Amazon Introduces two All-New Kindles including Kindle Voyage, their most advanced Kindle ever

Amazon today introduced the 7th generation of Kindle with Kindle Voyage, claimed as the most advanced e-reader ever, and the new $79 Kindle, with a 20% faster processor, twice the storage, with a touch interface. Continue reading Amazon Introduces two All-New Kindles including Kindle Voyage, their most advanced Kindle ever

Amazon Kindle Customers To Receive Refunds

Amazon Kindle Customers To Receive Refunds

If you’re an Amazon Kindle customer, you may have a check coming your way. Today Amazon sent out an email to everyone who has ever purchased a book via Amazon Kindle informing them that they may have a check coming in for each book purchased between April 2010 and May 2012. Each customer will receive anywhere between $0.30 and $1.32 per eBook. The only books eligible for this refund must’ve been published by  either HarperCollins, Hachette, or Simon & Schuster. However, Amazon has informed customers that the Court ruling isn’t final yet, though we should have a final answer by February 8, 2013. If approved, the refund will automatically be applied to the user’s Amazon.com account and can be used to purchase more eBooks, but users can opt to receive a check in the mail as well.

The reasoning behind this refund is pretty simple: Hachette, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster have settled an anti-trust lawsuit which will impose restrictions on the publisher’s ability to set eBook prices when selling through third-parties like Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook. If you’d like more info on the suit, we’ve embedded the full email explanation from Amazon below:

Dear Kindle Customer,

We have good news. You are entitled to a credit for some of your past e-book purchases as a result of legal settlements between several major e-book publishers and the Attorneys General of most U.S. states and territories, including yours. You do not need to do anything to receive this credit. We will contact you when the credit is applied to your Amazon.com account if the Court approves the settlements in February 2013.

Hachette, Harper Collins, and Simon & Schuster have settled an antitrust lawsuit about e-book prices. Under the proposed settlements, the publishers will provide funds for a credit that will be applied directly to your Amazon.com account. If the Court approves the settlements, the account credit will appear automatically and can be used to purchase Kindle books or print books. While we will not know the amount of your credit until the Court approves the settlements, the Attorneys General estimate that it will range from $0.30 to $1.32 for every eligible Kindle book that you purchased between April 2010 and May 2012. Alternatively, you may request a check in the amount of your credit by following the instructions included in the formal notice of the settlements, set forth below. You can learn more about the settlements here:
www.amazon.com/help/agencyebooksettlements

In addition to the account credit, the settlements impose limitations on the publishers’ ability to set e-book prices. We think these settlements are a big win for customers and look forward to lowering prices on more Kindle books in the future.

Thank you for being a Kindle customer.

The Amazon Kindle Team

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Kindle Fire is Sold Out – Is a New Fire Coming?

According to several news sources, Amazon announced that the Kindle Fire is sold out. This couldn’t have happened by accident. Many people are speculating that Amazon will reveal a new model of the Fire at a major press conference scheduled for next Thursday in Santa Monica, California. I’ve seen several suggestions that Amazon’s new Kindle will be bigger — possibly with a 10 inch screen — or that it will have more memory — or that it will have a new processor.

Amazon definitely hit the market at the right time and at the right price when they released the Fire in November of last year. The $199 Android based e-reader and multimedia device captured 22% of the tablet market in 9 months, but will they be able to come back for a repeat performance with a new Fire? I don’t think so, unless they hit a price much lower than Google’s new Nexus 7, which is selling for around $200. Amazon isn’t going to be able to keep selling 7 inch e-readers for $200, if tablets like the Nexus are widely available. Even a Kindle Fire with a 10 inch screen is going to have a difficult time competing unless it hits a very low price

I went to the Amazon Store, to see what was still available, and I saw exactly what’s been reported — there are no new Kindle Fires left. You will only see a message which says:

We’re sorry. There are currently no New listings for Kindle Fire, Full Color 7″ Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi.

I continue to use my Kindle Fire at home, and I’m almost sorry to see it go like this. However, the newer tablets are going to continue to get better, faster, and hopefully cheaper. Who can complain about that? Well, I’m guessing that Amazon will be complaining, unless they once again pull off a miracle win with a new Kindle Fire — and it ain’t going to be easy.

How to Open ePub Books on Kindle?

