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Student sues Amazon after Kindle eats his homework

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on July 30th, 2009

kindledx-sb1In the old days we blamed it on the dog, but today we can blame our gadgets. In this case, the Kindle. When Amazon pulled the novel 1984 from thousands of Kindles earlier this month, Justin Gawronski’s electronic notes for a summer assignment instantly became useless.

So now a class action lawsuit has been filed that seeks punitive damages for those affected by the deletion as well as an injunction that stops Amazon from improperly accessing Kindles in the future. Despite the fact that Bezos did apologize after the 1984 fiasco, most will likely agree that they had this coming.

Sheet music now available for Kindle reader

Posted in Accessories by Shane McGlaun on July 13th, 2009

kindledx-sb1One of the few gadgets that I have found myself actually wanting to own is the Kindle DX. I haven’t bought one because I was waiting for the price to go down and I want to be sure that there is a decent science fiction catalog available for the device.

Anyone who plays an instrument will be happy to hear that FreeHand Systems is now offering sheet music in digital format for the Kindle reader. The company offers all sorts of music genres from jazz to pop and country music.

Amazon releases Kindle source code to the world

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on June 17th, 2009

Amazon releases Kindle source code to the worldJeff Bezos wants the Kindle to have some healthy competition. That’s why Amazon just released their source code for all the Kindle devices. It’s basic Linux underneath (kernel 2.6.22 on the latest 2.1 software), but includes E Ink drivers and other hardware support.

We don’t know whether Amazon stripped out its various DRM and licensed codec support, MP3 and Audible seem very likely candidates for explosion, even if turns out Amazon did leave in its own Kindle Book DRM. Hopefully manufacturers can take and repurpose this code to build their own Kindle clone.

Color-Screen Kindle is years away

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on May 29th, 2009

Kindle 2 gets Colorware makeoverEveryone wants an e-reader with a color screen. You live in color, so you want to see in color. It’s not like you bought the Kindle to watch old episodes of The Honeymooners or The Andy Griffith show. Not that you can watch shows, but you know what I mean. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said today that a color version of the Kindle is not imminent, but that “I know it’s multiple years. I don’t know how many years but it’s years.”

Obviously color e-ink isn’t ready for our use anytime soon, but it’s still disappointing hearing it from the Kindle’s daddy. It’s black-and-white for a while yet. Maybe someone will make some cool glasses that fool your eyes in the meantime.

Wood Amazon Kindling

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on May 13th, 2009

Wood Amazon KindlingHere’s an E-reader for those who like to burn their literature after reading. A clever wood worker fashioned this Kindle out of wood using a laser cutter and dubbed it the Amazon Kindling.

Some advantages: The battery will never betray you. It will provide warmth if you burn it after reading. Termites will eat something intellectual. And it will biodegrade long before Amazon’s version.

Amazon ready to release a larger Kindle

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on May 4th, 2009

Amazon silences the kindle after pressureWord on the street is that Amazon will be rolling out a larger version of its Kindle e-book reader sometime this week. A model designed to help the tanking newspaper business, with a larger screen for displaying newspapers and magazines, even textbooks.

The textbooks aspect should be interesting, as school kids have to carry all those heavy ass books in their backpack. Also this is bound to tick off the makers of those physical books who have until now profitted nicely on their overpriced tomes.

Color e-paper screen might lead to a color Kindle

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on April 19th, 2009

Color e-paper screen might lead to a color KindleOne of the Kindle’s drawbacks is that it has no color screen. That may soon change if Bridgestone has anything to say about it. This is the best attempt yet at a color e-paper screen. It’s still experimental, but this 13-inch color e-paper screen even accepts pen input. Better then that, the screen refresh rate is quick. Only 0.8 seconds.

Those are some nice advancements. But it isn’t ready for prime time just yet. Right now the panel is noticeably dim, with little contrast and we’re assuming that battery life leaves something to be desired. But color e-paper screens are getting closer to being enjoyed in our everyday lives.

Amazon developing a larger screen Kindle?

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on April 11th, 2009

Kindle 2 official images and price leakThe Kindle has been a huge success. With that success, some copycats have emerged. Some of those plan to have a larger screen. So, to keep up, Amazon is planning to develop another Kindle according to the WSJ. Supposedly this comes from people who have seen a version of the device. This one would have “a larger screen”.

The idea is that the bigger screen would make it easier for newspaper companies to easily transition their content to a large form e-reader. No comment from Amazon which is not surprising. What’s surprising is that the report gives the device at least a chance of debuting before the 2009 holiday season.

