Friday, October 30, 2009

Amazon Says Kindle Reader Coming for Mac, Too

Friday, October 30, 2009

Amazon announced Thursday that Kindle reader software was on the way for PCs. Fortunately for those of us who live a bit better than our Windows-suffering brethren, Amazon has now hastily added that a Mac version of Kindle software is also on the way.

Amazon's Kindle, of course, is the slim white e-book reader with access to over 350,000 books and counting. (Though, personally, I'd hate to be the guy whose job was to do the actual counting.)

But soon after launching the Kindle device, Amazon quickly bastardized its own noun, releasing Kindle for iPhone and iPod touch. That software offers access to that massive library of digital books, without needing to buy the $260 hardware Kindle. With desktop software, one imagines you'll be able to read books right on your bright computer screen while you're supposed to be

Desktop Kindle software--whether for Macs or PCs--will mark the first time
consumers can buy and read books from Amazon's library without owning some
other pricey hardware. Except for, uh, the computer itself.   Read the original article here

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Amazon Kindle Now with International Wireless 360,000 books etc,

Thursday, October 29, 2009
Amazon Kindle: Now With U.S. & International Wireless, Only $259Amazon Kindle Now With International Wireless

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Video Kindle 2 Guide basics and tips and where to find free books

Sunday, October 25, 2009
My Video Kindle 2 Guide
Have put together a very comprehensive video guide on the Kindle 2 that includes -
  1. Kindle Basics.
  2. 20+ Kindle 2 Tips and Shortcuts that will work on the International Kindle (except the Browser tips). 
  3. Where to find free books.
And a lot of other good things. This blogger might be a good watch for those that want to learn how to use the kindle

Two-faced gadget is e-reader plus netbook

(WIRED) -- Like Harvey "Two-Face" Dent, a new dual-screen device has two faces to match its double identity: It promises to be an electronic book reader and a netbook at the same time.
 The eDGe device will fold like a book and will be used as an e-reader and a netbook.
The eDGe device will fold like a book and will be used as an e-reader and a netbook.

The Wi-Fi enabled device, called eDGe, will fold like a book and can be used as an e-reader. It will also serve as a digital notepad you can use to write notes or highlight text, send e-mails and instant messages, browse the Internet and run apps, say the device's creators. Under the hood, eDGe will be powered by Google's Android operating system.

The left half of the eDGe will have a 9.7-inch E Ink e-paper display. Users will be able to read e-books in PDF and EPUB format and take notes or draw diagrams using a stylus. The right side of the device is a 10.1-inch LCD touchscreen that can be used to check e-mail and surf the Web.

The $490 eDGe won't be available until February, 2010, says its creator, Entourage Systems, a startup based in McLean, Virginia. But the company is taking pre-orders for the device.

Currently, e-book readers and netbooks are among the fastest-growing categories in consumer electronics. Not surprisingly, companies are trying to find ways to meld the two. Netbooks pioneer Asus, for instance, is also working on a dual-screen e-reader. Asus showed a prototype of the device at the CeBIT trade show in March and plans to unveil it at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. Asus' e-reader will likely have two color touchscreens, a speaker, a webcam and a microphone, along with the capability to make inexpensive Skype calls.
The eDGe will have an ARM processor, 4 GB storage, an SD card slot and 2 USB ports. Weighing about 2.5 pounds, eDGe's dual screens will work together, the company says. That means a user will be able to highlight a word from the e-paper screen and drag it to a browser on the LCD screen in order to do a Google search on it. (See a list of eDGe's specs.)

As with many hybrid devices, eDGe runs the risk of not being good enough as either an e-book reader or as a netbook. Also, eDGe doesn't have the kind of integrated access to an e-bookstore that companies such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble can offer with their e-readers. However, because eDGe uses the EPUB format, its customers can access the 1 million free, public-domain books digitized by Google. Getting the latest Dan Brown bestseller may be more difficult.

Still, the eDGe packs in some appealing extras. The device will come with a text-to-speech function and a 1.3-megapixel webcam. It will offer about 16 hours of battery life in e-reader mode and up to 6 hours when running the LCD screen, says Entourage Systems.

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Amazon Releases Kindle Source: Prepare for Kindle Clones (Update: Not Quite)

Keeping true to what Jeff Bezos had said about the Kindle Reader and Kindle books being two separate businesses, Amazon has released the source code for the 1st generation Kindle, the new Kindle, and the Kindle DX.

The Kindle OS is Linux () with a special set of drivers; we’re sure that someone, somewhere will thoroughly comb through it and reveal more details, particularly about its DRMed parts.
In practice, this means (if the code is released under GNU GPL, as Engadget suggests) that manufacturers can now build a Kindle () clone. While Kindle is a solid device, it’s definitely not perfect, and we’re definitely interested to see what the competition will do with the code.
We have already seen several companies now issue competition devices according to news reports 

Kindle For Mac is Coming

Amazon’s Kindle software isn’t going to be limited to the e-reading device: following Amazon’s announcement at the Windows 7 launch that it has released a version of the Kindle Reader software for PCs (”Kindle for PC“), the company has also revealed that it’s building a Mac version of the software. Neither version requires that you own a Kindle in order to download books.

An Amazon spokesperson in contact with Fast Company told the magazine: “Yes, we are working on a Kindle () app for Mac.”

Friday, October 23, 2009

Amazon's Bezos says Kindle is number one

Friday, October 23, 2009

 Amazon crowned a new king on Thursday -- the Kindle, its electronic book reader.

"Kindle has become the number one bestselling item by both unit sales and dollars -- not just in our electronics store but across all product categories on," Amazon founder and chief executive Jeff Bezos said.

In keeping with previous practice, Bezos declined to reveal sales figures for the Kindle, but Forrester Research estimates the device has a nearly 60 percent share of the US market followed by the Sony Reader with 35 percent.

