s no surprise that speculation has been rife about whether Apple was going to kill other e-book apps on its iOS platform ever since in-app purchases were first made available, and again when Apple launched iBooks. After all, apps like eReader and Kindle and Nook and Kobo allow people to buy and download content completely outside the auspices of its in-app purchase store, without Apple getting its 30% cut of the take. So far all our...

Kindle sales figures leak; beats analyst estimates by 60%
December 22, 2010 | 1:19 am

kindle_new_oldBloomberg has a report from anonymous sources close to Amazon who are shedding some light on how well the Kindle devices have been selling. If the figures can be trusted, Amazon sold 2.4 million Kindles in 2009, and expects to have sold more than 8 million in 2010. That’s 3 million units or 60% higher than the 5 million sales analysts estimated. Of course, as the article points out, the millions of devices Amazon is selling are only part of the story. Amazon has also been coming out with software for just about every other hand-held device operating...

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