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Amazon intros textbook rentals for Kindle

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on July 18th, 2011

We all love to save money and here’s a great new way to save on textbooks. Students can already save a few bucks by getting a digital version of a textbook over a hardcover, and they can now save even more thanks to Amazon.

The company has announced textbook rentals for Kindle, which will let students save “up to 80 percent” off the list price of textbooks. That discount varies depending on the rental period, which can be anywhere from 30 to 360 days. The option is already available on “tens of thousands” of textbooks from several publishers including John Wiley & Sons, Elsevier and Taylor & Francis. Your annotations will even be saved after the rental has expired, and will be accessible at any time on the Kindle website.

Ad-supported Kindle ships today

Posted in kindle by Reuben Drake on April 27th, 2011

Great news for those of you who don’t mind a little advertising with your books. An Amazon executive has announced that the ad-supported Kindle is shipping out to customers almost a week early. It is called Kindle with Special Offers. Great name huh?

It ships out today and comes with advertisements from the likes of General Motors, Proctor & Gamble and Visa. So why bother with ads on your device? Well, with sponsored screensavers and ads at the bottom of your home screen, you get the latest generation WiFi-only Kindle for a only $114. Not too shabby for letting other people try to sell you stuff.

M-Edge Executive Jacket for Kindle

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on March 17th, 2011

If you are after a more business style of case to protect your Kindle eBook reader, check out M-Edge’s Executive Jacket. It keeps your Kindle safe, has a pocket to store papers and a pen, and it features the M-Edge e-Luminator booklight, which fits into the fold of the Executive Jacket.

It uses an LED light bulb that lights up your Kindle in the dark. Other features include a mirrored reflector and an optical quality lens to ensure that light is spread out evenly across your reading surface. When you are not using it, it stores away inside the Executive Jacket. The M-Edge Executive Jacket is just $64.

Amazon Kindle update to give real page numbers, public notes

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on February 7th, 2011

Amazon has posted a preview version of a new 3.1 firmware update for the Kindle, which will bring some of its most requested features. Now you will finally have the option of real page numbers that match those from the paper edition and markers give students the ability to refer back to the real page if they follow along in class. Both are very handy features.

Book notes can also now be made public. This creates a social aspect that lets a book club or friends see what others have said about a title. That should make Oprah happy anyway. There’s also a new layout for magazines and newspapers to provide a better overview and a way to quickly jump to an article. Also, when you reach the end of a book, you will get the option to rate it at that time.

iPad got 87.4% of tablet market last summer, Kindle 41.5% of e-reader market

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on January 18th, 2011

Apple claimed 87.4 percent of the tablet market before the Galaxy Tab hit the scene, according to an IDC study of tablet share. Apple had a near-monopoly of the tablet market last summer. Analysts also expected 17 million tablets to have shipped by the end of the year, almost all of which would still have been iPads.

Of course Android would have cut into Apple’s share in the fall with 1.5 million Galaxy Tabs estimated sold and will likely cut into it even deeper in 2011 with the Motorola Xoom for one. RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook could play a part as well.

Kindle for iOS gets background downloads, file support

Posted in Amazon by Conner Flynn on January 10th, 2011

Good news for iOS users. Amazon has announced a major update to the Kindle app for the iPad and iPhone. It’s free in the App Store. The 2.5 update will now finish, though not start, a book download in the background. It also now supports raw files and can load supported text from Mail or Safari in addition to using iTunes’ File Sharing for sideloading books from a computer.

The update has access to Project Gutenberg’s collection of “millions” of public domain books as well, so you can read free books all day if you like. Some other changes are better image zooming and a new book indicator plus several bug fixes.

Kindle book lending goes live

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on December 30th, 2010

Amazon today turned on Kindle book lending with very little fanfare. The feature lets users share a book once for two full weeks. The original owner’s access to the book is temporarily revoked during that time. The feature works on both the Kindle reader and all apps.

Loans are free, but eligibility of the titles depends on the publisher and for now may exclude major publishers. Early reports say that some Avon, Hachette, Harlequin and Penguin titles aren’t available to borrow. But don’t worry, more titles are likely to go live as authors either grant rights or publishers change their policies.

