How to read EPUB books from the new Kindle Fire’s microSD card

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 8, 2015 // 2 Comments

As already noted, I’ve just received my new Kindle Fire 7. And one of the first things I wanted to do with it was install my library of DRM-free EPUB books. Ideally, on the Kindle Fire’s microSD card. After all, that’s what external memory is about, right? Following David [...]

My Kindle Fire just arrived!

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 8, 2015 // 1 Comment

Yes, the moment I’ve all been waiting for: My spanking new Kindle Fire just stepped off the mail from the UK. All in one piece and doing just fine. I’ll give you some more feedback and user reports as soon as I’ve had a chance to do more than woot. (And that’s woot: not [...]

Amazon targets the Internet of Things: Will it impact your Kindle?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 7, 2015 // 0 Comments

Fortune just shared a report, based on claimed exclusive sight of an internal memo, that Amazon is planning a major push into the Internet of things (IoT). According to Fortune, Amazon is unveiling a new cloud IoT service at AWS re:Invent 2015, its Amazon Web Services jamboree already under way in [...]

Amazon is the first stop for nearly half of online shoppers

By Chris Meadows
October 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

Amazon is the first stop for 44% of shoppers looking to buy or research a product on-line, according to e-commerce software company Bloomreach’s survey cited in Re/Code. 34% use Google as their first stop, and only 21% use some other online retailer, according to the survey. A 2012 Forrester [...]

Will you be able to get Tintin on your Kindle soon?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 5, 2015 // 2 Comments

Tintin, Belgium’s most famous boy comic hero, has long been AWOL from Kindle. You’d think a Spielberg movie would put this to rights, but no. In fact, currently, we’re in a slightly ludicrous situation with Tintin on Kindle (and many other digital platforms). We can get extended [...]

First look: Amazon’s $50 Fire tablet

By Chris Meadows
October 2, 2015 // 34 Comments

I received my $50 Fire tablet yesterday, and spent the next few hours playing with it. It’s been an education, to be sure. The tablet is similar to an ordinary Android tablet in a lot of ways, but just different enough to fall into an uncanny valley of frustration. After a while, I’ve come to [...]

Why are e-books still stuck in neutral?

By Chris Meadows
October 2, 2015 // 7 Comments

On, Craig Mod posts a long and thoughtful essay about how he fell into and out of love with the Kindle that’s worth giving a little attention. Mod explains that he was originally attracted by the Kindle’s compelling promise of a digital future for literature, but gradually embittered by [...]

Amazon bans Apple TV, Chromecast sales on Marketplace

By Chris Meadows
October 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

Bloomberg Business reports that Amazon has emailed its marketplace sellers to announce that it will no longer accept new listings for Apple TV and Chromecast products, and as of October 29, it will remove existing listings. Amazon explains that the devices don’t work with Prime Video, and it [...]

The Fire’s SDXC slot may be its most compelling feature

By Chris Meadows
October 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

TechCrunch opens its review of the new Amazon Fire HD 8 by admitting that it’s silly to make such a big deal out of removable memory, but it actually is one of the most compelling features of Amazon’s new Fire tablet line—it can support up to a 128 GB SDXC memory card. (Update, Oct. 2, 2015: [...]

The Pixel C’s aspect ratio may be Android’s future

By Chris Meadows
October 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

You may have heard about the strange aspect ratio that Google’s new Pixel C tablet uses—1.41:1, or the square root of 2 to 1. But you may not realize just how unique that makes the tablet—or why. First of all, here’s another interesting fact you may not know about LCD panels—the picture [...]

Amazon really wants to get those new Kindle Fires into your hands

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 1, 2015 // 3 Comments

As most of the developed world now knows, yesterday marked the debut of Amazon’s new range of Kindle Fire tablets. And yesterday I had a demo of just how fast Amazon’s delivery can be – and how keen the company is to get you Kindled up ASAP. I ordered a new Kindle Fire 7 as a [...]

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