Posts tagged kindle
Amazon to partner with AT&T for its smartphone service, sources say
June 17, 2014 | 9:09 am
An iconoclastic company introduces a new cell phone, and announces it will be available exclusively through AT&T. Anyone feel like it’s 2007 again? The Wall Street Journal reports (paywalled; google the headline to get the full article) that anonymous sources have revealed Amazon’s new smartphone, to be announced tomorrow, will be available exclusively through AT&T. AT&T is already the service provider for Kindle tablets and e-readers, so it’s not exactly a surprise. It’s amusing that Amazon is taking a page from its rival Apple’s book, with Apple’s very own former dance partner yet. I suppose AT&T’s been hurting a...
Amazon could ‘attack’ Android…but why would it want to?
June 15, 2014 | 3:48 pm
So, investment tea-leaf-reading site Seeking Alpha has a piece by Panabee Research on ways that Amazon could “attack” Android with its new device, presumably a smartphone, it will be announcing this week. Noting that Amazon has historically sold its hardware devices at close to their wholesale cost and made most of its money from content sales, Panabee believes Amazon should go with “a volume strategy and an attack on Android.” Because Android is so fragmented, Amazon doesn’t require a large market share in order to “threaten Android and present a compelling alternative to developers.” The article goes on to...
Weekend Links: Father’s Day Kindle sale. Evolution of the Sony Reader and more
June 15, 2014 | 10:52 am
Kindles on Sale for Father's Day (GalleyCat) Amazon is running a Father’s Day sale on Kindle Fire HDX devices and Amazon Fire TV devices. *** The Evolution of the Sony Reader---in Pictures (GoodeReader) There is a long storied history of Sony being involved in the e-Reader sector and they released more models than anyone in the entire industry. *** Four Ways to Rock Goodread's New Ask the Author Feature (Digital Book World) At the 2014 BEA Conference, Patrick Brown, Director of Author Marketing at Goodreads offered some tips for authors to get the most out of this new feature. *** Self-Published eBooks Accounted for Half of the Growth of...
Morning Roundup: Ambassador sworn in on Kindle. Indigo flounders and more
June 10, 2014 | 9:00 am
Kindle Used to Swear in US Ambassador (GalleyCat) Suzi LeVine, the US Ambassador to Switzerland & Liechtenstein, became the first ambassador to be sworn in with a Kindle. *** Indigo Flounders as Tech & Lifestyle Gambit Fails (GoodeReader) Indigo bet big in 2013 with their gravitational shift from selling books to peddling pillows, wine glasses and gourmet chocolate. *** Open Road Launches Series for Controversial Works (Publishers Weekly) Open Road Media is launching Forbidden Bookshelf, a series devoted to "resurrecting books that focused on issues and events that are too often left in the dark." *** Did Amazon Just Ban Suggestive Covers from the Kindle Store? (The Digital...
Morning Roundup: Kobo offers Father’s Day deals and more
June 6, 2014 | 11:48 am
Morning Roundup: OSX 10.10 Yosemite; Amazon monopsony and more
June 4, 2014 | 10:23 am
Apple took the wraps off of OS X at the WorldWide Developer's Conference today, dubbed "Yosemite." It'll feature a new interface with elements of iOS 7's "flat" design and color scheme, new interface, updates to iCloud and Mail, features to sync iOS and OS X devices, and more....
Morning Roundup: IndieReader Discovery Awards and more
June 3, 2014 | 10:26 am
Don’t be ‘That Guy’
June 2, 2014 | 6:06 pm
Over the last few days, someone on one of the forums I frequent has started screaming bloody murder about a Kindle technical problem. I’m not going to say who or where (and I’d ask that any commenters who know who I’m talking about please do the same), because it’s not my intention to “name and shame.” I’ll just call him That Guy. Anyway, That Guy has posted his rant across three different forum boards, accusing Amazon of “fraud” because he can’t get his e-books to sync to the second Kindle on his account from the “Manage Your Content &...
The Morning Roundup: ‘Media Shield’ Amendment and more
June 2, 2014 | 9:08 am
Confused by eBooks? Welcome to the Crowd (Author U) Is Amazon for eBooks the only game in town? -- Classroom into Newsroom: 9 Steps to a Multimedia Class Project (Media Shift) Like many of you, I embrace the guide-on-the-side model for teaching vs. the sage-on-the-stage version. -- House Approves 'Media Shield' Amendment, as Reporter Reveals 2011 Subpoena Fight (Boing Boing) The House of Representatives today voted 225-183 to approve an appropriations bill amendment that bars the Justice Department from forcing reporters to testify about their confidential sources. -- My...
Whither the Kindle Killer?
May 29, 2014 | 7:01 am
Found via Slashdot: Larry Press plaintively wonders why nobody’s come up with a “Kindle Killer” yet. He notes a whole host of ways the Kindle falls short of perfection—lack of voice recognition or full interface capability with a computer, for example—and thinks such a device really should be a “low-hanging fruit” for one of the big device makers. I’ll tell you why, Larry. The demand isn’t there. Maybe folks like you who like to get the most out of their devices would want such a thing, but the vast majority of the lowest-common-denominator general public—the ones who actually buy...
Which Hachette books are affected by Amazon spat, and why Kindle users are locked in
May 29, 2014 | 6:34 am
Here’s some more assorted Amazon/Hachette coverage. First of all, Gizmodo has some examples of the books you find on “Amazon’s hit list,” with charts comparing pricing and availability at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The article itself is rather slanted, concluding with the call to action, “Amazon has every right to fight dirty. And you have every right to show them the consequences.” Nonetheless, the charts are interesting. It’s also interesting to look at at where the story slants are. You see plenty of pro-Hachette/anti-Amazon stuff in the media and the commercial blog networks (Gizmodo, GigaOm, etc.) and the...
The Kobo (and Kindle) in pictures
May 28, 2014 | 1:25 pm
Awhile ago, GoodeReader posted a great little write-up showing the evolution of the Kindle---in pictures, and with capsule reviews and commentary. It showed how the Kindle went from big-ish and clunky, with a built-in keyboard, to small and sleek and button-free. Now, they are back, giving the Kobo Reader the same treatment. The Kobo's evolution has been less dramatic---the shape and style has stayed pretty consistent over the past few years. But the Kobo too has gone button-free, acquired a front light and shrunk in size and weight a little. These are fun little galleries to browse. Enjoy!...