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Heavy readers who are tired of looking at the glossy screen of a tablet or schlepping down to the local book store for new titles will appreciate Amazon's latest Kindle. It's simply called the all-new Kindle, and it's the first Kindle with a front light that retails for under $100. The front light allows the brightness of the tablet to be adjusted for more comfortable reading in any environment. Amazon gave the new Kindle an updated design, and it uses the latest electronic ink technology for improved contrast. The updated screen is a 6-inch 167 ppi offering with four LED backlights and capacitive touch. Internal storage for the device is 4GB giving enough space for an extensive library of reading... Read more...
Amazon has announced a new iteration of its Kindle Paperwhite e-reader that is changed significantly from the previous generation. The new Paperwhite has a thinner and lighter design with a flush-fitting front display and waterproofing. The waterproof design of the new Paperwhite means that users can read while they are in the pool or at the beach with no fear of liquid damage. Amazon uses a soft and grippable material to cover the tablet that is designed to stay in the hand easily, and with water resistance, the additional grip will be welcome is used in the pool or bath. The new Paperwhite is thinner than the previous version of the e-reader at 8.18mm thick and it is lighter as well at 182g;... Read more...
Being an Amazon Prime member has a bunch of perks, not the least of which is free two-day shipping on millions of qualifying items. However, it's become much more than a free-shipping program over the years. Members get unlimited streaming access to select movies and TV shows (Prime Video), ad-free access to more than a million songs (Prime Music), and a whole lot more. On top of all, Amazon today yet another perk called Prime Reading. Prime Reading is a great addition for bookworms. With Prime Reading, Prime members can enjoy unlimited reading from a rotating selection of books, magazines, comics, and more. And like the many other benefits to the Prime membership program, there's no additional... Read more...
Amazon’s entry-level e-reader is getting a makeover; its first in two years. The first thing you’ll notice is that this marks the return of a white color option for the Kindle lineup in six years. Of course, if you prefer the staid black, you can still go that route as well. Memory has been doubled, which should help to improve the overall performance of the 5.7-ounce e-reader. The new Kindle is also both thinner and lighter than its predecessor, and the edges have been rounded out to make the e-reader easier to grip during extended reading sessions. This is also the first Kindle to incorporate Bluetooth audio support, which provides better accessibility options (including use of the VoiceView... Read more...
Amazon bills the Kindle Oasis as its “thinnest and lightest Kindle ever,” but those proclamations come at a huge cost — $289.99 to be exact. The Kindle Oasis takes over as the flagship of Amazon’s Kindle family and does so at a price point that is far higher than even the $199 Kindle Voyage (which was already criticized for its high price). Amazon justifies the significant price increase with its intriguing exterior that was designed by the its Lab126 division. The Oasis, which weighs in at just 4.6 ounces, measures just 5.6 inches by 4.8 inches while its thickness ranges from 0.13 to 0.33 inches as you move across the device. Despite the reduced dimensions and weight, the Kindle Oasis still... Read more...
If you’re a fan of Amazon’s Kindle e-readers, the online retail juggernaut is on the verge of releasing its next generation flagship. Luckily for us (and for you), the device has leaked out ahead of its official unveil, as is usually the case with today’s tech gadgets. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos first alerted us to the existence of a new flagship e-reader last week with the following tweet: Heads up readers – all-new, top of the line Kindle almost ready. 8th generation. Details next week.— Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) April 4, 2016 We now know, thanks to a leak from Amazon China, that the e-reader is called the Kindle Oasis. At first glance, the Oasis looks a bit ungainly with its asymmetric design --... Read more...
We're sure Amazon would love it if you purchased a new Kindle device each and every year, but if you're not the type that always needs to be on the bleeding edge of technology—and most mainstream buyers aren't—then you're probably perfectly content with your older Kindle gadget. And that's fine, just be sure to check for and apply the latest update by March 22 (tomorrow) or it will self-destruct! Just kidding, Kindles don't do that, or at least we're not aware of any self-destructing ebook readers out there. However, failure to update your 5th generation or older Kindle device will result in the loss of wireless connectivity. That means no more downloading books from the cloud, accessing the... Read more...
