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Holiday shopping at one of the web's popular retailers was impossible for some European users over the weekend. Amazon's websites in Europe were down for more than half an hour on Sunday night. Although a group of activists by the name "Anonymous" had encouraged an online attack in an attempt to crash Amazon.com by overwhelming it with requests,... Read more...
Google launched an online electronic bookstore in an effort to compete in the booming market that's been dominated by rival Amazon. According to Google, the Google eBookstore lets you browse and search through the largest eBook collection in the world. There are over three million titles available including some of the latest bestsellers such... Read more...
Some of the Internet's biggest retail players are setting their sights on the flourishing business of local services. Google is reportedly interested in buying local coupon site Groupon for as much as $6 billion and Amazon.com is planning to invest $175 million in online coupon company LivingSocial, a Groupon competitor. eBay is buying Milo.com,... Read more...
One of the big unknowns surrounding the emerging tablet market is whether or not slates would supplant dedicated eBook readers. Following the release of Apple's iPad, it didn't take long for eBook readers to drop in price, which made the proposition of buying a $500+ tablet to read electronic books seem far less appealing, color screen be... Read more...
Now this is an idea worth acting upon. Amazon's Disc+ On Demand program has just been expanded, which hopefully makes it large enough to make a serious impact on the industry. If you haven't heard of the program before, it's probably because it's small. Basically, it enables customers to instantly watch movies on... Read more...
Roku is certainly making a new for themselves these days. With media streamers and content distributors all jockeying for position in this crowded market place, Roku has managed to become a star player with their low-cost, high-value boxes. Their line of self-branded set-top units provide instant access to Netflix, Amazon Video on Demand,... Read more...
Apple's iPad is seen as a lot of things. An e-reader. A Web browsing tool. A gaming device. An e-mail machine. But it's not really widely viewed as something that you'd go shopping on. Most mainstream shopping websites are still best viewed on a real PC or Mac with a full Web browser, but Amazon is changing that. Amazon already has a rather... Read more...
If it's true that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Barnes and Noble should be blushing all kinds of red. That's because Amazon has made the decision to let Kindle users lend books to other Kindle device and Kindle app users, a feature Barnes and Noble's Nook had since Day 1. "Later this year, we will... Read more...
It's pretty obvious that Amazon and Apple are rivals at a glance. Both companies are attempting to get your hard-earned dollars on a handheld device, but each company's approach is vastly different. Amazon is selling a Kindle e-reader that does little more than read books, whereas Apple's iPad is a multifaceted tablet... Read more...
The E-reader segment has been increasing in size for years now, and with Amazon pushing a new Kindle out of the door just weeks ago, it's clear that the demand isn't done yet. PocketBook is a company that few have heard of in the mainstream sector, but that may change once IFA starts up in Germany next month. The company has revealed that... Read more...
We've known from earlier reports that Amazon currently has a number of color options in the lab for what could end up being a color Kindle, but the company is steadfast is saying that such a device is still a very, very long ways out. The original Kindle was Amazon's first foray into the hardware realm, and things have definitely turned out... Read more...
What's that you say, Apple's iPad and other upcoming tablets will decimate the market for eBook readers? Maybe so (probably not), but if something like that is to play out, we'd need to see some seriously low-cost tablets come to market, ones that are not only easy on the wallet, but adept at fetching and reading eBooks. It all comes down... Read more...
Well, that explains that, doesn't it? 24 hours after Amazon's Kindle mysteriously appeared as being "out of stock" from Amazon themselves, the company has just revealed the latest generation of Kindle. The name isn't changing (it's still called "Kindle"), but the form factor has been tweaked, a new color has been... Read more...
Do you own a NOOK e-reader from Barnes & Noble? Do you wish you did? If you're in that second camp, and you own an Android phone using v1.6 or above, your dream has come true. For those who own smartphones and aren't interested in buying an actual e-reader in order to read digital books on, both Amazon and B&N are vying for business... Read more...
Last week, Amazon trimmed the price and improved the features of its flagship Kindle DX product and now it's apparently Sony's turn. As of today, the Reader Pocket Edition is $149 (down from $169), the Touch Edition is $169 (down from $199) and the Sony Daily Edition (the DX's primary competitor) is now $299, down from $349. That's quite a... Read more...
It was a question that a lot of people were asking, and now there's an answer. Amazon recently reduced the price of their traditional Kindle to under $200, but the large screen Kindle DX remained at its original price point. Of course, there aren't as many direct competitors to the Kindle DX, but still, the gap was growing noticeably large.... Read more...
It's hard to argue that more competition is better for consumers, and that's proving true once again in the growing e-reader market. For awhile, Amazon's Kindle dominated the entire space, and they pretty much ran the show. The Kindle (and subsequent revisions) were always priced rather fairly in the eyes of critics, but there's nothing like... Read more...
Who says Amazon will always rule the e-reader market? Barnes & Noble has been playing hardball ever since the company released the original NOOK, and now things have been stepped up a notch further. Today, the world's largest bookseller (who just so happens to sell their own e-reader) has introduced a new Wi-Fi only NOOK, and beyond that,... Read more...
Amazon's Kindle DX has managed to nearly vanish from the spotlight after being ceremoniously introduced at Pace University in New York last year, but Amazon never really intended for the DX to make a huge stand in the consumer market place. Rather, the DX was meant to overtake the textbook in the education sector, and possibly even the newspaper/magazine... Read more...
The e-reader market is a questionable one right now. Some say that it's fine, and that true bookworms will continue to support E-Ink based devices. But some say that tablets and multi-use devices such as the iPad pose a great threat to e-readers, which are generally limited in what all they can do. One thing that is... Read more...
Android devices will soon be the latest to get a free application that gives customers the ability to read over 540,000 Kindle books. Amazon currently offers similar Kindle apps for the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Mac, PC, and BlackBerry. Like other Kindle apps, Kindle for Android will offer Amazon's Whispersync technology, which will save and... Read more...
Amazon is doing what it can to ensure it doesn't lose any sales to the Apple iPad. In its latest move, the company has announced its Kindle App for iPad is now available in the App Store. With the app, iPad users will be able to select from over 450,000 books from the Kindle Store. The app also features Amazon Whispersync technology which... Read more...
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