Amazon’s Android Tablet to be Launched Soon

A new report by Digitimes has given rise to heightened speculation that Amazon is working on an Android tablet, to replace its Kindle ebook reader. According to the report, Amazon has already placed orders with its OEM partner, Quanta Computer, for its upcoming Android tablet. The touch panels for the tablet will be provided by E Ink Holdings, and will support Fringe Field Switching technology.

Amazon expects the sales to touch 700,000 to 800,000 units during the peak season. The Amazon Kindle has been a very popular device, but since the launch of the iPad and the new Android tablets, sales might have been slowing, as more and more users prefer a multi-functional device like a tablet, over an ebook reader. The Nook Color, an Android powered ebook reader has seen huge sales, thanks to its low pricing and its ability to double up as an Android tablet.

With the launch of the new Amazon Android tablet, Amazon can probably capture a large share of the Android tablet space and also sell more ebooks. Amazon recently launched an Android app store. It may also start offering music and videos, leveraging its new cloud locker service. It might be priced around the $200 range, and may be an ad-supported version, like the new $114 Kindle it launched recently.

Amazon Working on Android ‘Kindle’ Tablet

A very pervasive rumor that Amazon is working on its own Android powered tablet has been around since a few months now. Today, Peter Rojas, the founder of Engadget and GDGT, posted a well reasoned article which outlines Amazon’s tablet strategy.

According to almost everyone in the tech industry, Amazon is (or at least, should be) working on an Android tablet to compete with the Apple iPad. The Amazon tablet will be built by Samsung and will be powered by a heavily customized version of Android which will be tightly integrated with Amazon’s services. It will likely be a 7 inch tablet.

Amazon, currently, is in the best possible position to compete with the Apple iPad. It has almost everything in place to fight Apple – ebooks (Kindle), music (its digital music locker), subscription based video offerings (Amazon Instant Video) and apps and games (Amazon’s own Android App Store).

It will likely price the Amazon Android tablet at much lower than the current average price, knowing that it can make money on content. The Nook Color has already proved that there is a market for a cheap, functional Android tablet. Amazon recently experimented with the Kindle’s pricing, offering a $25 cut for anyone willing to view “special offers” on their Kindle, so it could very well do the same for its Android tablet. Another indication of an Amazon tablet being real is the way in which they don’t really seem to care about Apple’s new in-app purchase / subscription policy which could result in Amazon having to pull the Kindle app from the App Store. If an Amazon tablet were to be launched, such a move could actually help it gain more users.

The Amazon Android Tablet could be the next version of the Kindle – the Amazon Kindle 4. What are your thoughts on an Amazon Android tablet? Let us know in the comments.

Kindle App For WP7 Handsets Released

Amazon Kindle is a very popular eBook reader available across many platforms, along with the Kindle, Kindle 3G and the Kindle DX eBook readers. The Kindle app from Amazon is available for free across platforms like Android-based devices, iPad, iPod Touch, Mac, iPhone and BlackBerry. Today, Amazon has released the Kindle app for Windows Phone 7 OS. The Kindle app for WP7 handsets includes new features like personalized recommendations and the ability to send book recommendations to a friend.

Kindle_WP7Here is the list of official’ features supported by Kindle on WP7 :

      • Seamless integration with Kindle, Amazon’s purpose-build reading device which is light weight, easy on the eyes with a paper-like Pearl e-ink display, and has a full month of battery life.
      • Amazon’s Whispersync technology lets you read and sync your library, bookmarks, notes, and highlights with the devices and platforms of your choice (Kindle, Kindle 3G, Kindle DX, iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, PC, Mac, BlackBerry, Android-based devices, and Windows Phone 7-based devices).
      • Read on your Kindle, read on your tablet, read on your phone. We’ll keep track of your last page read, and make it easy.
      • Access to over 775,000 books in the U.S. Kindle Store – the largest selection of the most popular books that people want to read – including New Releases and 100 of this week’s 110 New York Times Bestsellers. Choose from hundreds of thousands of books at $9.99 or less, including many New York Times Bestsellers and New Releases.
      • Kindle’s Worry-Free Archive automatically backs up your Kindle library on Amazon, so your books can be re-downloaded wirelessly anytime.
      • Integrated shopping experience allows you to shop without leaving the app.
      • Send an email to a friend with a link to the book you’re reading or to any book in your library without leaving the app.
      • Customize your reading with five different font size and three background color options.
      • Read in portrait or landscape mode, and to turn pages by tapping on either side of the screen or flicking.
      • Start reading the beginning of a book for free before buying and receive personalized Amazon recommendations on the home screen of your app.

Amazon Kindle has a Buy One, Read Everywhere’ feature which allows user to purchase one eBook from say their iPad and then read it later on via their Android based handset. Now, Amazon only needs to release a Kindle app for Symbian devices and a tablet version of the app for Android based tablets before their Kindle app will be available for all major OSes out there.

WP7 owners can download the app from Windows Marketplace for free.

