2016 Amazon launched Kindle Reading Fund to expand digital reading around the world
Amazon announced a new program called the Kindle Reading Fund which is aimed at making digital books more easily available worldwide. The Fund will donate a number of Kindle e-readers, Fire tablets as well as e-books to communities around the world, in conjunction with various partner organizations. In addition to schools, libraries, PTAs, hospitals and other nonprofits, Amazon is also now working with Worldreader to help support its reading programs in the developing world.
2016 Kindle gets a thinner and lighter design and 2x RAM
Amazon’s newly refreshed entry-level Kindle has slimmed down and dropped a little weight in time for swimsuit season – 16-percent, for those counting, now down to 5.7 ounces. The new version features double the RAM of its predecessor, kicking things up to 512MB, along with a couple of new features, including Export Notes, which let you send notes and highlights to yourself via email and Bluetooth audio, which accesses the VoiceView content reader without need for an adapter. There’s also a newly personalized home screen and updates to the reader’s simplified Chinese offering. The new Kindle comes in both black and white, and features a newly rounded back for a better in-hand fit. It’s priced the same as its predecessor, at $79 WiFi with Special Offers and $99 without. It’s available for pre-order now, with shipping starting in the next couple of weeks. The higher-end, front-lit PaperWhite is now also, fittingly, available in white as well.
2016 Kindle for PC allows to read children’s books and comic books
Amazon Kindle users can now read comic books and kids books on Kindle for PC. This marks the first occasion that you do not need any of the Amazon hardware or their various smartphone apps. In 2014 Amazon acquired Coxmilogy, the largest digital distributor of comic books. Amazon has been slowly integrating all of their content into the Kindle store. This includes comics from major publishers such as DC and Marvel. Aside from Comixology, Amazon also deals directly with thousands of publishers all over the world. If you have purchased any kids or comic books directly from Amazon you can now read them on Kindle for PC or Kindle for MAC. If you already have these apps installed you will need to download the update.
2015 Kindle now allows to share book quotes via messengers
Kindle users will now have a new way to tell their friends about their favorite books or book quotes by way of mobile messaging apps, including Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, texting, and more. The addition makes sense for a number of Kindle readers. Book club groups, for instance, could take advantage of the private sharing option to get into more in-depth conversations around the current title they’re reading via messaging apps or email. Plus, users can now share their book recommendations in a more personal fashion by messaging just those friends who they think would really enjoy the title, as opposed to posting a status update to Facebook. The upgraded feature allows for sharing of quotes, highlights as well as recommendations with specific friends, and is immediately available on Kindle for Android. Support for Kindle e-readers and other devices is expected for later this year.
2015 Kindle Unlimited will pay authors get paid based on the number of pages consumer reads
Amazon announced plans to dramatically change the way it pays authors enrolled in its Kindle Unlimited program, the Netflix-like service that allows readers to pay a flat fee ($10) to borrow an unlimited number of books every month. As of July 1, authors will be paid based on the number of pages the consumer reads. Previously, Amazon paid authors based on whether a reader had reached the 10% mark in a book, no matter its length. After that was calculated, a general revenue pool was divided up and divvied out to authors. But some indie authors learned to game the system by publishing a larger number of shorter books, thus earning the same, and in some cases, more revenue than those with fewer titles, but longer page counts.
2015 Amazon introduced Kindle Bundle for Kids
Amazon is launching a discounted Kindle for Kids Bundle to encourage them to parents to buy Kindles for their children. This new package includes the combination of ad-free Kindle e-reader, a durable cover, and an extended warranty on the device which protects against spills and drops. The Bundle is being sold for $99, which is a savings of $39.98 if all three items were purchased separately, notes Amazon. The Kindle e-reader is designed for books, meaning it doesn’t support apps and games as with Kindle tablets. The device’s 4 GB of storage can hold thousands of books, and stays charged up to four weeks, based on half an hour of reading per day with wireless off. Parents can buy Kindle books from Amazon, which today offers over 250,000 titles, or they can borrow e-books from their public library to use with the device.
2015 Kindle Convert allows to turn your paper library into e-Books
If you’ve been hanging on to those paper books because the idea of having to repurchase them all as Kindle titles is daunting, Amazon has a new service for you: Kindle Convert, a program for Windows that turns print books into digital versions fully compatible with Amazon’s Kindle software, including adjustable font, Whispersync for making sure you’ll be able to go to the furthest read position on any device, and backup in Amazon’s cloud for free, providing access across devices. The software costs $49. In order to get your books into digital format, you’ll have to actually scan them using a standard flatbed or other type of computer scanner, which means doing things two pages at a time at most. It’s also limited to U.S. customers for now.
2014 Amazon launched own ebook subscription service Kindle Unlimited
Amazon is launching an all-you-can-read subscription ebook service Kindle Unlimited to compete with firms like Scribd and Oyster. The service is only available in the U.S. for now. Kindle Unlimited will allow to choose from a selection of about 640,000 ebooks and read as many as you want for $9.99 per month. In addition to offering over 600,000 ebooks, Kindle Unlimited is also by far the most cost-effective way to enjoy audiobooks and eBooks together. With thousands of Whispersync for Voice-enabled audiobooks to choose from, you can easily switch between reading and listening to a book, allowing the story to continue even when your eyes are busy.