Amazon Kindle and the Kindle app is one of the best devices/apps to read books. In addition to reading books, Amazon also allows you to upload your personal books and documents to your Kindle library. This feature is missing in Google Books.

However, Amazon Kindle does not support a popular format known as ePub and this means that majority of your books may be unreadable on the Kindle. However, there are ways to actually convert ePub books to Amazon Kindle formats.

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One of the easiest ways to read ePub books on your Kindle is to convert the books to a format which Kindle understands (.azw, .mobi, .PDF) and then upload the books to your Kindle library using the “Send to Kindle” app or through your personal Amazon Kindle email address (Read: How to add or send books to Kindle).

In order to convert ePub files to a Kindle recognized format, you can use an excellent software called Calibre. You can read our earlier guide on converting ePub files to Mobi and other formats to learn how you can do the conversion of your books.

Also Read: How to Open ePub books on your Desktop?

Once you have converted your book to the popular format, you can directly use Calibre to send the books to your Kindle device or app or read instructions on how to upload books to Kindle library.

Once you have uploaded your books to the Kindle library, you can then easily send it to any of your registered Kindle devices and read the books on them.

 

 

How to Send Books to Amazon Kindle or Kindle App?

I have used several different book readers including Google Books and iBooks but have found the Amazon Kindle app to be the best software to read books on the go. The Kindle Reader is also one of the best ebook readers you can come across.

Send Books/Documents to Kindle

However, there may be times when you already have books from other sources which you would want to read on your Kindle app or Amazon Kindle. If you have an Amazon Kindle, you can easily upload books from your computer to your Kindle library by connecting it to your PC.

Also Read: How to Convert ePub Books to Kindle Formats | How to Open and Convert .lit Books

If you are using a Kindle app on Android or iPhone device, you do not have this feature. You can use several other methods though to upload your personal eBooks and documents to Kindle.

One of easiest way to upload your personal documents and books to your Kindle library is to send the books through email to your personal Kindle email address which can be found at this page. To be able to use this service, you will have to register your device for Personal documents and then also add approved email addresses from which you can send documents to your Kindle.

In addition to that, you can also use an app called “Send to Kindle” which will allow you to upload documents directly from your PC or Mac to your Personal Documents in Kindle library, while also allowing you to directly send those books or documents to your registered Kindle device.

While using the “Send to Kindle” app, your documents will be converted to a Kindle specific output which you can then read using the Kindle app or Kindle reader device.

Finally, Kindle Arrives in India – At the Stores and on Amazon.com

Amazon has finally launched India Kindle Store with the largest selection and lowest prices of any e-bookstore in India. The India Kindle Store would feature a vast selection of titles from a range of Indian authors priced in Indian Rupees (INR) catering to a growing number of Kindle users in India who’ve ordered their devices from Amazon US. That too will change now, since Indian customers can now purchase Kindle at Croma retail stores across India.

“We are excited to be the first retailer in India to offer the latest generation Kindle to our customers. This product will launch exclusively in all Croma stores across India at an introductory price of 6,999 INR.”

– Mr. Ajit Joshi, CEO and Managing Director, Croma

With the availability of Kindle on retail shelves and the ability to download ebooks from India authors, Kindle would soon see mainstream adoption even if it continues to battle unfair comparisons from tablet devices at every price point. In my opinion, it makes for an affordable gift for not just voracious readers but also young students and senior family members.

Along with this announcement, Amazon also launched Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) for independent authors and publishers in India. KDP is a fast, free and easy way for authors and publishers to make their books available to Kindle customers in India and around the world.

Amazon Introduces Kindle Fragmentation with Dilbert 2.0

Amazon is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Scott Adams’s Dilbert, by bringing the four volumes of the Dilbert 2.0 anthology in digital format for the first time ever, exclusively on Kindle Fire. These comic collections are available in full color and displayed on Kindle Fire with Kindle Panel View, a proprietary technology that offers an immersive comic and graphic novel reading experience.

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Dilbert, the touchstone of office humor. was the first syndicated comic strip to go online in 1995 and is the most widely read syndicated comic on the Internet. The four volumes for Kindle Fire are available for $7.99 each.

