New E-Reader Steps into the E-Book Fray…08.12.09

12 08 2009

AstakYesterday I tweeted about a post from engadget titled Astak’s $199 EZ Reader Pocket PRO Wants to Give Kindle a ‘run for its money‘ about yet another new e-reader vying for the e-book market:

Last we heard from Astak, it was quietly peddling some off-the-wall Mentor e-book reader based on adrab OEM model that every other no-name reader manufacturer uses. Now, however, it seems the company has a bit more pep in its step (though it’s still copying others, this time the BeBook), as it has proudly proclaimed that the new 5-inch EZ Reader Pocket PRO is primed to ‘give Amazon’s Kindle a run for its money.’ With Adobe’s blessing, the device is able to support over 20 open file formats along with DRM-laced PDF files; also of note, a sure-to-be-controversial text-to-speech feature can read back documents aloud…”





New Sony E-Readers, 1 Million FREE e-Books, etc…07.31.09

31 07 2009

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From DigitalKoans today:

Sony has announced that one million public domain books from Google are available for its current e-book readers.

In related news, there are rumors that two new Sony e-book readers may be released in August.

Read more about it at ‘Sony E-Readers Get Access to 1M Free Public Domain Books from Google‘ and ‘Sony to Offer 1 Million Google Books through Its Readers.’…”

sonyprs600reviewFrom KINDLE REVIEW, etc. blog on the new Sony PRS-600

“…Sony Reader PRS 600 – Key Features

  1. TouchScreen – confirmed from manual.
  2. It mentions MP3 encoding technology which hints at a voice recording or voice memo function.
  3. Might be flexible – the board for touchscreen, eInk, and back pane all say ‘flexible’ in the manual. Could this be a flexible, unbreakable screen?
  4. Excellent Font Support – It comes with an in-built Font Fusion Engine from BitStream that supports Chinese, Korean, Japanese. It also claims to support ANY font. The default fonts look good (these are fonts on my PC, not on the Sony) -

Sony Reader PRS 600 Default Fonts

Sony Reader PRS 600 Default Fonts

5.  Extendible memory – The manual indicates SD Card and Memory Stick Duo are both supported.

6. Very compact – It’s 4.87″ by 6.87″ by .4 inches. That’s roughly 11 cm by 17.4 cm by .98 cm.

Sony Reader PRS-600 – Key Details

  1. 6 inch screen.
  2. Very light at 10.1 oz (286 g). Very thin at .4″.
  3. Sony Reader 600 will be available in Red, Black and Silver.
  4. Has a touchscreen. The panel below the screen might be touch sensitive buttons (which would be cool).
  5. Can be charged via AC adapter or USB.
  6. Sony Reader 600 has 380 Mb of storage capacity.
  7. It also has SD Card and Memory Stick Duo support.
  8. Battery Life of the Sony Reader 600 is 7,500 pages…”

sonyprs300reviewYou can look at the Sony Reader 300 manual in PDF or get the Sony 300 manual’sKindle compatible version…”





The Future of E-book Readers – NEW Forrester Research Data…06.04.09

4 06 2009

This just released from Forrester Research (click on images for larger versions):

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Here is the executive summary of their report How Big is the eReader Opportunity?:

“The eReader market is hot: Barely a day goes by without an announcement of a new device release or acquisition. Amazon.com, leveraging its position as a dominant book retailer, has catalyzed the market for eBooks, but that’s just the beginning of the eReader revolution. Competitors will attack Amazon’s market position by launching new features, expanding content beyond books, dominating markets outside the US, reducing costs, and improving relationships with publishers. While frequent book readers drive device and content sales today, the next five years will see an explosion of the eReader textbook market, and in 10 years, the market will be driven by businesses going green in government, education, health, and other sectors. With retailers, mobile operators, and device manufacturers all vying for a piece of the eReader action, publishers should proactively shape their own eReader opportunity — or miss their last best chance to control their own destiny.”

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E-Reader Plastic Logic Demo…05.28.09

28 05 2009




E-Reader Comparison Kindle DX & Sony Reader PRS700…05.16.09

26 05 2009

Here is the conclusion of a comparison of 2 popular e-reader formats from Sony Reader Vs Kindle DX:

“…The Kindle DX actually comes across as a clear winner over the Sony Reader PRS700. The higher price and unknown release date are two disadvantages – However, the sheer number of other advantages (larger screen, better readability, whispernet, free internet, better selection of new book titles, etc.) make the DX the better choice.

