Apple may have forced Amazon to remove the option to buy books from within its Kindle App, but Amazon isn't taking it lying down; they're building a web app that could possibly replace the iOS apps altogether.
Students, you've got no more excuses for "accidentally" forgetting to bring your textbook to class. With Amazon's new textbook rental service, all your textbooks and self-taken notes are stored in the cloud — accessible from any device with a Kindle app installed.
Google launched an ebook store of its own back in December, appropriately called the Google eBookstore. It's got tons of free stuff, but using it is kind of a pain on an e-reader — you download the titles to a PC first, then push them over. A new e-reader looking to compete with the cheaper Kindles and Nooks wants to change that.
Let's all give the Nook Color a big pat on its back. Barnes & Nobles' e-reader, the underdog that could, has now supplanted Amazon's Kindle as the most popular e-reader. E Ink-only devices might be in trouble.
Misdirection. While a magician purposely distracts you with a gratuitous flourish or chatter, the Houdini wannabe performs the sleight-of-hand unobserved. Whether on purpose or by accident, I think Amazon is performing an ingenious misdirection in the wake of the introduction of the cheap "All-New" Nook and the cheaper Kobo eReader Touch Edition ebook readers. Essentially, Amazon is engaging Barnes & Noble over how long two months is. Okay, that's probably misleading, but Amazon is managing to misdirect the conversation away from the real difference between the new Nook and the new Kobo from the old Kindle that could threaten Amazon's ebook dominance.
It's finally happened. Amazon says that it's selling more Kindle e-books than it is selling print ones. Goodbye paperbacks!
What would it take for you to buy an Amazon Kindle? Would you suffer through a few well-placed ads for $25 off a regular Kindle e-reader?
If you've been following the pricing of Amazon's Kindle since it was released, you know that it's gotten much cheaper very quickly. Initially launching at $350 back in early 2009, it's now down to under $150. It's followed a pretty steady pattern, one that leads it to one place: free.
There have been some weird news reports this week about how Apple now wants a 30 percent cut of any goods sold from within an app, or that developers have to sell their goods through iTunes with Apple taking 30...
Who said e-books would never catch on? It looks like dead-tree books are going the way of the vinyl record, as Amazon is now selling more Kindle e-books than paperbacks.