2014 Kindle app allows instantly upgrade text book to audiobook
Sometimes you want to read, and sometimes you want to listen. Amazon Kindle apps now let you switch to the Audible version with a
single tap, provided you’ve paid for the audio upgrade of the book
you’re reading. The audio upgrades start at $0.99 per title, but range
up to around $3.99 or more for top-selling titles like “The Hunger
Games.” Remember that you’ve already purchased the Kindle versions of
these books, too, so it’s very possible that you’ll essentially be
paying double for the same content, though in most cases the Audible
upgrade is quite a bit cheaper. It’s a smart way to drive additional revenue from existing purchases for
Amazon, but it’s also genuinely useful for people who have a mixed
commute or a busy schedule and would like to continue “reading” even
when they’re unable to do so.
2013 Amazon offers Kindle 20% discount. Today Only!
Today is a good day if you’re looking to buy Kindle e-reader: Amazon is offering a 20% discount on a number of Kindle models.These are the Kindle models on sale:
- Kindle e-reader (with e-Ink display) – $55.20 with special offers, $71.20 without
- Kindle Fire HD 7” 16GB – $135.20 with special offers, $147.20 without
- Kindle Fire HD 8.9” 16GB – $229 with special offers, $244 without
- Kindle Fire HDX 7” 16GB Wi-Fi – $183.20 with special offers, $195.20 without
Amazon is offering a number of revolving sales throughout the month, but it is unclear whether the Kindles will see another pre-holiday price drop after this. So if you were planning to pick one up and cross someone off your holiday gift list, today is a good day to do it.
See also: Why you need Kindle collection manager
2013 Amazon launches electronic literary magazine for Kindle
Amazon launched an electronic magazine Day One, which will publish the work of one writer and one poet each week. An annual subscription will normally be $19.99 but is $9.99 for “a limited time.” Issues will be delivered automatically to your Kindle or Kindle app and “each issue of Day One includes a letter from the editor, as well as occasional bonus content such as playlists, illustrations, or brief interviews with the authors.”Amazon plans to showcase the work of debut authors and translate stories from around the world into English. The first issue appeared Wednesday with the short story "Sheila" by Rebecca Adams Wring and "Wrought," a poem by Zach Strait.
2013 Amazon launched new Kindle app with collections
We just released a major update to our Kindle for iOS app. The app is optimized for iOS 7 and features an all-new new design, as well as Collections feature, which make it easy for users to organize their books, documents, and magazines. You can add a book to multiple collections – for example, put A Game of Thrones in “My Favorites” as well as “Fantasy Epics”. But these collections are not synced with the collections you create on your e-reader device. As usual, in the Kindle iOS app you customize your reading screen, quickly highlight important sections, and the X-Ray feature lets you see the “bones of the book” and learn more about notable characters, places, and phrases with descriptions from Shelfari.com and Wikipedia.
See also: Why you need Kindle collection manager
2013 Amazon wants to create used ebook marketplace
Amazon recently won a patent to create a marketplace where people can sell their used (read) ebooks. Of course, ebooks don’t suffer from wear and tear, but think of the resale process as more of a way to transfer your book licenses. Amazon’s technique of reselling supposes that Amazon book is downloaded to a new device as the old one is deleted from the original owner’s bookshelf. Kindle users can currently “lend” ebooks, which then disappear from your device as your friend holds the copy in their digital libraries. But why not earning on this? The only question is - will Amazon loose its profits if users will buy cheaper books from their buddies, instead of going to the Kindle store.
2012 Windows 8 launch: with Kindle, and without Nook
Today Windows 8 officially launched around the world with its new Windows Store - the primary source for Windows 8 apps (the only source in case of Windows RT tablets). And you know what? There is no Nook app for now neither inbuilt in Windows, nor in the Store. Recall that Microsoft partnered with Barnes & Nobel and created the joint company to operate the Nook ecosystem. They also promised to create the Nook app for Windows 8 until it's launch, but they failed. At the same time, the main competitor, Amazon's Kindle app is already in the Windows Store. And like the Kindle apps on other platforms - it automatically syncs your furthest page read, bookmarks, notes, and highlights in each book. That means you can start reading book on Kindle e-reader and continue on Windows 8 computer or tablet.
2012 Kindle e-Readers sales make no profit to Amazon
During his interview to BBC Amazon chief executive manager Jeff Bezos said that the company sells the Kindle e-readers and tablets at their production cost and doesn't earn anything on their sales. "We want to make money when people use our devices, not when they buy them" - he said. That's a much different business model, than Apple, which has built up a huge cash pile through the profit margins on its mobile products. Recall, the price of the latest model Kindle Paperwhite starts from $119 for the Wi-Fi version, and Kindle 5 - costs $69. To be fair, we note that Amazon earns not only on selling books and media content via Kindle, but also on advertising, which is shown during the Kindle sleep mode.
See also: Why you need Kindle collection manager