Posts tagged kindle
Amazon gives away 30 free Android apps June 27, 28
June 27, 2014 | 3:36 pm
If you’ve got an Android tablet and are looking for something fun to put on it, don’t miss this Amazon giveaway. Instead of just one app, today Amazon’s giving away thirty with a combined total value of over $100. And these aren’t some random apps you’ve never heard of, either. Gizmodo has a rundown of some of the better ones. The list includes the Plex media streamer, AccuWeather Platinum (a great weather app, which I personally used myself already), Notepad+, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, and more. Most of them will work with any Android tablet, as long as you’ve...
‘Boom’ goes bust with Byliner
June 20, 2014 | 10:30 am
In the New York Times, Tony Horwitz writes a cautionary tale about his travails with a small e-publisher called Byliner. a Kindle Singles publisher who’s shown up a few times in TeleRead. Horwitz had been asked by a new e-zine called The Global Mail to do a long-form work on the Keystone XL pipeline, to the tune of $15,000, plus $5,000 for expenses. So Horwitz traveled, did his research, and wrote a 40,000-word piece from the experience. As he was writing, the Global Mail informed him they had arranged a deal to co-publish with Byliner, who “thought we might...
Amazon’s Fire Phone is the smartphone for people who love Amazon
June 18, 2014 | 3:40 pm
Well, the Amazon launch event just wrapped, and there are articles covering all the details all over the place. (Here’s a good one at Ars Technica plus our own Juli Monroe wrote one.) The Amazon Fire Phone (what a creative and original name!) is pretty much as expected from all the rumors. It has decent specs (quad-core 2.2 GHz Snapdragon 800 CPU, Adreno 330 GPU, 2 GB RAM; 4.7” IPS Gorilla Glass 1280x720 display) four head-tracking cameras for lenticular 3D effects, a 13 megapixel image-stabilized rear facing camera, and a few other neat gizmos like that. It does have...
Joyland mistaken identity brings royalty joy to author of other ‘Joyland’ book
June 17, 2014 | 6:42 pm
Remember when Stephen King expressly declined to put out an e-book edition of his new novel Joyland, out of nostalgia for the experience of reading paperbacks when he was a kid? He preferred instead that readers should have to “stir their sticks” to go and get a real print book. It turns out to have had the most amusing side-effect. You see, eight years ago, an author named Emily Schultz wrote another novel called Joyland. And shortly after King’s book of that title came out, Schultz suddenly started getting angry and confused Amazon reviews from people who bought her...
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 &...