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Amazon Deal of the Day: $50 off Kindle Fire HD 8.9″

For those looking to snag the biggest and newest Kindle Fire HD, today might be the day to do it. Amazon’s Deal of the Day knocks $50 off both the Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ ($249 today) and the Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ with 4G LTE ($449 today) by entering FIREHD89 at checkout. Amazon is limiting the promotion… Read More

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Amazon Kindle brings ‘X-Ray’ feature to iPhone and iPad app

Amazon just updated its Kindle app for iOS with its “X-Ray” feature, which lets readers quickly get background information on characters, places and other aspects of the book they’re reading. X-Ray debuted on the company’s Kindle e-readers, but it’s the first time the feature has been rolled out for one of the company’s apps on… Read More

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Kindle sales reach new record, whatever that means

Amazon announced this morning that Cyber Monday was the biggest day on record for Kindle sales, and sales of the devices over the holiday shopping weekend were more than double the record set during the same weekend last year. However, the company is sticking to its tradition of not disclosing actual Kindle sales numbers in… Read More

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An Amazon smartphone? Jimmy Fallon grills Jeff Bezos

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos went on Jimmy Fallon’s late night show Thursday night and talked about Amazon’s early days, how the company competes with Apple and a potential Amazon smartphone. Well, Bezos actually said nothing about the smartphone after being prodded by Fallon to spill the beans. But Bezos still discussed plenty more, including how… Read More

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Amazon jabs at iPad with high-profile home page ad

Amazon’s special messages to customers on its home page are usually very upbeat, touting the latest products and services from the company in positive tones. But the message appearing right now on Amazon.com is anything but polite, starting off with a quote from Gizmodo calling Apple “ballsy” for “cramming a worse screen screen in [the… Read More

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Amazon ‘Whispercast’ aims to boost Kindles at school, work

A new service launched by Amazon.com this morning is designed to expand the company’s Kindle devices beyond the nightstand and the beach, giving them a bigger presence in the office and the classroom. The service, dubbed Whispercast (not to be confused with Amazon’s Whispernet), is a tool that lets companies and schools centrally manage large deployments of… Read More

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Amazon says goodbye to the Kindle DX

The big Kindle is going bye-bye. It appears that after slashing prices of the e-book reader, Amazon has decided to stop selling its Kindle DX altogether. No longer is the DX listed side-by-side with the Kindle family and it’s only available to buy from third-party sellers. The DX and its 9.7″ screen is about two… Read More

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Kindle Paperwhite debuts to (mostly) glowing reviews

Amazon started shipping its new Kindle Paperwhite front-lit e-reader this morning. It’s not the first lighted e-reader to hit the market, as Barnes & Noble made sure everybody knew over the weekend. However, the early reviews suggest that Amazon has a winner on its hands. The big question: How is the screen?  Roberto Baldwin of Wired… Read More

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Walmart follows Target, stops selling Amazon Kindles

Seeing the online retailer as a threat to profits, Walmart has decided to follow Target in removing the Amazon Kindle lineup from its offerings of tablets and e-readers in stores. With Amazon tablets selling at reduced prices to increase online digital sales, Walmart will phase out Kindle Fire tablets and Kindle e-books until current inventory is… Read More

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Amazon to let you buy real stuff inside Kindle Fire apps

At the Kindle launch event last week, Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos spoke briefly about an effort to allow consumers to purchase physical goods from within applications. Now, we’re getting the first look at how this can work on the Kindle Fire HD. Activision today said that players of the its Skylanders Cloud Patrol game will… Read More

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Bezos: Amazon ‘loaded plane with Kindles’ to test safety

Over the weekend, the New York Times published a great read from Nick Bilton illustrating the challenges that travelers and airlines will face in trying to get the Federal Aviation Administration to move quickly to loosen its rules for devices on flights. We speculated a couple weeks ago that the review of those rules could… Read More

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Live: Amazon unveils new Kindles and ‘Kindle Fire HD’

Posting from Santa Monica, Calif.: I’m here this morning for Amazon’s big press event at an airplane hangar, where the company is expected to unveil a new lineup of Kindle readers, plus the next version of the Kindle Fire tablet, and possibly a surprise or two. Amazon provided a sneak peek at the new products… Read More

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Why eBooks won’t rule the Earth

The certainty in the headlines is almost palpable. “eBooks Now ‘Dominant Single Format’ in Adult Fiction Sales,” shouted book publishing site GalleyCat. “Kindle ebook sales have overtaken Amazon print sales,” trumpeted UK’s The Guardian. “E-book revenue outstrips hardbacks in first quarter,” trembled The Bookseller. But if these stories led to you to believe that the… Read More

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Amazon pinpoints Nokia as mapping partner for next-generation Kindle Fire

Amazon.com has reportedly chosen Nokia to provide the mapping technology on the next-generation Kindle Fire, a device that is expected to be launched at an event in Santa Monica, California next Thursday. This may appear to be a minor development. However, in the fast-moving and ever-changing world of tech, where alliances and partnerships change frequently, the… Read More

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Amazon publishing unit to make e-books available via rival retailers

Amazon.com’s New York-based publishing business has entered into a deal with Ingram to distribute its e-book titles, opening up the possibility that competitors such as Barnes & Noble, Kobo or Apple could carry the works, paidContent reports. There’s no guarantee that any of those rivals will actually carry e-books published by Amazon, and paidContent’s Laura… Read More

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Amazon sets press event for Sept. 6 in California

We’re still waiting to see how Amazon will upgrade its Kindle lineup, but at least now we know when we’ll know. Amazon sent out invites a short time ago for a press conference to be held the morning of Sept. 6 in Santa Monica, Calif. The invitation we received doesn’t provide any details or hints… Read More

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U.S. State Department pulls plug on big Kindle contract

Well, here’s a very peculiar story with an odd twist. Two months ago we reported that the U.S. Department of State had planned to award a 5-year, $16.5 million contract to Amazon.com to put tens of thousands of Kindle electronic readers into educational centers around the world. The goal was to use the e-readers to help… Read More