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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 unveils new graphite Kindle DX

Posted in Amazon by Shane McGlaun on July 1st, 2010

I just mentioned that the original Kindle was the deal on Woot today. Amazon has also announced a new Kindle DX with a big screen in a new graphite color. The new DX has a 9.7-inch screen and offers 3G connectivity.

Like previous DX models, that wireless connectivity is free. The device has a screen with 50% better contrast than previous models and the screen can be read in direct sunlight. The overall size of the device is 10.4″ x 7.2″ x 0.38″.

Amazon Kindle on Woot for a steal

Posted in Amazon by Shane McGlaun on July 1st, 2010

Ok, this has been on Woot all day so far, so I’m not sure how much longer you have. If you want a Kindle and want to save $40 off the normal price, you need to hurry. The original Kindle is the deal on Woot today.

You can grab up the original Kindle for $149.99 plus $5 shipping. That is a steal considering the price was only dropped to $189.99 not long ago. This is a real Kindle, not a knock off and it’s not a refurb either.

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 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.”

Self-Publishing is easy with Amazon’s Digital Text Platform

Posted in Review by Conner Flynn on June 1st, 2010

Whether you own an ereader or not, chances are you’ve heard all about how self-publishing is easier today than it has ever been before, allowing authors to quickly and easily publish their work. And I’m here to tell you that it’s true. However many authors out there still haven’t taken advantage of it.

Maybe you don’t have the time to look into it, maybe you’re still getting over the sting from all of the rejection letters you got in the old days, with the old way of publishing. Whatever the reason, many times we hear about new and great ways to do things and it just goes in one ear and out the other. Probably because we think there has to be a catch.

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.

ASUS and Amazon to pre-install Kindle for PC on netbooks and laptops

Posted in ASUS by Conner Flynn on May 24th, 2010

Since ASUS sells a lot of laptops through Amazon.com and since Amazon happens to offer a Kindle for PC application, they figured they would team up and pre-install the app on the ASUS netbooks and laptops that are sold through the online e-tailer. Makes sense right?

So starting today, select laptops, like the Eee PC 1005PE and UL30, will be sold with the e-book app already loaded up. While we don’t generally like pre-installed software cluttering up our new devices, this makes sense.

HP TouchSmart tm2-2050us lands at Amazon for pre-order

Posted in Amazon,HP by Shane McGlaun on May 17th, 2010

We have heard that the HP TouchSmart line would be getting new CPUs from the Intel Core 2010 line up a while back. Exactly when we would see the small notebooks get the CPU upgrade was unknown. If you have been waiting for one of these machines running a new Intel Core 2010, it has surfaced on Amazon.

The HP TouchSmart tm2-2050us has a 12.1-inch WXGA LED display. The graphics are powered by Intel integrated HD, which is a bit disappointing. The machine has an aluminum finish with a new riptide design in modern argento.

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.

Amazon offers pre-order on StreamTV 3D TV needing no glasses

Posted in Amazon by Shane McGlaun on April 7th, 2010

I really want to get a 3D TV in my living room, but before that happens I need to see some 3D content come to DirectTV. I am also waiting for the tech to get cheaper and hopefully lose the need for glasses to watch.

Amazon.com has a 3D TV up for pre-order from a company that I have never heard about and can’t find any information about online called StreamTV. The TV is interesting, but even Amazon is very light on details for the set.

Samsung’s 3D glasses up for pre-order on Amazon

Posted in 3D by Conner Flynn on March 26th, 2010

They won’t make you look like a fashion plate and so will probably show up on What Not To Wear, but Samsung has some new 3D specs for you. Starting at the lower lower-left and going clockwise, there is the $149.99 SSG-2100AB, $199.99 SSG-2200AR, and pink and blue $179.99 SSG-2200KR.

Those last two feature rechargeable batteries. The good news is that all are up for pre-order on Amazon, however with no release date announced yet.

Amazon CEO says “millions of people” own a Kindle

Posted in Amazon by Shane McGlaun on January 29th, 2010

Amazon.com has offered up its financials for Q4 2009, covering the holiday shopping season. We already know that the company sold what is technically known as a butt-load of Kindle readers during the holidays.

Despite issuing its financial info, Amazon still guards the number of Kindles sold with tight lips. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos did say, “Millions of people own a Kindle.” I guess considering that its millions and not million that the company has sold at least 2 million of the things.

Amazon announces Kindle Development Kit

Posted in Amazon by Shane McGlaun on January 21st, 2010

The Amazon Kindle is one of the coolest gadgets to hit the market in a long time. The eReader is a great way to carry a whole library of books with you wherever you go and avoid trips to the bookstore.

Amazon has announced that starting next month it will be running a limited beta for developers with a new Kindle Development Kit (KDK). The KDK will be offered in a limited beta to only a few developers to start with and new devs will be added later as space allows.