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The entry level 8th generation Kindle and first generation Amazon Kindle Oasis both received firmware updates that allow users to purchase and listen to Audible audiobooks with bluetooth headphones. There is a new feature when are you browsing the Kindle bookstore to switch over to Audible and there is a series of images hyping up the new bookstore. If you are an Audible subscriber, any audiobook that you used your monthly credits on are automatically synced into your Kindle’s library. The built in audiobook player is robust. You can skip forward or ahead fifteen seconds or change the pitch level. While listening to an audiobook, the Oasis displays how much time is left in a chapter and has software driven volume button. There is a bluetooth notification on the bottom of the screen that tells you what device you have paired the Oasis with, or instructs you how to connect a pair of headphones or a wireless speaker.
Kindle Create is a new free conversion tool that aimed to be “push of a button” easy when it comes to generating a polished, formatted ebook. It works much in the same way that Microsoft Word does, offering authors a comfortable, familiar system for adding touches like formatting themes and tables of contents. Now, Kindle Create is out of beta and available to all authors. The design lets you work straight from your Word doc and preview the finished product without having to go through the conversion process. Rather than a process or dashboard for your publishing needs, this software works on your desktop and lets you manipulate your file as much as you need to before the upload process. Once you take the finished document to the KDP dashboard, you’ll still have the ability to convert it to a MOBI file. Even better, Kindle Create lets you format a “print replica” ebook for a professional look and feel.
Barnes and Noble has just released their first new e-reader in two years and it is called the Nook Glowlight 3. This device has a number of innovative features such as the page turn buttons that can skip ahead a chapter with a double tap or rapidly turn the pages of an e-book by holding it down. It also the first Nook to incorporate a comfortlight system that mutes the white screen and turns it orange. Nook Glowlight 3 is running Google Android, similar to all of their other e-readers. It has a very advanced front-lit display system. One of the best elements on the new Nook are the physical buttons. There are two page turn buttons on both the left and right hand side. The main Nook Reading app is well designed and page turn speed is super quick and Copy/Paste text into the note app is innovative.
Audible Romance is a new unlimited subscription program that gives users access to thousands of audiobook titles. Listeners will be able to instantly see a romance title’s level of steaminess. It gives listeners access to 41 micro-categories and 131 story and character tropes that will allow listeners to explore deep into the catalog in fun ways and discover the romance titles that most appeal to their interests. Each micro-category will have its own browse page, and listeners can enjoy audio samples from each title included before diving into the full story. Audible Romance costs $6.95 per month as an add-on to an Audible membership. The price is $14.95 per month as a standalone service.
Amazon released a new version of Kindle for iOS and Android, featuring a redesign, much deeper Goodreads integration and persistent search. Goodreads, the social reading network Amazon snapped up back in 2013, has been offered up in bits and pieces through the Kindle mobile app, but here it’s essentially given its own separate tab, bringing most of the Goodreads standalone app’s features to the interface. That means getting friends’ updates, adding people, rating books and the like. The UI also gets an overhaul. Things have lightened up quite a bit, with a new, white background that features a darkening gradient as it pushes out toward the edge of the page, to mimic the oxidation effect that old books undergo.
Instaread, the iOS app that lets busy people get key insights from the most sought-after nonfiction books in 15 minutes and $7.99 per month, now allows to purchase the full length audiobook titles within the app. This is a huge competitive advantage over Audible, which doesn’t sell content directly in on their iPhone or iPad app.
Onyx Boox unveiled three new devices. The Onyx Boox MAX2 is a 13.3 inch flexible e-ink Carta note taking device, the 10.3 inch Note is going to compete against the Remarkable, and the Canvas is 9.7 inches. These devices all feature dual touch, which means you can use a stylus or your fingers. The devices are running Android, so they will support apps from Google Play.
Amazon is updating its flagship e-reader Kindle Oasis, and in a radical way. It is Amazon’s largest Kindle e-reader ever - with 7 inches screen. It’s also the company's first waterproof device. It’s incredibly, almost paper-thin on one side (0.13 inches) and then fattens considerably to a third of an inch on the other to accommodate the battery. Amazon also increased the number of over-the-screen LED lights to 12 (it was 10) for more uniform lighting. The other big change is the integration of the Audible Audio Book service. Amazon owns Audible, but it’s never been part of the Kindle. Now you can browse and buy Audible Books on the device. The other change is that the starting price of the Kindle Oasis is now $249 with 8 GB of storage.
Kobo updated firmware for its e-readers. The update added Manage Books feature: under My Books, you can now select several books at once, mark them as finished or unread, remove them, or add them to collections. My Books section got a cleaner layout of information, including the Filter and Sort menus. The reading experience was also improved. Now you can tap the middle of your page to open reading menus, access the Table of Contents, or adjust Reading Settings. Your screen will refresh after every chapter instead of every six pages.
Apple released an update to its ebook creation software iBooks Author that adds the ability to add images and videos from Photos, the Mac photo management app. There are some other minor changes, such as support for wide color gamut images. Many people have moved on from iBooks Author to other digital publishing apps. This is because this program is only compatible with Apple products and does not work with Amazon, Google and other online retailers. People have accused Apple of giving up on digital publishing in general. Its latest iOS update killed off the subcategories inside Magazines & Newspapers rather than fixing them, and so makes finding new digital edition apps next to impossible.