Forrester estimates that three million e-readers will be sold in the United States this year, up from a previous forecast of two million units, and for e-reader sales to double to six million units next year.

Bezos also announced that the price of a new international version of the Kindle designed to synch with telecom networks in 100 countries was being cut to 259 dollars from 279 dollars.

The Bezos statements came as his Seattle-based company reported a 68-percent rise in net profit in the third quarter to 199 million dollars, or 45 cents per share, better than the 33 cents per share forecast by Wall Street analysts.

Revenue increased 28 percent to 5.45 billion dollars during the quarter which ended on September 30.

Amazon shares soared 14.77 percent in after-hours electronic trading to a record 107.25 dollars.

Unlike eBay, which unveiled a cautious outlook for the holiday season the previous day, Amazon delivered an optimistic sales forecast for the Christmas period.

It said it expected fourth-quarter sales of between 8.1 billion dollars and 9.1 billion dollars, an increase of between 21 percent and 36 percent over last year.

Amazon said North America sales rose 23 percent in the quarter to 2.84 billion dollars while international sales from its British, German, Japanese, French and Chinese sites rose 33 percent to 2.61 billion dollars.

It said worldwide media sales, which include music, books and other items, grew 17 percent to 2.93 billion dollars.

Sales of electronics and other general merchandise sales climbed 44 percent to 2.36 billion dollars.

Amazon also said that the Kindle book store has increased its number of titles to more than 360,000 books including 101 of the 112 New York Times bestsellers.

Bezos told Amazon's annual shareholders meeting in May that the company may never reveal Kindle sales figures. "Our point of view on that is that there can often be a competitive advantage in keeping the numbers close," he said.  Read the original complete article here

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Barnes & Noble unveils its e-reader

Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Barnes & Noble added a chapter on Tuesday to the e-book competition story.  Beginning in November, the No. 1 book store chain will sell an e-reader, called the Nook, that gives users the flexibility to lend their digital books to others - something that isn't possible with Amazon's Kindle, the best-selling e-reader.

Like the Kindle, the Nook costs $260. It will use AT&T's 3G network to wirelessly download books, newspapers, magazines, and blogs. Both use the same black-and-white screen display technology. B&N also emulates Amazon's practice of charging far less for e-books than it does for paper editions.

But unlike the Kindle, which has a keyboard, Nook users type on a
multi-color touch screen. The device is powered by Google's Android operating system, and B&N's e-books can be read on devices besides the Nook. 

Plastic Logic revealed some details on Monday about one of those devices: its long-awaited reader will be called Que, and will be formally introduced in January.

The Kindle has a brand new rival — Barne’s and Noble introduced the Nook e-Reader to compete with Amazon. At $259, it’s priced competitively too.

The Nook comes pre-installed with Google Android OS and will comes with a 3G SIM from AT&T.
Aside from that, there’s also a built-in WiFi. Internal storage is just 2GB but that can be bumped to 16GB via microSD card. Display is also 6″ just like the Kindle.

Amazon quickly responded and gave back $20 in rebates to all those who ordered the International version of the Kindle. It’s now just $259 too. Let’s not forget Sony has its own line of eReaders too.  From

A New Electronic Reader, the Nook, Enters the Market

As widely expected, Barnes & Noble unveiled its Nook electronic reading device at a splashy news conference on Tuesday to generally positive views from the publishing community, and offered some details about its whispered-about lending capabilities.

As much as anything, publishers seemed relieved that Barnes & Noble, which operates the nation's largest chain of bookstores, had produced a credible alternative to Amazon's Kindle. The Nook, priced at $259, went on sale Tuesday afternoon at, at a price that matched the latest edition of the Kindle. The Nook will ship starting in late November.

Amazon currently dominates the market for electronic readers. Estimates vary, but according to the Codex Group, a consultant to the publishing industry, Amazon has sold about 945,000 units, compared with 525,000 units of the Sony Reader.

Barnes & Noble opened an e-bookstore in July, and its editions, which are available in ePub and Adobe PDF versions, can be read on a variety of devices, including Apple's iPhone, the BlackBerry, Macs and PCs. Barnes & Noble will continue to support those devices, as well as forthcoming e-readers from iRex and Plastic Logic.

But it is clear the company is trying to consolidate sales of e-books onto the Nook, which features a six-inch gray and white reading screen and a color touch screen control panel. In any of the chain's 1,300 stores, consumers can download books on the Wi-Fi network. Outside the stores, consumers will access AT&T's 3G network to download books.

One of the differentiating factors of the Nook is that customers can "lend" books to friends. But customers may lend out any given title only one time for a total of 14 days and they cannot read it on their own Nook while it is lent.

In an interview, William Lynch, president of Barnes&, said the company would aggressively market the Nook within its bricks and mortar stores. The Nook also has software that will detect when a consumer walks into a store so that it can push out coupons and other promotions like excerpts from forthcoming books or suggestions for new reading. While in stores, Nook owners will be able to read any e-book through streaming software.

E-Book Fans Keep Format in Spotlight

The publishing industry has been under a dark cloud recently.
Sales are down this year, despite prominent books by Dan Brown and Edward M. Kennedy. Wal-Mart and Amazon are locked in a war for e-commerce dominance, creating new worries among publishers and authors about dwindling profits.

But amid the gloom, some sellers and owners of electronic reading devices are making the case that people are reading more because of e-books.

Amazon for example, says that people with Kindles now buy 3.1 times as many books as they did before owning the device. That factor is up from 2.7 in December 2008. So a reader who had previously bought eight books from Amazon would now purchase, on average, 24.8 books, a rise from 21.6 books.

“You are going to see very significant industry growth rates as a result of the convenience of this kind of reading,” said Jeffrey P. Bezos, chief executive of Amazon.
Sony, maker of the Reader family of devices, says that its e-book customers, on average, download about eight books a month from its online library. That is far more than the approximately 6.7 books than the average American book buyer purchased for the entire year in 2008, according to Bowker, a publishing industry tracking firm.