Amazon’s Kindle Application For Android Updated

Amazon has just rolled out an update for their Kindle application for Android which adds many new features to it. With this update, the Kindle application now supports search for e-Books using words and phrases, lets them know more information about a book on Shelfari etcetera.   Amazon Kindle Android App

Other new notable features in this update include :

* Search within the book: Customers can either type or speak a word or phrase to search within a book.

* Add, Edit and Delete Notes and Highlights: Kindle for Android is the only reading app for Android-based devices that allows readers to add notes and highlights to books, and have them automatically synchronized between devices.

* Wikipedia Lookup: Look up words and phrases in Wikipedia simply by selecting text.

* Shelfari Book Details: For the first time, customers can view additional book details from the books-focused social networking site Shelfari. Readers will find a description of the book, synopsis, summary, cast of characters, and many more features, and be able to view real-time discussions that the Shelfari community is having about the book.

* Orientation Lock: Choose to lock the orientation of their screen in landscape or portrait mode to allow for comfortable reading in any position.

The Kindle application for Android gives it users’ access to over more than 700,000 eBooks which includes nearly all the popular books including New York Times Bestsellers. The app also lets you sync your notes and text highlights between multiple devices.

Android users can download the new updated Kindle App from the Android market. Here is the link to the full press release.

Wink – Another Indian eBook Reader Launched

EC Media, a Bangalore based startup yesterday launched an eBook reader – the Wink, at a press conference in Mumbai. The Wink will be tailored to Indian needs. It will be available across the country at Croma stores from September 1.

They claim to have over 200,000 titles available for download. They also offer newspapers, magazines and journals for download. Books in Indian languages are also available.

The Wink is very similar to the Amazon Kindle. It will have a 6 inch e-ink display and 2 GB internal storage. It will be available in 2 versions – Wink XTS (Wi-Fi only) and Wink X3G (Wi-Fi + 3G). It has an SD card slot as well as a built in MP3 player with a 3.5 mm audio jack. It also has a QWERTY keyboard and supports email. The device can read TXT, RTF, PDF, DOC, HTML, WOLF, CHM, FB2, DJVU and EPUB files. It has a 400 MHz ARM9 processor with a Li-ion 1500 mAh battery and dimensions of 185 x 124.6 x 10.9 mm.

The Wink XTS will retail for Rs. 11,490 while the Wink X3G will be priced at Rs. 14,990. Both the versions are quite pricey, especially when eBook reader prices are falling around the world. The Amazon Kindle Wi-Fi sells for just $139 now.

You can check out more details at The Wink Store.

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Amazon Launches the New Kindle

Ever since Amazon froze all Kindle orders, the interwebs have been rife with speculation that it was planning to launch a new Kindle. All those rumors have turned out to be true, as Amazon has indeed unveiled the Kindle 3.

The new Amazon Kindle is now available in 2 versions; the Wi-Fi only Kindle is priced at $139 while the Wi-Fi + 3G Kindle will sell for $189, the old price.

It features a lot of new improvements: it has a new 6 inch high contrast E Ink screen. It also has a 21% smaller body and 17% lighter at just 8.5 oz. The battery life has also been improved and lasts for about a month without Wi-Fi usage. It also has an enhanced PDF reader and comes with a new improved Webkit based browser which allows you to browse the web over Wi-Fi.

With these changes, the Kindle has become a very attractive buy for anyone who reads a lot of books. It undercuts all the other eBook readers in terms of price, be it the Barnes and Noble Nook or the Kobo eReader. The Wi-Fi only version can work anywhere in the world, so I hope that they start shipping the Kindle to India and other developing countries soon.

Amazon Kindle 3 Wi-Fi + 3G

Amazon Kindle Wi-Fi – $139
Amazon Kindle Wi-Fi + 3G – $189

Amazon sells more eBooks than Hard Cover Books

Amazon has recently reported that sales of its Kindle eBooks have topped that of hardcover books for the last three months. This ration stands at 143 eBooks for 100 hardcover books. Even more stunning is the fact that the average over the last four weeks stands at 180 eBooks for 100 hard cover books.

Though, there are a mere 630,000 eBooks on Amazon, which forms small fraction when compared to the millions of hardcover books. Amazon has been selling hard cover books for the last 15 years and came into the eBook business with its flagship eBook reader Kindle only three years ago. Now,  Kindle has become an absolute hit with eBook buffs and even Apple iPad with its vast capabilities and the Apple mojo could not endanger the Kindle.

However, the record sale of Kindle eBooks does not reflect the sale and popularity of Kindle devices completely. Kindle books can be read on the iPad itself and numerous mobile devices as well. The advantage with Kindle eBook reader is that, every Kindle sale means Amazon gets a dedicated user who will buy books sooner or later.

Amazon Kindle initially competed against the Barnes and Noble reader Nook and the Apple iPad. The Kindle has won this race and is going to stay for long.


