New Amazon Kindle Announcement Slated for May 6…05.04.09

4 05 2009

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According to the All Things Digital post New Amazon Device Debuts Wednesday today:

The last time Amazon (AMZN) held a press conference in New York City was in February, when it introduced the Kindle 2.0. Now it is scheduling one for Wednesday morning at Pace University in lower Manhattan.

Expect a new, large format device that’s optimized for reading newspapers and magazines.

Here’s the full text of the invitation that just showed up in my inbox: ‘We’d like to invite you to an Amazon.com press conference scheduled for Wednesday, May 6 at 10:30 am ET. The press conference is scheduled to take place at the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University, located at 3 Spruce Street, New York City. Doors will open for registration at 9:30 am ET.’…”





Amazanian – New Amazon.com Search…03.15.09

15 03 2009

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Here is something new for Amazon.com users of which there are many:

Amazanian provides a cleaner Amazon.com searching experience.

You can search, add products to your shopping list, compare, and then add those products directly to your Amazon.com shopping cart!

And the best part is … you can search for Amazon Prime items only without having to sort through pages and pages of products sold by third parties!…

 Amazanian is an alternative front-end website for the ever popular Amazon.com website which allows customers to search for Amazon.com products in a cleaner and more efficient manner.  Once you have selected your products, you can add them to your Amazon.com cart and checkout as usual.”

 

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Amazon Says It Is OK to Lend Kindle 2 in Libraries…03.13.09

13 03 2009

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Shaping Libraries says today in its post Amazon: “OK to Lend Kindles in Libraries”: 

I have written before about my interest in using Amazon’s Kindle for circulation and interlibrary loan. Yesterday I received a response from Amazon about doing so. On the phone, the Amazon rep. and I reviewed the public policy found here under section3. Digital Content, subsection Restrictions:

Unless specifically indicated otherwise, you may not sell, rent, lease, distribute, broadcast, sublicense or otherwise assign any rights to the Digital Content or any portion of it to any third party, and you may not remove any proprietary notices or labels on the Digital Content.

Amazon said this only applies to for-profit ventures. ‘If you’re gonna let someone borrow the Kindle just to read a book, you should be fine.‘…”

Read About Kindle 2: The Amazon Kindle 2 E-Reader





New Amazon Kindle 2 hands-on review and Amazon Changes Text to Speech Feature…02.28.09

28 02 2009

There is a good new review of Amazon’s Kindle 2 by the Boy Genius Report today titled Amazon Kindle 2 hands-on review whose conclusion is related below.  LISNews today reports that “Amazon announced today that it will let publishers decide whether they want the new Kindle e-book device to read their books aloud.”

“…Last but not least is the Text to Speech function. This experimental feature actually works better than expected. It reads the text back in a computerized voice but does so with surprising clarity and proper enunciation. It is not as ‘sterile’ and ‘robotic’ as expected. It won’t replace audible and all those folks upset about this feature should not be concerned about book lovers opting for the Kindle audio version of a book over the audible version. The Text to Speech lacks the intonations, inflections and drama that a real person reading would bring to a book. Nonetheless, the Text to Speech is quite listenable and is a great accessibility feature to boot.

Overall Conclusion

Kindle 2 PROS:

  • Whispernet service makes book searching and purchasing a breeze
  • Kindle 2 is thin, well-balanced with a nice layout of buttons
  • QWERTY keyboard makes entering text easy and allows for features like note taking and web browsing
  • Text is crisp and easy to read with minimal glare and the screen refresh is quick
  • Navigation is easy and intuitive

Kindle 2 CONS:

  • Device is a bit long due to the presence of the QWERTY keyboard
  • Side buttons are a bit awkward to press as you have to push the inner edge and not the outer edge of the button
  • 5-way controller can be difficult to use
  • Cost is a bit prohibitive and you need to purchase a case asthe retail pack does not include one

Overall, the Kindle 2 is a gorgeous looking device that makes digital book reading a joy. For those looking to make the jump into the digital book reading experience, the Kindle 2 is an excellent choice and the experience it provides will be tough to match with a competitive reader. The price tag of $359 is a bit high, especially when you consider the extra $30 you’ll need to shell out for a cover. Never the less, the ability to have all your books on one device and new content accessible via a wireless connection is indispensible and lessens the sting of the high price tag. If you are an avid book reader and have the cash on hand, the Kindle 2 is definitely the way to go. Amazon did a fantastic job and while it might not live up to the hype surrounding its launch, it most definitely came a whole lot closer than we expected.”

