Amazon Kindle

Why I went for a Lenovo A7-10 instead of a Kindle Fire HD 6

By Paul St John Mackintosh
June 24, 2015 // 1 Comment

For some time now, I’d been toying with moving on from my Google Nexus 7 2012 edition. Partly it was the weight: at 340 grams, the Nexus 7 is a pretty porky beast for its size. Also, I wanted a cheap and cheerful tablet that I could sling in my pocket and not worry about, ready for use when I [...]

How to handle PDFs on Android devices – or at least, try

By Paul St John Mackintosh
June 22, 2015 // 4 Comments

PDF is an ereader file format I’m still being bombarded with constantly, despite my issues with it. I find its lumpy file size and rigidity to be hugely challenging, for relatively little commensurate benefit in terms of readability and fidelity to the original format. Yet publishers continue [...]

How to fill your Kindle with free and discounted titles

By Paul St John Mackintosh
June 19, 2015 // 4 Comments

No, this isn’t the obvious call to go to Gutenberg and download out-of-copyright titles, handy as that is. But it is a testament to how useful a good grasp of the deal alert resources out there – and by no means only for the Kindle Store – can be if you want to build a great [...]

How badly coded is the Amazon Kindle Android app?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
June 6, 2015 // 5 Comments

Major tech companies sometimes have a surprising habit of rolling out sub-optimal products in what are supposed to be their core competence areas. For example, Google’s Chrome browser for Android gets some indifferent assessments at times over issues like speed and cache bloat, and this is [...]

Rick Chapman lays into Amazon advocates, KDP pricing strategy

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 18, 2014 // 13 Comments

Indie science fiction author and business book writer Rick Chapman has unleashed a long diatribe against Amazon’s pricing model for Kindle Direct Publishing, which does make some valid points – although they’re buried among a screed against Amazon’s defenders (who he [...]

Kindle X-Ray finally makes it to Kindle Android client – but is it worth it?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 12, 2014 // 0 Comments

Android apps have been going through a slew of upgrades and retoolings since the debut of Android 5.0 Lollipop, and now it's the turn of the Amazon Kindle app, which has just updated to version 4.8.0. As per the Google Play Store blur, this brings, for the first time, Amazon's Kindle X-Ray functionality "for Books and Textbooks to look up places, characters and terms," as well as "push notifications from Kindle," "improved library search," "flashcard sets to review textbook material," and the usual "experience improvements and bug fixes." [...]

Morning Roundup: How 3G Whispernet really works. HarperCollins has new e-commerce site

By Joanna Cabot
July 9, 2014 // 1 Comment

How Amazon Whispernet for Kindle 3G Really Works (GoodeReader) Whispernet internet access is provided by AT&T and gives owners the ability to browse the web, purchase eBooks and download content. The big point of confusion that e-reader owners have, is what are the limitations? *** Wattpad [...]

CIRP Amazon Kindle report says: Hey, big (Kindle) spender

By libertyc
December 14, 2013 // 3 Comments

A report circulating at the moment, and being extensively quoted, from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP), gives the research company’s lowdown on the status of the Kindle market, based on a survey of 300 “US customers of from the three-month period ending [...]

Why Big Publishing hates Amazon, Part 2

By libertyc
December 8, 2013 // 3 Comments

This article is a follow-up to my earlier piece on “Why Big Publishing hates Amazon, and wants you to hate Amazon too”. As its title may suggest, it’s not exactly a withdrawal of my original conclusions. But it is an attempt to answer and counter some of the comments made on that [...]

Rock your device with selfie Kindle covers – or something

By libertyc
November 17, 2013 // 0 Comments

Amazon has introduced a new scheme that could be ideal for the Christmas season: Customized Kindle covers with your own images used as the basis for the design. The “Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″ Black Origami Case – ‘Create Your Own'” option, for instance, charges $54.99 for a [...]

Amazon moving into Sweden?

By libertyc
November 11, 2013 // 0 Comments

An article in Sweden’s Dagens Nyheter, the country’s largest-circulation morning daily, purports to lay bare Amazon’s plans for entering the Swedish market, under a headline translated (by Google Translate) as: “Amazon settles in the Swedish book market.” The article [...]

Painfully sharp displays take onscreen reading to a whole new level

By libertyc
November 8, 2013 // 5 Comments

It’s brain-dead obvious that display quality and clarity is key to the reader experience of anyone reading ebooks. And in that respect, ereading enthusiasts are becoming very lucky people. Because tablet and ereader manufacturers are now pushing their technologies to new levels and ever [...]

Is Android Still the Cinderella Platform For Content Apps and Digital Magazines

By libertyc
October 27, 2013 // 0 Comments

Talking New Media just ran a piece detailing the relative revenues from the iOS and Android platforms for digital publishers of magazines and other content apps. And their findings were that the hand-over-fist growth in Android OS penetration, via cheap tablets and multitudinous generic cellphones, [...]

Amazon shipping changes: The possible backstory

By libertyc
October 24, 2013 // 0 Comments

The hike in Amazon’s free shipping threshold in the U.S. to $35, already picked up by Chris Meadows earlier, has led to some interesting speculations out in the blogosphere. One, from Paulo Santos on “Seeking Alpha,” is that “ must be under tremendous earnings [...]

Amazon content VP Grandinetti gives key international Kindle insights at Frankfurt Book Fair

By libertyc
October 11, 2013 // 0 Comments

As quoted in the show daily of this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair, Russ Grandinetti, Vice President for Kindle content with Amazon, delivered some useful information on Amazon’s Kindle content priorities at the Publishers Launch conference. Producing graphs to show that every other Western [...]

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