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Kindle hitting Target stores on June 6

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

For some, a Kindle can be a large purchase. The kind of purchase that you would feel better about if you could see the device first hand. Plus it might be nice to be able to pick up some toilet paper and snacks at the same time, right?

Luckily for you, Amazon’s finally putting Kindles out into retail nationwide through Target stores. A trial run in April got the e-reader into Target’s flagship store and 102 other retail locations in south Florida, but now the $259 e-ink device will be available all over on June 6th.

Amazon Kindle to slim down in August?

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on May 29th, 2010

Well, we might not see the Kindle in color anytime soon, but Amazon seems intent on trimming down the Kindle’s fat. Bloomberg has word that the company will introduce a thinner version of its e-book reader in August. But it isn’t just the device’s thickness.

They will also enhance the screen sharpness and responsiveness. We aren’t sure yet if this will apply to current models or be a whole new reading beast. Hopefully the price will be competitive.

Kindle version 2.5 update gets Facebook and Twitter

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on April 29th, 2010

Attention all digital bookworms. Amazon just announced a 2.5 software update for the Kindle and Kindle DX. Right now, the update is being rolled out to a “limited group” of Kindle users. A general release is coming at the end of May for the rest of us.

Some of the enhancements include the ability to organize books and documents into “collections,” pan and zoom while within PDFs, Kindle password protection, two more fonts, and even the ability to “share book passages with friends on Facebook and Twitter.”

Kindle rumored to hit Target shelves on April 25th

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on April 8th, 2010

I don’t know about you, but when I’m shopping for ebook readers, Target isn’t the first place on my list to look for them. But hey why not? Barnes & Noble offer the Nook eBook reader at Best Buy stores. And rumor is that the Kindle eBook reader might be getting ready to sit on Target shelves. The rumored date is April 25th.

It will be interesting to see what happens with sales between the Kindle, Nook and iPad. Maybe the Kindle will show up at Walmart too before too long.

Kindle app finally arrives on Mac

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on March 18th, 2010

Amazon’s Kindle has released apps for both the iPhone and the PC. And now its arriving on the Mac. The Kindle app is free, and hooks you up with Amazon’s bookstore where you can buy books or check out previews of books.

With these apps, Amazon has done the smart thing and taken the ebook store as far as it will go, which is a good thing since the iPad will shake things up. I wonder what the ereader market will look like in one year.

Publisher cuts books down to 2,000 words and less for Kindle

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on February 9th, 2010

Books are great and all, but who wants to read all of those words? If only we had a company that would shorten books for us. We do. That company is called FT Press and it’s turning professional and self-help books into “Elements” and “Shorts.” Elements has between 1,000 to 2,000 words and sells for $2, while Shorts are a little longer at $3 for around 5,000 words.

This is obviously micro-blogging’s fault. Thanks Twitter. Consider this micro-reading. Timothy C. Moore, publisher of the FT Press, told The New York Times that it was “a good idea to be able to provide people with shorter, more expedient, more time-sensitive” versions of books.

M-Edge announces waterproof case for Kindle

Posted in kindle by Shane McGlaun on January 6th, 2010

If you were one of the hoards of people who had an eReader on your Christmas list this year and receiver the Kindle, you may be looking to keep the device safe. We all know that water and electronics don’t go together.

M-Edge has announced a new case for the kindle called the Guardian. The case is waterproof and even floats. The case is designed to float upright so you can read in the tub or pool with no hands. The design allows for complete use of the buttons on the Kindle.

Amazon sold more Kindle books than physical books this Christmas

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on December 27th, 2009

Amazon’s Kindle broke an important record on Xmas. On Christmas, the company sold more Kindle books than physical books. Yes, they did have a huge push for the holiday. Many people got a Kindle for Christmas and ordered a bunch of eBooks. But it’s still impressive.

The question is can they maintain this momentum? Were it not for a huge banner on their front page for the last week, begging you to buy the Kindle in time for Christmas, sales would not have been so sweet. So we aren’t sure that they can maintain strong sales, but who knows.

Kindle for iPhone now available internationally

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on December 14th, 2009

Kindle for iPhone now available internationallyMerry Christmas to the international community. The Kindle app for iPhone has launched internationally in over 60 countries. It’s very good news, tinged with some bad. The bad news? It will be localized in English.

You won’t need to find a workaround anymore. Maybe now Amazon can concentrate on adding some non-English-language books to the Kindle store. You know, for those international users.

New Kindle features for the blind and vision-impaired

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on December 7th, 2009

kindledx-sbAmazon’s Kindle is about to take things to the next level as it will soon have features for the blind and vision impaired, thanks to an audible menu system that allows anyone to navigate easily. They are also tossing in a new super size font that is double the height and width of the current largest.

The new features should roll out by next summer. We’re always saying around here that we need more devices to help the blind, so this is great news. It will be interesting to see what they add after these features.

Kindle Kradle holds your Kindle, brings the ugly

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on December 1st, 2009

Kindle Kradle holds your Kindle, brings the ugly The Kindle Kradle is a pretty ugly way to hold your Kindle. It looks like those take-out beverage holders, but for a Kindle. It allows you to not have to actually hold your Kindle, so it’s at least functional. Right? Well, maybe not.

The folks at over at Wired had a hands on and the Kradle turned out to be less useful than it seems. And using it as a dock is a pain since it’s not easy to thread the cable through the stand. It comes in brown or graphite colors though, and in sizes that fit the Kindle DX and some Sony Readers too.

Kindle gets 85% more battery life, PDF support

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on November 24th, 2009

Kindle gets 85% more battery Life, PDF supportAmazon has announced a hardware update that will up the Kindle’s battery life by 85%. That’s roughly about 7 days instead of 4. The battery life for sleep mode is unchanged. And you should know that the first Kindle won’t benefit from the power management update.

Users have also been waiting for PDF support for the Kindle and Kindle 2. Now you can copy PDF files via USB and use them. You can also convert PDFs to the Kindle format when sending an email. This PDF support is basic: it’s not easy to zoom, create bookmarks and the PDF files can’t be indexed for search.

Kindle for PC app out, Mac version coming soon

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on November 10th, 2009

Kindle app for PCAmazon has just expanded the audience for its ebook format with the Beta release of its free Kindle for PC application. That’s a good thing too, considering all of the competition they now have. The app will allow you to read the Kindle format on your Windows PC.

A version for Mac users is “coming soon”. How many of you will use this? Or will you just opt for a different ebook format? If Amazon would do away with the proprietary stuff and use a common standard they would widen their audience even more and we wouldn’t have to sync across a few devices.

Amazon cancels US-only Kindle

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on October 22nd, 2009

kindledx-sb1We knew that the Nook would shake up the e-reader market, but it looks like it is having a major effect very quickly. Amazon will be canceling the US-only Kindle by consolidating their family of 6″ Kindles, lowering the price to $259 from $279.

On top of that, in some countries limited web surfing has been unlocked on the device so that they can take full advantage of the Kindle. The competition is heating up.

Kindle app for PC

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on October 22nd, 2009

Kindle app for PCAmazon is preparing to launch its Kindle application for Windows PCs. The app will let you download and read content that was previously available for the Kindle. There’s also an iPhone app already available. You don’t need a Kindle to use the Kindle app for Windows, but you will need to create an account.

The thinking is that Windows 7′s new touch features might make it a good reading platform, plus it gets the content into more hands. Don’t worry Mac users, yours is coming soon. Maybe on a Mac Tablet.