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The disappointment that is the Kindle Fire

Recently, I heard from a friend who bought a Kindle Fire a few months ago. At the time, I had asked him to remember me with some feedback about his experience with the device. And that feedback was not good at all. Aside from the fact that his device died soon after receiving it, he comments that the device “usability was stripped to almost nothing for international users, there was poor application functionality, and multiple interface glitches.” It wasn’t the first time I had heard negative feedback from a friend regarding the Kindle Fire. Another friend had much

Best practice tips for formatting your eBook

As an editor at Free-eBooks.net, one of the things I do is to make sure that our eBooks meet certain standards. I have come across a few customer complaints and reviews that criticised the way the eBook looked in a particular format. And as we work to continually improve our services to our community, I wanted to research this thoroughly so that we can be confident that we offer the best quality to our readers as possible.

Publishing houses normally have a style guide that has explicit instructions on how to format a book for publication. One of

Big news in the eBook industry

You may have noticed that there is a lot going on in the eBook industry lately.

For one, back in April, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a suit against Apple and five of the top U.S. publishing houses for what they term “colluding to set eBook prices and sales models”. This was in response to an agreement formed between Apple and those 5 publishers to set eBook prices as per what is known as “the agency model”. This enabled the publishers to set their prices at the level they wanted to set, and dictate to the eBook

Amazon’s Send to Kindle for Mac and PC

And, enter a brand new way to send eBooks – especially ours – to your Kindle.

If you have ever struggled with the concept of “Send to Kindle” or transferring books to your Kindle via USB, it all got easier with Amazon’s latest release: the “Send to Kindle” app that sits on your desktop computer (Windows OR Mac) and is synchronized with your Amazon.com account. Anything you upload with the desktop app is archived to “the cloud” and accessible from any Kindle app or reader.

As your trusty resident technophile, I downloaded the app under both Mac OS

Color e-Ink on the horizon for Amazon?

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