Amazon Sells More Kindle After Price Drop, Kindle Books Outsell Hard Copies

Amazon Kindle, which got a price drop last month and now sells for $189 has been selling like hot-cakes according to a recent press release from Amazon. Kindle Books have also been outselling Hard Copy books in the past 3 months.


According to Amazon, the Kindle has been the best selling device for over 2 years and is also the most-wished-for, most-gifted and the product which has received the most 5 star ratings on

"We’ve reached a tipping point with the new price of Kindle–the growth rate of Kindle device unit sales has tripled since we lowered the price from $259 to $189," said Jeff Bezos, Founder and CEO of "In addition, even while our hardcover sales continue to grow, the Kindle format has now overtaken the hardcover format. customers now purchase more Kindle books than hardcover books–astonishing when you consider that we’ve been selling hardcover books for 15 years, and Kindle books for 33 months."

Amazon has had to cut the Kindle price thanks to competitors like Sony and Barnes and Nobles slashing pricing and also more direct competition from the Apple in the e-Book reader segment. However, the price drop has helped significantly along with some good sales in Kindle books too.

Amazon states that over the past three months, for every 100 hard copy books sold by Amazon, there are 143 Kindle books sold. The past three months Kindle books sale is 3 times that from the earlier quarter.

The U.S. Kindle Store now has more than 630,000 books, including New Releases and 106 of 110 New York Times Best Sellers. Over 510,000 of these books are $9.99 or less, including 75 New York Times Best Sellers. Over 1.8 million free, out-of-copyright, pre-1923 books are also available to read on Kindle.

More at the Official Amazon Press Release.

Amazon Kindle Gets A Price Cut

Amazon just announced in a press release that the Kindle would be getting a price cut. The Amazon Kindle is an e-book reader, with 3G capability. The Kindle has access to the Kindle store, which has more than 600,000Amazon Kindle books. As of now the Amazon Kindle, retails for $259, but beginning from today the device will retail for $189. Even with the reduced price, the Kindle will still come with free 3G wireless service.

I guess the price cut can be attributed to the strong sales of the Apple iPad. The strong sales of the iPad might have forced Amazon to reduce the price of the Kindle. It might also be possible that Amazon will be launching a new version of the Kindle this summer, and so they are reducing the price of the eBook reader.

This price cut can also come in response from the Nook reader, which features Wi-Fi, and will retail for $199. Here is the link to the Press Release.

Read e-Books on Your PC, iPad, iPhone, Android, Mac or BlackBerry with Kindle Apps

fbreader-iconMost of you would agree that is one of the best places to look for and buy new and used books. Amazon is also the force behind the Kindle, which is a well known e-book reader device.

kindle-at-amazon The combination of Amazon’s book selection, easy shopping and the Kindle are a nearly unbeatable trio that others have been trying to match for years. The Apple iPad may have a good chance of competing with them, but I’m guessing that the other vendors can only look on with envy and hope.

If you don’t have a Kindle, you don’t have to keep wishing you could read all of those books in an electronic format. Amazon offers free applications that allow you to download Amazon books and read them from your favorite device.

I’ll show you what the Kindle for PC application looks like.

  • If you have other devices such as an iPad, iPhone, Android, Mac or BlackBerry, see the download section of this post.


A few months ago, I posted an article telling you how to Find and Read Tons of Free E-Books with FBReader. If all you need to do is read free e-books, that’s the application I would recommend for your PC. However, if you plan to do any shopping at Amazon for non-free books, you could install Kindle for PC and give it a try.


The Kindle app isn’t very large and doesn’t have a confusing set of features. It gives you easy access to the Kindle Store and also allows you to view many of the 1.8 million free e-books at

After installing Kindle for PC, you will be prompted to either create an account at Amazon, or login with your existing account. Since I already had an account, it was simple for me to sign in. Here’s what the Kindle app looked like when I first launched it.


Since I hadn’t bought any books at Amazon, I used the Shop in Kindle Storebutton, which launched my web browser. I found and followed the links to the free books at


Once there, I found a book that I thought I might read.


I chose the Kindle version of the book and downloaded it.


All I had to do was double click the book (.mobi file), and it instantly opened up in the Kindle application. As you can see below, it’s not a complicated interface and while you are reading, you can bookmark pages, highlight text and add notes. That’s everything you need while studying or writing. It also remembers where you were reading last and takes you to that section when you reopen the Kindle app.


If you have other devices you’d like to read books on, you can also find Kindle readers for the iPad, iPhone, Mac, Android and BlackBerry.

If you have a Kindle device, these software versions may allow you to synchronize your e-books between the host device and the Kindle device. You may also want to look at our post telling you how to Copy (and convert) Books From PC to Amazon Kindle.

Do you want to try the Kindle reader apps?

Techie Buzz Verdict:

The free Kindle for PC is a pretty good e-book reader. It’s not fancy, and it will surely save you time if you like to shop for books at Amazon. The apps for other devices are probably just as useful, but you’ll have to judge for yourself unless you are willing to send me one of these devices.

Techie Buzz Rating: 3/5