If you’re focused on portability and lower price then Kindle 2 Vs Sony Reader PRS700 becomes the more relevant comparison. Which is not as clear cut (people focused on touchscreen or pdf and epub support might choose Sony while people who prefer convenience of whispernet 60 second downloads, free internet, and better selection of books would pick Kindle 2).

Sony took a gamble with the touchscreen and it didn’t pay off. Sony is rumored to be working on a new large screen model and hopefully that avoids the ‘touchscreen messing up readability’ blunder.

It would be cool if the new, large screen Sony Reader has some cool cutting edge features that motivate Amazon to further ramp up the speed at which they are improving Kindles.”





E-Book Reader Buyer’s Guide…05.22.09

22 05 2009

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Wired today has a Buyer’s Guide: How to Choose an E-Book Reader now online.  Here is an excerpt:

“E-books are the ‘it’ gadget of the year. But picking an e-book reader is more difficult than choosing a brand of cereal or a bottle of shampoo. Every other week, a new reader is gussied up in the factories of Taiwan, ready to make its debut. At last count, we estimated at least 12 different e-book readers on the market or close to release.

How do you know which one is right for you?

All e-book readers promise to do one thing well: display text, especially for books. But there are a few more basic requirements: It must offer long battery life, be easy to carry, have a screen that doesn’t strain the eyes and can be easily read in all environments including bright sunlight. Fortunately, most e-book readers for sale today meet that basic criteria.

There are many devices to choose from, and there’s also a lot of homogeneity in looks, style and function. Almost all the e-book readers available are paperback-sized and sport a display sourced from E Ink, the Cambridge Massachusetts-based company.

So should you buy the $360 Amazon Kindle (after all, it’s the most widely known e-reader and is backed by the Amazon brand) or the $250 upstart Cool-er e-book reader launched just a week ago?…”





Let Your iPhone Read to You…05.20.09

20 05 2009

The Centered Librarian‘s post Read 2 Me Reads to You on Your iPhone today points our a useful app for the iPhone:

Read 2 Me is an iPhone application that provides full speech synthesis for an entire library of texts…Read 2 Me uses Acapela-Group’s text-to-speech technology and can read almost anything that can be converted to UTF-8.txt. It is already optimized for the Gutenberg collection…”

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E-Reader Cool-er Video…05.15.09

15 05 2009




Open Source E-Book Reader…04.02.09

2 04 2009

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DigitalKoans reported today on the release of the Internet Archive Flip Book which is described as “…a beta version open source e-book reader.”

If your are interested, you can find out more about the “How to beta test the new book reader

The GnuBook Bookreader is licensed under the GNU Affero General Public License v3.0. It is built upon these open source tools:

The book reader can be embedded on any site that allows you to add an iframe, for example using the code below:

<iframe src='http://www.us.archive.org/GnuBook/GnuBookEmbed.php?id=abroadcranethoma00craniala'
  width='430px' height='430px'></iframe> ..."




“World’s First Color E-Book Reader Goes on Sale” – Fujitsu’s Flepia…03.19.09

19 03 2009

Wired blog reports in World’s First Color E-Book Reader Goes on Sale:

Fujitsu’s Flepia, the color e-book last seen in testing at an upscale Tokyo restaurant, is now available to buy. Don’t get too excited though — even if you’re in Japan, where the Flepia is on sale, it will cost you a whopping ¥99,750, or just over $1000.

You get a lot for your money, though. The reader has a an 8″ screen which displays 260,000 colors, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi (b and g), a mini USB port and, most important of all, a touch screen (although it comes with a stylus so we expect that it is a resistive touch screen, not capacitive like the iPhone.)

This is completed by a soft, on-screen keyboard (just like the Kindle should have) and a battery life of 40 hours (continuos use — Fujitsu says 2400 page turns). Books are stored on an SD card and can be bought from the online bookstore Papyless.

Curiously, the Flepia seems to be a kind of tablet/e-book hybrid. Along with the book reading software, the device comes loaded with Windows CE 5, meaning support for e-mail, spreadsheets, web browsing and the like. If you view this as a low powered, long life computer instead of a color e-book reader, it starts to look less expensive. The Flepia will start shipping on April 20th…”

© 2008 CondéNet, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Kindle 2 vs iPhone…03.13.09

13 03 2009

“In this episode of Killer Apps, Slate’s Farhad Manjoo reviews the new Amazon Kindle application for the iPhone and how it compares with the experience of using Amazon’s own e-book reader.”

MUST SEE – WATCH: iPhone vs. Kindle

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Amazon Kindle Software on the iPhone and Kindle 2:





Mobile E-books – ScrollMotion’s Iceberg for iPhone…03.11.09

11 03 2009

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The Centered Librarian today pointed out  ScrollMotion’s new “Iceberg” electronic reader for iPhone which ScrollMotion describes as:

“Iceberg is our revolutionary new electronic reader. Iceberg brings the timeless experience of reading books to the mobile space, wedding the functionality of the iPhone to the feel and familiarity of books.

