Amazon acknowledges Kindle Paperwhite's limitations, claims uneven lighting is normal

Amazon acknowledges Kindle Paperwhite's limitations, claims uneven lighting is normal

By on October 12, 2012 at 7:06 PM.

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Flaws

Amazon’s (AMZN) new Kindle Paperwhite has received high marks from both the general public and earlier reviewers, but users have noticed that the device has a few shortcomings. The online retail giant this week updated its website to include information about the eReader’s limitations. When developing the Kindle Paperwhite, Amazon was able to make the device smaller and lighter than before, although in doing so it omitted audio and text-to-speech capabilities. Unlike some earlier Kindle models, the Paperwhite is only equipped with 2GB of internal storage, which allows it to store roughly 1,100 books locally on the device, rather than 4GB of storage. Lastly, Amazon acknowledged that under certain conditions the eReader’s built-in light “is not perfect even,” and notes that lighting variations are normal and primarily affect the margins of the device. More →

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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite shipments delayed for at least a month

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite shipments delayed for at least a month

By on October 4, 2012 at 10:00 AM.

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

Anyone placing an order for Amazon’s (AMZN) slick-looking Kindle Paperwhite eReader will have a wait on their hands. Amazon on Wednesday posted a message on its Kindle Paperwhite order page stating that “due to popular demand, orders placed today are expected to ship in 4 to 6 weeks,” meaning that all new Paperwhite orders won’t arrive at users’ doorsteps until at least early November. The Kindle Paperwhite features a front-lit black and white touchscreen E Ink display that will purportedly provide 25% better contrast than older Kindle models. The new eReader officially launched on October 1st. More →

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Amazon unveils $119 Kindle Paperwhite with front-lit display

Amazon unveils $119 Kindle Paperwhite with front-lit display

By on September 6, 2012 at 1:52 PM.

Kindle Paperwhite Release Date Price

As if fall wasn’t already busy enough in the consumer electronics industry, companies caught wind of a mid-September iPhone 5 announcement from Apple (AAPL) so we’re now in the midst of a gadget avalanche as vendors try to show off their wares ahead of Apple’s big event next week. Among them is Amazon (AMZN), which just kicked off its press conference by announcing the Kindle Paperwhite, a new front-lit eReader with Amazon’s latest E Ink display. More →

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Barnes & Noble slashes Nook pricing ahead of rumored Kindle refresh

Barnes & Noble slashes Nook pricing ahead of rumored Kindle refresh

By on August 13, 2012 at 10:25 PM.

Barnes & Noble Nook Discount

Amid rumors that rival Amazon (AMZN) is planning to launch new versions of its Kindle eReaders as soon as next week, Barnes & Noble (BKS) on Sunday slashed prices on two of its Nook models. The company cut the prices of both its Nook Color and Nook Tablet, which are now being offered starting at $149 and $179, respectively. “Our Reader’s Tablets have consistently been the highest rated products by the leading technology experts and now they’re available for the lowest prices ever,” said Jamie Iannone, President of Digital Products at Barnes & Noble. “With NOOK Color for $149 and NOOK Tablet starting at $179, customers can enjoy our best-in-class digital reading and entertainment experience with an expansive selection of digital content and apps at an unbeatable price.” The company’s press release follows below. More →

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Apple refuses to carry eBook that mentions Amazon

Apple refuses to carry eBook that mentions Amazon

By on July 30, 2012 at 12:55 PM.

Amazon Banned iBooks Store

Apple’s (AAPL) digital stores — App Store, iTunes, iBooks — are known for their strict policies and painful approval processes; even the slightest error can get an author’s work barred from the company’s ecosystem. In a rather frightening story, author Holly Lisle, who is known for her online writing guides, described her recent conflict with Apple. Lisle’s latest book, “How To Think Sideways Lesson 6: How To Discover (Or Create) Your Story’s Market,” was rejected from the Cupertino-based company’s iBook store because it contained “live links” to an Amazon (AMZN) website. After the author removed the links, however, Apple rejected the title once more, telling her that the company wouldn’t sell her book because it mentioned an Apple competitor.

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U.S. Senator tells DOJ to drop Apple’s eBook price-fixing suit

U.S. Senator tells DOJ to drop Apple’s eBook price-fixing suit

By on July 19, 2012 at 10:30 PM.

Apple eBook Price-Fixing Lawsuit

United States Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) has written an open letter to the Department of Justice, which was published by The Wall Street Journal, telling the agency to drop the eBook price-fixing lawsuit against Apple (AAPL) and two other major book publishers. Schumer warns that the suit could “wipe out the publishing industry as we know it, making it much harder for young authors to get published.” The senator also notes that “the suit will restore Amazon to the dominant position atop the e-books market, if that happens, consumers will be forced to accept whatever prices Amazon sets.” More →

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Barnes & Noble’s first big move since tie-up with Microsoft: Help users ditch tablets

Barnes & Noble’s first big move since tie-up with Microsoft: Help users ditch tablets

By on July 17, 2012 at 5:40 PM.