  • Dilbert 2.0: The Early Years, 1989 to 1993
  • Dilbert 2.0: The Boom Years, 1994 to 1997
  • Dilbert 2.0: The Dot-Com Bubble, 1998 to 2000
  • Dilbert 2.0: The Modern Era, 2001 to 2008

The announcement clearly states that these volumes are only available for Kindle Fire devices and Kindle for Android. This is strange since Amazon is favoring one over the other amongst their own devices. I have a third-generation Kindle and I have several friends who use an iPad and buy all their books and subscribe to magazines via Kindle’s iOS app. Amazon’s disturbing move has kept us, the loyal Kindle Store customers, away. While several experts crib about the fragmentation in the Android ecosystem owing to diverse OEMs, Amazon’s step is even more annoying. Although the experience of a comic strip would be different on a colored LCD screen and a grayscale e-ink display, the choice should be left with the customers.

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Kindle Touch XSS JailBreak

The recently release Kindle Touch has been freed. Yifan Lu, freelance developer, has dug down and posted details on an exploit used to jailbreak Kindle OS 5.

Although it might look completely innocuous due to the e-ink display, the Kindle Touch is a relatively complex device. At the core of the device is an operating system built around HTML5 and Javascript. Unfortunately, the engineers at Amazon left some gaping holes in the system, allowing for a straight-forward XSS (cross site scripting) attack vector to be used.

By embedding HTML and JS calls into an MP3, Yifan Lu was able to hook into undocumented debug functions in order to execute code at root level. Not only did Amazon leave a function that allowed any process to be spawned as root, they also didn’t bother to sanitize inputs when reading the ID3 tag for display. With root access, a simple SSH package was created and pushed, providing unfettered access to the device.

Yifan Fu is encouraging other developers to start writing plugins for the device. Open formats such as ePub or Mobi can be supported as well. While apps and games are a possibility, the e-ink display will really limit the possibilities due to the slower refresh rate, lack of color as well as lack of multitouch.
It’s very possible that the Kindle Fire isn’t the only device that Amazon is selling at a loss, with attempts to make up revenues by users purchasing content. Amazon should be concerned as it may open the door for users to permanently store content past the expiration date.

 

Amazon’s Kindle Fire Even Hotter with Netflix, Pandora, and Others

The much anticipated Kindle Fire tablet has stirred a lot of buzz lately. The Android tablet debuts next week and, for those of us excited to see it, the deal seems to get sweeter all the time. Today, Amazon announced that Kindle Fire customers will instantly be able to download thousands of popular apps  including Netflix, Rhapsody, Pandora, Twitter, Comics by comiXology, Facebook, The Weather Channel and popular games from Zynga, EA, Gameloft, PopCap and Rovio all in one place.

When they engaged developers about the possibility of developing for the Kindle,  Dave Limp, Vice President of Amazon Kindle, said the “response has been overwhelming”. Limp also stated, “In addition to over 18 million movies, TV shows, songs, books, and magazines from Amazon, we are excited to offer customers thousands of apps and games to choose from on Kindle Fire – from Pandora and Rhapsody to Facebook and Twitter to Netflix, as well as popular games from EA, Zynga and many other top game developers.” Several app developers also chimed in with quotes including  Bill Holmes, Vice President of Business Development at Netflix. Holmes stated, “We’re excited to team up with Amazon to give what we think will be a huge community of Kindle Fire owners the opportunity experience all that Netflix has to offer”.

Kindle Fire AppsThe beauty behind all of this is Amazon’s cloud. Amazon provides a single place to purchase and download these apps. You don’t have to go to several different vendors to register. Another huge plus is that since all of your purchases are stored on Amazon’s cloud storage, when you purchase from the Amazon Appstore, your purchase will be available to all of your Android devices. All of the apps available from Amazon have been tested to work on the Kindle so you can have  confidence  that you are getting a good product. They also state that Kindle Fire customers can get a free “paid” app every day.

Unless there are some unforeseen hardware hiccups with the Kindle Fire, it is looking more like the best Android tablet offering to date.  When combined with the simplicity of Amazon’s Appstore, the availability of thousands of Kindle books, and the additional features Amazon Prime offers, it’s hard to imagine a better offering in the Android market.

What do you think? Will the Kindle Fire live up to the hype? What features do you think will make or break this tablet? We appreciate your feedback. Thanks for reading Techie Buzz!

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