Iceberg is different from all other existing electronic book readers – it’s the only one that replicates the actual experience of reading a book. It’s all done in an organic way that feels right to people who love to read…”

Visit the ScrollMotion site for more details. It will be interesting to hear the reviews from iPhone users.

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“The Future of E-Books”…03.09.09

9 03 2009

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Here is an interesting “…extract from a coming report, The Future of E-Paper: A Technology Assessment and Market Forecast by David Lieberman, available from  in June 2009 posted on E-Book Week:

The future of e-books will see a continuing proliferation of platforms with a built-in e-reader function. E-reader software has already spread to cellphones, PDAs, portable gaming systems and elsewhere, in addition to residing in dedicated e-reader devices and personal computers. The continuing spread will familiarize more and more people with the e-reading experience and its benefits, while simultaneously stimulating content creation for different market niches.

E-reader platforms will evolve in a variety of ways, particularly in their screen technology. The e-paper screens on today’s e-reader devices, for example, will grow from today’s 5- to 6-inch diagonals to 8, 10 and 14 inches. That’s no stretch at all for e-paper technology. Moreover, e-paper is very conductive to building flexible displays, and so will enable new types of e-reader designs for rollable, foldable, tuckable products. More homes for more e-books for sure. 

Larger-screen e-readers will held spread the base of users into the professional realm, with their ability to effectively present more complicated documentation, akin to the document formats common to paper and computer screens today. A reader with a 14-inch screen in the same format as a pad of large paper will have strong appeal for document reading of all types, not only for traveling but for home and office use as well. Furthermore, if you flip it from portrait to landscape mode, such a device would comfortably display two pages side by side of a best seller. 

Today’s e-reader displays are primarily monochrome devices with 4 or 16 gray levels. That, like a 6-inch screen, is fine for general-purpose kicking back with a best-selling novel. For a number of other applications, however, lack of multiple colors is a hindrance, so color is in demand. Medical books, atlases, many textbooks and a number of other instances come to mind. 

Partly because it is a reflective display technology, e-paper does not deliver very saturated colors. The early efforts in multicolor e-paper rely primarily on RGB (red, green, blue) color filters, which is the de facto standard technique for colorizing LCDs (liquid-crystal displays) but a technique that is highly inefficient. E-paper colors using filters are not very saturated and have a pastel look like color photos on traditional newsprint. E-books with some kinds of illustrations will do fine with pastel-like color; others will not

Some vendors are improving the picture by stacking individual RGB subdisplays to achieve multicolor. This avoids the inefficiency of RGB color filters, which automatically discard 2/3 of the available light at a pixel location. (That is, a red subpixel filters out the blue and green components of the available light.) Other vendors are working on patterning discrete RGB lines on a display–perhaps the optimal solution. 

In addition to better color, e-books can also look forward to e-reader screens that have a bit more zip than the latest crop. It typically takes a full second for an e-paper screen to be redrawn–that is for an e-book to “flip” to the next page. That’s not a problem, but it limits how well the screen can handle additional functions we take for granted such as maintaining the visibility of a cursor as we move it across the screen. That’s a hindrance.

For general purpose reading, higher-speed response would also enable the use of simple animation in e-books: this would be invaluable, for example, in e-instruction manuals and elsewhere. 

 

David Lieberman is a veteran display journalist and analyst. This article is an extract from a coming report, The Future of E-Paper: A Technology Assessment and Market Forecast, available from  in June 2009. Lieberman is also the author of NanoMarket’s Signs of the Times: Opportunities for Printable and Organic Electronics in the Signage Market.”





Kindle Will Survive and Flourish…02.17.09

17 02 2009

From PC World comes The Kindle: It’s Not an IPhone today from Scott McNulty of MacWorld which is excerpted here:

Ever since Amazon announced the Kindle 2, pundits and journalists have seemingly made a cottage industry out of doing two things: 1) explaining that, since it isn’t an iPhone, it will fail and 2) listing the features it needs in order for Amazon to convert those selfsame pundits to Kindle lovin’ fools.

Let’s ignore, for the moment, that those same people derided the iPhone as an expensive toy when it was first launched and focus instead on the one thing that most ‘people in the know’ are overlooking. The Kindle, as a device, is immaterial to Jeff Bezos’s stated goal of allowing people to access every book in every language in under 60 seconds. Sure, Amazon will gladly take your money for a Kindle 2 (I must admit that I pre-ordered mine while it was being announced, and I already own a first gen Kindle and a Sony Reader) but the secret to the Kindle isn’t the device itself–it’s the Kindle Store.