The e-reader market also has a new competitor, the Nook, introduced by Barnes & Noble on Tuesday. It will sell for $259.

The book-buying numbers at Amazon and Sony may not by themselves indicate a new interest in reading. Owners of Kindles may be shifting all their book purchases to Amazon. Owners of e-book devices tend to be among the most passionate book buyers, so their behavior may not be reflective of the overall market.

Even so, fans of the reading devices suggest that the convenience of using these products, which offer a sense of control and customization that consumers have come to expect from all their media gadgets, has created a greater interest in books.

Patti Howard is among the converted. “It’s been a long time since I felt this way about books,” said Ms. Howard, a medical transcriptionist from Birmingham, Ala., who for years confined her book reading to 10 minutes before bed until she got an Amazon Kindle in August.

Ms. Howard now buys books any time she wants. She recently downloaded a fantasy novel at 2:30 a.m., immediately after finishing the previous book in a series. She reads during her snippets of daily downtime, like during the wait to pick up her 9-year-old son from school. Her new reading pace is one novel a week.
Other fans praise the benefits of e-book devices. The Kindle and Sony Reader, with their gray-and-white screens and adjustable type sizes, offer a satisfying experience with few of the distractions of other technologies.
Multiple books can also be carried in a slender device, so a reader can easily switch from Kate Morton’s “The Forgotten Garden” to Blake Bailey’s “Cheever: A Life.”

E-books can also be bought quickly and from any location, with one or two clicks on devices like the Kindle and the Nook, which use wireless networks to download books.

Brandon Watson, a researcher at Microsoft and the father of three, says he has gone from reading about a book a month to recently polishing off a book the size of Malcolm Gladwell’s “Outliers” every weekend.
He is taken by the ease of one-handed reading on the Kindle. Last month he bought the digital version of “The Bourne Identity,” even though he had the actual 500-page book in his home, because “for whatever reason, it feels cumbersome to read,” he said.

That point resonates with Candy Yates, a loan officer assistant in Newland, N.C. Ms. Yates owns a computer, a BlackBerry, and an iPod Touch and calls herself a “gadget person.” She says that paper books just feel strange to her, even though she was an avid reader as a child.
The nearest bookstore is also 30 miles away in Boone, and the collection at the local library does not interest her, she said. The Kindle cannot pick up a wireless signal in her home town, but she can plug it into her PC and buy books online.

Such testimonials do not persuade everyone. Many book publishing executives say that e-book sellers like Amazon have a strong interest in heralding a new age of reading, because they must persuade skeptical publishers that a higher sales volume of e-books will offset the eventual loss of profit if the most popular digital editions continue to be sold for $9.99. For now, sellers like Amazon and Barnes & Noble subsidize that price.
Some publishers are also not quite willing to accept the notion that books can make a mainstream resurgence.
“Given the fact that people now have the Internet, almost 24-hour football entertainment in the fall, tennis matches from around the world, TV shows out the wazoo, and movies, do you really believe that people are going to be reading more because they can get it on a screen?” said John Sargent, chief executive of Macmillan, owner of imprints like Farrar, Straus and Giroux and St. Martin’s Press. “I don’t see the scenario.”

The music industry, which stumbled badly during its transition to digital formats, also offers lessons. E-book piracy does not yet constitute a major problem in the United States, but there are warning signs.
Shayna Englin, a political consultant in Washington who purchased a Kindle this year, also says she reads more than ever: a book a week, about three times her old pace.

But she has actually never paid for an e-book. Exploiting a loophole in Amazon’s system, Ms. Englin has linked her Kindle to the Amazon account of some nearby friends, allowing all of them to read books like “The Lost Symbol” at the same time — while paying for them only once.

“I read much more, I tend to read faster for some reason, and I read a greater variety of things,” said Ms. Englin, adding that this is nearly the same as lending a physical book to friends. “We haven’t really looked closely at Amazon’s terms of service. But I do suspect we are breaking the rules.”

Sulit describes buying procedure for Kindle

You can order the Kindle direct from Amazon as noted in one of the following posting but here is a sulit ad that describes the buying procedure

I see a sulit ad that identifies how to order from USA but be aware customs must be paid and I would assume some SMART Philippine retailer will soon have their own stocks!?referralKeywords=kindle

“ Reasons A New Model Kindle Is Better Than A Cheap Netbook”.

Smaller and Lighter – whether you get the Kindle 2 or Kindle DX either one will be smaller and lighter than a netbook. Even the 10 inch models.

Better Battery Life – because the Amazon Kindle uses e-ink technology less power is used, and on average a Kindle will last you about four days on a single charge. Pretty sweet!
Easier On The Eyes Screen – it’s been said that the e-ink screen is much easier on the eyes, than the constant “flickering” of a pc screen.

Price – with the recent price slash of the Wireless Kindle, they just got cheaper than a cheap netbook. Most 10 inch netbooks still hover around $299.

Over 17,000 Free Kindle Ebooks Now Available

To smartly compete against the plethora of FREE public titles available from Google on the Sony Reader, Amazon now has close to 18,000 free public domain downloads in the Kindle ebook store. This is an increase of close to 10,000 from just last Wednesday. Wow!

The ebook reader wars are at full throttle with no let up in sight, especially with the holiday season around the bend. This is very good news for all consumers interested in finally purchasing an ebook reader.

If you own a Kindle go to the Amazon Kindle ebook store and see what free titles grab your fancy. Maybe War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy is your cup of tea, if so – it’s available.

lGoogle Editions Embraces Universal E-book Format

Google will launch an e-book store called Google Editions with a “don’t be evil” twist. Unlike Google’s biggest competitors, Amazon and Barnes & Noble, which rely heavily on restrictive DRM, Google’s store will not be device-specific–allowing for e-books purchased through Google Editions to be read on the far greater number of e-book readers that will flood the market in 2010.

