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My thoughts on the new Amazon Kindle lineup
September 18, 2014 | 2:21 pm

amazon kindleIn today's Morning Links, there was a full report on the new Amazon Kindle lineup. Some of it interested me and some of it didn't. Here were some key points I took out of Amazon's news, and some commentary on why it either hit the mark for me or fell flat. 1) Updated iOS apps. I was not clear on whether the app required iOS 8 or was merely a refresh in anticipation of it, but I am looking forward to having cut and paste options at last. I often paste favourite quotes into Evernote for future reference, and this will...

Today only: Amazon knocks $80 off 8.9” Kindle Fire HD refurb
May 19, 2014 | 6:28 am

Just got notification of Amazon’s latest Gold Box deal: its 8.9” 4G LTE Kindle Fire HD tablets, refurbished, at $80 off retail. That knocks the 32 GB version from $300 down to $220, and the 64 from $350 to $270. Full 1 year warranty included; the AT&T 4G LTE data plan costs extra. Not really sure this is necessarily a huge bargain. $80 isn’t all that big a discount for a refurbished product, Also, the Fire tablets are too closely tied to Amazon’s own content ecosystem to count as a true general-purpose Android tablet; one of the attendant problems...

OverDrive e-books available for Kindle FreeTime
May 7, 2014 | 2:14 pm

kindle freetimeOverDrive’s e-books will be available on Kindle FreeTime, the company announced today. FreeTime is a free feature on Kindle Fire tablets that allows parents to limit a child’s screen time or restrict certain segments to ensure safe usage. FreeTime content is separated into educational or entertainment categories. OverDrive offers schools and libraries use of its e-books from more than 800 publishers. There are thousands of children’s books available through OverDrive. Parents can add e-books they want to FreeTime by following these steps: Go to the “Manage Content & Subscription” section in FreeTime by taking the following steps: 1) On the Start screen for FreeTime,...

Customers use Amazon Mayday button in unique ways
April 13, 2014 | 1:11 pm

Amazon MayDay Kindle Fire HDX owners may have used the Amazon Mayday button for assistance with their gadget, but not everyone is looking for technical help with their devices. In a letter from Jeff Bezos to shareholders on Thursday, Bezos recounted some of the more interesting ways customers have used the ‘Mayday’ button. - Mayday Tech Advisors have had 35 marriage proposals - 475 customers have asked to talk to ‘Amy,’ the Mayday television personality - 109 customers asked for help in ordering a pizza (Pizza Hut was the slim favorite over Domino’s) - 44 Mayday advisors have sung happy birthday to customers - There were 648 instances...

Amazon launches interest-free Kindle installment plan
March 14, 2014 | 2:20 pm

kindleinstallmentsAmazon just keeps coming up with ways to get its devices into more and more people’s hands. So maybe you can’t afford $139 for a 7” Kindle Fire HD tablet, or $69 for a basic Kindle e-reader, in one chunk. Now Amazon will let you pay it in five monthly installments. They aren’t even tacking on any interest. You pay 20% of the device price at purchase, then make four more equal payments in the same amount every thirty days, directly from your credit card. That works out to five $27.80 payments for the 7” tablet, or $13.80...

Scribd for Kindle Fire released today
January 29, 2014 | 8:32 am

scribd for kindle fireGood news today for Kindle Fire users who are interested in an ebook subscription service. The company is celebrating 3 million downloads of its Android and iOS apps by releasing Scribd for Kindle Fire. However, the app is not available in the Amazon App Store. You'll need to use this link to download it. If you're not familiar with side loading apps onto a Kindle Fire, they've included instructions. I reached out to Scribd with some questions, and Jared Friedman answered them. TeleRead: I see the new app is not available from the Amazon App store. Were they reluctant to have a rival...

Amazon ranked #1 in customer satisfaction again; knocks $30 off Fire tablets to celebrate
January 9, 2014 | 3:13 pm

In honor of being ranked #1 in customer satisfaction during the holiday shopping season for the 9th year in a row by the ForeSee Experience Index, Amazon has announced it is knocking $30 off all Kindle Fire tablets until 11:59 p.m. Pacific time, January 11th. That would knock the base model 7” Kindle Fire HD down to $109, the 7” HDX (with the new Mayday Button) or the 8.9” HD down to $199, and the 8.9” HDX down to $349. Not bad pricing, all in all, if that’s what you’re looking for in a tablet. To take advantage of...

CIRP Amazon Kindle report says: Hey, big (Kindle) spender
December 14, 2013 | 7:30 pm

A report circulating at the moment, and being extensively quoted, from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP), gives the research company's lowdown on the status of the Kindle market, based on a survey of 300 "US customers of Amazon.com from the three-month period ending November 15, 2013." Without accurate numbers from Amazon itself, this is one of the most valuable data snapshots of actual Kindle use and spending - and its implications for Amazon and the book business. CIRP calculated that the Amazon Kindle platform in the US has "an installed base of approximately 20.5 million units, as of September 30, 2013. Amazon Kindle...

Amazon Releases Kindle Fire 3.1 Update. Lots of Cool Features
November 18, 2013 | 3:34 pm

kindle fire update 3.1Amazon has released Kindle Fire update 3.1 , which adds many new features, including GoodReads integration, which we knew was coming eventually, and the ability to "fling movies and TV shows from your tablet to your TV." OS updates don't usually use that kind of whimsical language, so hooray for Amazon. Not being a Fire owner, I can't comment on how well the new or improved features work, but I can say it's a darned impressive changelog. Goodreads integration combines what Amazon emphasizes is the world’s largest e-reading community with the world’s largest community of book lovers. Second Screen lets you fling movies and...

Amazon Offering $40 Digital Credit With Purchase of Kindle Fire
November 12, 2013 | 10:44 am

kindle fireStill thinking about a new Kindle Fire but hesitant about the price? Amazon is offering a tempting deal until tomorrow. Buy any new Kindle Fire (including last year's model) and get a $40 credit toward digital content. That covers music, Amazon Instant Video, Kindle books or Amazon App Store apps. Here's the link with details. One thing to remember. The credit expires on March 31, 2014. There was also this item in the fine print The digital content promotional credit can only be used to redeem up to $25 off purchases of titles in the Kindle Book Store, Amazon Instant Video Store, Amazon...

Viz Manga Comes to a Kindle Near You
October 6, 2013 | 2:31 pm

I saw the story in Publisher’s Weekly, which was little more than the text of a press release. My first thought was “Cool! Manga on the Fire and Paperwhite.” Then I dug a little deeper and discovered the story wasn’t quite as impressive as it first seemed. Turns out that Viz manga were available on the Kindle Fire, using the Viz Media app, which is available in the Amazon app store. So it’s not quite as new and cool as it first sounded. But if you’re a manga fan, it’s still worth paying attention. Why? Because the Kindle versions are readable...

Kindle Fire Surpasses iPad for Children’s Reading
August 29, 2013 | 9:31 pm

According to a new report by Digital Book World and Play Collective (love that name!), kids who read digitally now do so more on Kindle Fires than iPads: 27 percent on the Fire vs. 20 percent on an iPad. That's a switch from eight months ago when it was 20 percent Fire, 22 percent iPad. Not surprisingly, there's also been an increase in the number of children who have access to tablets. About 84 percent of children who read digitally have access to a tablet, up from 72 percent in January. All figures are for the U.S. only. My kid is way beyond this...