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What does the popularity of 7-inch tablets mean for the publishing industry?
November 24, 2012 | 4:38 pm

Amazon Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD, tablets  By James Sturdivant | for Publishing Business Today In September, Amazon announced several new tablets, including the 7-inch and 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD, which, along with Microsoft's new Surface tablet, are expected give Apple's iPad mini a run for its money this holiday season. Appearing along with the Kindle Fire HD at launch were new tablet editions of Better Homes & Gardens, Reader’s Digest, National Geographic, and several Condé Nast titles, all powered by Adobe's digital publishing software and optimized for the Fire's 4G LTE wireless and Wi-Fi, HD display, high-performance processor and dual stereo speakers. Publishing Business Today asked Lynly Schambers-Lenox, Group Product Marketing Manager, Digital...

Amazon Dips its Toes into the Educational Pool
November 14, 2012 | 4:22 pm

Kindle Fire use in the classroomBy Caroline Ross It may be called Whispercast, but the shiny new organizational tool from Amazon may just have the potential to make school districts and teachers shout from the rooftops with joy. Okay, that last statement was a bit of hyperbole. But if Amazon's Whispercast has managed to solve the issues some school board members have with the iPad, then the Kindle (not the iPad) may end up dominating U.S. classrooms. In a nutshell, Whispercast is a free, Kindle-compatible system that was designed specifically with instructors and business professionals in mind. The concept is rather simple: it allows a central user (an employer...

Amazon discontinues the Kindle DX
October 17, 2012 | 7:35 pm

Amazon Kindle DX discontinuedThe eBook Reader blog reports that, after first marking it down from $379 to $299, and not updating it for years, Amazon has quietly removed the Kindle DX from its Kindle family listings. It is now only available via third-party merchants, and there is no sign of any possible replacement. It didn’t seem to me that there ever really was that much of a market for the DX. It was too big to be easily pocketable the way the smaller readers are, and too monochrome to be desirable for displaying things like textbooks. The Kindle Fire HD will boast the same...

Kindle Paperwhite to be available at Waterstones by Halloween
October 16, 2012 | 3:21 pm

Kindle Paperwhite available at WaterstonesThe Bookseller is reporting today that the European bookstore chain Waterstones will be offering the Kindle Paperwhite for sale—in-store—before the end of October. This should come as welcome news to anyone based in Western Europe who's been planing on buying a Paperwhite, but hasn't actually placed an order for the device through Amazon. According to The Bookseller post, "Amazon.co.uk has told customers that orders placed today for the Paperwhite model would not be expected to ship until the week of [November 12] 'due to popular demand' [for the device]." According to a Waterstones rep, the standard Paperwhite model will be retailing in its...

More Audiobook Fun From Amazon
October 10, 2012 | 1:45 pm

By Moe Zilla Last week I wrote about a new audiobook feature that Amazon introduced, making it easier to switch from the text version of an e-book to its professionally-narrated audiobook version. But in the same announcement, Amazon also revealed a new feature that's available in its new versions of the Kindle Fire tablet. "Immersion Reading" promises an "evolutionary multisensory reading experience that intensifies the power of great stories and helps readers retain more of what they read," Amazon explains in a press release. Translation: You'll be able to listen to a professionally-narrated audiobook at the same time that you're also reading along with the text yourself! “Immersion Reading” is now already...

Why did Wal-Mart really decide to stop selling the Kindle?
September 20, 2012 | 4:22 pm

By now, many of you have probably heard the news that Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has chosen to stop carrying the Amazon Kindle. ("This includes all Amazon Kindle models current and recently announced," according to a Wal-Mart spokesperson.) The news seems to have broken sometime this morning, after a memo sent yesterday to Wal-Mart store managers came to light. According to Reuters, "a Wal-Mart spokeswoman confirmed the decision and said the company would continue to sell 'a broad assortment' of other tablets, eReaders and accessories." I don't suppose it should come as a surprise that the statements Wal-Mart has released about the incident are so...