Wouldn't it be rad (yes, I said rad) if James Lipton was always on call to provide a dramatic reading of a novel? I'd also be delighted to sit back and listen to James Earl Jones narrate a grisly tale, or Morgan Freeman read just about anything, even a telephone book. Perhaps they'd be willing for the right amount of coin, but in lieu of what's probably not attainable, Alexa, the voice of Amazon's Echo speaker, will happily read from your collection of Kindle books. "With Kindle Books by Alexa, you can ask Alexa to read Kindle books in your library. Alexa reads books purchased from the Kindle Store, borrowed from the Kindle Owners' Lending Library or Kindle Unlimited, or shared with you using... Read more...
When it comes to tablets, Amazon’s Fire HD 6 is its cheapest offering, priced at just $99. As for eReaders, the cheapest Kindle will set you back just $79. However, what if we told you that Amazon is working on a tablet the undercut even the most basic Kindle in pricing? According to WSJ, Amazon is working on a new Kindle Fire tablet that will cost just $50. That’s right, $50 for a tablet from a company that many people trust, rather than some obscure-branded Android tablet you might find on the back page of an ad from Ollie’s or Big Lots. As you might expect, there will be some compromises to hit that price point, including ditching stereo speakers for a mono speaker. When it comes to the display,... Read more...
Amazon and Marvel teamed up to bring comics to the Kindle Store this week, expanding a digital distribution model that has already brought Marvel comics to millions of devices. Amazon recently acquired comiXology, which developed the wildly popular Marvel Comics apps for Android and iOS. Kindle Fire readers were already able to read comics (including singles) thanks to comiXology, but now Kindle users will have also have access to singles in the Kindle Store. “Amazon, comiXology and Marvel share a passion for expanding the audience for comic books and graphic novels worldwide,” said David Naggar, Vice President of Amazon Kindle. “With the ever-increasing number of devices in consumers’ hands... Read more...
Amazon announced an updated version of the Kindle Paperwhite e-reader today. It’s a modest launch for a device that has modest, though worthwhile improvements. If you don’t own a Kindle, the Paperwhite’s new features probably won’t inspire you to pre-order. If you already own an aging Kindle, the features might make an upgrade worth it. For one thing, the price is staying at $119, keeping the six-inch Kindle Paperwhite closer to the more streamlined Kindle’s $79 price than the deluxe Voyage’s $199 price tag. The new Amazon Kindle Paperwhite.More importantly, the Paperwhite now has Bookerly, Amazon’s custom-made font. Amazon designed Bookerly to reduce eyestrain. Amazon pushed the font wirelessly... Read more...
Amazon is killing it this holiday shopping season, or so the online retailer claims. According to Amazon, Black Friday sales of Kindle e-readers and Fire tablets on the company's website have grown by leaps and bounds year-over-year. Specifically, Fire tablet sales were up three-fold on Black Friday compared to last year, while Kindle e-reader sales nearly quadrupled. "This holiday there are going to be a lot of customers opening up new Amazon devices," said Dave Limp, Senior Vice President, Amazon Devices. "We’re energized by the year over year growth of tablet and e-reader Black Friday sales on Amazon.com, plus the success of the new product categories we’ve launched this year."Indeed, we took... Read more...
As the run-up to the annual holiday shopping season gets ever closer, major companies are unveiling their newest wares and putting them on sale just in time. Amazon's in that bunch as well, sprucing up its tablet line, revising its Android-based Fire OS, and even introducing a fancy new Kindle for those who'd prefer to stick to the basics of reading in outdoor light. Perhaps the most notable addition is the new Fire HD tablet, which is available in a 6" form factor for the first time. That one's shipping for just $99, which places Amazon in competition with a slew of other lower-end makers who have been hawking substandard slates for some time. The Fire HD also ships in a 7" version with five... Read more...
If you’ve been watching with unease as the world slowly shifts from print books to ebooks, a recent study on the subject will give you some extra ammunition. Researchers at Stavanger University in Norway carried out a study that seemed to suggest people have better reading comprehension when they read paper books than they do when they read books on digital devices. The study is fairly small and clearly won’t settle the debate, but it provides some interesting new food for thought. The test, which was performed with 50 readers, involved a 28-page short story. Half of the readers read the story on a Kindle and the other half read the story in a print book. When questioned after reading... Read more...
Have you ever had to grudgingly put down a good book so you could run an errand? Amazon just solved this (admittedly minor) problem with its new Kindle Unlimited subscription, which includes ebooks, audiobooks, and support for easily switching between the two. Now, you can read a book on your mobile device at home and then switch to the audio version when you hop in the car. Just as importantly, you can read as many books as you want for $9.99 per month. Some of the books available through Amazon's new Kindle Unlimited subscription. Kindle Unlimited might be a bookworm’s dream. The library includes more than 600,000 e-books, more than 2,000 of which also have audiobook counterparts. Amazon’s... Read more...
