Amazon Kindle 3G hitting AT&T stores March 6th

Posted by Matt P. on Feb 28, 2011 | 5 Comments

On Monday AT&T annouced that they will soon be carrying Amazon’s popular eBook reader, Kindle 3G. Starting March 6th it will be availalbe throughout the country at various AT&T stores. The price will be $189 which still includes the 3G service, so there’s no additional plans needed. Full press release from AT&T after the break. AKPC_IDS += "40299,"; Read More →

New Kindle Ad Takes on iPad by the Pool

Posted by Zealot on Sep 13, 2010 | 6 Comments

Well it appears that Amazon has designated its current arch enemy in the ebook reader wars…and it doesn’t rhyme with “crook”. Yes, the iPad seems to be new target for Kindle ads in the US. Check out the new one as it goes after three Achilles Heels of Apple’s “magical” tablet….size/weight, poor readability in sunlight and price, price, PRICE. Plus if you use an iPad you sunbathe in a lame tshirt, while... 

Ebooks: Kindle on a Roll

Posted by Zealot on Aug 26, 2010 | 8 Comments

Amazon has been having a VERY good week. It took a big, Apple-style gamble coming out with new Kindle hardware when the ebook war is being fought so fiercely and intently…and it paid off. Rather than being turned off by being asked to buy a new version of the popular device, Kindle fans are lapping up the Kindle 3 in record numbers and are applauding its improved screen and lighter weight. Amazon is publically crowing... 

New Kindles End of August

Posted by Zealot on Jul 29, 2010 | 6 Comments

As I have been predicting for awhile (though no one is much surprised) Amazon announced new Kindle models yesterday. Now to be called just the Kindle the two new models (one with 3G/WiFi, one with just WiFi) replace the currently sold out Kindle 2. Pricing will undercut the equivalent models of the Nook each by 10 dollars, which I am sure was totally coincidental. The new Kindle will cost you $189 for the 3G model and... 

Ebooks: Reader Sales Fall Short and New Models Coming

Posted by Zealot on Jul 28, 2010 | 1 Comment

Times were harder for ebook readers in Q2 than we had thought, and Digitimes has some interesting numbers concerning sales today. In the second quarter of 2010 1.35 million e-book readers were shipped worldwide. Sounds pretty good for a niche product doesn’t it? However,  2.02 million units had been expected to be shipped so the reality fell short by about a third. This could be due to pressure from the iPad and anticipation... 

Ebooks: Kindle Sells Out…to Upgrade?

Posted by Zealot on Jul 28, 2010 | 3 Comments

Perhaps $189 really IS the magical price for a Kindle. According to Amazon’s website, they are completely sold out of the market leading ebook reader. While Amazon still refuses to say how many Kindles they have actually sold since the product was debuted two and a half years ago (Amazon’s spokespeople usually just say “Lots” and if pressed, say “How about those Cubs this year, huh?”) they do say there was... 

Ebooks: The Patent War Begins With a Sneak Attack

Posted by Zealot on Jul 06, 2010 | 5 Comments

Just when you thought the battle lines were clear, the Kindle takes the conflict into Patents and leads off with a killer first strike. Amazon has stunned the entire ebook world with the revelation that four whole years ago they applied for patents that have just been granted, which if enforced broadly, could mean that the Nook, Spring Designs’ Alex and maybe more ebook readers are all in violation and owe Amazon money... 

Speed Reading? iPad and Others Put to The Test

Posted by Zealot on Jul 04, 2010 | 24 Comments

Jakob Nielson, one of the world’s leading experts on usability, has posted the results of a four way ebook reading test on his Alertbox website. He pitted the iPad vs the Kindle vs the PC vs Dead trees, using 24 text subjects and a few Hemingway short stories as a way to test the reading experience of each. Some of his conclusions could have been anticipated. All the readers hated trying to read on a PC (too much... 

Ebooks: New Kindle DX Not Revolutionary…EVOLUTIONARY

Posted by Zealot on Jul 02, 2010 | 14 Comments

It is easy to dismiss the improved contrast on the Kindle DX to be a minor improvement for what is an essentially failed product. It has already alienated it’s target audience, academia, and made no progress at bringing the features they had most requested (except for better organization). With no touch screen, no ability to mark up texts directly, and slow and clumsy searching, college test release after college test... 

Ebooks: Kindle for Android Released

Posted by Zealot on Jun 29, 2010 | 12 Comments

As Amazon has been promising for months now, it’s nearly ubiquitous Kindle software has now been released for the Android platform. I would imagine their next project will be porting the Amazon-branded ereader software to digital cameras, toasters, and certain breeds of small dogs. The software is free from the Android Market, and by all reports is pretty much like every other instance of Kindle software (though missing... 

