October 20, 2014

National Federation of the Blind Tells Secretary of State Clinton That Kindle Does Not Meet Needs of Blind/Print Disabled

UPDATE: Rob Pegoraro has tweeted that Wednesday’s Kindle Learning Initiative event at the State Dept. has been CANCELLED.  No reason given. We’ve contacted the State Department and had no info to share. They said a news release might be coming later. Last week we posted about a no-bid contract between Amazon.com and the U.S. State […]

Article: “The Amazon Effect”

From an Article Appearing in The Nation: Amazon, not surprisingly, is keen to sharpen its competitive edge, to use every means at its disposal to confound, stymie and overpower its rivals. It is well positioned to do so: the introduction of the Amazon Kindle in 2007 led to a startling surge in e-book sales, which […]

U.S. State Department Buys 2500 Kindles ($16.5 Million No-Bid Contract) For Libraries and Ed Centers

UPDATE 2 (6/13/12) More Information from the State Department in a New Report by Laura Hazard Owen UPDATE (6/12/12): Both NextGov and paidContent have updated their reports on this story with information from the U.S. State Dept.  From NextGov: “The State Department awarded a $16.5 million contract to Amazon to stock designated libraries and U.S.-friendly […]

New: The Kindle Index (Top Cities for E-Reader Purchases)

From the team at the Priceonomics (online price guide database). Direct to Complete Blog Post Along with the rankings and analysis (Lexington, Ann Arbor, and Anchorage) top the list, you’ll also find: Kindle Popularity vs. Avg. Temperature of City Kindle Popularity vs. % of Population With College Education Kindle v. XBox (Sample Number of Units […]

Amazon: Kindle Owner's Library Passes 100,000 Titles Including Over 100 Current and Former NYT Bestsellers

From the Amazon.com News Release: Amazon.com, Inc. today announced that 16 of the top 100 best-selling paid Kindle books in March are exclusive to the Kindle Store and available for Prime members with a Kindle to borrow for free through the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. These 16 books, which include only paid units and do […]

The Economist Publishes Profile of Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos

From The Economist: Jeff Bezos, the founder and chief executive of Amazon, owes much of his success to his ability to look beyond the short-term view of things. [Clip] If Amazon does one day move into bricks-and-mortar retail, it would not be the first time that Mr Bezos had taken a leaf from the book […]

"Amazon's Kindle Lending Library Now Boasts 75,000 Books, Borrowed 295,000 Times Last Month"

via The Next Web: Kindle owners borrowed KDP Select books 295,000 times in December alone, Amazon announced today. As you may know, Amazon Prime subscribers can freely borrow a book a month from the newly created Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. Its catalogue currently boasts 75,000 titles thanks to Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishers Select program. From […]

Lists: Amazon Releases Lists of Top 100 Best-Selling Books For 2011

From Amazon.com: Amazon.com today announced the top 10 best-selling books of 2011 overall (print and Kindle combined). “Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaacson, “Bossypants” by Tina Fey and “A Stolen Life” by Jaycee Dugard take the top three spots on the list. “The Mill River Recluse” by Darcie Chan and “The Abbey” by Chris Culver come […]

Lawmaker Dissatisfied with Amazon's Answers on Kindle Fire's Data Harvesting

UPDATE: Some New Kindle Fire News: Kindle Fire Auto-Update Scorches Roots and Potentially Shutters Android Marketplace (via Gizmodo) Info and tools to re-root your device. From Computerworld (IDG News Service):  Amazon told a Massachusetts congressman that the Silk browser in its Kindle Fire tablet doesn’t pose a privacy threat to consumers, but the lawmaker wasn’t […]

New: Kindle Cloud Reader Now Available For Mozilla Firefox

At launch, Kindle Cloud reader was only available for Chrome and Safari. Today, Firefox users can utilize. From an Amazon.com Announcement: Today, Amazon announced that Kindle Cloud Reader, the HTML5-based web app that lets customers read their Kindle books in their web browser, is now available for Mozilla Firefox so the hundreds of millions of […]