Samsung and Amazon are getting cozier, as the two companies announced that they’re creating a custom eBook service called Kindle for Samsung. It will operate as an app, and it will initially be available on the Samsung Galaxy S5 and other Galaxy phones and tablets that run versions of Android over 4.0. Users will get to take advantage of Samsung Book Deals that offer you 12 free eBooks a year (from a monthly selection of four hot titles). "We're thrilled that Samsung has chosen Kindle as its eBook provider," said Russ Grandinetti, VP, Amazon Kindle in BizCommunity. "With it, people around the world will have instant access to the best digital bookstore and reading experience, including... Read more...
It's not exactly a hot time for tablet shopping -- back-to-school is pretty far out, and the holidays are behind us. Which probably explains why Amazon is trying to jumpstart the movement of its Kindle Fire HDX. If you're still in the market, your patience has paid off: for a limited time, the heralded slate is being offered with a $30 discount, pricing the base model at $199 instead of the usual $229. Amazon's not saying how long the offer will last, but it has routinely done 24 hour offers in the past. The 16GB unit is the $199 model, while doubling that capacity to 32GB will put you at $239. The 64GB top-end model is $279, all 'With Special Offers' (which means that you can expect advertisements... Read more...
There's an old saying that essentially advises you not to buy much of anything that you can't afford to pay for immediately. Granted, that's tough to implement on things like homes and vehicles, but on tablets? Seems like pretty sage advice. Nevertheless, Amazon is taking advantage of the world's appetite for cheap credit, and it could be looking to boost those essential year-end numbers by moving more of its hardware than it would otherwise. The Kindle Fire HDX is a solid tablet in its own right, but it's still not "cheap" by most definitions. In order to combat that, Amazon's offering you the ability to pick one up, and then give you nine months to pay it off. The $229 7" HDX and the $379 8.9"... Read more...
You can stop beating yourself up over missing out on Amazon's Kindle Fire sale prices on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. If you missed out on both opportunities to save a little pocket change on a tablet purchase, today is your day of redemption, depending on the model you're interested in. That's because the mega e-tailer has quietly slashed certain SKUs by 20 percent, though you'll have to decide fast because the sale is valid for today only. You can score an ordinary Kindle (6-inch display, Wi-Fi connectivity) for $55.20 with Special Offers or $71.20 without Special Offers. The Kindle normally sells for $69 and $89, respectively. Amazon is also offering its Kindle Fire HD 16GB tablet for sale.... Read more...
The past couple of years have been very good to tablets: They've become much more powerful, are being equipped with true HD resolutions, and best of all, have price tags that would have seemed impossible just a couple of years ago. But, when it comes to Black Friday or Cyber Monday, we sometimes have to reevaluate what an "awesome" price is. Amazon has long been offering some stellar tablets through its Kindle brand, especially at the 7-inch form-factor, of which there's a lot of competition. To make sure that it is Kindle that winds up in consumer's hands this holiday season, the company is slashing $50 off the price of its Fire HD and Fire HDX models. With $50 off, the Fire HD's price becomes... Read more...
Now that the FAA has relaxed some of the rules for devices that passengers aboard commercial flights can use during takeoff and landing, ereader users everywhere can rejoice and also squeeze in some extra reading time on flights instead of just staring glumly at the back of their seats. To celebrate, Amazon announced that for one day only, it’s offering a 15% discount on the Kindle Fire HD, Kindle Fire HDX 7-inch, and Kindle. That puts the price tag for the Kindle Fire HD at $118, the HDX 7-inch at $195, and the Kindle at just $59. Customers can use the promo code “ThnksFAA” at checkout to get the deal. (Limit one discount per customer.) “We’ve been fighting for... Read more...
Who could've seen this coming? The online e-tailer that made waves by selling nearly every book in the universe is keeping the art of reading at the forefront of its sales... but in a very different way. As digital bookworms have emerged and Amazon's Kindle line of tablets and e-readers have exploded, Amazon has issued "Kindle First." The exclusive program is one that promises Kindle users the ability to snag new books well before their official release date. Here's how it works: Each month, Amazon Publishing editors select several titles from Kindle’s most popular categories a month ahead of their official publication date, adding a note of recommendation and a behind-the-scenes look at... Read more...
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