Kindle Fire HDs apparently can’t change line spacing …
September 17, 2012 | 12:10 pm

Kindle Fire HD tablets apparently can’t change line spacing when you’re reading an e-book. Is this part of a consumer-hostile niching initiative by Amazon to high-pressure my fellow Kindle addicts into buying more than one gizmo? Yes, I suspect—if we consider similar disappointments, such as the omission of sound in the Paperwhite E Ink reader line. Separately, it appears that at least for now, Amazon won’t offer a text-to-speech upgrade for owners of the original Fire (above photo). Let’s speak up and change that! Big thanks to Andrea for nailing this one down, and I hope other LibraryCity community participants will also raise usability issues with Amazon in a civil...

Morning Links – Stories you may have missed
September 17, 2012 | 9:22 am

            Judge Cote has preliminarily approved the states' $69M e-book pricing settlement (PaidContent) Young Adult (YA) Books Attract Growing Number of Adult Fans (Infodocket) Book Publisher Launches Educational Tablet at Manila Int'l Book Fair (Good E-Reader) Kindle Fire HD Teardown (Ifixit) Kindle Daily Deal: Secrets of the Cold War (and) Three Little Kittens...

How I turned my Kindle Fire HD from a cash register and billboard into a good machine for an e-book lover
September 16, 2012 | 10:37 am

menckenH.L. Mencken, the American iconoclast, depicted Puritanism as “the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.” Could the same idea apply to the killjoys at Amazon who so cruelly made the $199 Amazon Kindle Fire HD less of an e-book machine and more of a billboard and cash register? Granted, many readers might not object because the Web has inured them to obnoxious huckstery of just the kind that H.L. hated. And they won’t miss the apps now AWOL from the Fire’s marketplace, such as the OverDrive software to read free e-books from libraries, because they never used them in the first place. But I myself do care. Unless the...

The 7-inch iPad may not be a value product after all
September 15, 2012 | 1:07 pm

By Jeremy Hill | for Gadgetell Apple spent its entire media event this past Wednesday showing off the iPhone 5, the fifth generation iPod Touch, the iPod Nano and updated software for iOS and iTunes. We didn’t hear a peep about the fabled 7-inch iPad, so it’s fair to assume that’s being saved for a later event. However, I’m not so sure it will be the Nexus 7 destroyer many have made it out to be--assuming it’s real. Here’s the problem: The 7-inch iPad is believed to be a more budget-friendly version of the full sized iPad. It’s supposed to swoop in and completely...

Get your 7-inch 16GB Kindle Fire HD today
September 14, 2012 | 12:38 pm

By Jeremy Hill | for the Technology Tell network               Orders for the 16GB version of the 7-inch Kindle Fire HD for $199 are being accepted by Amazon today. This is the first version of the Kindle Fire HD to ship to customers, and if you happen to be one of the many who pre-ordered the device, you can probably expect it to arrive on your doorstep at some point today. Although the screen size is the same as the original Kindle Fire, the Kindle Fire HD has a 1280 × 800 pixel display (same as the Nexus 7). It’s built on Android 4.0, is powered...

Morning Roundup — Links to Start Your Day
September 12, 2012 | 9:05 am

Kindle Fire HD Roundup of Reviews {via The Digital Reader} Newspapers See Disappointing Print & Digital Ad Revenue {via Good E-Reader} Man Booker Shortlist Turns its Back on 'Readability' {via The Telegraph} Bye Bye 9.99 {via An American Editor} Kindle Daily Deal: Collision of Evil {and} Corduroy...

News Roundup: Links to start your day
September 11, 2012 | 8:50 am

• Everything You Need to Know About the Kindle Fire HD (Good E-Reader) • HarperCollins Reaches New Agreements ... on eBook Prices (NYT) • Newspapers Print Ad Losses are Larger Than Digital Gains (Poynter) • Kindle Daily Deal: Winter's Tale & Catcher's Caught...

Amazon flexes its tech muscles during Kindle Fire HD event
September 7, 2012 | 10:19 am

By Jeremy Hill | for the Technology Tell network Oh boy, Amazon pulled an Apple yesterday. The Kindle media event yesterday showed Amazon in a totally different light. Amazon showed that it’s no longer content with being an online retail giant that happens to have a tablet. Amazon is going for the whole enchilada. It wants to be number one in retail and mobile technology. Amazon proved this by announcing different Kindle Fire HD SKUs and directly taking shots at the iPad. Amazon debuted four different Kindle Fire models yesterday. Two of them have 7-inch screens, two of them have 8.9-inch screens...

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