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Amazon Boasts New Generation Kindle Sales

Posted in kindle by Darrin Olson on August 26th, 2010

New Kindle Pre-Order SalesAmazon.com released an announcement on Wednesday bragging up sales of its new generation Kindles along with touting earlier-than-planned shipping which started Wednesday, two days ahead of schedule. Unfortunately Amazon didn’t exactly say how many of the new Kindles they have sold, but they seem to be pretty sure it’s a lot.

What they did say is that they’ve sold more of this new version in the first four weeks of pre-sales than they have with any other new version. Amazon also reports that the Kindle was still the best-selling item for Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk overall. No doubt this must be partly because the Kindle seems to be the most advertised item on Amazon’s home page.

Amazon says the newest version of the device is smaller, lighter, turns pages faster, can hold twice the number of books and …

Amazon has 61% of E-Book Market

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on August 7th, 2010

Amazon still has a comfortable lead over Apple and other competitors in the US e-book market, according to an analysis by RR Bowker. The group claims that Amazon’s Kindle Store controlled 61 percent of e-book downloads.

Barnes & Noble’s store has 20 percent while Sony has five percent. Apple’s market share for the iBookstore wasn’t published at the time of the study, but was less than five percent. Amazon also has the largest device market share, at 40 percent, and reading directly on a computer comes in second.

Kindle Store in the UK now open

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on August 5th, 2010

Amazon.co.uk has started to ship its recently announced Kindle to those living in the UK, and while they were at it, they have also opened the UK Kindle Store. £149 will get you the 3G model, while for £119 you can get the Wi-Fi-only model. Digital books range from £3 to £11.

The UK Kindle Store will have a wide range of titles, with the usual New Releases and Bestsellers. You can pick from more than 170 top UK and international newspapers and magazines. All subscriptions will be delivered automatically to your Kindle, and there’s a free 14-day trial.

New Amazon Kindle sold out until September

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on August 2nd, 2010

Well, that didn’t take long. Amazon only announced the third generation Kindle last week, and started selling it, now it seems that this new lower priced Kindle has been extremely popular as it is now sold out until September. Both the WiFi and 3G models of the new Amazon Kindle are ‘temporarily sold out’ and new orders may not ship until the 4th of September 2010.

Obviously the big draw is the new price. The WiFi only model retails for $139 and a 3G model retails for $189 and the new Kindle is thinner and lighter than the previous model.

New Amazon Kindle Cases are ready

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on August 1st, 2010

Along with new Kindles, come new accessories. Some cases are already showing up for the new Kindle. Both are made of genuine leather and available in a folder-style design with an elastic strap to keep the Kindle safe.

These are lined with soft grey microfiber and since the new Kindle is thinner and lighter, the case is also a little slimmer and easier to carry around. One of these new cases even has a swivel out light allowing you to read in the dark.

New Kindles now available for pre-order

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on July 28th, 2010

Well, that didn’t take long. If the new Kindle models get your reading juices flowing and you are a true bookworm, they’re now on Amazon and available for pre-order.

Both the WiFi-only and WiFi / 3G models are shipping on August 27th, so you won’t have too long of a wait. The former comes in graphite and the latter in graphite and white options. The prices are shown above. Are you getting one or do you have your eyes and heart set on an iPad?

Amazon runs out of Kindles ahead of new model

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on July 28th, 2010

Today Amazon set some tongues wagging by running out of stock of the six-inch Kindle. In the first shortage since 2009, the reader is listed as unavailable but more interestingly doesn’t have an estimated in-stock date. Shoppers are simply told that they will be e-mailed when Amazon learns more.

It could just be due to the price drop to $189. The Kindle device did see sales spike after the cut. The timing is curious though, since the next-generation Kindle is rumored to be shipping in August. Hopefully the next Kindle will have more in common with the iPad.

Does the iPad make Kindle owners feel ashamed of their device?

