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E-readers and smartphones have brought big changes to the publishing industry, but Amazon.com is aiming to bring some more with a new format for shorter and cheaper e-books.
Amazon said in a press release that Kindle Singles could be “twice the length of a New Yorker feature or as much as a few chapters of a typical book,” and would be priced much less than standard books.
Among the hardcovers and paperbacks at the Lunenburg Public Library is a different kind of book, for which dozens of people are on a reserved waiting list.
Earlier this year, Lunenburg Public Library added three Kindles — a hand-held electronic device that can hold entire books — to its lending collection. Each Kindle holds 28 different titles.
“They have been absolutely amazing. They are very popular,” said Amy Sadkin, director of the Lunenburg Public Library. “We have more than 15 holds on the three Kindles, and have just ordered two more through the Friends of the Library which will be available in five or six months.”
In recent years, e-readers have become one of the popular must-have technologies. The Kindle, an e-reader offered by Amazon.com, is the most popular of the electronic devices. It is about the thickness of a pencil and can hold more than 3,500 downloaded books. The Kindle offers classic books for free, with other titles at $9.99.
There are two other similar devices — the Barnes & Noble Nook, and the Sony Reader, both of which allow owners to download books at local public libraries through the library consortium, the Central-Western Massachusetts Automated Resource Sharing.
Source: The Telegram.
E-book readers are used to paying less, but new titles from Ken Follett and James Patterson have bucked that trend.
Full article in the NYT
Excerpt: Customers, unaccustomed to seeing a digital edition more expensive than the hardcover, howled at the price discrepancy, and promptly voiced their outrage with negative comments and one-star reviews on Amazon.
“Really, James Patterson?” wrote one reader from Elgin, Ill. “Why would it possibly cost more for a digital download than printed and bound ink on paper?”
Interview with Jeff Bezos on the Charlie Rose show. When you follow this link there is not a clear start button. If you click on Bezos the video will start.
Bezon discusses the new Kindle. Rose ask Bezos about the iPad being a Kindle killer.
There is a new wi-fi Kindle and it cost $139. You can see it here: Kindle Wireless Reading Device, Wi-Fi, 6
There is also a new Kindle out that allows 3G cellular network to download books. It is $189 which is the same price as the Kindle 2 was selling for. You can see it here: Kindle Wireless Reading Device, Free 3G + Wi-Fi, 6
Amazon said its Kindle store has sold over one million digital copies of the books in Larsson's Millennium Trilogy: "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," "The Girl Who Played with Fire" and "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest."
Graphite Kindle DX is available for pre-order now and it will be available July 7th.
What Amazon says about the new DX: Our graphite Kindle DX uses our all new, improved electronic ink display, with 50% better contrast for the clearest text and sharpest images
Video about Graphite DX
Amazon bought the site Woot.com
Story in the NYT: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/01/technology/01woot.html?ref=technology
Amazon.com, which sells millions of products, said Wednesday that it had agreed to buy Woot, a site that sells one item at a time.
Woot is one of a cluster of unconventional shopping sites that have sprung up in the last few years in the biggest flurry of e-commerce innovation since Amazon and eBay began.
The tactics they use to lure shoppers would puzzle traditional retailers. Some, like Woot, sell just one item a day or, like Groupon, cancel the entire deal if not enough people buy in. Others, like Gilt, restrict access to anyone who is not a member, although membership is free to all.
Continuing it’s e-books everywhere approach to digital reading, the company announced Wednesday in a blog post that it would soon offer a product called “Kindle Previewer for HTML 5? that will allow readers to view samples of books directly from within a Web browser.
In the past Amazon has required readers to send a sample section of a book to a device before it could be previewed.