Ebooks: Amazon’s Next Move – Functionality

Posted by Zealot on Jun 28, 2010 | 7 Comments

I have been waiting for the other shoe to drop for days now. Amazon responded to the challenges of the iPad and the price war started by Borders and Barnes & Noble with a major price cut for their Kindle device. That was wise and all well and good, and shores up the Kindle device a bit, but didn’t address the challenge that iBooks is posing to the Kindle software…the Kindle software that is essential for driving... 

Ebooks: Now what?

Posted by Zealot on Jun 22, 2010 | 22 Comments

Well we all knew it was coming. The arrival of the iPad and the pressure that Apple suddenly began to apply to the Ebook Reader market was bound to have an effect, just as Apple and the iPhone forced the telecom industry to respond just be being there. I was also pretty sure that the first thing that the iPad would affect would be price. After all, it is the easiest thing for most tech vendors to change as it simply... 

E-Books: iBooks Redux

Posted by Zealot on Jun 08, 2010 | 11 Comments

Slipped into all the noise of the iPhone 4 announcement, Steve Jobs had some interesting concerning the future of iBooks. As we all assumed he would, he followed the normal Apple pattern of announcing expanded functionality for a product announced in the previous big event. In this case Apple is opening up iBooks to PDF reading, annotations and proper bookmarking, which are very important steps in the evolution of the... 

Ebooks: Kindle Hits the Target

Posted by Zealot on Jun 03, 2010 | 3 Comments

Well, low and behold the ebook reader war is finally heating up in earnest. Since the iPad began shaking things up two month ago, all sorts of ebook developments have arisen. First Borders finally comes into the ebook market, and they come in as if the future of the company depends on it (cause, well…it sort of does), offering multiple ebook readers, one as cheap as $119! Next, clearly feeling a bit of heat, Barnes... 

Next Gen Kindle to Slim Down, Sharpen Up

Posted by Zealot on May 30, 2010 | 10 Comments

The Boston Globe today says changes are coming to Amazon’s Kindle ebook hardware. Citing the always popular “two people familiar with its plans”, the Globe says we may be seeing a new Kindle as early as this August. We have not seen new hardware from Amazon since the release of the DX, even as rival Sony has released new Reader models and many new competitors have entered the field, most notably the Barnes &... 

The Year of the Ebook: The Story Thus Far

Posted by Zealot on May 20, 2010 | 17 Comments

Half a year ago I went out on a limb here and predicted that 2010 would be The Year of the Ebook, with ebook readership and ebook reader purchases finally breaking out during 2010. When I wrote that, the Nook was soon to arrive, along with other heavily hyped devices like the Sony Reader Daily and some kind of tablet/reader from Apple. Also, every major tech vendor was saying they had an ebook reader in the works, each... 

Kindle’s DRM broken

Posted by ctitanic (left mobilitysite) on Dec 24, 2009 | 11 Comments

This is a news that I was expecting to read at any moment since the release of the Kindle  application for PC. The good news is that Amazon already released a patch that took care of this attack. Now, my question is, does it worth the effort? DRMs are just a lost cause. They failed in the music industry and they will fail with book too. An Israeli hacker going by the handle "Labba" claims he has found... 

Ebooks: Good News and Bad News

Posted by Zealot on Nov 24, 2009 | 9 Comments

First, the good news….Amazon announced today that a free firmware upgrade will be going out to all Kindles that increases the battery life by 85 percent and adds support for PDFs (hmmm…maybe in support of iMagz?). The upgrade will be installed automatically in the background via WhisperNet. Wow, makes you wonder just how inefficient the code was that a firmware tweak nearly doubles battery life. As for the PDF support,... 

Ebooks: Nook and Kindle News

Posted by Zealot on Nov 22, 2009 | 10 Comments

In terms of Holiday Ebook Reader Sales it appears that it is boiling down to a two horse race, the Kindle versus the Nook….and with the Nook the jumps just keep getting higher and higher. Now the New York Times is reporting that if you order a Nook today you will not see it before January 4th, but as I had predicted Barnes and Noble WILL send you a nice holiday themed order confirmation before Christmas in place of... 

Kindle in an UMPC

Posted by ctitanic (left mobilitysite) on Nov 11, 2009 | 3 Comments

Kindle for PC has been released by Amazon. I should had post about it but I did not and the reason is because I own a Kindle and I would never go back to read a book in a PC, PPC or any other LCD or similar display. Beside the fact that the visual experience is not the same, an UMPC is too heavy for the task and a PPC, iPhone, etc, are too small. Christmas  is coming guys, save some money and get the real thing.... 
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