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September 30, 2013
Amazon.com Inc., which has an employee on the committee, said in a statement that it has worked on this issue for years, including testing an airplane packed full of Kindles. It said the report “is a big win for customers and, frankly, it’s about time.”
Sure, this FAA in-flight electronics thing is kind of a big deal, but I’m sorta focused on imagining an Amazon-chartered plane full of Kindles right now.
14:50 // 9 months ago
September 6, 2012
Amazon’s Kindle lights a Fire, brightens a screen
Kindle updates: As expected, today’s Amazon event included official confirmation for a multitude of new Kindle devices. The Kindle Fire HD will be offered in 7 ($199) and 8.9-inch ($299) varieties, while the company’s e-reader has been rebranded the Kindle Paperwhite ($119 with Wi-Fi or $179 3G/Wi-Fi). The original Kindle Fire ($159) will also receive an update, and Amazon will jump into the data game with a variety of plans for their Kindle Fire HD 4G LTE ($499) starting at $49.99 a year for 250Mb per month. (Photo via The Verge) source

Amazon’s Kindle lights a Fire, brightens a screen

Kindle updates: As expected, today’s Amazon event included official confirmation for a multitude of new Kindle devices. The Kindle Fire HD will be offered in 7 ($199) and 8.9-inch ($299) varieties, while the company’s e-reader has been rebranded the Kindle Paperwhite ($119 with Wi-Fi or $179 3G/Wi-Fi). The original Kindle Fire ($159) will also receive an update, and Amazon will jump into the data game with a variety of plans for their Kindle Fire HD 4G LTE ($499) starting at $49.99 a year for 250Mb per month. (Photo via The Verge) source

15:56 // 1 year ago
parislemon:

It seems to me that unlike so many other Apple rivals, Amazon actually does a good job with buzz surrounding their events. Tonight, they debuted a commercial during the NFL kickoff that clearly teases out some new Kindles (the current Kindle Touch readers have a silver bezel, not the charcoal one found in the commercial — which looks great).
This isn’t something Apple would do, but that’s fine. No one says everyone has to do everything exactly as Apple would do it (no, not even me) — in fact, I think it’s good that Amazon has their own style. 
As a result, I find myself actually interested/excited for what they announce tomorrow. New Kindles? New Kindle Fires (though I disagree with Bryan Bishop, I think the commercial still only shows one size, as was previously reported by CNet — we’ll see)? A phone?!

Who thinks Amazon is going to do something cool today?

parislemon:

It seems to me that unlike so many other Apple rivals, Amazon actually does a good job with buzz surrounding their events. Tonight, they debuted a commercial during the NFL kickoff that clearly teases out some new Kindles (the current Kindle Touch readers have a silver bezel, not the charcoal one found in the commercial — which looks great).

This isn’t something Apple would do, but that’s fine. No one says everyone has to do everything exactly as Apple would do it (no, not even me) — in fact, I think it’s good that Amazon has their own style. 

As a result, I find myself actually interested/excited for what they announce tomorrow. New Kindles? New Kindle Fires (though I disagree with Bryan Bishop, I think the commercial still only shows one size, as was previously reported by CNet — we’ll see)? A phone?!

Who thinks Amazon is going to do something cool today?

10:07 // 1 year ago
June 1, 2012
16:19 // 2 years ago
May 13, 2012
It used to be that once a year was a big deal. You could saturate the market. But today the culture is a great big hungry maw, and you have to feed it.
Thriller author Lisa Scottoline • Talking about how the era of the e-book has increased her workload. She used to do one book a year; now she does two — writing at a pace of 2,000 words a day, seven days a week. Other authors are writing short stories for e-book formats as a promotional tool for their longer tales. The cause? A market that is more reluctant to pay full-price for a full-length book but thinks nothing of a 99-cent novella. Have your reading habits changed thanks to the Kindle and Nook? source (viafollow)
10:11 // 2 years ago
March 18, 2012

FAA: Let’s take a second look at electronic devices on planes

  • cause The FAA’s policies on electronic devices on planes — which disallowed the use of devices during takeoffs and landings — has faced growing criticism in recent months, as it’s become clear that there was no technical reason to limit such devices.
  • reaction Now the FAA’s ready to reconsider their stance, allowing for possible access to certain classes of devices — notably, tablets and e-readers — which didn’t exist when they considered the issue in 2006. BTW, the policy on cell phones and likely wouldn’t change. source

» But there’s a major downside: Because the FAA is so entwined with the kind of red tape only a complicated government organization could invent, if things are decided a certain way, it could force some crazy rules before an airline could allow such devices. For example — just for the right to allow the iPad on their plane, the current standards would force each airline to test each version of a device in a plane by itself (i.e. no passengers) to make sure everything was OK. If that sounds like an insane waste of money, that’s basically how the airlines feel.

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13:29 // 2 years ago
December 30, 2011

Amazon sold a bunch of Kindles, but don’t expect a specific count

  • 4 million Kindles sold in December … well, at least we think so source

» It’s an estimate based off of Amazon’s evasiveness. They said that customers “purchased well over 1 million Kindle devices per week” in the month of December. Sales of Kindle e-books were up 175% from last year’s period between Black Friday and Christmas; so while Amazon may not give us clear numbers, the company seems to be doing well in the fields it created.

11:48 // 2 years ago
November 3, 2011
Ever wanted to rent a book on your Kindle? Well, now you can!
Kindle and Kindle Fire to have a lending library: The program, which launched today, allows readers to borrow one title at a time per month; when they rent a new title, the previous one will leave their device. Sounds like…not the best plan in the world. The library has over 5,000 titles for readers to choose from, so it’s a little limited. Also, the service is only available to users of Amazon’s Prime service, which costs $79 a year. Stock up! source
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Kindle and Kindle Fire to have a lending library: The program, which launched today, allows readers to borrow one title at a time per month; when they rent a new title, the previous one will leave their device. Sounds like…not the best plan in the world. The library has over 5,000 titles for readers to choose from, so it’s a little limited. Also, the service is only available to users of Amazon’s Prime service, which costs $79 a year. Stock up! source

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23:19 // 2 years ago
October 16, 2011

Publishers freak out because Amazon’s cutting into their territory

  • cause Amazon, with its growing clout as an e-book outlet and ability to work around the traditional system, has made significant inroads as a publisher of books, with at least one bestseller to its name. They will publish 122 books this fall in electronic and physical form.
  • reaction Large publishers and agents are starting to freak out. In one case, Hawaiian writer Kiana Davenport angered the publisher of a forthcoming book and got sued because she dared use Amazon to self-publish an old anthology no publisher wanted. source

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23:47 // 2 years ago
September 28, 2011

"Fire" still looks cool, though: We kind of hate the pretentiousness of this entire ad. Amazon just released this ad to promote the new Kindle Fire … which appears to imply that a Voltaire quote inspired the name. Steve Jobs is probably cursing the hipster marketers at Amazon for just being so dang indie. How can the iPad compete with that?! source

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23:56 // 2 years ago