Hanvon color e-Ink display at CES2011
And just as we were getting comfortable with the Kindle Touch, here comes a rumor that Amazon is getting set to produce color e-Ink devices sometime this year.
In 2009, there was speculation about a color e-Ink Kindle in the offing while the first generation Kindle stock started dwindling to nothing. It was shot down by Bezos himself saying that he had seen the mockups and they weren’t pretty. He went on to say that a color e-Ink Kindle was “multiple years” away. This is 2012 and not, by any stretch of
Amazon.com announced the Kindle Direct Publishers Select program on December 8th; at least, that was when I got the email. The email itself is typical KDP email, bland and featureless but the message it delivers sounds enticing. Let’s examine it in a little more detail.
On the face of the offer, you get to promote your book on Amazon.com for free for an unlimited number of 5 day periods throughout the time your book is enrolled in the KDP Select program.
Your book gets a share in a fund allocated by Amazon.com for all Select participants.
I just borrowed my first book on Amazon with my Prime membership. The message I got once it was processed was that I can borrow again on December 1, 2011. That is just about a week away. This sounds like they enforce the one-book-per-month on the turn of the the month and not necessarily on the anniversary of the last borrow. Good to know.
There has been quite the uproar in the media lately with this lending program from Amazon. Authors and publishers claiming everything from a violation of ToS and contractual agreements to being cheated out of
So the Kindle Touch has shipped. I received mine this morning, but I am sure there are others who took the second day shipping and got theirs possibly as early as Monday or Tuesday.
So far, I’ve found two and possibly three issues with the Touch that I might find to be of long-term annoyance.
The touch sensitivity on the screen is a bit ornery and I’m not sure that this is because I had only just booted my brand new Touch or whether it is something that will perpetuate throughout the life of the device. I tapped
This week was eventful in the eReader world – the Kindle Fire shipped early and the new Nook Tablet became available. And from all I am reading, it seems that finally there is some real competition between these two. Not until now have I been willing to concede that the Nook and the Kindle were able to compete against one another – but with their respective forays into the tablet arena, that just might change.
The Kindle Fire
The reviews I have been seeing for the Kindle Fire have been mostly disparaging – Forbes, twice; Huffingtonpost