The Kindle Store makes it ridiculously easy to buy e-books. You push a button (thanks, one-click buying!) and around 60 seconds later there’s a book on your Kindle. Browsing Amazon.com on your laptop and see a book you want to read on your Kindle? Buy it, and the next time you turn on your Kindle the book is automatically downloaded…

Amazon knows how to sell things, whether it be physical books, tents, kitchen appliances, or e-books. I bet you (and this is where we enter the land of speculation, so strap on your seat belts) that in the not too distant future you’ll be able to buy Kindle books from Amazon on your iPhone. Better yet, you’ll be able to sync your place in a book across multiple devices, and since you’ll have your books on both a Kindle and an iPhone–no matter which device is with you at any given moment–you’ll never forget your place again. Sounds like a killer implementation to me… 

There you have it, folks. While Amazon might not sell a boatload of Kindles (and no, the Kindle will never replace your iPhone, nor was it even meant to compete with it) Amazon will make up the difference in volume…of e-book sales…

© 1998-2007, PC World Communications, Inc.





“E-Book Revolution–Kindle And Beyond: 15 E-Reading Devices, Apps You Need to Know”…02.16.09

16 02 2009

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“…While this week’s unveiling of Amazon’s Kindle 2 makes the device the hot item in e-readers, the Kindle’s hardly alone in the expanding market for e-reading devices and applications.

Channelweb.com saved you the trouble of rounding them all up by taking a long look at what’s out there.”

See their slideshow for more information.

 Copyright © 2009 United Business Media LLC





Kindle 2 is now on the Amazon website–See New Video…02.09.09

9 02 2009

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From the Kindle 2 on Amazon post on the LISNews blog:

“The Kindle 2 is now on the Amazon website. There is a video at Amazon that discusses the Kindle 2.

Kindle 2: Amazon’s New Wireless Reading Device (Latest Generation)

One of the new features is text to speech for all books on the Kindle.”

Amazon says:

Price: $359.00 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver ShippingDetails
This item will be released on February 24, 2009.
Pre-order now!
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
 

Order Kindle now to RESERVE YOUR PLACE IN LINE. We prioritize orders on a first come, first served basis. 

If you have previously placed an order for Kindle 1, and have not yet received it, your order will automatically be upgraded to Kindle 2. You need to do nothing. 

Special Opportunity for Kindle 1 Owners
Even though we’ve increased our manufacturing capacity, we want to be sure our original Kindle owners are first in line to receive Kindle 2. Place your Kindle 2 order by midnight PST on February 10th and you will receive first priority…”

If I had the extra cash, I would try to be the first in line!!!!!!! 

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Kindle 2 to Arrive Feb. 24?…02.09.09

9 02 2009

From “Anyone fancy a Kindle 2?” from the UK’s Guardian in advance of today’s announcement from Amazon:

“…I think these look better than the leaked pictures on The Boy Genius site.

According to Engadget, where I found the latest pictures: 

We’ll admit to missing the polarizing ultra-80s look of the original, but this thing looks pretty sweet — too bad it’s still going to set you back $359 when it arrives on February 24…”

 

AND this from the Amazon Kindle, Books, Kindle 2.o-Amazon Kindle Review blog:

“…Kindle 2.0 Thoughts

The leaked pictures and Kindle 2.0 rumors seem to indicate that Kindle 2.0 will -

  1. Be very slim at just 0.4 inches.
  2. Have smaller Next page and Previous Page buttons.
  3. Be priced somewhere between $349 and $399.
  4. Be offered to all people who had bought a Kindle 1.0 for a 10% higher price.
  5. Kindle 2.0 will replace Kindle 1.0
  6. Kindle 2.0 will have a keyboard.
  7. Have a USB port at the bottom (right at the centre).
  8. Have rounded corners and no sharp edges.

The things that are not confirmed are -

  1. Actual release date – I really, really hope the Feb 24th rumours are nonsense. There’s only so much of waiting we can take before it becomes painful.
  2. Whether It’ll be an International Release or not. There is a tiny slot at the top that might be meant for a cell phone SIM card. Or maybe not.
  3. The original leaks at BoyGeniusReport indicated that memory would be at least 1.4 GB and perhaps more.
  4. There’s a steel cover at the back, and it’s not clear whether the battery is replaceable or not.
  5. Whether the screen will be higher resolution.
  6. Whether Kindle 2.0’s screen will reload faster.
  7. Whether Kindle 2.0 will have a touch screen.

