Thinking of getting a Kindle Fire
for yourself or as a gift for your favorite nephew?
The Fire’s being released tomorrow (November 15, 2011), but an early review is in; it’s lean, mean, easy to use, and fast:
Jeff Bezos has done it again; he’s added even MORE value to Amazon.com.
The first color Kindle, the Kindle Fire, ships November 15, 2011.
And as of November 3, 2011, Amazon Prime members can borrow a Kindle book a month, free of charge, through the Kindle Lending Library.
Amazon Prime is a $79 per year Annual Subscription that used to offer “nothing more” than free two-day shipping of any eligible product from Amazon’s huge inventory. THAT was a great deal in itself.
But starting in the Spring of 2011, Amazon started offering selected movies for unlimited video streaming as a perk for Prime Members. And the library of movies and TV shows has been ever-expanding since, including some newer acquisitions from ABC TV, Fox, and PBS.
Click Here to learn more about the Kindle Lending Library.
Announced a few minutes ago by Jeff Bezos during a press conference in New York:
Amazon’s releasing the latest Kindle with e-ink and 3G: The Kindle Touch (available November 21, but can be pre-ordered NOW).
E-ink fans will be thrilled; for avid readers, nothing compares to its combination of clarity and ease of reading. Click above to learn more about the Touch from Amazon itself.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has confirmed that Amazon will indeed be selling an Amazon-branded 7″ cloud-based tablet PC this Fall (November). Read more here!
Even MORE news on this: Reportedly, this will be a KINDLE device. Here’s a firsthand report from someone at TechCrunch who’s actually testdriven a prototype.
9/6/11 Update: More details emerge from Business Insider. Peek here.
9/6/11 9:15 PM Update: EVEN MORE DETAILS emerge about this exciting new tablet. Possibly 7″ AND 10″ model Kindles soon to come. Check out Tom’s Guide Gadgets post for the lowdown.
9/12/11 10 AM Update: Further speculation from PC Magazine.
9/26/11 LAST UPDATE: TechCrunch is reporting that this new color Kindle will be called the Kindle Fire and that e-ink Kindles will continue to be sold and supported (yea)! Click here to find out more before Amazon’s official Press Conference on 9/28.
Rumor has it that Amazon’s new tablet computer will be available by October 2011. And it’s said that a touchscreen Kindle may be on the way, too. Details in this piece at PC Magazine.
The inability to borrow Kindle books from the local library has kept several of my friends from purchasing Kindles, opting to buy a Barnes & Noble Nook instead (much to my dismay and their ultimate disappointment).
Now, with Borders in bankruptcy and the future of conventional booksellers in question, Amazon (the world’s largest online retailer) has stepped up to the plate, listened to customer demand, and is in the process of creating a library lending program.
On April 15, 2011, CNN Money reported that sales of E-books outpaced those of paperbacks for the first time.
The growth of e-books is stunning; sales rose 202% from February 2010 to February 2011, and Amazon reported in January 2011 that its sales of e-books surpassed those of paperbacks.
Good news for trees, writers, and Amazon. Bad news for traditional book publishers and traditional book stores.
The PACE of the shift is what is so stunning to analysts. And this pace spells doom to bookstores who are unable to accept this new reality and make quick and nimble adjustments to their business model. The world has fundamentally changed.
Amazon’s introduced a new feature for the Kindle (to compete with the Nook?): you can now lend out digital copies of your Kindle books to your friends & family (who else would you lend them to?).
Some restrictions apply. The lending period is 14 days and you can’t read your book while it’s on loan.
Here’s a great blog post that gives a good quick summary of the details:
And here’s a link to Amazon’s info page about Kindle lending.