Amazon rolled out a new update for its Kindle iOS app today. The update doesn't add many major new features, but it is going to make it a lot easier to find your next read from inside the Kindle app. Continue reading
Local sources are reporting that Kindle Unlimited launched today in Brazil and France. Readers in those two countries can now subscribe and pay Amazon 10 euros or 19.90 reals per month for access to a catalog of over 700,000 titles, although given the limited number of local titles I am not sure they will want to do so. Continue reading
Ever intent to make sure the Kindle app has more features than competing apps, Amazon rolled out a new update today for Kindle for Android which added better support for audiobooks, new support for X-Ray, and the ability to make flashcards. Continue reading
When Kindle Unlimited launched in the US 4 months ago there were many questioning whether it was good or bad for authors, and if the chorus of complaints over the past few days are any indication then the answer will be no.
HM Ward kicked off the discussion on Friday when she revealed that she was pulling out of KDP Select, the program Amazon uses to funnel indie ebooks into Kindle Unlimited. Continue reading
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
It's here. Continue reading
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'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
Amazon customers in Italy and Spain can now join customers in the US, UK, and Germany in enjoying a catalog of 700,000 titles. The service is now being offered for 10 euros a month, the same as it is in Germany. Continue reading
In 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