These days everything is being packed into one device that can conquer any task. You can watch movies, listen to music, socialize with friends and family, and play games with your smartphone or tablet. You can also indulge in your favorite book and be swept away by words that capture you for hours. And with the Play Store, it can be daunting to find the right app for what you need. Luckily, we’re here to help. We’ve listed the best apps in the Play Store for reading books and syncing between devices. Hit the break to get started.
Amazon has announced a couple new deals on Kindle titles, one aimed at Prime members and another that will be available for all Amazon customers. The first of these is called Kindle First and will only be available to Amazon Prime members. Amazon will prepare a list of Kindle titles scheduled for release and give Prime members with an opportunity to download one for free up to a month in advance of its regular release. Amazon is hoping this benefit will help entice more customers to sign up for a Prime membership.
The second new program is called Countdown Deals. Publishers who opt-in to the program will make their titles available at a discount of at least one dollar. The titles must be exclusive to the Kindle platform to qualify. Users will access the page for the title and will see the discount price along with a countdown until the deal expires. This is hoped to get customers to make a quicker purchase decision.
After the tablet craze started, Amazon jumped and and built a solid tablet lineup with the Kindle Fire, which is still one of the most dominant Android tablets in the market today, and according to BGR Amazon is going to make some major improvements to their tablets by the end of the year to stay competitive. There will be three new tablets to replace current models on the market, which includes the Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD, and Kindle Fire HD 8.9″. » Read the rest
You think you are up to speed on all of the news that came out of Amazon’s press event last week? Just waiting for your opportunity to lay your hands on one of Amazon’s new Kindle devices as a gift to yourself? Not so fast. Conan O’Brien broke some updated information from Amazon about a new $5 device – the Wendell. It has most of the features of a Kindle and for an extra $5, a feature exclusive to the Wendell. Check out the video after the break for this impressive device that is ready to “wow” the markets. » Read the rest
The Wall Street Journal has recently stated that anonymous Amazon parts suppliers have come forward with the news of a smartphone tablet hybrid in the works. The Kindle Fone, as I like to call it, would look to bridge the gaps between smartphone, tablet and e-reader while no doubt offering Amazon’s awesome services right out of the box.
It would be safe to say that the Kindle Fone would certainly have Android software at heart with a customized UI similar to that of the Kindle Fire. All in all, I feel that there would be a lot of customers very interested in a Kindle Fone if and when it sees the light of day. Let us know what you think in the comments below.
Popular e-reader app, Kindle for Android just put out a new update that looks to improve its functions for tablet users. The changelog for version 3.6.0 is as follows:
- Tablet users: customize your reading experience with new margin and line spacing controls.
- Tablet users: see two pages side-by-side in landscape mode.
- Fixed a bug that required some users to re-register when returning to the app.
- Several bug fixes.
So if you’re looking to get your read on today, be sure to hit the link below to grab the update.
The folks over at Human Factors International, a company that specializes in user-centered design training and consulting, have published an interesting white paper about the increasingly popular Kindle Fire. Written by the CEO Eric Schaffer, the basic premise of the document states that even though the Fire has some fundamental usability issues with its user interface, it’s still a success for other reasons. What usability issues, you ask?
It looks like Samsung isn’t the only device manufacturer taking pot-shots at Apple whithin their latest TV commercials. From Sammy’s latest uber-expensive Galaxy Note commercial that aired during the Super Bowl, to Amazons most recent campaign for its eReaders.
Amazon just uploaded a new spot to YouTube today outlining the Kindle Fire‘s low price point when compared to the $499 base-priced iPad. The video explains that you can purchase a Kindle and two Kindle Fire’s for under the price of one silly iPad – and even have a little dough left over. Oh yeah, and if you see a hot mom sitting by herself next to the pool you should most definitely assume there is a husband near by. Cute Amazon… cute.
While this may be all fine and dandy, lets not forget about ASUS’ upcoming 7-inch beast. For $250 you will be able to buy their MeMO 370T that will pack a smokin’ fast quad-core processor and should definitely give the Kindle Fire a run for its money. Which would you prefer?
The celebration continues at Amazon. In addition to the Kindle Fire outselling the competition, Amazon can now lay claim for its Kindle family having record-breaking sales. While not giving a specific number, the company claims “customers purchased millions of Kindle Fires and millions of Kindle e-readers”. It isn’t as if it’s a complicated formula for Amazon either. That attractive $199 price point and assortment of features makes it much more accessible for consumers wanting to enjoy a tablet experience. All of this adds up to the Kindle Fire being the best-selling product on Amazon.com’s mobile website and across all of Amazon.com’s mobile applications.
Also of note are the successes of Kindle book downloads & sales from authors as well as the sales of products from 3rd party businesses. Amazon highlights “In 2011, Kindle Direct Publishing and CreateSpace author CJ Lyons reached #2 on the Amazon best seller list, #2 on the New York Times best seller list, and #4 on the USA Today best seller list”. The company also points out “the number of sellers who exceeded $5,000 in sales during the holiday season increased 44 percent year-over-year. For the year, businesses on Amazon sold hundreds of millions of units worth billions of dollars worldwide”. The champagne certainly must be flowing at the Amazon corporate offices even though we’re still a few days from the new year. Hit the break to see the full presser from Amazon.
A lot of folk have had negative things to say about the Kindle Fire and it appears that Amazon is listening. As Amazon has had to reorder stock for the device it appears that it is selling quite well, but given the feedback, people have had less than great things to say about the tablet/e-reader.
While some issues are hardware related, such as power button placement and a lack of volume rocker buttons, an abundant amount of complaints were software and performance related. Given our review on it, it appears that performance might be a big issue down the road, so having performance issues right out the gate would hurt the Kindle Fire in the long run.
Great news for folks in the UK as well. This update should be implemented into the tablet already when it’s released abroad in early 2012. Those with the U.S. version won’t have to wait so long as a company spokesperson told the New York Times, ”In less than two weeks, we’re rolling out an over-the-air update to Kindle Fire.”
With that being said it appears that Amazon is taking your feedback and given that it’s said that there are 3-5 million units sold, that feedback is quite important. What about you guys, are you having performance issues?