Apple today unveiled the details of its App Store subscription plan, and confirmed that it will demand its usual 30% from publishers who sell content within their apps. To meet Apple’s guidelines, Amazon must remove its “Shop in Kindle Store” link from its Kindle application. That link, which opens the iOS browser and displays Amazon’s Web-based [...]
People are passionate about page numbers. Just ask the hundreds of posters in Amazon’s Kindle forums who’ve debated the issue of how Amazon numbers its pages with “locations” on the Kindle and in its Kindle e-book-reading apps. And just ask the readers who’ve e-mailed me over the years complaining about Amazon’s numbering scheme. “I got [...]
Image via Wikipedia It’s official: electronic Kindle books are now outselling paperbacks on Amazon, marking a historically significant milestone in the publishing industry. Read the full story on Mashable.
Barclays Capital analyst Douglas Anmuth today estimated that Amazon would sell about five million Kindle readers this year. The company should thrive on the combination of the redesign and the lower $139 price. The numbers would more than double over the course of the next two years to reach 11.5 million in 2012. Anmuth expected the price [...]
Just weeks after lowering the price of the Kindle e-book reader from $259 to $189, Amazon unveiled a fully revamped Kindle on Wednesday. It’s sleeker, better looking, easier on the eyes — and starts at $139. This new Kindle, Amazon’s third generation, is smaller by 21 percent, and 15 percent lighter too. It has much [...]
The ads were directed by Angela Kohler, the winner of a contest run by Amazon last year. And the fact that they are running in very expensive time slots suggests that Amazon is trying as best it can to drown the loud, insistent and, who knows, magical footsteps of the iPad. Source: Cnet
Amazon.com has announced “Kindle for BlackBerry”, an app for select BlackBerrys. The app will enable users to access over 400,000 Kindle books on their phones. This app can be downloaded for free from Amazon. Just like its online version, this mobile app automatically synchronizes your last page read and annotations between devices with Whispersync. You [...]
In the matchup between the iPad and the Kindle, some say it’s game over for Amazon’s e-Reader. But according to industry watchers, it’s still only the first quarter. In Amazon’s earnings release, Bezos threw a spotlight on the “millions of people” who own the e-Reader, adding, “When we have both editions, we sell 6 Kindle [...]
In a move to possibly trump a major feature of the new Apple iPad, Amazon recently acquired Touchco, which focuses on developing touch-screen technology. This may lead Kindle into an entirely new display system, user friendly for, among other things, reference materials, entertainment functions, and color displays. (NYT 4 Feb 2010).
While most of the e-reader buzz of late revolves around Apple’s iPad device entry into the competition (see, e.g., iPad Could Threaten Sales of Other Devices in TechNewsdaily 29 Jan 2010), the publishing part of the equation is also in play. Several days ago Amazon blinked & accepted terms dictated by Macmillan re raising the [...]