© Copyright Boy Genius Report Inc 2006-2007





NEW Kindle 2 Release Day–Wired Product Review…02.24.09

24 02 2009

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Here is an excerpted version of Wired‘s review of Amazon.com Kindle 2:

The most notable feature of the Kindle 2 (Amazon.com’s long-awaited update to its groundbreaking but somewhat flawed electronic reading device) is that it’s possible to pick it up and not turn the page. This sounds like faint praise, but anyone using the original Kindle quickly found the oversized buttons covering both sides of the device made grasping it a delicate, stressful task — kind of like picking up a sea urchin. Anything less than perfect finger placement would lose your place.

Not so with the Kindle 2, which fixes that problem and a host of others through thoughtful, businesslike improvements and innovations.

Are the improvements big enough for the Kindle 2 to spark an iPod effect, causing bookstores to shutter, forests to grow unchecked and the tomes on our shelves to disappear, replaced by plants and bobble-head dolls? Not any time soon.

The evolution toward e-reading devices as the dominant means of reading books will be a drawn-out and complicated affair. It will require screen technology with inexpensive, high-resolution color, multitouch and flexible displays. These are all features that the Kindle, as well as competitors like the Sony eReader, are still waiting for. A mass-market solution will also involve pricing that acknowledges how much cheaper it is to distribute books digitally; currently Amazon sells e-books for about half the price of their hardcover equivalents. But for now, the Kindle 2 is the closest thing to this magic formula…

The strengths of the device are the same. The dense, readable display and paperback size allow readers to sink into an author’s world just as they do with a physical tome. But this “book” is augmented by digital technology, allowing you to store hundreds of manuscripts, search through them, and look up words in an onboard dictionary, on the web or through Wikipedia. It also has a free wireless connection to the Amazon Kindle store — now hawking 230,000 books (as well as magazines and newspapers).

The most dramatic changes are in the physical design. Abandoning the quirky shape of the original, which was meant to evoke the form of a real book, the designers boiled down the shape to a pencil-thin (.36-inch) slab, which feels completely natural in hand. Though you can buy an “official” $30 leather cover (it has special hooks that keep the device in place, something that was missing in the original), I found it most comfortable to read bareback. But if you’re into playing it safe, I’d recommend one of the third-party neoprene cases available on Amazon.com…

The Kindle 2 is zippier, with pages turning 20 percent faster (yes, you can tell the difference). It has more memory (2 gigabytes, enough for storing up to 2500 books onboard). And it flaunts a more powerful built-in battery: Amazon claims that the Kindle lasts four to five days with the wireless on (I got 4.5 days in my first test) and up to two weeks with it off. After a week of limited wireless, my meter is around 50 percent. Amazon also says that after 500 charges, it will hold 80 percent of its original juice. That means that most users won’t have to replace the battery (a $60 procedure) for about a decade or so

But text-to-speech works just as well with your own content — you can upload Word files into your Kindle for a dime apiece.

Looking over the horizon, it’s clear that Amazon’s biggest competitor in selling digital books will be Google, whose recent agreement with publishers and authors will make it a virtually exclusive seller for millions of books in copyright but not in print. But right now at least, the Google and Amazon formats aren’t compatible: I was unsuccessful in getting a PDF of a public domain book downloaded from Google to appear in readable form on my Kindle…

WIRED The best e-reading system on the market. Welcome improvements to aesthetics, more functional industrial design, better graphics and longer battery life. Sleeker than the original: A third of an inch thick and 10 ounces.

TIRED Quite expensive. Book content shackled with DRM. Interface is improved, sure, but it could be even better.”

© 2009 CondéNet, Inc.





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…

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“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)…”





“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.’”

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New Kindle Speculation from CrunchGear…01.28.09

28 01 2009

CrunchGear poster John Biggs today Kindle could have color screen, contain the hair of the rare zebracorn :

Let the speculation begin! Our sources tell us what you already know: that the new Kindle is thinner and has a nicer design and probably has a touchscreen. Sadly, now everyone is chiming in with a little more value added rumor…I could have told you that ‘Amazon probably intends to weaponize the Kindle for use in military situations’ and that ‘Jeff Bezos will probably team up with Apple to produce the iKindle.’ Both are plausible scenarios based on my experience in the industry and powers of perception.

It will be thin, handsome, and probably cheaper. But it won’t be in color and yes, they improved it.”





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.”