Google’s e-books will be accessible through any Web-enabled computer, e-reader, or mobile phone instead of a dedicated device. This will allow content to be unchained from expensive devices such as Amazon’s Kindle e-book reader. However, as democratizing as this sounds, it’s still unclear how many people are ready to curl up with a Google Editions title on their laptop or smartphone, instead of the traditional paper format. 
Read the complete original article here

Google Online Bookstore Fuels eReader War

Google revealed its intention to launch an online bookstore dubbed Google Editions sometime in early 2010. Google plans to open for business with about 500,000 available titles from a variety of publishers. The new service will provide ebooks in a browser-centric, eReader-agnostic manner that will muddy the eReader water even more than it is today.
Google Editions is entirely separate from Google Book Search, Google’s project to scan all of the books of the world and make them available online. A proposed settlement in the ongoing legal wrangling over Google Book Search was scuttled amid mounting opposition and both sides have gone back to the drawing board to come up with a workable solution.

This is a whole new offering from Google that will create an online bookstore to go head-to-head with and Barnes & Noble’s online presence. Preliminary details on Google Editions suggest that Google plans to share the revenue from online book sales with the publishers. Books sold directly through Google Editions would pay out 63 percent to the publisher, with Google keeping the other 37 percent.

 Read the complete article here

100+ Places for Free Books Online

If you are looking for free books Stephen Keroff’s wonderfully comprehensive list should be your first stop. Originally it only covered 100 sites but has grown substantially as Stephen has unearthed many great new locations. This is a listing of 193 sites that legally offer free books (eBooks) for download or for online viewing.

Some time ago I went looking for some free eBooks and was surprised to find that there are many resources for this.  I decided to put together this list of sites that offer free eBooks as a reference.  Since there are so many, I was not able to check each one out thoroughly.  So comments from you on any of these sites would be appreciated and added to the comments in the article.
I have tried to make certain that all of the eBooks at these sites are legally available for viewing/downloading.  This is only a summary read the complete blog here

Buying Kindle books at Amazon, steps to do

You buy your books, magazines and newspapers online at the website, paying with a credit card. Once the purchase is made you’ll have a chance to have it sent wirelessly or downloaded to your computer. Of course in the Philippines the Kindle wireless option does not work, so you choose to download your purchases. After you press the download button the download starts and when complete the file appears on your desktop. Then you connect your Kindle to your computer with the supplied cable. Turn on your Kindle and its icon appears as a drive on your desktop. Then you drag and drop the downloaded files to the Kindle. Next time you use your Kindle the new documents will be in the Kindle library, ready to use.

Amazon has announced a new international version of the Kindle which, according to Amazon, works wirelessly in the Philippines and around the world.

Kindle offers a work-around, and not only for books.   Using the Kindle I can have the current issue of the Financial Times with my morning coffee — or of course any one of a dozen other foreign papers. Sure, I can read these on my computer, but the user interface and especially the portability of the Kindle is superior to my laptop.

The Kindle is another technology (along with DSL and Skype) that helps make the life of the expat even better.  Now you can live in the most remote provincial location* and read the New York Timeswith your breakfast.  That’s progress!

If you buy a Kindle and use it overseas, be sure to get an extra battery. There are lots of complaints about short battery life on the Amazon web site.

No, the Kindle wireless feature via the Sprint cellular network in the U.S. definitely does not work in the Philippines or, as I understand it, anywhere else but in the U.S. I just meant that I was able to activate the Kindle unit and purchase content via downloads from the Amazon website. Not as convenient as the Whispernet but very workable.

By the way, may I ask how you did this? I mean activating the Kindle unit and purchasing content straight from the Amazon Kindle website through the Globe network?

We just logged into our pre-existing account at the Amazon web site, went to the “Kindle Store section, then the “Manage Your Kindle” tab, and then register your Kindle unit. No problems. By the way, we longer have Globe DSL. We moved to a more rural area and now use SmartBro wireless Internet. That works fine with Kindle too

you have to have a U.S.A. issued credit card. Others have reported success with gift cards but maybe Amazon has blocked that work around. Let’s hope that Amazon will expand Kindle services world wide.
Does Kindle recognize other ebook files that are not purchased in kindle?

As I were browing, I saw sellers who offer ebooks files in cheap prices and and I’m wondering if these files are readable by Kindle. Is it possible to read them using kindle?

Is is like itunes wherein you can buy songs online at the same time you can rip your own music?
Yes, Kindle can read these formats:
* Documents: Kindle (.AZW, .AZW1). Text (.TXT), Unprotected Mobipocket (.MOBI, .PRC)
* Audible: Audible (.AA, .AAX)
* Music: MP3 (.MP3)

Remember that the mobipocket book must not have DRM protection.
You can also send personal documents (.doc, .txt, .pdf) to be converted to AZW format. I had my resume, scripts, librettos and music pieces converted and it looks really nice in my new Kindle 2. But looks ugly in my Kindle 1  These comments from the blog

naaah … the multi-format (no lock-in) Sonys are far better

That’s interesting, it’s like they reversed the countries you’d think will have the kindle vs those who won’t… I’m hoping the local barbershop will buy some so that they can update their reading material circa 2000… 
I go to a branch of Bruno’s Barbers that mooches wi-fi from the neighboring dental clinic (this is the branch in Shangri-La Mall). Everytime I go there for a haircut, I bring my iPhone and read my news feeds on Google reader. No magazines needed…
naaah … the multi-format (no lock-in) Sonys are far better –  Read the original blog here

thinking early about stocking-stuffers?

