A Look at the 4 Kindle eReaders including the Fire

Everyone expected news about the Kindle Fire tablet, but Amazon surprised (and dazzled) ereader fans with three new Kindles on September 28, 2011.

 

4 KindlesSeptember, 2011 has been a big month for Kindle users. First, Amazon Local (which offers Groupon style local shopping deals) became a Kindle feature. Kindle users can finally check out library books and read the ebooks on their Kindles. Finally, Amazon splashed new excitement into the digital media world on September 28, 2011 with the long-awaited Kindle tablet, which Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos says, “brings together all of the things we’ve been working on at Amazon for over 15 years into a single, fully-integrated service for customers.”

Soundtracks for e-books?

Music for e-books?

As ebook sales have skyrocketed in the past several years, publishers have searched for ways to improve on the digital editions of their books. In 2010 enhanced e-books with video and audio were all the rage, but sales for many enhanced e-books were dismal, and the books were often expensive to produce.

In the movie “Pride and Prejudice” the music jumps and swells at all the right moments, heightening the tension and romance of that classic Jane Austen novel.

Will it do the same in the e-book edition?

Booktrack, a start-up in New York, is planning to release e-books with soundtracks that play throughout the books, an experimental technology that its founders hope will change the way many novels are read.

[NY TIMES ARTICLE]

With Creativity Bookstore in L.A. is Bucking the Odds

The Last Bookstore

Located on the ground floor of the Spring Arts Tower downtown, the Last Bookstore is a mix of old and new. It has pillars stretching 25 feet up to a painted, vaulted ceiling; underfoot are intermittent mosaics, all part of the former Citizens National Bank, which opened in its grand location in 1915. The light fixtures are new, created from bicycle wheels by Brad Goldhorn, and high on the south wall flows a sculpture made of wire and old paperbacks created by Mike Piscitello, a student at SCI-Arc.

Tucked under wheel-equipped bookshelves is a new, low stage where bands perform regularly. One of the 15 people who works for Spencer books bands; theater events are also coming up and, Spencer hopes, films. “My dream was to create one giant space where everything I thought was cool would be in one place,” he says. “Hopefully, other people will come in and share it with me.”

[GREAT STORY FROM L.A. TIMES]

Are eReaders taking over?

Libraries and ebooksOn a recent Go bus trip from Hamilton to Toronto, more than half the approximately 50 passengers had their noses buried in something.

Two of them were reading books. A handful of people were busy texting or using an app on their smartphones. One young kid, who looked to be about seven, played a video game and at least eight people seemed to be just staring at their electronic devices.

They were… [READ THIS COMMENTARY]

War is On! Kindle Cloud Reader to combat Apple iTunes

Apple vs AmazonOn July 26 of this year, following pressure from Apple that it would begin strenuously enforcing its 30 percent commission rate, Amazon and Barnes & Noble announced they were shutting down their in-app sales.  Customers were instead instructed to go to the Internet and buy directly from their respective websites. 

Amazon just released the new Kindle Cloud Reader for quick and easy reading right in your web browser.

There are already free Kindle apps out there, but Kindle Cloud Reader extends the popular digital book store and library to PCs and tablets that run browsers based on HTML 5. This includes Safari on iPad and desktops as well as the desktop version of Google Chrome.

[full story here]

Amazon Tablet to debut in October

Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Currently not much is known about Amazon’s tablet. What is known is that it will feature a 9” – 10” touch-screen, a powerful application processor and will be based on Google Android operating system. It is expected to be released in two months.

According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, the device will be designed by one of the contract manufacturers of electronics, but its successor due in 2012 will be developed by Amazon itself.

[More details here]

Review of the Google eReader, the iRiver Story HD

iRiverThe iRiver Story HD is the first e-reader to be integrated with Google’s eBookstore. Unlike the Amazon Kindle bookstore, Google’s offering is open to all publishers, retailers, and manufacturers. It can also be accessed from any device on any platform with an internet connection. You simply create a Google Account and log into it via the app or the web browser from your smartphone, tablet, or PC to access the ebooks you’ve purchased or to browse and download new ones. In this way, your Google ebooks are always synced across all your devices. However, no e-reader has yet to make accessing the Google eBookstore simple until now.

There is no… [READ THE FULL IN-DEPTH REVIEW]

Google +1 An Opportunity for Authors?

google+…If you want your brand to be represented in Google+, just wait for a couple of weeks and the official offer described above will come your way. And bear in mind this is only the beginning since Google teams are working hard to roll out new content types (games, music) and functionality (Questions).

Yes, lots of opportunities are coming to Google+ for brands. Be prepared authors.  [READ THE FULL ANALYSIS OF +1]

Google E-Reader to Take on Kindle

Google e-reader

Big news as Google has teamed up with device manufacturer iriver to release a Google-branded eReader. The iriver Story HD will be the first eReader integrated with the Google eBooks platform. The Wi-Fi enabled device has a 6″ eInk screen and a QWERTY keyboard. It goes on sale this coming Sunday at Target for $139.99, the same price as the Kindle.

Do you think the eReader will be competitive? [READ ON]