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The Kandle, an eReader light for your Kindle

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on January 25th, 2010

Okay team, we need a catchy name for our new e-reader light. What’s that? Candle? Oh with a K! I love it. Our word play will take the world by storm and we shall sell ten million by Christmas alone. No one will stop us!

Yeah, that must have been the meeting. It’s compatible with all kinds of eReaders, not just the Kindle and it features double pivoting arms and a 2 LED light source. So go ahead and read in the dark. Now there’s nothing stopping you from finishing that novel.

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.

Amazon opens Kindle self-publishing program globally

Posted in Amazon by Shane McGlaun on January 18th, 2010

The Amazon Kindle is one of the most popular eReaders on the market today. One of the reasons it is so popular is that it has a great digital bookstore backing it. Amazon announced today that it is expanding its self-publishing platform to other other countries.

The Kindle Digital Text program prior to this announcement was only open to those in the US. Now users around the world can submit text written in English, German, and French.

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.

Amazon Kindle ships free in time for Christmas

Posted in Amazon by Shane McGlaun on December 18th, 2009

kindledx-sbI think the new lot of eReaders are very cool. I would like to have a Barnes & Noble Nook myself, but alas, the things are sold out. If you have someone on your Christmas list that wants an eReader the Amazon Kindle is the only major choice this year.

Amazon announced today that it is offering free expedited shipping on the Kindle that will get it to you in two days. That means if you order by December 22 you will get the Kindle in time for Christmas. The price is still $259.

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.

Amazon Kindle breaks sales records in November

Posted in Amazon by Shane McGlaun on November 30th, 2009

kindledx-sbI don’t get why companies are so hesitant to tell how much of a certain product they are selling. Apple tells us how many iPhones it sells if for no other reason than to make other smartphone makers feel inferior.

Amazon has by most accounts the most successful eReader available, but the company will not tell us how many of the devices it sells. Amazon did come out today and announced that the Kindle has broken its single month sales record in November.

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.

International Kindle ships Oct 19 for $279, US edition drops to $259

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

KindleAfter months of waiting and some competitive pressure from other e-reader players, Amazon finally goes international with the Kindle. Now you will be able to wirelessly download content in over 100 countries. Other than that the 6-inch device is the same. The $279 price tag on the Kindle U.S. & International Wireless is $20 more than the standard Kindle.

Speaking of the standard Kindle, the price has fallen from $299 to $259 and is now called the “Kindle U.S. Wireless”. You can place your pre-order now, and figure out what books will read well in foreign lands on October 19th.