October 9, 2009 Heh,a personal pet topic of mine.
Been snooping around the forums at MobileRead for feedback on the international Kindle since the announcement.
Downsides to the international version: books are generally $2 more expensive than the US store ($11.99 versus $9.99) and, due to publisher restrictions, there are over 100,000 books that won’t be available outside the US store (including, supposedly, Dan Brown’s “The Lost Symbol”)
However, tons of people have been using US Kindles outside America for quite some time now – it’s all in the judicious use of Amazon electronic GCs and a VPN to “magically relocate” you for a few minutes, plus a USB connection to do all your transfers.
And hey, bang for the back tip – if you aren’t going to need the international Whispernet anyway, refurbished 1st gen Kindle readers are only $150 on Amazon right now.
In fact for me, the best part about the Amazon Kindle store is the content, not necessarily the device.
If you’re an iPhone user that can snag a copy of the Kindle app off the US iTunes store, you don’t even need an actual Kindle – and now you can seamlessly use Whispernet not only over 3G, but WiFi as well. Not to mention the ability to read non-DRM ebooks (using Stanza), get many more blogs, news and feature articles synced to your device (using Instapaper) and view full resolution, full color PDFs (using GoodReader).
October 9, 2009 Having tried a DX, the 6″ International version is not so bad at all. I’ll probably get one before the year ends. Its more portable than the DX. I’ve been using the iPhone app for months and fairly satisfied with it, but the E Ink screen is definitely more friendly to the eyes.
Yup International books costs $2 more but its still cheaper compared to a print book you get locally (I recently bought one for $8 when it sells for $15 for print locally), although there are some from the best-sellers list not included (yet).
The e-book reader allows you to store up to 200 books and has a little more room for periodicals, magazines and even 300 blogs. All this you can get or download anywhere using a free high-speed cellular wireless network from Sprint (EVDO, Amazon Whispernet). Looking to be a better competitor to the Sony Reader Digital Book (PRS-505).
Amazon Kindle
The catch? While access to the network is free, you’ll have to pay monthly subscriptions rates even for the freely available periodicals (New York Times, Washington Post, etc) and blogs (TechCrunch, Boingboing, etc). The screen is also in black & white though that actually helps for a longer battery life.
The unit ain’t that cheap too — $400 a pop. Feature-wise it’s packed but will people buy yet another dedicated device to tag along with them? Maybe for the book freaks gobbling 3 books a week.   Read the original complete posting here
These days, you can buy laptop for $400, and it will do everything that the Kindle will do, plus much more.

Important Product Information for Your Country

  • Your international shipment is subject to customs duties, import taxes and other fees levied by the destination country. We will show you these fees upon checkout.
  •  ships with a U.S. power adapter and a micro-USB cable for charging your  via a computer USB port. The U.S. power adapter supports voltages between 100V – 240V.
  • You can transfer personal documents to your  via USB for free at anytime. Service fees for transferring personal documents via Whispernet are currently $.99 per megabyte.
  • Wireless download times can vary based on 3G or EDGE/GPRS coverage, signal strength and file size.
  •  books, newspapers, and magazine are currently priced and sold in United States dollars
  • Blogs and the experimental web browser are currently not available for your country
  •  includes a 1-year limited warranty.
  • Use of the  is subject to the  License Agreement and Terms of Use
Comments from other blogs on Kindle vs Google
eBooks may be mobile, space-saving, and convenient, but I never did get the hang of reading long text on my PC or eBook reader. Real books still offer a rich, sensual experience an eBook reader can’t provide. And it’s not like eBooks are any cheaper than real books. It’s clear that not everyone else shares my preferences for books over gadgets, because Google is going to be launching an eBook store early next year. There’s no opening date yet, but Google intends to provide half a million eBook titles when the online book store gets launched. All your book purchases will be stored with your Gmail account, and users can read the eBooks using any electronic device that can access the Internet. Yup, you don’t have to buy an expensive eBook reader just to read your eBooks. You can use your iPhone, your desktop, your netbook, as long as they have Internet connection. So far, it sounds like a far better deal than what theAmazon Kindle is offering.

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There goes that Kindle I wanted for Christmas.

 This morning I got to read the New Yorker article by Nicholson Baker which tears the Kindle to pieces. It didn’t seem all that devastating until I got to the end:

If you want to read electronic books there’s another way to go. Here’s what you do. Buy an iPod Touch (it costs seventy dollars less than the Kindle 2, even after the Kindle’s price was recently cut), or buy an iPhone, and load the free “Kindle for iPod” application onto it. Then, when you wake up at 3 A.M. and you need big, sad, well-placed words to tumble slowly into the basin of your mind, and you don’t want to wake up the person who’s in bed with you, you can reach under the pillow and find Apple’s smooth machine and click it on. It’s completely silent. Hold it a few inches from your face, with the words enlarged and the screen’s brightness slider bar slid to its lowest setting, and read for ten or fifteen minutes. Each time you need to turn the page, just move your thumb over it, as if you were getting ready to deal a card; when you do, the page will slide out of the way, and a new one will appear….

Forty million iPod Touches and iPhones are in circulation, and most people aren’t reading books on them. But some are. The nice thing about this machine is (a) it’s beautiful, and (b) it’s not imitating anything. It’s not trying to be ink on paper.

My wife has an iPod Touch, so we did precisely this. [It turns out the application is actually called "Kindle for iPhone." It works the same on both devices.] Then we downloaded a free sample chapter of a bestseller I might actually want to read some day. And guess what? It worked exactly the way Baker described. You can even change the print size like on an Kindle and it looked perfectly fine to me.

The root of Amazon’s problem is then not necessarily that the Kindle works badly. I’ve played around with other people’s to have previously coveted one. The problem is why should anyone go out and buy a Kindle when there are other devices out there that work just as well AND do other things besides display books? The only way I can see around this is to come out with a Kindle phone, but people will look pretty stupid hold a page-shaped device up to the ears.  Read the original posting here

Me and my Kindle

I was wrong about the Kindle. When I unboxed it two nights ago, I excitedly bought my own book to feel all cyber and tweeted about it. But the book wouldn’t show up. “Opening,” it said forever. Two hours went by and I called Amazon (which – new for them – made the phone number easy to find and answered it in a minute). The lady said the modem had to be fully charged. That made no sense; it would mean essentially that it would never work unless plugged in. But, fine, I waited for the green light. Still no book. Two hours more. I called Amazon again. The man said it must be a defective unit and he nicely said he’s ship a replacement (this is why I am happy I have Amazon stock). I chronicled my frustration on Twitter, and word passed around there.

