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New Kindle Paperwhite Now Available for Pre-order: Should you upgrade?
September 5, 2013 | 12:35 pm

We've thought it was coming soon. Paperwhites were going out of stock, and it was getting close to the time Amazon typically releases new devices. They are now available for pre-order. So the question is, as always, should I upgrade? While it looks like a nice device, and it is the same price as the original Paperwhite, it does look like an incremental upgrade. The screen is supposed to be higher contrast, and they say they've improved the integrated light. That's a good thing. Lots of people were unhappy with the original light, although, to be fair, it wasn't always clear if...

Morning Roundup: What Bezos told the WaPo about his plans for the paper
September 4, 2013 | 11:32 am

BezosWattpad Unveils Exclusive Content from Margaret Atwood's MaddAdam Trilogy (Good e-Reader) Today, to coincide with the global release of Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam, Wattpad and Doubleday have teamed up to share an exclusive essay from Atwood revealing insights into the development of the critically-acclaimed dystopian trilogy which also includes Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood. * * * Lemony Snicket Selects and Annotates Poetry (GalleyCat) Bestselling children’s author Lemony Snicket has selected and annotated 20 different poems for a special called “Poetry Not Written for Children That Children Might Nevertheless Enjoy” portfolio in the September 2013 issue of Poetry magazine. * * * The...

Amazon expands Kindle Store and KDP to Mexico
August 29, 2013 | 9:10 pm

Amazon Kindle PaperwhiteAmazon has expanded its Kindle Store into Mexico, the company announced Thursday. More than two million books will be initially offered in the new Kindle Store, including more than 1,500 free e-books and best-selling Spanish-language books. There should be more books popping into the Mexico Kindle Store because Amazon also announced Kindle Direct Publishing for Mexican authors and publishers. This will give indie authors a bigger reach into a Mexican audience. “The vast majority of Mexicans do not have access to a bookstore in their town, so we’re happy to launch the Mexico Kindle Store today and bring a huge bookstore with over...

Survey shows Chinese still don’t want to pay for e-books
July 19, 2013 | 2:58 pm

ChinaStill don’t want to pay for e-books? You're not alone. A recent survey in China shows that many Chinese readers still have not bought e-books. The survey, which was conducted by OpenBook Co., found that just one in every four Chinese residents have paid for an e-book, the same ratio it found in 2010 when the survey was last conducted, according to Xinhua, an online Chinese news magazine. More than 8,000 people took the survey. The digital divide may be growing even bigger in China. From the article: "Of the 3,561 respondents polled at bookstores this year, seven times more people have never paid for...

Amazon calls all change to Kindle across German stations
June 13, 2013 | 11:46 am

Amazon Following my earlier report on Barnes & Noble’s plans for the German market, Amazon now seems to be taking up the challenge with a new ad campaign, according to Germany’s Buchreport.de. The news and information portal of the principal magazine for the German-language book market shows a banner and tent installation campaign across the German rail network, with one of the major slogans roughly translating as: “Please change … to the text size of your choice.” “Is this Amazon’s answer to the Tolino offensive?” asks Buchreport, referring to the German publishing industry’s own Tolino e-reader platform, featured at the bottom of the same...

Why I Finally Broke Down and Ordered a Kindle Paperwhite
February 25, 2013 | 2:59 pm

Amazon Kindle PaperwhiteBy Nico Vreeland Ever since we first started ChamberFour.com, I’ve been staunchly anti-Kindle. I’ve disliked like Amazon’s DRM scheme, its reluctance to adopt library e-books, its inhuman use of “Locations” instead of page numbers, its attempt to hardball Macmillan by refusing to sell Macmillan books—the list goes on. When a Sony Reader was the only decent non-Kindle choice, I bought a Sony Reader. When the Nook Color came out, I got one of those. I’ve given my sister another Sony, and my mother a Kobo, and I’ve stayed firmly Kindle-less for more than four years now. But that changed last week, when I broke down and ordered the Kindle...

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......

Is Amazon’s Acquisition of Ivona good or bad for disabled e-library users?
January 24, 2013 | 3:45 pm

Well, guess which Seattle-based  megaconglomerate has just bought Ivona Software (Web site here, Wikipedia entry here)—perhaps the world’s best provider of text to speech to use with e-books and other texts? That’s right, Amazon. It’s already using an Ivona voice in the Kindle Fire, and Ivona tech is also powering “Voice Guide” and “Explore by Touch.” Too bad those features aren’t available on the Paperwhite so far. Deliberate intra-brand market segmentation? Stinks either way. At any rate, even now, you can see Jeff Bezos’ corporate branding on the Ivona site. It’s too early to know how this will shake out for library users with disabilities and for other...

Amazon’s New Kindle E-Readers Now Available in Canada
January 24, 2013 | 11:00 am

  By Adrian Diaconescu   Though you can fly, drive, take the bus or even walk from American to Canadian soil whenever you want, Amazon has never been as open to Canada as it has to the States. Case in point, the latest Kindle e-readers, available in the U.S. ever since September 2012, but released up north just now. The delay has been definitely disappointing, not to mention illogical, but if you’re still looking to score one of the new members of the Kindle family you’re in for some pretty nice deals. The cheapest device goes for just CAD $89, which is basically the same price...

Morning Links — News Updates from Kobo, Amazon and Apple
January 24, 2013 | 9:00 am

Tim Cook to Apple Investors: Keep Calm & Stop Listening to Rumours (GigaOM) University Libraries Test eBook Sharing (uNews) Amazon Launches Kindle Paperwhite in Canada (CBC) Kobo Hired Former Apple Director to Oversee International Strategy (Paid Content) Kindle Daily Deals: Seven Best American Stories of 2012 Books (and others)...

Calling for the demise of E Ink readers is premature
January 13, 2013 | 9:30 am

By Juli Monroe I’ve been reading posts saying that “E-Ink is dead” for, well, years now. The general argument goes something like this: “People really want tablets. They don’t want a single-function device. E-ink is too slow to refresh and isn’t good for anything except reading books. And people don’t read anyway.” All of those things are true (well, except for that last one), but it misses the point. I’m active on Kindleboards, an online forum for Kindle lovers, and discussion, purchasing and love for the E Ink Kindles is alive and well. The Kindle Paperwhite was sold out through most of the holiday season,...

Hands on with the Kindle Touch update
January 10, 2013 | 4:07 pm

Amazon Kindle Touch software update   By Juli Monroe | for Technology Tell Amazon released a software update for the Kindle Touch yesterday—Wednesday, January 10—and I’ve been trying it out. (Click here for software updating instructions.) My verdict? I really like it. There had been concern that Amazon would abandon the Touch when the Paperwhite came out, and I was glad to see it wasn’t true. I’d been thinking about the Paperwhite for two reasons: added fonts and the 'Time to Read' feature. Time to Read looked very cool, especially to someone who was coming from a Nook Color that told me how many pages were left in a chapter....