Posted tagged ‘E-Book’

Kindle Application for iPhone Unveiled

March 4, 2009

Odds are that you may not have yet the latest $359 Kindle electronic book reader. But if you own an iPhone or iPod Touch, a new application will let you access the same content on your Apple device.

From the Associated Press:

In a bid to increase its slice of the e-book market, the Seattle-based online retailer plans to roll out a free program Wednesday that brings several of the Kindle’s functions to the iPod and iPhone’s smaller screen.

The program, which can be downloaded from Apple’s online application store, lets iPhone and iPod Touch users read the same electronic books, magazines and newspapers that Kindle owners can buy on Amazon.com. As with the Kindle, the iPhone app lets users change the text size on the screen, and add bookmarks, notes and highlights.

The application does not connect to the Kindle store, however, so users must access the Web browser on their iPhone, iPod or computer to buy the content.

If you happen to have a Kindle and an iPhone, Amazon’s program will handily sync the two so you can keep your place in the same book on both devices.

The Kindle program isn’t the first e-book reader for the iPhone, but it marks the first time Kindle content is available on a cell phone — a move Amazon recently said it would be making, and something that rival Google Inc. is also doing.

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Amazon Launches Kindle 2.0

February 9, 2009

Amazon.com today unveiled the latest incarnation of its digital book reader, the Kindle,  in a slimmer version with more storage and a feature that reads text aloud to users.

And it was fit for a King: Stephen King!

From the Associated Press:

Amazon.com Inc. is releasing a new, slimmer version of the Kindle, its electronic reading device.

The online retailer’s founder and CEO Jeff Bezos told a New York news conference today that the highly anticipated new Kindle will cost $359, same as the previous version.

The new Kindle is about one-third of an inch thick and weighs 10 ounces. It includes a screen with 16 shades of gray, compared with the previous Kindle’s four shades. It will be able to read books aloud. And it promises two weeks of reading on one charge of the battery.

Amazon says it will begin shipping the new Kindle Feb. 24. Stephen King has written a book that will be exclusively available on the device.

From the New York Times:

Escalating its efforts to dominate the fledgling industry for electronic books, Amazon introduced a new version of its electronic book reader today, dubbed Kindle 2.

Amazon said the upgraded device has seven times the memory as the original version, allows faster page-turns and has a crisper, though still black-and-white, display. The Kindle 2 also features a new design with round keys and a short, joystick-like controller — a departure from the design aspects of the previous version, which some buyers had criticized as awkward. The new device will ship on Feb. 24. Amazon did not change the price for the device, which remains $359.

Though the improvements to the Kindle are only incremental, Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s founder and chief executive, defined some ambitious goals for the device. “Our vision is every book, ever printed, in any language, all available in less than 60 seconds,” he said at a news conference in New York.

Amazon introduced several new features for the Kindle. A new text-to-speech function allows readers to switch between reading words on the device and having the words read to them by a computerized voice. That technology was provided by Nuance, a speech-recognition company based in Burlington, Mass.

Amazon is also allowing Kindle owners to transfer texts between their Kindle and other mobile devices. Amazon said it is working on making digital texts available for other gadgets (such as mobile phones), though it did not specify which ones.

One competitive threat Amazon is facing in its effort to dominate the world of e-books is from Google, which has scanned in some seven million books, many of them out of print. Google has also struck deals with publishers and authors to split the proceeds from the online sales of those texts.

Google recently said it would soon begin selling these books for reading on mobile devices like Apple’s iPhone and phones running Google’s Android operating system.

Implicitly addressing the threat posed by Google, Mr. Bezos said that Amazon knows better than other companies what book-buyers wants and stressed Amazon’s digital catalog of 230,000 newer books and best-sellers.

“We have tens of millions of customers who buy books from us every day and we know what they want to read,” he said. “And we are making sure to prioritize those items.”

From Reuters:

The new Kindle, which will still sell for $359 on Amazon’s web site amazon.com/kindle2, is available for preorder, and will ship February 24, the company said.

The new version fixes a problem with involuntary page turns, is thinner, and sports a new five-way controller that allows users to jump between articles and sections of newspapers. A power charger is more portable and a cover that comes with the device is more secure, the company said.

The new Kindle is “thinner, faster, crisper, with longer battery life, and capable of holding hundreds more books,” said Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos in a statement released alongside a company event at New York City’s Morgan Library.

Amazon shares were down 0.7 percent at $65.05 after the news of the release.

First launched by the Seattle-based company in November 2007, the Kindle allows users to read books and newspapers wirelessly on a device weighing less than a typical paperback.