Non Kindle 2.0 News that is expected (just me speculating) -

  1. Amazon Library – A huge library of free public domain books that will be available in the Kindle store, with a subset of 500 or so most popular titles included on Kindle 2.0 itself.
  2. Kindle App Platform – An app platform (tightly monitored by Amazon) that will start sometime in Q2, 2009.
  3. Kindle Textbook Edition – Further details on what this is, and an approximate date for when it will be announced (and by approximate I mean they’ll just say 2nd half 2009, or something as vague as that).
  4. Kindle Books for Mobile – An announcement on what form this will take and a vague idea of when it’ll be coming out….”




“Apple Vs Kindle + Netbooks + cellphones battle”…02.06.09

6 02 2009

It seems the tensions and potential competitor announcements are mounting daily as the new Kinle 2 announcement day approaches next week. The Amazon, Kindle, Books, Kindle 2.0 – Amazon Kindle Review blog points out the battle lines being drawn today:

“It seems I missed this rather important piece of news that the NY Times just published -

Also Thursday, Amazon said that it was working on making the titles for its popular e-book reader, the Kindle, available on a variety of mobile phones. The company… did not say when Kindle titles would be available on mobile phones.

‘We are excited to make Kindle books available on a range of mobile phones,’ said Drew Herdener, a spokesman for Amazon.

This is hugely important as it means we’re just

  1. A step away from having all manner of cellphone eReaders start offering Kindle Store Books.
  2. A few steps away from having an eReader for netbooks that couples with Amazon’s Kindle Book Store.

My suspicion is that Amazon might start off with their own eReader – however, at some point of time they would want to open it up to all the different eReading softwares that are available, and more importantly, already popular.

The biggest thing it does is it turns a potential Apple Vs Amazon Kindle battle into a Apple Vs Kindle+Netbooks+cellphones battle. Very cool strategic move by Amazon.”





“Kindle: Lo-fi v. High Tech”…02.06.09

6 02 2009

Here is an excerpt of an interesting post that I can empathize with from Sarah Zhang titled Kindle: Lo-fi v. High Tech from the Digital Natives blog today.

With Amazon’s new Kindle set to debut next week, the web is abuzz with rumors about Kindle 2.0. Will it have web browsing? Will there be networking features with other Kindles? Will it at least be a little less clunky?

When the original Kindle debuted in fall 2007, Jesse wrote an insightful post arguing that despite the tempting comparison to iPods, the Kindle is really a digital immigrant’s device. It’s designed to mimic the tactile and visual sensation of reading a book, and it has none of the slick elegance of an iPhone. Far short of paradigm-shifting, it looked back instead of forwards. These characteristics opened up the Kindle to criticism, but it hasn’t kept the device from gaining a loyal following… 

It’s true, the Internet can be demanding. New email, unread counts, missed calls, text message – they gush at you in a constant stream. It’s comforting, sometimes, to hold in your hands something finite and discrete, something that doesn’t ask you to respond right away 

…extolments of Kindle’s paperness reminded of Jack Cheng’s “In Praise of Lo-Fi,” in which he asks what happens to deep contemplation in a world blanketed in wi-fi and wireless power – a world where connectivity can’t be turned off. He turns to the opposite: lo-fi…

I often find myself in search of lo-fi these days. At first, I tried to battle technology with technology. Leechblock or an user account with “parental” controls disabling Internet, but I found them too easily circumvented when surrounded by multiple web browsers and multiple computers. Even though many of my classes have online readings, I now print out and annotate them by hand, making sure to sit far away from any luminescent electronic screens. When writing a paper, I sometimes shut my laptop and take a walk outside to ruminate by myself. Those with better willpower can take less drastic measures, but I’m too easily distracted.

When the new Kindle does debut, it’ll have to mediate two opposing tensions. One of innovation, it has to compete with all-capable gadgets like the iPhone. On the other hand, it should still be a reading experience, not another portable computer. Will it combine the best or worst of both worlds? If I got a Kindle, I’m afraid I’ll be lured by easy downloads and accumulate a backlog of books much like the way unlistened podcasts have taken over my iPod. Or perhaps, it’ll have better wireless integration and finally get me to read the articles I’ve saved via Instapaper. Convenient or too convenient?…”





What the Amazon’s Kindle 2 Release on Feb. 9 May Mean…02.04.09

4 02 2009

Here is a reasonable analysis of the upcoming Feb. 9 news conference by Amazon about Kindle 2 titled Amazon Library – Is Feb 9th bigger than Kindle 2.0?  from the Amazon Kindle, Books, Kindle 2.0… blog:

“The immediate assumption that everyone has made is that Feb 9th will be about Kindle 2.0. Here’s a question -

Why a Press Conference in a Library and Museum?

