Mike Becky

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Amazon’s New Kindle Lineup ➝

I remember receiving my first Kindle as a Christmas gift from my girlfriend in 2009, just a few weeks before the first iPad announcement. I used my Kindle pretty heavily until my iPad was delivered on April 30, 2010. Since then I’ve struggled to find a reason to use it.

The new Kindle lineup looks better than ever, but I don’t think they’re for me. I don’t spend too much time reading books. I’d rather read articles written for the web instead. And, the iPad is much better suited for that task.

If I had to choose a Kindle from the lineup to purchase, (in this crazy scenario) I’d buy the basic Kindle without special offers for $99. And, it would essentially serve as a dedicated Instapaper reader that causes a bit less eye strain than my other devices do.

Amazon’s Kindle Event ➝

The all new Kindle Paperwhite, the new Kindle Fire, and Kindle Fire HD — looks like an incredibly impressive lineup. If you’re not sure what one to buy, I’d follow Marco Arment’s suggestion and go with a Kindle Paperwhite Wi-Fi with ads.

Of course, that is if you actually want a device like this. I received a Kindle for Christmas four months before the iPad was released. I couldn’t even tell you where my Kindle is right now.

Amazon May Announce Kindle Tablet This Morning ➝

Amazon sent invitations to journalists late last week inviting them to a press conference that will be held this morning at 10:00 AM. It’s very likely this will be the announcement of their rumored Android-based tablet.

I can’t wait to see what this thing is like. The iPad needs competition and if anyone’s going to do it, it’s Amazon.

Amazon’s Kindle Tablet ➝

MG Siegler:

How do I know all of this? Well, not only have I heard about the device, I’ve seen it and used it. And I’m happy to report that it’s going to be a big deal. Huge, potentially.

It’s going to have a 7-inch touchscreen and run an Amazon-branded fork of Android.

It’s safe to say that this will be the first real iPad competitor. Amazon has the total package already in place — books, magazines, newspapers, movies, and apps — and no other tablet manufacturer has been able to make this happen.

Nook Simple Touch and the Kindle 3 ➝

Marco Arment has published a great comparison between the Nook Simple Touch and the Kindle 3. This bit near the end sums up his thoughts quite nicely:

My ideal e-reader would be the Nook hardware and interface, but backed by the Kindle’s ecosystem and services. It’s easier for Amazon to achieve Nook-like hardware design than for B&N to achieve a Kindle-like ecosystem, so it’s much more likely that the next Kindle will be a better fit than the current (or next) Nook.

I currently own a Kindle 2 and even though a lot of the features in these newer readers are nice, I don’t expect I’ll be buying one, even in the next couple of years. I openly admit that I don’t read books all that often. But, I do read more than anyone I know. Tools like Fever and Marco’s Instapaper make it super easy to read, a lot. But, I have a feeling that ebook readers aren’t the type of devices that users will upgrade very often. I think Amazon and Barnes & Noble need to assume that their customers are only going to upgrade once every three years or so.

People that read, read a lot. But, there isn’t a lot you can add to an ebook reader that will make people feel the need to upgrade.

Jeff Bezos Regarding Amazon Tablet: ‘Stay tuned’ ➝

Paul Reynolds:

Asked today about the possibility of Amazon launching a multipurpose tablet device, the company’s president and CEO Jeff Bezos said to “stay tuned” on the company’s plans. In an interview at Consumer Reports’ offices, Bezos also signaled that any such device, should it come, is more likely to supplement than to supplant the Kindle, which he calls Amazon’s “purpose-built e-reading device.”

Amazon Offers Discounted Kindle with Ads ➝

In exchange for viewing advertisements on the bottom of the Kindle’s home screen and when the Kindle is asleep, Amazon is offering the Kindle for $25 off the regular price.

It’s not a bad idea. I’m sure there are a lot of people that will be willing to deal with the ads to save the $25. But, I’d never buy one. $25 is well worth not having to see ads that will likely decrease in quality over time.

Book Lending Coming to Kindle ➝

From an announcement on Amazon’s website:

First, we are making Kindle newspapers and magazines readable on our free Kindle apps, so you can always read Kindle periodicals even if you don’t have your Kindle with you or don’t yet own a Kindle. […] Second, later this year, we will be introducing lending for Kindle, a new feature that lets you loan your Kindle books to other Kindle device or Kindle app users. Each book can be lent once for a loan period of 14-days and the lender cannot read the book during the loan period. Additionally, not all e-books will be lendable – this is solely up to the publisher or rights holder, who determines which titles are enabled for lending.

This is something that needs to happen for e-books to be successful. The only addition I would love to see is more lenient lending periods. If I lend a book to a friend I’m not going to tell them that it must be returned in two weeks. They’ll return it when they are finished reading or have read enough to decide whether or not they will purchase it themselves.