Retro Cassette Tape Case for Kindle and iPad

Posted in iPad accessories by Conner Flynn on December 29th, 2010

Here’s a unique case with some retro style for either your Kindle or iPad. These retro 80′s cassette cases will take you back in time and also protect your device.

These retro cassette cases are handmade by Lindsey Porter. The Kindle E-Reader case is available in a grey blue felt design while the larger iPad case is in a black red and grey finish. They are available to for $40 and $50.

Read Kindle books on your hacked NOOKcolor

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on December 29th, 2010

Rooting a device will allow you to install any app you want on it. It’s a pretty useful trick if you have the know-how. And now the Barnes & Noble NOOKcolor has fallen victim to this. The result is a NOOKcolor that allows you to read Kindle books. How do you like that irony?

Obviously Barnes & Noble is not happy about this. It doesn’t just stop at Amazon’s Kindle app, though. The rooting process in this case also added Gmail, YouTube and some other Android tricks to the NOOKcolor.

Amazon’s third-gen Kindle is now its bestselling product ever

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on December 27th, 2010

New Kindle Pre-Order SalesAmazon offers a lot of items to buy. Almost anything you can imagine. But which of those items is it’s bestselling product? Well, that honor now goes to the third-generation Kindle. Amazon has announced that their latest and greatest Kindle has become their bestselling product of all time.

That’s largely due to an aggressive price that’s been “low enough that people don’t have to choose,” between an e-reader and a tablet. Sadly, we still don’t know the exact figure of Kindle sales, but at least we know that it is a runaway success.

Amazon promises to replace problem Kindle covers

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on December 20th, 2010

Some Kindle owners who purchased the non-lighted Kindle cover from Amazon have been having some issues with the eBook reader after using it. Many users are reporting that the covers are causing the eBook reader to freeze or reboot.

Speculation is that the metal hooks on the cover are the problem. They conduct electricity and are used to power the lighted case, however they are pretty useless for the non-lighted version. Amazon is looking into the problem and has agreed to replace the units.

Amazon has sold millions of new Kindles this quarter

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on December 13th, 2010

Amazon has been keeping their Kindle sales figures to themselves, until now. They recently announced that “in just the first 73 days of this holiday quarter, we’ve already sold millions of our all-new Kindles.” Well, we know that this at least means that they have sold 2 million of the new Kindles.

We aren’t sure what prompted them to make such an announcement, but they seem pretty happy about the sales, even if they aren’t high enough to give us concrete numbers.

Amazon Kindle gets a Scrabble app

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on September 25th, 2010

The Amazon Kindle has just received its very first premium app. Electronic Arts’ Scrabble. You can get it right now for just $4.99. It works on both the second and third generation Kindle, and both Kindle DX models.

It must be selling pretty good already too, because it’s currently ranking at number four on the Kindle bestseller list, right behind two Stieg Larsson novels and the latest Oprah book club pick. That’s pretty good company.

New Amazon Kindle Android app released

Posted in Amazon by Conner Flynn on September 23rd, 2010

Amazon has updated its Kindle App for Google Android devices. This latest version of the Amazon Kindle App for Android brings a bunch of new features, which include: full text search, the ability to ad highlights and notes and synchronize these with other devices, and more.

It’s a welcome update that will keep bookworms on Android devices very busy and well read. The updated version of the Amazon Kindle app for Android is available as a free download from the Android Market.

Amazon Kindle ad makes fun of iPad’s daylight reading problems

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on September 13th, 2010


Amazon is laying the smack down in the e-reader wars, with this latest ad for the third-generation Kindle that directly attacks Apple’s iPad. The 30-second ad, already shown on ABC, points out that the iPad’s glossy LCD is hard to read in bright daylight. It shows that the Kindle doesn’t have that problem.

In fact, it is so easy to read, that this sexy Kindle owner can keep her sunglasses on. The ad also points out that a Kindle costs just $139 versus the iPad’s $499 starting price. Ouch!