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on July 26th, 2010

When a better gadget comes along and you are stuck with the old and less flashy version, do you feel ashamed? Richard Stephenson over at Folio recently wrote about how magazine publishers are getting their content onto the iPad, and shared an interesting anecdote about how the shiny, sexy iPad has made some Kindle owners feel ashamed of their “relic.”

I can see that. Feeling frustrated at least. You want the sexy model, but there you are stuck with this old has-been. The iPad is a sleek, full-color touchscreen device where e-reading as just one of its abilities. But to really be ashamed of your Kindle? It’s just a device.

Amazon’s graphite Kindle DX now shipping

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on July 7th, 2010

Amazon is keeping it’s word about the graphite Kindle DX shipping today. The first shipping notices are now going out. You should have it very soon.

The e-reader is also still listed as in stock, so it looks everything is good if for some reason you didn’t get your pre-order in on time. Maybe they have a larger supply or perhaps there is a reduced demand, you make the call.

Amazon Kindle Editions with video and audio

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on June 28th, 2010

Sadly, Amazon didn’t just release a new Kindle that does motion video with embedded audio. But Amazon did just update the content for the Kindle app running on Apple devices, which will give a few books some multimedia.

As an example, Rick Steves’ London Kindle Edition with audio/video features walking tours with Rick narrating. Meanwhile recipe books could feature video tips etc. Unfortunately, right now it looks like there are only about a dozen titles classified as “Kindle Edition with Audio/Video”. Amazon seems to be testing the waters here.

Amazon Kindle drops to $189

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on June 21st, 2010

Look at this. Just hours after Barnes & Noble came out with a $149 WiFi-only version of its Nook and a $199 3G Nook, here comes Amazon hitting back in a move that should cut into B&N’s sales.

Now the $259 Kindle 2, with global 3G and the 6-ink E Ink display, is now the $189 Kindle 2. Aside from that you can also enjoy free 2-day shipping. Which will you go for? A nook or a Kindle?

Kindle 2.5 Firmware Update available in the US

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on June 15th, 2010

It’s been a long bumpy road for the 2.5 update, but Kindle owners in the US can finally have it. The Kindle 2.5 firmware update has been available for international users for a few days and now it’s available for US Kindle owners.

Just leave the wireless on your Kindle turned on, and the magic will happen. The 2.5 firmware update includes the following. Collections: To help you organize your books and documents. Facebook & Twitter Posts: Allows you to share your notes and highlighted book passages with friends on Facebook and Twitter. You can also see what the Kindle community thinks are the most interesting passages in the books you’re reading and now you can zoom into PDFs and pan easily. There’s also Password Protection and more font sizes with improved Clarity.

KlearKase Kindle waterproof case

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on June 11th, 2010

Two Kindle cases in two days. Maybe reading books isn’t dead after all. The KlearKase press release even goes so far as bad mouthing yesterday’s M-Edge Guardian for being twice as expensive and thrice as heavy. I guess the Kindle waterproof case wars have begun.

This 6-ounce polycarbonate case will cost you just $39.99 and Amazon will have them available by the end of the month. This one does look cooler than the M-Edge. What do you think?

Kindle gets its first waterproof case

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on June 10th, 2010

Now you can hang out in the pool without worrying about killing your Kindle. M-Edge’s Guardian case will protect your Kindle from water. It’s expensive at $80, but you are protecting a $260 ereader, so it’s worth it.

Wired has reviewed it and they seem to think it’s worth the money, but there are some issues. For one, there’s no access to the power button, and it’s also pretty heavy at 484grams. If those things are okay with you, it comes in black, red and blue.

Kindle 2.5 update pushed back

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on June 3rd, 2010

If you got the Kindle 2.5 firmware update, consider yourself lucky. Amazon has announced that it’s pushing back the update for everyone else. They need to make some “small adjustments” based on user feedback.

We have no idea what those adjustments are and Amazon isn’t offering a new date for the update. So we will know whenever they see fit to tell us. All we know is that they will be rolling out to “more users over the coming weeks.”