There has to be some symbolic significance. The two biggest threats to the Kindle’s future are Apple and Google -

  1. Apple because of the threat of a 9” Apple Touch.
  2. Google because of the threat of Google Books.

Whereas Amazon does have the Kindle to ward off the threat from a 9” Apple Touch, it is endangered by Google’s soon to be court-approved arrangement with book publishers. It makes a lot of sense that Amazon is doing something to thwart Google, and that in addition to announcing Kindle 2.0, it is also announcing Amazon Library, a store for -

  1. Free Public Domain Books that Kindle Owners (and soon anyone) can access for free.
  2. In Copyright, Out-of-Print books that users can buy to read on their kindle, online, etc.
  3. In Copyright, In-Print books that Amazon is already selling in many editions.

This counters not only the threat of Google siphoning off a potential revenue stream (i.e. copyrighted, out of print books) but also the threat of Google expanding their do-gooder image into the domain of books and becoming the go to destination for books.

I’m putting my money on both Kindle 2.0 and Amazon Library being announced. The addition of over 7,000 public domain books for free in the Kindle Store is just one more clue.”





Kindle Related Revenue for Amazon Could Reach $1.2 billion by 2010…02.03.09

3 02 2009

StreetInsider.com  reported today in its Citi Maintains a ‘Hold’ on Amazon.com post:

Citi analyst says, ‘Amazon has scheduled a press conference in NYC, and we believe it very likely that the company will roll out V2 of its highly popular eReader…We Believe Kindle-Related Revenue Could Reach $1.2B+ By 2010 — This would amount to over 4% of AMZN’s revenue that year – impressive given the size of AMZN’s revenue base. Just as important, Kindle’s success highlights the very significant and consistent innovation focus that Amazon has maintained over the past five years and helps hedge the company against the digitization of media products…We view AMZN as a core Internet franchise (great mgmt, deepening competitive moats, big growth opportunities – incl. Kindle, and good business model)…”





New Kindle and Sony e-Book Reader Comparison…02.02.09

2 02 2009

For those like me who are uncertain, here is a comparison of products from the SFGate [http://www.sfgate.com/] today in a posting by David Einstein Amazon’s new Kindle compares with Sony’s Reader:

“Q: I’m thinking of getting an e-book reader, and I can’t decide between the Amazon.com Kindle and the Sony Reader. Which do you recommend?

A: When the second-generation Kindle premieres next week, it’s expected to have the same advanced display technology found in Sony’s PRS-700 Reader Digital Book. Both devices have 6-inch screens. The Sony Reader can store more e-books, but both devices can use memory cards for expanded storage.

The Sony Reader mimics the experience of holding and reading a printed book better than the Kindle, and it features a touch screen. But the Kindle has several advantages of its own, most noteworthy the ability to download books wirelessly. The Kindle also is less expensive than the Sony Reader – $359 versus $400. And because it’s sold by Amazon.com, the Kindle offers more available book titles (although you can get best-sellers and other popular books for either device).

Here’s your choice: If you want an e-book reader that offers a more book-like experience, go for the Sony Reader. If wireless downloads and price trump tradition, get the Kindle.”

© 2009 Hearst Communications Inc.  





“Amazon: Kindle Demand Ahead Of Expectations”…01.30.09

30 01 2009

From Barron’s Tech Trader Daily – Barron’s Online : AmazonKindle Demand Ahead … blog today by Eric Savitz:

CEO Jeff Bezos this afternoon told investors on the company’s post-earnings conference call that demand for its Kindle e-book reader is outpacing expectations. He says the company is ‘scrambling’ for more manufacturing capacity so it can reach its goal of shipping the device immediately upon orders being received. ‘We’re working hard to get there,’he says. ‘We’re super excited by the very strong demand.’”

Copyright © 2009 Dow Jones & Company, Inc.





Plastic Logic Competition for Kindle?…01.28.09

28 01 2009

From a FastCompany [FastCompany.com - Where ideas and people meet | Fast Company] post [Amazon's Kindle 2 E-Reader to Debut on February 9 | Technomix ... ] today  :  “…First, Amazon’s own Kindle page is reporting that the Kindle is sold out. Buyers are told they’ll have to wait a few months for delivery–a suspicious slip in supply for such a successful device from a company that knows how to handle a supply chain.

Second, the Kindle hasn’t been updated at all since it came out in November 2007. That’s a long time in the gadget world, giving Amazon R&D time to devise a successor.

