App analytics upstart App Annie put together a good-looking infographic that conveys that Amazon’s app store has a lot of catching up to do relative to the Google and Apple stores, but plenty of ropes to grab to help it get there.
The publisher of a bilingual children’s book written in English and Cornish prevailed upon Amazon to issue the book an an e-book after a petition and a social-media campaign, according to the UK Guardian. But Amazon continues to support a very narrow range of languages for e-readers.
Amazon has finally extended its “Send to Kindle” button for books to websites and WordPress blogs, making it possible for readers to save an article directly from the website and read it later on their Kindles. Announced on March 19, the new button puts the sharing power in the hands of the publishers and facilitates long-form reading.
Blip has teamed up with L4 Mobile to create a new mobile app, bringing their original web series content to iOS, Android and Kindle devices. The app, which launched yesterday, lets users discover, watch and share Blip’s original content on their mobile phones and tablets.
Americans binged on digital devices and media this holiday season, according to data released today by Flurry and Amazon.
Cyber Monday Deals: How to Find the Best Online Sales and Save Some Major Green (The Huffington Post/Reuters)
In a one-day blitz of shopping, consumers are expected to empty their wallets of more than $1 billion on Cyber Monday, the online shopping spree on Nov. 26, according to spending projections from research firm comScore. Cyber Monday 2012 may offer the best deals on technology products this year, said Brian Hoyt, senior writer for RetailMeNot.com, a coupon code site.
Mozilla Firefox has added a feature that lets web users send content that they would like to read to their Kindle.
Online publishers can add the “Send to Kindle for Mozilla Firefox” button in order to help readers save news articles, blog posts and so forth, for reading on their Kindles at a later time.
Ted K, an official Amazon moderator explained the new feature in an Kindle Help Forum. He writes: “You can send content to one or more Kindle devices and Kindle reading apps or you can simply archive it in your Kindle library for re-download later. With Whispersync, your last page read along with bookmarks, notes and highlights are automatically synchronized across your Kindle devices and Kindle reading apps (with the exception of PDFs).”
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Amazon Updates its Kindle Line of E-Readers (The New York Times)
Amazon announced a barrage of new tablets and e-readers on Thursday that makes its challenge to Apple’s iPad a little more serious. Amazon announced updates to its line of Kindle e-readers, including the Kindle Fire HD, a tablet computer that comes in two sizes, one that is nearly as large as the iPad and that undercuts its price by $200. Mashable Amazon eased into what would become a landmark event with the new Kindle Paperwhite e-reader. Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos said Amazon actually invented new screen technology for the super-white, ultra-clear and now self-lit ereader. CNET The tablet assault begins with a new $199, 7-inch model with an HD screen that doubles the built-in storage of the previous entry-level Kindle Fire to 16GB. Amazon has also doubled down on that product line with a larger, 8.9-inch model that has a 1,920-by-1,200 resolution, features 16GB of built-in storage, costs $299 and ships Nov. 20. Topping out the line is a new 32GB model with 4G LTE wireless connectivity for $499, which Bezos compared directly to Apple’s $729 third-generation iPad with similar specs. Reuters The latest aggressive pricing move, and Amazon’s variety of gadgets, furthers its goal of getting Kindle tablets into the hands of as many buyers of its online content — from games and books to video — as possible. Apple, by contrast, makes much of its profit from hardware sales. USA Today Barnes & Noble had beaten Amazon to market with a standard e-reader with built-in lighting technology when it started selling the Nook with GlowLight earlier this year. Another rival, Kobo, has just unveiled a reader with an integrated light. Read more
Just as Google is getting into tablet business and rumors of a new Kindle Fire are circulating, rumors that the iPad Mini will cost as little as $249 have hit.
Boy Genius Report has the rumor: “Apple’s upcoming tablet will feature a 7.85-inch IGZO LCD display manufactured by Sharp and it will be as thin as Apple’s iPad 2, which is marginally thinner than the current iPad model. The site also claims the iPad mini will cost between $249 and $299 when it launches, though it cites unnamed analysts in reporting that price range.”
Last week, Google released the Nexus 7, a $199 7-inch tablet computer that it is designed to consume digital media content like apps, music, books and movies from Google Play. We’ve heard rumors that Google is planning to launch a 10″ tablet and also rumors that two new Kindle Fires, a 7-inch version and a 10-inch version, are coming.
Canadian eReading company Kobo has opened up an eBook store in Japan and will introduce its eReaders to the country on July 19th. Kobo eReaders go on presale today through the new Japanese Kobo e-commerce site for ¥7,980 or $100 US.
The news comes as Amazon has its own plans to enter the Japanese eBook market. The company recently listed Kindles in Amazon’s Japanese store explaining that the devices are coming soon.
Kobo’s business strategy has always been to push into the global markets and already has stores in Canada, the U.S., Germany, France, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands, among other places. Japan is an obvious next move for the company, because in January, Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten bought Kobo for $315 million in cash. Read more