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Amazon.com has announced that 2011 was the best holiday ever for the Kindle family as customers purchased millions of Kindle Fires and millions of Kindle e-readers. Authors also continue to benefit from the success of Kindle — the #1 and …
Amazon has released an over-the-air software update for Kindle Fire to improve the tablet’s performance and address issues with the touchscreen. Kindle Software Update Version 6.2.1 is available now and will be automatically delivered to connected tablets.
Online retailer Amazon released a statement Thursday saying that customers are buying more than one million Kindle devices per week for the third week in a row. Amazon revealed the staggering sales numbers and attributed the increase in sales to its new tablet, Kindle Fire.
The release of Amazon’s first tablet Kindle Fire is set for next week, and the online retail giant has announced that it will come with thousands of popular Android apps, including Twitter, Netflix, Facebook, Pandora, Rhapsody, The Weather Channel, Comics by comiXology, and popular games by Zynga, EA, Gameloft, PopCap and Rovio.
Amazon has launched the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. With an Amazon Prime membership, Kindle owners can choose from thousands of books to borrow for free.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos introduced four new kindle devices during an event in New York on Wednesday. Three of those devices are new Kindle e-readers that the company describes as “smaller, lighter, and more affordable than ever before,” and the fourth device is much anticipated Kindle Fire, Amazon’s Android-based color tablet.
The latest Kindle e-reader comes with a new design that makes it 30% lighter and 18% smaller. The new Kindle that is resized to easily fit your pocket turns pages 10% faster and features the same 6 inch E Ink display. Amazon has “reached the magical two-digit price point for Kindle,” and priced its new generation e-reader at $79.
Amazon Silk introduces – a “split browser” architecture that accelerates the power of the mobile device hardware by using the computing speed and power of the Amazon Web Services cloud (AWS). The Silk browser software resides both on Kindle Fire and on the massive server fleet that comprises the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). With each page request, Silk dynamically determines a division of labor between the mobile hardware and Amazon EC2 (i.e. which browser sub-components run where) that takes into consideration factors like network conditions, page complexity and the location of any cached content. The result is a faster web browsing experience, and it’s available exclusively on Kindle Fire, Amazon’s new Kindle for movies, music, books, magazines, apps, games, and web browsing.
“Kindle Fire introduces a revolutionary new web browser called Amazon Silk,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com Founder and CEO. “We refactored and rebuilt the browser software stack and now push pieces of the computation into the AWS cloud. When you use Silk – without thinking about it or doing anything explicit – you’re calling on the raw computational horsepower of Amazon EC2 to accelerate your web browsing.”
Amazon announced Thursday that it will soon start offering daily deals from AmazonLocal to Kindle and Kindle 3G with Special Offers customers. The deals will be displayed on Kindle screensaver when the user isn’t reading. AmazonLocal on Kindle with Special Offers is launching in New York City and will roll out to all 44 AmazonLocal cities later in the year.
“Customers tell us they love the new lower price for Kindle and the money-saving special offers that display when they aren’t reading.
Online retail giant Amazon today launched a new service called Kindle Textbook Rental which allows students to save up to 80% off textbook prices by renting from the Kindle store. The new service provides students with access to tens of thousands of textbooks for this school year and gives them an option to choose the rental length between 30 and 360 days paying for the exact time they need a book.
According to a new report by Pew Research Center, ownership of e-readers such as Amazon’s Kindle has doubled to 12% since November 2010 among the adult population in the US. Pew says that this is the first time that ownership of e-readers reached double digits in the US since the research organization began measuring the use of these devices in April 2009.
The tablet computers have surprisingly seen slower growth in the past few months. In May 2011, 8% of adults participating in Pew’s survey reported owning a tablet computer, which is almost the same number of respondents who reported owning this type of device in January 2011 (7%).
Amazon began selling hardcover and paperback books in July 1995. Twelve years later in November 2007, Amazon introduced the revolutionary Kindle and began selling Kindle books. By July 2010, Kindle book sales had surpassed hardcover book sales, and six months later, Kindle books overtook paperback books to become the most popular format on Amazon.com. Today, less than four years after introducing Kindle books, Amazon.com customers are now purchasing more Kindle books than all print books – hardcover and paperback – combined.
“Customers are now choosing Kindle books more often than print books. We had high hopes that this would happen eventually, but we never imagined it would happen this quickly – we’ve been selling print books for 15 years and Kindle books for less than four years,” said Jeff Bezos, Founder and CEO, Amazon.com.
Amazon today announced Kindle Library Lending, a new feature launching later this year that will allow Kindle customers to borrow Kindle books from over 11,000 libraries in the United States. Kindle Library Lending will be available for all generations of Kindle devices and free Kindle reading apps.
“We’re excited that millions of Kindle customers will be able to borrow Kindle books from their local libraries,” said Jay Marine, Director, Amazon Kindle. “Customers tell us they love Kindle for its Pearl e-ink display that is easy to read even in bright sunlight, up to a month of battery life, and Whispersync technology that synchronizes notes, highlights and last page read between their Kindle and free Kindle apps.”
Online retail giant, Amazon, unveiled Tuesday a new version of its Wi-Fi-only Kindle 3 device called Kindle with Special Offers. The new device will be $25 cheaper than the current Wi-Fi-only model. It will have the same features as the latest-generation Kindle, but will cost only $114. The price drop comes as the new Kindle will feature on-screen advertisements which could make some customers think twice if the $25 savings is worth it.
The black and white advertisements on the newest Kindle will be displayed on the bottom of the home page so that reading is not interrupted.