Third, storm of internet excitement built up last year when the previously unheard-of Plastic Logic [Plastic Logic Home] announced its e-reader Kindle competitor. The device seemed to be thinner–at just 7mm–and more high-tech than the Kindle, having a larger touchscreen and the ability to annotate all sorts of documents and texts. A few leaked bits of info have recently confirmed that while the device was originally due soon, it’s since been delayed until late 2009 or 2010.

And now there’s been a confirmation that Amazon boss Jeff Bezos will be at the February 9 event. The fact that he’s attending underlines that it really is something “important,” particularly since he was also present at the Kindle’s launch event…”

Copyright © 2009 Mansueto Ventures LLC. All rights reserved

See video demo of Plastic Logic at InfoWorld here: http://www.infoworld.com/video/index.html?bcpid=1388789577&bclid=1443717127&bctid=7052715001





Amazon Press Conference on Kindle Slated for Feb. 9…01.27.09

27 01 2009

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This report about the status of the Kindle from The All Things Digital [AllThingsD] blog post Time to Crank Up The Kindle Rumor Mill: Amazon Press Conference Set For Feb. 9 :

When will see a new version of the Kindle, Amazon’s much-talked about e-book reader? Maybe in two weeks: The company will be holding an ‘important’ press conference in New York on Monday February 9, it tells me.

Besides the where and when (10am at the Morgan Library in midtown), the company hasn’t provided any other details. But I’ll note that the last time Amazon (AMZN) held a New York press conference, in November 2007, it was to unveil Kindle 1.0. When CEO Jeff Bezos spoke to Walt Mossberg at All Things Digital in May 2008, he wouldn’t peg a time frame for a new Kindle iteration. But it seems reasonable to expect a new one more than a year after the launch of the initial version.”

AND…

CrunchGear also reported today in its post Amazon press conference on 2/9: I can haz kindle too?  :

“Last time Amazon had a press conference they released a little something I like to call the best ebook reader in the whole wide world. Well, we’ve got a seat at another conference on Monday, February 9 and unless they’re announcing a Bezos-themed amusement park in the Ukraine, I’m pretty sure we’re going to see the Kindle 2.

As Michael wrote before the holiday:

The images that surfaced of the new Kindle in October are real – it’s a longer device but not as thick as the original Kindle, and fixes some of the button issues that plague users (like accidental page turns). A larger-screen student version is still scheduled for the first half of 2009.

The event will be at the lush Morgan Library & Museum which seems to suggest something to do with books. If our sources are correct, the new Kindle will be quite a bit nicer than the original model. It was originally described as being what the iPod Touch was to the original 1st gen iPod – a quantum leap in gadget styling and technology.”

Photo credit: The Boy Genius





Amazon Annouces It Will Only Offer Kindle E-book Format…01.26.09

26 01 2009

Publishers Weekly [Publishers Weekly - International Book & Bookselling News, Reviews ...] reported today [Amazon To Drop MicrosoftAdobe e-Book Formats - 1/26/2009 7:08:00 ...]:

Amazon.com has notified its publisher and author clients that it plans to cease offering e-books in the Microsoft Reader and Adobe e-book formats. In the future, the online retailer says it plans to offer only e-books in the Kindle format (for wireless download to its Kindle reading device) and the Mobipocket format, both of which are owned by Amazon. The online retailer’s note asks publishers and authors to make sure that Amazon has written permission to offer their books for sale in the Mobipocket format.

Amazon did not specify how long the Adobe PDF and Microsoft formats will continue to be available…”

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Kindle Review After 1 Year of Use-The Good and The Bad…01.26.09

26 01 2009

This is an excerpt from this past weekend’s post A year with an Amazon Kindle (and new Kindle Cases) by Scott Hanselman on his SCOTT HANSELMAN’S COMPUTERZEN.COM blog:

“…The Good:

  • Coverage. Anyway I’ve gone in the states, I’ve had good coverage and no trouble getting new books. There isn’t complete coverage, but if you make sure to download whatever books you want for your trip before you head into the boonies, you’ll cool. I loaded up before a trip to South Africa, turned off the radio, and used it happily disconnected for weeks.
  • Battery Life. The battery really lasts for thousands of page-turns. Remember that it doesn’t use really any power at all if the pages aren’t turning. It’ll stay on standby (with the radio switch off) for days and days.
  • Flexibility. I read lots of books, some purchased from Amazon (the rule of thumb is that they are 25%-50% less because there’s no molecules) and some free books formatted for the Kindle. It also like that your kindle gets an email address so you can email <yourusername>@kindle.com and whatever you send it (PDF, DOC, etc) will just show up on your Kindle.
  • The Screen: It’s been said before, but truly, eInk is awesome. It’s nearly as clear as paper, but more importantly, it’s just easy to read. No more eye strain than a regular newspaper.
  • Convenience: The best example of the Kindle being awesome is being at an airport bookstore, browsing the books, reading the backs, then buying the book for 50% off and having it appear on the Kindle in literally seconds, then walking on a plane. It’s positively evil.

