Kindle Unlimited Rumored to Launch in Brazil in Early 2015

1435372_394551098c_m[1]Amazon is expanding Kindle Unlimited in fits and starts, and a new rumor suggests that the next start will be in Brazil.

PublishNews Brazil posted a report that Amazon is negotiating with Brazilian publishers. Well, when is Amazon not negotiating with publishers, but in the case of this rumor Amazon is reportedly negotiating to sign publishers to Kindle Unlimited. Continue reading

Fictionaries are Custom Dictionaries for the Kindle

Picture7[1]Many readers like the way the Kindle’s X-Ray feature adds extra details to the books they read, but it only works with ebooks bought in the Kindle Store. Those of us who like to buy ebooks elsewhere and sideload them can’t use it, but luckily there is a solution.

I’ve just learned of a new startup called Fictionaries which uses the Kindle’s proprietary dictionary ebook format to offer custom dictionaries. Readers can download a fictionary and install it as a dictionary on a Kindle or the Kindle app for iOS (this doesn’t work with Android). Continue reading

Amazon Echo Speaks, But Cannot Read

amazon echoAmazon’s awesome-looking new in-home digital concierge* can do a hundred and one things, including answer questions, stream music, and tell you that it’s time for you to get a watch, but this blogger has learned that bibliophile might not be happy with some of the Echo’s shortcomings.

I just got email from Amazon pr which shared the bad news that the Echo won’t support streaming audiobooks, and it won’t be able to read Kindle ebooks aloud. Continue reading

Kindle Voyage Ships Today in the UK, Germany

kindle voyage 5In case anyone wondered which were Amazon’s most valuable markets, today’s Kindle Voyage launch will tell you. Amazon’s latest and greatest ebook reader shipped went up for pre-order today in Germany and the UK (but not the rest of Europe). The retail price price is £169 and 189 euros, and the first units are already arriving. The Voyage is already out of stock, and it’s expected to ship in both markets on 8 December.

Those prices are for the Wifi models; the 3G-equipped models will set you back an additional 60 euros or £80. Continue reading

Amazon Adds to Speculation that Kindle Unlimited Might Drop Exclusivity Requirement

31890a2[1]Whispers have been going around for close to a month now that Amazon might be considering dropping its requirement for exclusivity for any title in KDP Select, and now Amazon is adding fuel to the fire.

Daniel Slater, Amazon’s Independent Publishing principal, was speaking at the Ninc conference a couple weeks ago when he was asked about Kindle Unlimited (I just now read about it). Porter Anderson quotes him: Continue reading

Comparison Review: Kindle Voyage vs Onyx Boox T68 Lynx

kindle voyage onyx boox t68 Lynx 1The Kindle Voyage from Amazon may be getting all the ereader buzz this week but it’s not the only premium ebook reader on the market. There’s also the Kobo Aura H2O, and the Boox T68 Lynx, an Android ereader with a 6.8″ screen.

A couple days ago I pulled my T68 Lynx out of storage to test a couple apps at the request of a reader, and now that I have it in my hands again I’m remembering why I liked it so much. Continue reading

Voyage vs Paperwhite Comparison Review: the Web Browser

paperwhite screenshot web browserWhen I first reported on the new Kindle Voyage earlier this week I mentioned that the Voyage was running the same software as the Paperwhite. It turns out that is not entirely correct. While the two Kindles use what looks like the same web browser, the software running underneath the UI is not even close to being the same.

At the request of a reader, I spent some time yesterday playing with both Kindles, testing the web browsers, and I can report that the Voyage has the much better web browser. It’s enough better that I sincerely hope that the Paperwhite gets it in an update otherwise this could be a strong selling point for the Voyage. Continue reading

Kindle Voyage Ships Today, Also in Stock at Best Buy.

Kindle-VoyageAmazon’s newest ebook reader is arriving today on the doorsteps of the lucky few customers who got their orders in early, and for the rest it will be arriving either next week or next month.

The Kindle Voyage got mixed reviews from the early reviewers, but even before those reviews came out this ereader was back-ordered on Amazon.com. The current expected ship date is some time in November, but that doesn’t mean you have to wait days or weeks to get one. Continue reading