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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…”

©2009 Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.





eBooks, Amazon, Kindle & the Future of Publishing…01.17.09

17 01 2009

Here is an excerpt from a post entitled Websites intertwined with the future of publishing  over at AMAZON KINDLE, BOOKS, KINDLE 2.0 – AMAZON KINDLE REVIEW:

“…eBook Shopping Websites

  1. Amazon’s Kindle Store - The biggest range and some of the best prices. 
  2. Google Books – Will add in a link when they open a store. Pretty sure this isn’t going to get cut from Google’s arsenal as it’s potentially a huge revenue generator.
  3. FeedBooks.com – This is a serious contender and a website/software solution that aims to be the universal ereading platform that’s compatible with every mobile device. My take is they’re trying to be the Microsoft of the eReader business and turn the various reading devices into IBM. They were founded in 2007.
  4. Sony’s The eBook Store - Not much to say as it’s pretty decent and wholly unremarkable.
  5. Waterstones – Although Waterstones sell Sony’s Reader they have their owneBook store, with books in ePub format.
  6. Zoomii.com – I really don’t see the point – apparently it took 1.5+ years to code and it does look good. However, it’s not really offering anything other than visual UI improvements. I do think there’s a market for the creator to sell the technology for various niches.
  7. eHarlequin.com – Not my area of speciality so I’m not going to write much. I do love some of the titles though.

Publishing Related Websites

  1. Lulu.com – A really good website focused on self-publishing. If you’re going to self-publish a book or are considering it, definitely visit this site. And they have laser focus on their purpose and direction – helping creators publish their work. They support 7 languages, and now have 1.3 million registered members from 80+ countries. Lulu.com is definitely a great publishing website for the author side. 
  2. Authonomy from Harper Collins aims to flush out the best writing talent. They look remarkably similar to what I had in mind with a self published author rankings site. Actually, if there’s one site on this list that you must check out – it’s Authonomy.
  3. BookSurge – An Amazon owned company (acquired in 2005) and provides a valuable service i.e. publishing books on demand.
  4. SmashWords.com – Probably #2 after Authonomy on the must check out list. I intended to do a full post on them, and will. A really good idea and a good site. If they discovered that there are other colors in the color spectrum besides white and blue their website would look even better. Also, their founder/CEO’s interview is a must-read. He really gets it.
  5. MagCloud – Wow. A site to create on demand magazines. This is probably #3 on the must check-out list, and one of the prettiest sites.

Document Sharing Websites

  1. Scribd.com – This website is a huge hit, and their latest innovation iPaper, which lets you view any document online, is becoming a huge hit – iPaper is to documents what flash is to movies. They seem to be drawing a lot of negative comments – However, I’m very impressed by iPaper and by the service they’re providing i.e. letting you share documents easily with friends and/or strangers.
  2. ISSUU – I like their user interface more than scribe – especially the search pages. Totally clueless on how popular they are, and how long they’ve been in the market.

Software + Mobile Software

  1. Sophie – Waiting till Oct 15th, 2009 is going to be hard – this looks to be a huge positive step for publishing and especially self publishing.
  2. FBReader is an ereader software that works on most mobile devices. Its open source and supports more formats than I knew existed. 
  3. Calibre is an eBook library management application written by Kovid Goyal. It’s free, open source, and cross platform. 
  4. Adobe’s Digital Editions – I don’t fully understand it, and all I can tell is that it might be very impressive if it does all that is promised.
  5. Nokia AudioBooks – A beta application from Nokia Beta Labs it’s a software that’s optimized for playing audio books on phones. 
  6. GoSpoken – The website behind Vodafone Books on Mobile. they’ve signed up a lot of major UK publishers for this straight to cell phone audio book service. 

Books Related Websites

  1. DailyLit – I’ve written about them before, and they’re a good site and they seem to be expanding their offerings and adding more features.
  2. KindleFeeder – A feed aggregation service for the Kindle that I’m surprised Amazon hasn’t shut down yet. It looks to be pretty useful.
  3. BookArmy – Getting a lot of buzz even though it hasn’t opened yet.
  4. bkkeepr.com – I don’t know what to say. I’m tempted to offer them one of my domain names so they stop self sabotaging themselves with a ridiculously hard to remember domain name. The service is really interesting and I’m going to try it out for a bit and let you know how it goes…’




In 2009–Will Amazon Develop a Kindle Social Community?…01.16.09

16 01 2009

From the post 2009 Prediction I: Webcam for Kindle? :

“…I strongly believe that Amazon will need to develop a social community around the Kindle to get the Kindle users involved. Think about it. A community that would allow you to share knowledge with other Kindle users and even share your very own content (Scribd comes to mind here). But I am thinking a bit bigger here. What if you could put your thoughts in video without having to carry a video camera? How about being able to record book reviews in video on your Kindle? YouTube is nice but there is a lot of noise there. Having a web-cam on the Kindle could help here. But I am not so sure Amazon will be adding it in the future. In truth, you can use one of those portable web-cams and attach it to your Kindle. It’s not going to be as convenient as having a built-in web-cam but it works. And let’s not forget that folks feel uneasy about any feature that would increase the price of the second generation Kindle. One can still dream though…”

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Kindle 2 & Beyond–”Top 10 Kindle Predictions for 2009…01.14.09

14 01 2009

Here is an excerpt from the AMAZON KINDLE, BOOKS, KINDLE 2.0 – AMAZON KINDLE REVIEW entitled Top 10 Kindle 2009 Predictions

