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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.

Amazon Kindle 3G AT&T Sponsored Version For $139

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on July 13th, 2011

Amazon already has a sponsored version of their WiFi Kindle that was launched earlier in the year for a reduced price thanks to advertisements. Now they have announced a 3G sponsored version of the Kindle 3, called the Kindle 3G with Special Offers.

The Kindle 3G with Special Offers comes with a data connection from AT&T with no monthly fees or connection charges since it is supported by advertisements. The device will retail for $139. Do you like the idea of paying less for gadgets with advertising?

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.

AT&T offers Amazon Kindle 3G starting March 6th

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on February 28th, 2011

AT&T will be rolling out an e-book reader in the form of the Amazon Kindle 3G, which will be available from March 6th onwards, for the same price that Amazon is offering the device. That price is $189. To refresh your memory, the Amazon Kindle 3G is one of the better e-book readers thus far. It features a 6-inch electronic paper display and 4GB of internal storage.

If you feel that you don’t need always-on connectivity, there is also a model that offers just Wi-Fi built in. However, it looks like AT&T is only offering the 3G version.

Amazon takes a shot at the iPad’s readability again in new TV ad

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on February 21st, 2011

Amazon took another opportunity to hit the iPad where it hurts, namely it’s readability, in a new TV commercial for the Kindle. The 30-second ad points to the Apple tablet’s glossy LCD as a weakness, whihe e-paper on the Kindle reader has “no glare” to interfere with reading and can even be read in bright sunlight.

The ad also paints the Kindle as the savior of books, saying that “the book lives on:” the Kindle Store has over 800,000 titles. And they also focus on battery life is a quick focus, as the Kindle will last on a charge for a month.

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.


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.

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 may ship 8 million Kindles

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on December 21st, 2010

Amazon could exceed expectations and ship as many as eight million Kindles this year, according to two tipsters. Analysts have estimated five million, but the new figure would be about 60 percent higher. About 2.4 million Kindles shipped in 2009, according to Bloomberg.

The claims aren’t verified yet but were supported by Amazon’s own public results. The company shipped “millions” of Kindles in 73 days this fall and exceeded all of its 2009 sales in that period.

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.

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!

Amazon to sell Kindle at Best Buy

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on September 9th, 2010

In an attempt to increase sales of its popular e-book readers, Amazon will now be making them available to purchase from Best Buy. Amazon will offer both kindle WiFi and Kindle 3G at Best Buy stores, and they will add the larger Kindle DX at a later time. It had previously only sold the Kindle though its online stores.

With many other e-book readers available in a variety of stores, this is a smart move for Amazon, It will allow them to compete in the offline market and get more sales.