The Bad:

  • Build Quality. It’s still ugly and feels just a smidge cheap. It’s no iPhone or Blackjack 2 or Dell Mini 9. It kind of flexes like a plastic ice tray from the freezer. It doesn’t feel solid. I wish it was aluminum or something. They REALLY need to pull it together and get some Apple-level hardware build quality for the Kindle 2.
  • Screen Margins: There’s a little wasted space (maybe 1/4″) on the screen, acting as a margin for the text. I think the small size of the screen wouldn’t bother me as much if they let me control that margin. There’s probably 15-20% more screen I could get if I ran the text up closer.
  • Programming Books: The screen and reformatting doesn’t serve itself well for technical books and there’s no monospaced font, so just don’t plan on reading coding books on this device.
  • Jeff Bezos and my Wallet: In case you haven’t realized, the Kindle is THE ultimate One-Click Purchasing Device. It is literally a dotted line directly from Jeff Bezo’s bank account to mine. Don’t forget that. To be clear, I’m cool with it, but it’s important to be aware.
  • Case. The standard Kindle case really sucks. There’s an indentation in the back of the Kindle and a small plastic tab on the Kindle case and they are supposed to work together to hold the Kindle in the case, apparently by will power. It’s mediocre at best and I immediately looked to replace it…which leads me to…”




The “txtr”–Upcoming eReader to Take On Kindle, Sony Digital Book and Other eReaders”…01.22.09

22 01 2009

This is an announcement about the coming new txtr e-Reader yesterday [http://blog.txtr.com/?p=138] which looks interesting:

txtr_reader_web

 

If you’ve been following us a for a while, you might have guessed it: Txtr isn’t only about txtr.com, but much more – we’ve been busy developing the best digital reading device, and we’re announcing it today. It comes with the following features:

  • The latest 6-inch eInk display for maximum readability
  • Advanced power management guaranteeing weeks of reading time
  • Full connectivity including USB, Bluetooth, and true mobility with SIM-enabled UMTS/GPRS
  • An user interface that will blow away everything you’ve seen on eInk so far
  • Of course, tight integration with txtr.com

No, you can’t buy it yet, but read all about it at reader.txtr.com…”

COPYRIGHT © 2008 blog.txtr.com





“Finding Books for Your Kindle”…01.19.09

19 01 2009

Courtesy of The Kindle Reader blog [http://kindlereader.blogspot.com/]:

FIND BOOKS FOR YOUR KINDLE





Most Frequently Asked Kindle Questions…01.18.09

18 01 2009

Since I am interested in eBooks & e book eeaders, especailly Kindle 2, here is some FAQs from Kindle FAQ:

  1. When is the Kindle 2 coming out?         
    • A: There is no official release date. Mid to late February 2009 seems like a probable release date.  
  2. Should I wait for Kindle 2?                    
    • A: At this point – Yes. At least wait till end Feb to see whether Kindle 2 is available then.
  3. Can I use the Kindle outside the US?   
    • A: Yes, with two important caveats – first, Whispernet will not work; and second, you will need a US address credit card to make purchases.
  4. Can you gift Kindle books?                   
    • A: No, although you can send a gift card. The gift card recipient can then register it to his account and buy kindle books. 
  5. How do I reset my kindle?                    
    • A: There is a reset button at the back. Also, the alt-up arrow-R combination forces a hard reset.
  6. What are the different font sizes?       
    • A: There are 6 font sizes ranging from around 8pt to 20pt. 
  7. On a plane, do I have to turn off the Kindle at take-off and landings?  
    • A: Yes.  
  8. What happens if I damage my Kindle?  
    • A: It varies – sometimes you get a free replacement. Sometimes they charge you $180 for a replacement. You will have to return the defective kindle.
  9. Can I return a Kindle I bought?            
    • A: Yes, you have 30 days to return it.
  10. Can I read pdf documents on the Kindle? 
  11. Where can I find a map of Whispernet Coverage?   
  12. Is Apple released an ebook reader?      
    • A: Not that i know of. They are rumoured to be releasing a larger iTouch in Fall of 2009. 
  13. Where can I find the Kindle shortcuts and experimental features? 







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