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If you ever doubted the importance of digital books, here's something that may change your mind. Amazon's "Singles" have launched today, and it's not a dating service. It's a new form of book, and it could spearhead an all new category of writing. Before the advent of digital reading, writers often had to choose between making their work short... Read more...
Is it smart to give away the very software that makes your hardware appealing? Hard to say, but Amazon has been doing it for years. The Kindle used to be the only way for consumers to shop for digital books in Amazon's eBookstore, but that soon changed. Amazon created Kindle Apps for smartphone platforms, and most... Read more...
One of the Nook's claim to fame when it launched was that you could lend books that you purchased to other Nook users for up to two weeks. In a way, it was just like owning a real book, which you can obviously lend to someone at will. Amazon's Kindle couldn't do that, but a new year represents the turning of a new leaf. The company has just... Read more...
Whatever Amazon can do, Barnes & Noble can do better? There's a definite battle ongoing between these two companies, and as the e-reader war has played out, they have certainly risen to the top. The Kindle and the Nook are the two main e-readers that consumers think about when they think about the sector, and... Read more...
If you find yourself frequently disappointed by gifts from Aunt Mildred or Uncle Fred, Amazon may have a solution in store for you. Amazon was recently awarded a patent for a solution that will enable gift recipients to automatically exchange an item before they ever receive it. With Amazon's system, you'll get the chance to choose something... Read more...
It seems like Christmas must be a great time to be an Amazon shareholder. Last December, the company broke all kinds of sales records at this point in the year. And this year, they're celebrating again. The newest Kindle, which is in its third iteration, has just replaced "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" as the... Read more...
It's time to officially retire the notion that Apple's magical iPad is capable of casting a death spell on Amazon's Kindle. We're not saying the iPad isn't popular -- because it is -- but any fears that it would spell doom for the eBook reader market, and Amazon's Kindle in particular, can now be put to rest, and here's why. According to reports,... Read more...
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...
If there's one thing that's a certainty in the consumer electronics universe, it's that Asus is probably working on another Eee PC. The company seems to pop these out at a stunning rate, giving consumers loads of choice when it comes time to buy a netbook. The newest of the bunch is another member of the Seashell lineup, the Eee PC 1215T.... 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...
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...
If Verizon's latest iPad offering doesn't fill your need for an eReader, perhaps an Android smartphone preloaded with Amazon's Kindle will. The wireless carrier and Amazon recently announced plans to preload the Kindle for Android app on the Motorola DROID 2, Motorola DROID X, and the Samsung Fascinate from Verizon Wireless. Like other Kindle... Read more...
Does the world have room for another App Store? We'll find out soon. According to the Wall Street Journal, Amazon is planning to launch their very own app store for Android-based devices. Amazon already sells eBook content through the Kindle, and while a few games have also emerged for Kindle, having a dedicated app store that would be available... 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...
Best Buy is expanding its in-store eReader selection by announcing the addition of the Amazon Kindle to the retailer's fall lineup. Not only will Best Buy carry the Kindle, but it will also make it easier for customers to compare today's most popular eReaders by placing them side-by-side in a new display in the store. Best Buy also carriers... 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...
You've probably heard about One Laptop Per Child. It's an organization started many years ago in hopes of providing cheaper, low-end notebooks to students around the world by selling them in bulk to governments. It never really blossomed like they hoped, but the company is still around and still making machines... Read more...
Thanks to the Kindle Development Kit (KDK), the Kindle is no longer limited to just eBooks. Now, you'll be able to play games on the device as well. Developers recently released two new Kindle-ready games. Both games are in line with what you'd expect would go over well with Kindle's book-loving users: word scramble games. What's more, both... Read more...
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