The next day, I tried the Kindle in Manhattan and it worked fine. Two more tests verified that the problem was not the Kindle but Sprint, which was never great at home when I had a Sprint Treo but would at least work. Now, it took more than four hours to download a book and even going to a new store menu page takes minutes. I confessed my mistake on Twitter and shifted blame to the phone company. Sprint monitors Twitter – that’s the good news – but they might as well not, as the Sprint guy merely tried to sidestep responsibility, saying that there wasn’t a network outage (I didn’t say there was) and shifting blame back to Amazon: “Spoke 2 @Sprint Care, Retail. Kindle issues should go 2 Amazon customer care.” Amazon should learn to pick its partners more wisely in the future. And I need to learn to cram caveats into tweets when I have problems.

So now I have a Kindle that works in some places, not others – and not working at home may be a killer. This is why I wish it came with wi-fi, or at least the option (especially for when I travel overseas). I prefer my control of communications on my iPhone. But then the problem with the iPhone is also that it has to be connected; I’d like to download content – such as the New York Times – to it so I could read the paper on the train.

The iPhone and Kindle are a study in contrasts. The biggest is, of course, the business model: One may buy books on either, but current content on the iPhone will, in most cases, be ad-supported; on the Kindle, it is paid for by the reader. The iPhone UI, right down to its flowing scrolling on its touchscreen, is elegant and happy; the Kindle is klunky and irritating. The Kindle lets me download and read anywhere; I like that; the iPhone won’t let me download The New York Times to read on the subway and that’s too bad. The iPhone lets me control my communications better. The Kindle screen is larger, yes, but the iPhone isn’t that much smaller:

So I’m undecided about the Kindle. Its organization is still inelegant to say the least. For example, when reading the Times, it wants me to go story-by-story – that’s bookthink. I want to see the menu of articles in a section. But when I then go to an article and page through it, to get back to that section listing, I have to go back to the top and then back to the section. When reading a book on either device, I miss easy ways to thumb through.

If I traveled a great deal and took books with me everywhere – which I don’t – the Kindle would clearly be a godsend. And maybe it will make me start traveling with books – and reading them – more often, as the web has been bad for my book reading habits. But I’m still not sure.

I also wish that the business model of book publishing were different: that I could buy the contents of a book and get it in any and all media: I could read it on paper when I’m home and on Kindle when I’m on the road and listen to it on my iPhone when I’m driving. I disagree strongly with Roy Blount Jr.’s assertion on behalf of authors (other than me) that the Kindle shouldn’t be reading books aloud to readers because it would cannibalize audio-book sales. This assumes that people who buy the print book also buy the audiobook in great numbers and that having a book read by the computerized and irritating voice of a Kindle will hurt sales. No, I think a book should be sold as a package: buy access to the ideas and get them however you like. I think that would spur greater sales. The next step is to move past selling books as a product, frozen in time, and start selling them as a process. But that’s a post for another day.

I’m holding onto my Kindle for now. I was wrong about it at first blush and so I need to give it more of a chance.  Read the interesting blog original here with many viewer comments

The first bad thing I’ve read about the new Kindle.

Slate (and the writer actually loves the device nonetheless):

The Kindle won’t let you resell or share your books. Anything you buy through the reader is fixed to your Amazon account, readable only on the Kindle or other devices that Amazon may one day deem appropriate. (The company has hinted that it’ll build an iPhone app that can read Kindle books.) Even worse, you can buy books for your Kindle only from Amazon’s store. Indeed, the device makes it difficult to read anything that’s not somehow routed through Amazon  first—you can surf the Web on the Kindle, and you can convert some of your personal Microsoft Word or text files to the device’s format, but doing so is slow and not very reliable. In order to read blogs, magazines, newspapers, and books, you’ve really got to go through Amazon’s store first.

You can see where this is going: Kindle owners buy a lot of stuff, and the more stuff they buy, the more likely they are to stick with the Kindle in the future, even when/if someone else invents a better, more open e-book service. This restriction makes Amazon the prime market for book publishers. How can they resist giving over their entire catalog to a store that attracts so many eager, captive shoppers? Publishers’ acquiescence in turn increases the Kindle’s appeal to new buyers. If you’re in the market for an e-book reader, you’ll probably choose the one that offers the most books, and that means Kindle. (At the moment, there are about 240,000 titles available for the Kindle; the Sony Reader, its closest rival, has fewer than 100,000.) Taken together, these trends all point in one direction—Amazon will come to rule the market for e-books. And as the master of the e-book universe, Amazon will eventually call the shots on pricing, marketing, and everything else associated with the new medium.

I’m sympathetic to the argument. In fact, it reminds me about a point  I’ve made about Walmart for years. Lower prices now do not necessarily mean lower prices later. Once the purveyor has a virtual monopoly, the sky can safely be the limit. [I know that's illegal, but I always made that argument during the Bush years so that didn't really matter.]

There’s one thing missing here, however. E-books will always, and I mean always, have to compete against real books. Paper might lose popularity over coming years, but it’s not going anywhere because casual readers will be unlikely to pony up $359 for a reading device. 

If an e-book’s cost runs into that of a real book, buyers can just buy the actual paper book. Indeed, if the cost even approaches that of a real book, people will probably go for the paper book anyways because they can resell it.  Read the original posting here

The first bad thing I’ve read about the new Kindle.