Barnes & Nobile Nook For Web

Barnes & Noble and Microsoft announced in late April that the companies were uniting in a spinoff that would focus on B&N’s digital Nook business, and now the company has made its first major announcement since the deal was completed. While the bookseller has focused mainly on its own eReaders as well as tablet and smartphone apps with its Nook strategy, the company’s first move since the Microsoft deal is to give readers a way to ditch tablets and read Nook books on their PCs. “Nook for Web” is a direct response to Amazon’s Web-based Kindle offering, allowing customers to read books right from within their Web browsers. “There’s no need to download special software to access your digital library,” B&N’s digital boss Jamie Iannone said. “NOOK for Web seamlessly combines Barnes & Noble’s best-in-class digital reading experience and unrivaled NOOK Store to deliver an immersive, easy-to-use solution for readers to consume millions of titles right from their Web browser.” Nook for Web is available immediately at no additional cost to users, and Barnes & Noble’s press release follows below. More →

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Apple DOJ eBook trial set for next summer

Apple DOJ eBook trial set for next summer

By on June 26, 2012 at 11:25 PM.

Apple eBook Trail Set For July 3rd 2013

Judge Denise Cote of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York has set the date for Apple’s eBook antitrust trial, Reuters reported. The Department of Justice filed an antitrust suit against the Cupertino-based company and five other major book publishers — Simon & Schuster, Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins, Macmillan and Penguin — in April that alleged the companies were conspiring to fix eBook prices. Apple, along with the publishers Macmillan and Penguin Group, are fighting the antitrust case, while News Corp’s HarperCollins, CBS’s Simon & Schuster and Hachette Book Group have agreed to settle the case out of court. Judge Cote gave the three publishers until the end of the summer to propose a settlement offer to resolve the claims, however if a resolution cannot be met, a trial is set for June 3rd, 2013. More →

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Bot-written plays compiled from YouTube troll comments hit Kindle store

Bot-written plays compiled from YouTube troll comments hit Kindle store

By on June 14, 2012 at 12:15 PM.

YouTube Comment EBooks

Among the countless phenomena brought about by the Internet, comment trolls are undoubtedly among the most anomalous. These curious creatures make their way across the Web leaving a trail of unintelligible “flame bait” in their wake, often making it impossible for others to engage in intelligent conversation. We know them well. While most would be hard-pressed to find a use for these trolls, a pair of artist-coders have managed to turn the ridiculous hate-filled ramblings of thousands of YouTube comment trolls into a series of plays that are now available as eBooks. More →

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Amazon to launch color Kindle eReader later this year, report claims

Amazon to launch color Kindle eReader later this year, report claims

By on May 11, 2012 at 12:45 AM.

Amazon Kindle Color eReader

Amazon will reportedly launch a new version of its Kindle eBook reader later this year that features a color display with a capacitive touch panel. Citing multiple unnamed sources within Amazon’s supply chain, Digitimes on Thursday reported that Amazon is currently beginning to place parts orders for the new Kindle, which will launch some time in the second half of 2012. The site also claims Amazon will likely make use of new color display panels from E Ink, and TPK Holding Company will supply the multi-touch panels. Digitimes reported in February that Amazon’s color eReader would launch as soon as March, however the company has yet to unveil any such product. More →

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Happy 'International Day Against DRM'

Happy 'International Day Against DRM'

By on May 4, 2012 at 6:15 PM.

Celebrate the International Day Against DRM

The Free Software Foundation has created a campaign in an effort to eliminate digital rights management (DRM) and embrace DRM-free media. “While DRM has largely been defeated in downloaded music, it is a growing problem in the area of eBooks, where people have had their books restricted so they can’t freely loan, re-sell or donate them, read them without being tracked, or move them to a new device without re-purchasing all of them,” the campaign’s website reads. “They’ve even had their eBooks deleted by companies without their permission. It continues to be a major issue in the area of movies and video too.” The foundation is hoping to raise awareness surrounding what it views to be a growing problem, and it scheduled the “International Day Against DRM” protest for May 4th as a result. A list of local events can be found on the group’s website. More →

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Barnes & Noble plans to bring NFC to the Nook

Barnes & Noble plans to bring NFC to the Nook

By on May 3, 2012 at 1:00 AM.

Barnes & Noble to bring NFC to the Nook

Barnes & Noble’s Nook eReader business is expected to see continued growth and was recently spun off into a new subsidiary that Microsoft invested $300 million in. The company’s CEO William Lynch sat down with Fortune and spoke about the future of the Nook business, and the executive said NFC-equipped Nook eReaders will be released as early as this year. “We’re going to start embedding NFC chips into our Nooks,” the CEO said. “We can work with the publishers so they would ship a copy of each hardcover with an NFC chip embedded with all the editorial reviews they can get on BN.com. And if you had your Nook, you can walk up to any of our pictures, any our aisles, any of our bestseller lists, and just touch the book, and get information on that physical book on your Nook and have some frictionless purchase experience. That’s coming, and we could lead in that area.” More →

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