Is the Apple Netbook actually an Ebook?

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on March 11th, 2009

Rumored Apple Netbook rumored to have a 10" screenRumors continue to swirl around whatever(if anything) Apple is building. Reports are that Apple has ordered 10-inch touchscreens from Taiwan. That part is looking more like fact. So the question is, will those screens end up in a netbook?

Andy Ihnatko of the Chicago Sun-Times has a slightly different and interesting theory about the device. He thinks it might be an ebook. Which makes more sense as the only real competitor they would have is Amazon.

Amazon Kindle for iPhone

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on March 4th, 2009

Amazon Kindle for iPhoneIf you already own a Kindle, now you need to download the Kindle app for your iPhone so you can keep reading on your iPhone. Amazon has announced the Kindle app for the iPhone and iPod touch, which gives users access and read Amazon’s ebooks. The app is a free download from the Apple App Store.

You can also use the iPhone or iPod touch Safari browser to buy new titles from Amazon as well as synchronize what you’ve already bought. Amazon’s new WhisperSync technology will keep your ebooks bookmarked across both devices.

Iriver looking to release its own E-Reader

Posted in iRiver by Conner Flynn on March 2nd, 2009

Iriver looking to release its own E-ReaderYou may have noticed that e-book readers are starting to catch on. If this is news to you, you probably don’t own a Kindle. And since reading e-books is all the rage, we should see more manufacturers jump on board in due time.

iriver Japan (not iRiver from Korea) hopes to join in on the reindeer games by releasing their own e-book reader. Their offering looks more ike a rebadged version of the Netronix reader which was released last year. Apparently the iriver Japan device will be capable of handling PDF documents, have a simple joystick control interface, an SD memory card slot and audio file playback.

Amazon silences the kindle after pressure

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on February 28th, 2009

Amazon silences the kindle after pressureIf you liked the idea of being able to use your new kindle to listen to the books you buy, too bad. Even though you paid for the ‘text-to-speech’ feature, Amazon has caved in to the Authors Guild and authors, who will now have the right to block the audio feature being used on their books. Amazon has bowed to pressure from the Authors Guild and will allow authors and publishers to disable the controversial text-to-speech feature on its Kindle e-reader.

Insiders say the move by Amazon was intended to smooth relations with authors, not avoid any lawsuits.

Amazon Kindle 2 on the way?

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

Amazon Kindle 2 on the way?Amazon just announced a press conference at New York’s Morgan Library & Museum for Monday, February 9th. Hmmm. What could they possibly be rolling out at a library? A replacement for the Kindle? One that puts books between two hard coverings, on paper? Oh wait, that’s the old way.

Apparently the newest Kindle will be less angular than it’s predecessor, thinner and just a tad longer. One possibility that is being talked about is a larger-screen version for students. The new version should do away with some of the bugs that the first possessed, like accidental page turns for instance.

Amazon Kindle sold out: Three month delay

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on November 28th, 2008

Amazon Kindle sold out: Three month delayAmazon is having some trouble. Maybe they didn’t count on Oprah selling so many units. Maybe they just are really bad at stock management. Whatever the case, shipping on the Kindle ebook reader is currently listed as 11 to 13 weeks time, completely overshooting Christmas and making deliveries at some point in Q1 2009. This will be the second year in a row that the retailer could not meet demand. Last year, with the device being new, Amazon could at least use the excuse that they were ramping up production.

It was back in October that Oprah Winfrey endorsed the Kindle. Amazon is also rumored to be preparing the Kindle’s replacement, which was once expected to be on the market this holiday season, but now it is expected to be delayed until Q1 2009.

ECTACO’s jetBook reader

Posted in Handheld Entertainmnet by Conner Flynn on March 24th, 2008

ECTACO’s jetBook reader
ECTACO has nothing to do with a taco, yet they have some pretty big ideas about the future of reading books and they are not afraid to let you know. The company says that it’s jetBook reader will allow you to, “Kiss your old-fashioned, dusty library goodbye,” and that’s good because “Not a single tree was cut down to make it!” It’s obviously a life changing device.

Plus it’s bright red and we all know that red is better then a plain old Kindle any day. The device has a 5-inch grayscale display, multi-language support, and bookmarking ability, plus playback of MP3 files, and an SD slot. The red harbinger of death to real books, and savior of trees will cost you $349.95, which might make some of us as red in the face as the device.