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Amazon opens Appstore in China; Kindle coming next?

Amazon’s app store is officially open for business in China. The Seattle online retail giant debuted its app store for Chinese customers this past weekend, Reuters reported. Amazon’s newest store offers an alternative to Google Play for those in China. Unlike Google, Amazon’s store features both paid and free options. Reuters noted that Amazon is… Read More

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Bookworms unite! Amazon says these are the nation’s most well-read cities

Knoxville is full of romantic people, Cambridge has lots of entrepreneurs and Alexandria is a flat-out well-read city. Those are some of the conclusions we can make after seeing Amazon’s third annual list of the Most Well-Read Cities in America. Alexandria, Va. topped the list for the second consecutive year, while Seattle finished at No. 13 and… Read More

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Update: Amazon disputes our report that it’s ending Kindle e-ink app developer program

Updated throughout to reflect Amazon comment disputing this story.  Two developers of third-party apps for Kindle readers say they were informed by Amazon.com representatives this week that the company would be winding down its “Active Content” app developer program for Kindle e-ink devices and would no longer accept any new app submissions. Following the initial publication… Read More

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‘Bezos Beep’ could replace the smartphone bump for mobile content sharing

Companies including Samsung have been promoting the practice of sharing content by bumping two devices together — transmitting photos, videos and other files from phone to phone using Near Field Communications. Amazon’s Jeff Bezos has a different plan. Let’s call it the Bezos Beep. A newly published patent application, listing the Amazon CEO as sole… Read More

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Amazon to iOS users: Don’t install Kindle app update

Normally, app updates are supposed to allow for improvement and efficiency. That’s not the case with Amazon’s latest update for its iOS Kindle app, which went into effect yesterday and now seems to have a bug that can delete your entire book library. “Note: There is a known issue with this update,” it reads under… Read More

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New Amazon Kindle ad supports same-sex marriage

Amazon is out with a new Kindle ad, but the commercial’s most attention-getting message has little to do with the e-reader itself. Instead, it’s about gay marriage. Here’s what goes down in the 30-second spot: 1. Man on the beach has trouble using an iPad because of the glare. 2. Woman next to him, using a… Read More

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Amazon pokes at iPad price, display in Kindle Fire HD ad

Amazon is challenging one of the iPad’s signature features, its Retina display, in a new video ad that aims to convince tablet buyers to take a closer look at Amazon’s considerably less expensive 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD. The video, above, is the latest swipe from Amazon at the Apple tablet, following up on the Seattle company’s… Read More

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Amazon Kindle VP Mike Nash makes leap to HP

Mike Nash, a former vice president at Amazon.com’s Kindle unit, has made the leap to HP where he’s now working as vice president of product management for consumer PCs and solutions. Nash worked at Amazon.com for three years, and before that spent nearly two decades at Microsoft. Nash, who joined HP last month, is based in… Read More

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Bezos on eBooks: Amazon is ‘now seeing the transition we’ve been expecting’

Amazon.com posted a 45 percent decline in quarterly profits this afternoon, but Jeff Bezos says one of the company’s biggest benefits is paying off, as digital books and the company’s Kindle business show significantly greater momentum than traditional books. “We’re now seeing the transition we’ve been expecting,” said Bezos in the company’s earnings news release…. Read More

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Kindle Fire scorching Android tablet market with 33% share

In terms of dominating the Android tablet market, Amazon’s Kindle Fire is on fire. According to some rough estimates from mobile app analytics service Localytics, Kindle Fire devices in the U.S. alone account for 33 percent of all Android tablets worldwide. The United States alone has the world’s biggest tablet share at 59 percent, with… Read More

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Amazon buys the company behind Kindle ‘text to speech’

The voice of Kindle now belongs to Amazon. Amazon  says it has acquired IVONA software, a company based in Poland that provides the technology for Amazon Kindle features including “text to speech,” in which a computerized voice automatically reads the words of a book aloud. The purchase price wasn’t disclosed. IVONA is based in Gdynia,… Read More

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More than just books: Pew study details how technology has changed libraries

We’ve seen brick-and-mortar booksellers close down all over the country due to online retailers like Amazon. Will public libraries follow suit and vanish from the earth? It doesn’t seem like it, at least not according to an extensive Pew Internet report just released that shows how people feel about reinventing libraries. Pew asked 2,252 Americans ages 16… Read More

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Borrow books: Amazon testing Kindle rental service

Speed readers rejoice: Amazon seems to be testing out a new rental service for books. The Seattle retail giant already has a textbook rental service that it debuted in July 2011. But Engadget just noticed a non-textbook available to rent called The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking. While the title is published by Princeton University… Read More

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O, Canada: Amazon expanding Prime service north, but without Instant Video and e-book lending

Amazon Prime is now available in Canada but without a few key benefits. The Seattle online retail giant announced today that Prime membership is launching in Canada for 79 CAD per year. Amazon Prime shoppers in Canada can now enjoy free two-day shipping. However, the Canadian version of Prime does not include benefits like Instant Video… Read More

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Copycat: Amazon trademark filings indicate Kindle protection plan almost identical to AppleCare

Looks like Amazon is taking a bite out of the Apple. GigaOM spotted a trademark application indicating that Amazon is considering an extended warranty and repair service for the Kindle. It’s more than just similar to Apple’s repair service, AppleCare — the wording of the trademark description is nearly identical to Apple’s trademark. Here’s Amazon’s: “Maintenance,… Read More

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Need a good read? Amazon unveils top 10 best-selling books of 2012

Here’s what we learned from Amazon’s top-10 best-selling books of 2012: People love bad boy romance novels and independent publishers are more important than ever. The Seattle retail giant unveiled its top-10 books of the year and “Fifty Shades Freed,” the third book of E.L. James’ extremely popular “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy, took the… Read More