Posts Tagged ‘kindle’

More Ebook Prices Rise

February 5, 2010

It seems that Amazon’s ability to offer ebooks at a lower price than Apple’s announced iBook shop is being eroded more quickly than even dire predictions had supposed it might.

Looks like physical books could turn out to be cheaper...

Word comes from Gizmodo that more of Amazon’s “big six” publishers have been pushing prices up to the higher price point for “hardcover bestsellers,” which is an interesting term to use in an entirely data environment. After MacMillan’s move on Monday to see prices bumped to the $15 mark on certain titles, it seems that other publishers have come pouring in with similar requests to make of Amazon’s Kindle Store.

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eBook Users Have No Regrets

February 5, 2010

It seems that those of us who have already mode the move to electronic books are very well served indeed by them, apparently regardless of the hardware options.

Indeed, word comes via RegHardware of a survey from industry analysts NPD that those who’ve sprung for ebook reading hardware are very pleased indeed with their purchases. Apparently, 93% of those who’ve picked up an ebook reader fall into either the “very satisfied” or “somewhat satisfied” camps in NPD’s research. Perhaps more interesting still is the fact that only 2% of those surveyed actually said that they weren’t satisfied with their devices.

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Acquisition to Spark Kindle Reboot?

February 4, 2010

Kindle users will be interested to read that Amazon is set to tackle the challenge of the iPad head on with their rumoured acquisition of Touchco, a start-up based in New York that specialises in touch-screen technology. Upgrading the Kindle will the main objective as they merge Touchco’s technology and staff members into its Kindle hardware division, Lab126, based in California.

The New York Times is pretty certain Amazon is in reach of taking over Touchco.

The interest of Amazon was said to be piqued by a technology Touchco uses called interpolating force-sensitive resistance, which it puts into displays that can be completely transparent and could cost as little as $10 (€7.20) a square foot. According to a New York Times article, “The capacitive touch screens used in the iPad and iPhone are considerably more expensive. Unlike those screens, the Touchco screens can also detect an unlimited number of simultaneous touch points.

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Amazon Caves on eBook Prices

February 1, 2010

It seems that the running spat between Amazon and publisher Macmillan has come to something of a close, with Amazon announcing that it will allow the books to be sold for the price Macmillan had requested.

When I was your age, Pluto was a planet and we used to argue about the prices of REAL books...

The issue arose when Macmillan attempted to price digital versions of its books at $15, which is fully 150% of the usual amount for ebooks available through Amazon’s Kindle Store. Macmillan weighed in with the fairly heavy threat that, unless Amazon allowed the heftier pricing, it would not be distributing new books to Amazon on release.

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Amazon Profits Skyrocket

January 29, 2010

It seems that Amazon has been living it up, thanks in no small part to massive sales of its Kindle ebook reader over the Christmas block.

Amazon seems to have KINDLED a virtual book market... please, shoot me.

According to Cnet, Amazon has had a very fine year indeed, with revenue up to $9.52 billion, a fairly staggering increase on last year, to the tune of 42%. Indeed, reports also indicate that Amazon has seen profits rise by around the 70% mark, which is nothing to be sneezed at. Apparently, the fourth quarter of last year (which happily enough includes both Christmas and the US’s Black Friday sales) was the most profitable quarter the company has ever seen.

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iPad Reaction

January 28, 2010

After all the build up, all the weeks of waiting Apple played things out in their usual style. Steve Jobs, a mic, a chair, a new product. It’s earned them billions so far so you can see why it would get good feedback but if all of the above was familiar about the launch of the iPad yesterday, the other familiar thing was tech experts saying that they might just waiting for the second version of the product before investing.

There's been a mixed response to the iPad today.

The main gripe thus far is that while it seems to do everything (anything your laptop or almost anything your smartphone can do is pretty much covered), it can only do anything once at a time with no real chance of multitasking. The lack of an SD card slot is also highlighted by several outlets.

As TrechCrunch put it, “The thing is beautiful and fast. Really fast. If you’ll excuse my hyperbole, it felt like I was holding the future. But is it a must-have? That’s a complicated question.” Beautiful it certainly is though, and along with a big screen (with a resolution is 1024×768 the iPhone/iPod is 480×320), it’s sporting a 1-Ghz custom Apple chip.

Meanwhile, one Crunchgear expert sums up the frustrations of many by saying, “It looks really cool, aesthetically, but the battery life and screen can’t replace my Kindle, the lack of USB ports and expandable storage can’t replace my netbook, and I already have an iPhone 3GS. So it’d basically be $500+ for a bigger screen, a slightly faster CPU, and an external keyboard that I’d never carry around with me. I might buy one in a year or two once they’ve gone through a couple revisions.” (more…)

Kindle to Become Applications Platform

January 21, 2010

Amazon.com has sprung a little surprise this morning by announcing that they will be soon releasing the Kindle Development Kit. The kit will allow developers to develop “active content” for the Kindle platform, to take advantage of the e-reader’s electronic ink display, Whispernet 3G technology, and days-long battery life.

Get the development kit next month

The beta of the development kit for the e-reader will be released in February and it will include sample code, documentation, and the Kindle Simulator, which helps developers build and test their content by simulating the 6-inch Kindle and 9.7-inch Kindle DX on Mac, PC, and Linux desktops.

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Kindle Users Rebel After Ebook Delays

January 20, 2010

Users of Amazon’s Kindle have rebelled against the policy of delaying sales of digital versions of books, campaigning to lower sales of the books in question.

'One out of five stars, because the other version is late...'

It seems that, according to the Guardian, Kindle users who have been less than impressed with the timing of ebook releases this year have taken matters into their own hands. The victim in all of this (on the book side) has been Game Change, which details the race for the US presidency in 2008. The Kindle version of Game Change has seen delays, with many citing piracy fears as the reason.

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Analysts Predict Massive App Spend in 2010

January 19, 2010

Industry analyst Gartner is predicting that customers will fork our somewhere in the region of $6.2 billion for mobile apps over the course of the coming year.

Perhaps most interesting is the way that those figures break down on close inspeaction. According to TGDaily, we can expect to see the total number of mobile downloads break the 4.5 billion mark at some stage this year, which would seem to indicate that a great deal of the apps being downloaded would be either free or relatively low-priced. Indeed, the research from Gartner seems to indicate that around 82% of all apps downloaded this year will be free.

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Amazon Rolls Out Self-Publishing

January 18, 2010

Amazon has made the move to allow authors outside of the US to add their own works, presuming they hold the rights to do so, to its Kindle library.

Word comes from the Register of Amazon’s latest Kindle service to be pushed out outside the US, which should see European authors looking to add their own work to the company’s by now vastly profitable Kindle library pleased. Those who throw their own content up on Amazon’s Kindle library are to be allowed set their own prices, with 35% of those sales going to the rights holder… the other 65% presumably going to Amazon.

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