Slate (and the writer actually loves the device nonetheless):

The Kindle won’t let you resell or share your books. Anything you buy through the reader is fixed to your Amazon account, readable only on the Kindle or other devices that Amazon may one day deem appropriate. (The company has hinted that it’ll build an iPhone app that can read Kindle books.) Even worse, you can buy books for your Kindle only from Amazon’s store. Indeed, the device makes it difficult to read anything that’s not somehow routed through Amazon first—you can surf the Web on the Kindle, and you can convert some of your personal Microsoft Word or text files to the device’s format, but doing so is slow and not very reliable. In order to read blogs, magazines, newspapers, and books, you’ve really got to go through Amazon’s store first.

You can see where this is going: Kindle owners buy a lot of stuff, and the more stuff they buy, the more likely they are to stick with the Kindle in the future, even when/if someone else invents a better, more open e-book service. This restriction makes Amazon the prime market for book publishers. How can they resist giving over their entire catalog to a store that attracts so many eager, captive shoppers? Publishers’ acquiescence in turn increases the Kindle’s appeal to new buyers. If you’re in the market for an e-book reader, you’ll probably choose the one that offers the most books, and that means Kindle. (At the moment, there are about 240,000 titles available for the Kindle; the Sony Reader, its closest rival, has fewer than 100,000.) Taken together, these trends all point in one direction—Amazon will come to rule the market for e-books. And as the master of the e-book universe, Amazon will eventually call the shots on pricing, marketing, and everything else associated with the new medium.

I’m sympathetic to the argument. In fact, it reminds me about a point I’ve made about Walmart for years. Lower prices now do not necessarily mean lower prices later. Once the purveyor has a virtual monopoly, the sky can safely be the limit. [I know that's illegal, but I always made that argument during the Bush years so that didn't really matter.]

There’s one thing missing here, however. E-books will always, and I mean always, have to compete against real books. Paper might lose popularity over coming years, but it’s not going anywhere because casual readers will be unlikely to pony up $359 for a reading device. If an e-book’s cost runs into that of a real book, buyers can just buy the actual paper book. Indeed, if the cost even approaches that of a real book, people will probably go for the paper book anyways because they can resell it.  Read the original posting here

Amazon Lowers Price On Kindle To $259

Amazon Lowers Price on #1 Bestseller Kindle to $259 and Introduces New Addition to the Kindle Family of Wireless Reading Devices–Kindle with U.S. & International Wireless

#1 bestseller Kindle now $259, Kindle with U.S. & International Wireless now available for pre-order at $279 and ships Oct. 19

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct. 7, 2009–, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced that it is lowering the price of its #1 bestseller Kindle to $259, down from $299. Also today, introduced a new addition to its family of portable reading devices—Kindle with U.S. & International Wireless. Kindle with U.S. & International Wireless now enables readers to wirelessly download content in over 100 countries and territories. Readers can pre-order Kindle with U.S. & International Wireless starting today for $279 at and it ships October 19.
“Kindle is the most wished for, the most gifted, and the #1 bestselling product across the millions of items we sell on Amazon, and we’re excited to be able to lower the price,” said Jeff Bezos, Founder and CEO. “We’re also excited to announce a new addition to the Kindle family—Kindle with global wireless. At home or abroad in over 100 countries, you can think of a book and download it wirelessly in less than 60 seconds.”
Kindle wirelessly downloads books, newspapers, magazines, blogs, and personal documents to a crisp, high-resolution 6-inch electronic ink display that looks and reads like real paper. Kindle utilizes the same 3G wireless technology as advanced cell phones, so you never need to hunt for a Wi-Fi hotspot or sync with a PC. Readers can wirelessly shop the Kindle Store, download books in less than 60 seconds, automatically receive newspaper and magazine subscriptions, receive personal documents, and read from their library—now in over 100 countries and territories.
“Kindle has revolutionized the way we purchase and read books, by making it mobile, easy and intuitive,” said Randall Stephenson, chairman and chief executive officer of AT&T. “We are excited to work with Amazon to help readers access books even faster and from significantly more places than ever before, including more than 100 countries and territories around the world through AT&T’s global wireless coverage.”
The U.S. Kindle Store ( now has more than 350,000 books, including New Releases and 104 of 112 New York Times Bestsellers, which are typically $9.99 or less. More than 75,000 books have been added to the U.S. Kindle Store in just the last five months. Starting today, Lonely Planet guides are now available in the Kindle Store, joining existing travel guide selection from publishers Rick Steves, Frommers and Michelin.
“Lonely Planet is excited to make a vast selection of travel guides from Australia to Zanzibar available to Kindle customers around the world,” said Lonely Planet CEO Matt Goldberg. “Travelers can now pack as many Lonely Planet guides as they want into Kindle’s 10.2 ounces and download new guides wirelessly while travelling around the world.”
Over 50 top U.S. and international newspapers such asThe New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, USA TodayThe Washington Post, Financial Times, The Times (UK), Le Monde, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, and the Shanghai Daily are available in the Kindle Store for single purchase or subscription, and can now be delivered wirelessly in over 100 countries and territories. Over 35 top magazines, such as The Economist, Newsweek, Time, The New Yorker, Foreign Affairs, The Atlantic, Forbes, Fortune, PC Magazine, andThe New England Journal of Medicine are also available for single purchase or subscription, and can also be delivered wirelessly in the U.S. and abroad. U.S. Kindle customers can also continue to take advantage of the Kindle Store’s selection of over 7,000 blogs and receive new posts while traveling overseas.
Kindle with U.S. & International Wireless offers customers the same features that have helped make Kindle with U.S. Wireless the #1 bestselling product on, including:
  • Slim and Trim: At just over a third of an inch thin (0.36 inches) and weighing just over 10 ounces, Kindle is pencil thin and lighter than a typical paperback.
  • Reads Like Real Paper: Kindle’s 6-inch electronic ink display reads like printed words on paper because the screen works using real ink and doesn’t use a backlight, eliminating the eyestrain and glare associated with other electronic displays.
  • Stores Up To 1,500 Books: Kindle’s 2 GB of memory holds up to 1,500 books and Kindle books are automatically backed up by Amazon so customers can re-download titles from their library.
  • Read For Weeks On A Single Charge: Kindle’s electronic ink display sips battery power so users can read for over two weeks with wireless turned off and up to four days on a single charge with wireless on.
  • Read-To-Me: With the experimental Text-To-Speech feature, Kindle can read most newspapers, magazines, blogs, and books out loud.
  • Automatically Syncs With Kindle and Kindle Compatible Devices: Amazon’s “Whispersync” technology automatically syncs customers’ last page read, bookmarks, notes, and highlights across Kindle with U.S. & International Wireless, Kindle with U.S. Wireless, Kindle DX, and Kindle compatible devices like Kindle for iPhone.
  • Wirelessly Receive and Read Personal Documents: Wirelessly send, receive, and read personal documents in a variety of formats such as Microsoft Word and PDF.
  • Instant Dictionary Lookup: Kindle comes with theNew Oxford American Dictionary and over 250,000 definitions that appear instantly at the bottom of the page.
  • Choose Text Size: Kindle lets readers customize their reading preference by providing six different text sizes.
  • Bookmarks, Notes, and Highlights: By using the QWERTY keyboard Kindle users can add annotations to text, as well as highlight and clip key passages and bookmark pages for future use.  Read the complete original blog here

