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Amazon to launch 'Kindle Library Lending' feature

April 20th, 2011

On Wednesday, Amazon announced that its Kindle customers will soon be able to borrow eBooks from more than 11,000 U.S. libraries. Amazon’s Kindle Library Lending project will allow users to check out eBooks from local libraries and then read them on the Kindle or any device that has Amazon’s free eReader software installed. Unlike traditional …

Amazon intros ad-subsidized 'Kindle with Special Offers' for $114

April 13th, 2011

Amazon has announced that its customers can now purchase an ad-subsidized version of its Kindle. The “Kindle with Special Offers” eReader will retail for $114 and comes with sponsored screen savers and advertisements on the bottom of the screen. Buick, Procter & Gamble, Visa, and Amazon.com Reward Visa Card (Chase) will be the first companies …

Amazon: NYT for Kindle subscription now includes web access, too

March 29th, 2011

On Tuesday, Amazon announced that Kindle owners that have signed up for a Kindle subscription to The New York Times will also be able to access NYT content at no additional charge. The New York Times said on March 17th that it will begin charging readers for access to its website. After reading 20 articles, …

eBook sales jump 115% in January

March 19th, 2011

The Association of American Publishers said Thursday that eBook sales for the month of January were up 115% from the same period last year. No surprise there, given that you can read them on most any mobile device these days, not just eReaders. Net sales of eBooks were $69.9 million during the month, up from …

Amazon Kindle 3G hits AT&T stores starting March 6th

February 28th, 2011

AT&T on Monday announced that it will soon begin selling Amazon’s popular 3G-enabled Kindle eBook reader in its retail locations. Starting March 6th, customers will be able to purchase the Kindle 3G eReader from AT&T stores across the country for $189. 3G service on AT&T’s nationwide network is still bundled with the purchase price of …

Apple to ‘crack down’ on in-app payment policy violators

February 2nd, 2011

On Tuesday, we reported that Sony’s eBook reader app for iOS had been rejected by Apple. The reason Apple gave for the rejection was that Sony’s app violated an app store policy — one that has historically not been enforced — dealing with apps that offer content for sale through means other than Apple’s in-app …

IDC: Led by iPad, 17 million tablets shipped in 2010

January 19th, 2011

Research firm IDC said on Tuesday that 17 million consumer tablets shipped in 2010 according to its Worldwide Quarterly Media Tablet and eReader Tracker. In a press release, the firm also stated that the tablet market’s remarkable third-quarter growth of 45% was due almost entirely to sales of Apple’s iPad. Calling them “media tablets,” IDC …

Amazon issues ‘Best of 2010′ lists; Kindle tops electronics, Captivate wins wireless

December 30th, 2010

Amazon released its “Best of 2010” lists on Thursday, highlighting the major retailer’s best-selling, most wished-for and most gifted products of the year. In the best-selling category, Amazon’s own Kindle topped the electronics category. This was a foregone conclusion, of course, as Amazon announced earlier this week that the Kindle is now the best-selling product …

Amazon enables lending of Kindle books

December 30th, 2010

The first sentence of a support article posted on Amazon’s support site provides the meat and potatoes of today’s big announcement: “Eligible Kindle books can be loaned once for a period of 14 days.” Loans must be initiated from Amazon’s website — by entering the loanees name and email address — at which point a notification email is …

Amazon Kindle becomes best-selling product of all time on Amazon.com

December 27th, 2010

Amazon announced Monday that its third-generation Kindle eBook reader is now the best-selling product of all time on the Amazon.com website. It replaces Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the previous Amazon.com sales record-holder. Amazon still has not revealed official sales tallies for any of its Kindle devices, though recent estimates suggest Amazon is on …