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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.”

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.

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.

Kindle for Android coming this summer

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on May 18th, 2010

Kindle for Android is coming. But hold your horses. It isn’t ready to download just yet. Amazon’s free Kindle ebook reader for Android won’t launch until this summer. When it does, devices with Android 1.6 and above (with an SD card) will let you search, browse, and purchase the books in the Kindle Store without exiting the app.

Kindle for Android features Whispersync, which will keep your bookmarks, last page read, notes, and highlights all synchronized across all your Kindle-enabled devices. You still have a wait, but it will be here soon.

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 iPad app available on iTunes

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on April 3rd, 2010

Many of us were wondering if the Kindle app would show up on the iPad and here it is. You can still purchase ebooks despite the fact that it competes with Apple’s iBooks app and store. Pretty nice of them I guess.

It is all official now. The app lets users select from over 450,000 books from the Kindle Store on iPad and features Amazon Whispersync technology that saves and synchronizes things like your last page read, bookmarks, notes, and highlights across your Kindle, Kindle DX, iPhone, iPod touch, Mac, iPad, and others.


Kindle apps for Tablet Computers

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on March 22nd, 2010

Looks like Apple and Amazon can share some common ground with eBooks. Amazon has outed its Kindle Apps for Tablet Computers, which also supports Apple’s iPad. It functions just like the iPhone Kindle app, with Whispersync technology and it will let you access all of the books you have purchased for the Kindle.

What this means for the future of Amazon’s Kindle eBook reader, we have no idea, but if we had to guess, we’d say that Amazon is cutting their losses and staying in the market however they can.

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.

Kindle for BlackBerry e-reader app now available

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on February 18th, 2010

Amazon is now adding BlackBerrys to the list of Kindle-compatible devices, while reminding us that it’s working on Mac and iPad versions of the software. The app is a free download for Americans and offers the same functionality as the PC and iPhone versions.

There’s also an in-app book store and you can create bookmarks and view annotations from other portable Kindle readers. Better go download it and get your reading on you digital bookworms.

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.

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.