International Kindle Now Shipping: The Good, the Bad and the Downright Ugly

The Kindle starts shipping internationally today. That’s exciting for some folks, as we were waiting until the Kindle debuted to buy our first e-book reader. But the launch hides many disappointments, as well as some significant advantages. Here’s a rundown of what you need to know about Kindle International.

This is the big change inside that will let the Kindle work outside the United States. It is powered by AT&T (the other Kindles use Sprint’s CDMA network which is pretty much U.S.-only). U.S. owners going abroad will be able to download new books or magazine subscriptions while away (very handy for travel guides), and international Kindle owners will of course be able to use the Whispernet service to buy books.

But as we’ve mentioned before, despite having an always-on internet connection, most countries outside the United States will get the neither the “experimental” web browser nor access to blogs (this means Amazon’s for-pay blog delivery). Some countries, including Mexico and Japan, will get the web, but still no blogs. And sure, the Kindle’s browser is pretty poor, but hey, what about Wikipedia? The Kindle was supposed to be the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, right?

And roaming U.S. owners don’t get away with this, either. You’ll have to pay an extra $2 for international delivery.

U.S.-Centric Design
The hardware is embarrassingly U.S.-centric. In fact, this is putting it lightly. The “International” Kindle will sport a U.S. power adapter (reports say even that is a lucky break, and Australians have to make do with a USB charger only) and also, according to several of our readers, a U.S.-layout keyboard. As Gadget Lab commenter SimonBP asks, “Is this really an international product or just a legit gray export?”

And don’t even get us started on the pricing, which is in U.S. dollars but still varies from place to place.

In the United States, Amazon is fighting for the right not to charge sales tax on its physical orders, the excuse being that it delivers (usually) from out-of-state and that the buyer is responsible for declaring taxable purchases (yeah, right).
Internationally, on delivery of bits and bytes, tax is being levied. The amount of import tax varies from country to country, and Amazon, presumably because it has to, charges you upfront. By contrast, many physical goods which a friend of mine imports from the United States by post never get taxed.

No iPhone App (Yet)
Hopefully subject to change soon, the Kindle for iPhone application is not yet available outside the U.S. store. It’s highly probable that it has been held up by Apple’s approval process, but then perhaps Amazon should have submitted it earlier.

This is one of the Kindle’s most compelling features. You can read the book on the e-ink screen but when you are, say, waiting on line in a store or want to read in bed with the lights out, you can fire up the iPhone app and carry on from where you left off. Hurry up, Amazon.

Right now, the Kindle Store sells only English-language books. This is bad enough in the United States where Spanish is the first language of many, but internationally this is a huge problem. We guess that as the Kindle uptake grows, more publishers will add books in other languages, but right now the international market is limited to English-speakers.
On the other hand, for people like me living abroad, this is a great feature. I can now buy a wider range of English books than I can from local Spanish bookshops, cheaper and instantly. Previously the best option was Amazon, but the delivery charges killed the value, and I had to wait for days or weeks to get the order.

This is common to all Kindles, and to almost all e-books you can buy, but it’s worth a mention. If you think a Kindle can replace your paper books, you are dead wrong. DRM means you can’t trade in the books at a second-hand book store, or sell them at all. Nor can you lend them, which is what I do with most of my dead-tree books.

And worst of all, Amazon can pull the books of your device at any time, thanks to the always-connected nature of the Kindle (as demonstrated with almost unbelievable irony in the case of Orwell’s 1984 getting recalled).
Still, I have one on order, and it should arrive Wednesday. I also have the desktop version of the excellent iPhone e-reader Stanza, which will convert any text or PDF and add it to the Kindle, free, using USB, thus avoiding the $1-per-megabyte transfer fee.

Did I mention that fee already? Amazon charges $100 per gigabyte to transfer your own documents via its wireless network. Clearly the e-book market will need to go through the same pain as the movie and music industries before we customers finally get what we want. REad the original posting here

Google announces new e-book store, competes with Kindle

Amazon's Kindle might have some competition on its hands. Google has just announced a new e-book store called Google Editions, that will deliver books to any device with a web browser. Although Google isn't launching an e-reader device like the Kindle, it will support e-books that customers buy from stores like or Barnes and Noble. Google Editions is slated to launch in the first half of 2010.

This obviously won't hurt Amazon's e-book sales too much, but it might cut into sales of the Kindle. Why buy a really expensive device when you can read the same books on the devices you already have? From what we've seen in the past, though, Amazon is much more concerned with book sales than device sale.

They did create the Kindle app for iPhone, after all. Also worth noting: Google's history with electronic versions of books isn't entirely a successful one. They're still resolving legal issues over Google Books, a project which has already scanned over 10 million books and made them searchable.  Read the original blog here