“…Overall, I feel Amazon will continue to make big mistakes – however, they’ll be the #1 eReader for all of 2009. Here are my Top 10 Kindle Predictions -

  1. There will be millions of Kindles sold – The figure will be close to 3 million
  2. Amazon will have more out of stock disasters – Kindle 2 and Kindle TextBook Edition will both face shortages when released and Amazon will again mess up during the Holiday season…
  3. Amazon’s TextBook Kindle will get really bad critical reviews, and will sell a ton. Its sales will outpace sales of Kindle 2 and Kindle 1 (if that’s still being sold)…
  4. Apple will release a large screen touch in Oct to Nov 2009. The 9″ Apple iTouch will be targeted at netbooks, and not at the Kindle. ‘Experts’ will still try to spin it as a Kindle Killer. In their eyes, Apple’s 9 inch Touch will become the biggest potential eReader i.e. it will have the most people who could potentially buy ebooks …This will however not translate into a high number of actual ebooks sold and the Kindle will remain the #1 ecosystem for ebooks…
  5. Kindle will go international - probably in March, and definitely before Christmas season. International sales will be significant i.e. >10% of total sales (including textbook kindle)…
  6. Sony will release a wireless ereader with a really inelegant wireless feature (this is rumored for March – courtesy a reader). Sony will sell less than 500,000 readers in 2009…
  7. The ereader market will become crowded – with a number of companies trying to wrest the #2 spot from Sony’s Reader… 
  8. More than one kindle self-published author will be offered a book contract. A kindle specific rankings site focusing on self published authors will become very popular. It will not be an amazon site…
  9. A lot of newspapers will die – Kindle subscriptions will hit the 100K+ mark for multiple newspapers. At least 1 kindle specific newspaper will be released (targeting no-one except kindle owners) and will get 10,000+ subscriptions within the first few months.
  10. Google Book Search will start selling out of print and in print books – There are currently approximately 3 million people a month who use Google Book Search…” 




3-Month or More Wait for Kindle 2…12.18.08

18 12 2008

Earliest shipping dates for Kindle 2 from Amazon: “Expected to ship in 11 to 13 weeks

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Kindle 2 New Release Date and Ebook Competitors Rising…11.25.08

25 11 2008

Because I am interested in one day purchasing a Kindle, Amazon’s wireless reading device or ebook reader, I have been following its development.  Here is the latest from TechCrunch [http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/11/25/amazon-kindle-2-slated-for-early-q1/]:

“Update on the Kindle 2: It was scheduled to be released in October in time for this holiday season, but Bezos himself reportedly pulled the plug for last minute changes to the software. Our sources now say it’s tentatively scheduled to go on sale in ‘early next quarter.’

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). larger-screen student version is still scheduled for the first half of 2009.

Amazon is slow to turn new versions of the Kindle, which isn’t surprising given that this is their first foray into actual devices. I still think they’d be better off licensing the platform and letting the factories in China iterate more often on the Kindle - from what we hear a bunch of new ebook products are about to hit the market, and some of them may be real competition to Amazon.”





Amazon, Google, LibraryThing, WorldCat, and Open Library…11.19.08

19 11 2008

Posted [http://inthelibrarywiththeleadpipe.org/2008/a-useful-amplification-of-records-that-are-unavoidably-needed-anyway/] on the In The Library With a Lead Pipe blog is an interesting overview of Amazon, Google, LibraryThing, WorldCat, and Open Library and how they may fit into the library universe that has been excerpted here:

“Depending on books can feel like relying on snail mail. “Now that I’ve showed you how to find some articles,” I say to people at the reference desk, “I’ll show you how to use our website to find some books you might want to check out. And after that, wouldn’t it make your grandmother’s day if you wrote her a letter?”

For anyone accustomed to the Internet, books can lack the immediacy of articles or websites. Books generally have slower developing narratives, and often have longer paragraphs, sentences, and words, which means they don’t lend themselves to skimming. Compared to digital material, relevant passages can be hard to find, and even finding the right book can be challenging.

Although library websites are improving, keyword searching doesn’t work well at most libraries and faceted browsingthe links down the left side of the page on Amazon—is still a rarity. More importantly, with one notable exception, there is a good chance that nothing on the shelf that is ‘printed on paper and constructed on the model of the codex’ includes the exact information you have in mind.

This is where universal catalogs come into play. If there’s nothing on the shelf that meets your needs, the next step is to figure out if such a book exists. There are five websites that provide relatively complete and easily accessible lists of books: Amazon, Google, LibraryThing, WorldCat, and Open Library. In order to make the best use of these websites, it can be useful to learn how each of them started, what keeps them going, and how their business models and practices affect the data they collect and and how they go about sharing it…”








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