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 [...]

Bookseller: Waterstones deletes Kindles from stores

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

Britain’s The Bookseller has run a report headlined “Waterstones is removing Kindles from stores,” declaring that the UK’s top book chain has decided to withdraw Kindles from many of its shops, with Waterstones MD James Daunt quoted as saying that “sales of Kindles [...]

How many iPhone/iPad owners use iBooks?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 3, 2015 // 9 Comments

Following my previous post on App Annie’s tracking of the most popular iOS apps of all time, one reader pointed out that this was no guide to ereader popularity on the iPhone or iPad, since iOS devices came with iBooks bundled anyway. Any competing ereader software, excepting possibly Kindle, [...]

The writer’s desk: 2015 edition, gadgets included

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

Following my piece with an animated GIF on the evolution of the writer’s desk over the past 34 years, I thought I’d share my own – set up afresh this week following a kind donation from a buddy who’s moving apartments. Tucked away in the corner of my new apartment is my new [...]

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 [...]

Are you asking the wrong question about the Kindle Fire 7?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 23, 2015 // 1 Comment

A lot of the peripheral commentary on the debut of the new Kindle Fire lineup, especially the ultra-cheap Kindle Fire 7, is revolving around whether Amazon can make any money off it. After all, $49.99, right? But is that question simply a no-brainer? The Motley Fool has just run an article, [...]

Some things you should know about Amazon

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 21, 2015 // 2 Comments

A series of articles and authoritative statements about Amazon have all surfaced more or less simultaneously, giving fresh perspective on the Bezos Behemoth, and where it may go from here. And also, on what kind of services you can expect from it in future – and whether all those knockers who [...]

How to use the Kindle email feature

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 21, 2015 // 2 Comments

The Kindle email feature is one of those handy extra wrinkles for Kindle device and library management that never seems to get enough love, or use. After all, it assists you to manage far more than just the books in your Kindle Library. You can use it to send documents, article, any kind of content [...]

How to use the new Kindle Fire range’s microSD external memory

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 20, 2015 // 1 Comment

One of the most significant departures in Amazon’s new Kindle Fire lineup from previous iterations of the brand – and one rather lost in all the hoo-hah over pricing – is the inclusion of a slot for “a microSD card for up to 128 GB of additional storage,” as well as [...]

How to save on Kindles – if you’re in the UK

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 18, 2015 // 0 Comments

Normally I’m no fan of clickthrough or copycat journalism, but here’s one feature from the UK’s Mirror that is just too useful to Teleread readers to ignore – at least, for those living in the UK. Plus, the feature hasn’t taken on board Amazon’s just-announced [...]

News flash: the cheap $50 Fire tablet is cheap

By Chris Meadows
September 18, 2015 // 2 Comments

Look out, everyone! On Forbes, Patrick Moorhead exposes the cheap $50 Fire’s dirty little secret! Spoiler warning, go no further if you don’t want to ruin the surprise! Ready? It’s…cheap. Seriously, Moorhead wrote a whole column about how the $50 Fire tablet is fairly feature-poor and [...]

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