Amazon Kindle reportedly destined for China on June 7

Amazon's Kindle Fire HD may finally bite into the Chinese market.

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Amazon may finally open up shop for its Kindle devices in China.

Citing information from “multiple sources,” blog site Sina Tech said today that the Kindle Fire tablet and Kindle e-readers will officially launch in China on June 7. Amazon will reportedly sell the devices through Chinese online retailer Suning.

The Kindle Fire HD (either the 7-inch or 8.9-inch version) will sell for 1400 to 1500 yuan ($ 228 to $ 244), while the Kindle Paperwhite Wi-Fi e-reader will go for 849 yuan ($ 138), according to Sina Tech.

Amazon has slowly been moving into the Chinese market. Last December, the retail giant opened an online Kindle store for Chinese consumers. And earlier this month, the company expanded its Android appstore to offer Chinese users… [Read more]

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Qantas: Forget the Kindle, read a book we just wrote for you

Sophisticated. But mere decoration?

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The past is a cockroach.

It never truly goes away. It simply makes more copies of itself, each a little different from the last.

How quaint, though, of Qantas to think that its fliers should read a book.

No, not a book on some fancy machine. A paper book, with a cover and a booky smell, given to you if you’re one of its fancy passengers.

These are, allegedly, no ordinary books. As Ad Age reports, Qantas claims they are “bespoke.” Yes, like a hunting jacket.

The company has teamed with publishing house Hachette to offer high-fliers something of quality and class.

Yes, of course most fliers read James Patterson, Dan Brown, and Richard North Patterson, so in many of these beautiful books, people will still be shot at, taken to court, and die.

Still, each book is complete with something everyone would wish for: a personal note form the Qantas CEO. Did I mention that they are very beautifully designed?

But the greatest claim to joy here is that the books will allegedly be of perfect length for a particular flight.

David Nobay, the ad agency creative behind this idea insisted: “According to ou… [Read more]

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Kindle Fire HD vs. iPad

The Kindle Fire HD includes simple text, a feature that allows it to display articles from magazines in more of a Kindle book format.

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The iPad and Kindle Fire HD are two different tablets intended for slightly different market segments. The iPad is a “does everything” tablet, while the Fire HD remains focused on media consumption.

However, most people shopping for a tablet don’t have the funds to afford both and will therefore have to choose. The following is an attempt to make that choice a bit easier. With the iPad being the “everything” tablet in this comparison, I’ll focus on comparing the two in categories both tablets are capable of, while also pointing out the strengths of each.

Video streaming
The Kindle Fire HD has three main video-streaming options: Netflix, Hulu Plus, and of course, if you’re a Prime member, Amazon Instant Video. The iPad also has access to those same streaming services. So which tablet provides the better video-streaming experience? I tested both tablets using both Netflix and Amazon Instant Video.

I began by streaming the same episode of “Breaking Bad” through Amazon Instant Video on each tablet over CNET’s internal Wi-Fi network. I then walked around the building, eventually leaving the building with both tablets, while th… [Read more]

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Amazon backtracks, will offer $15 opt-out for ads on Kindle Fire tablets

The ability to opt out of ads is coming to the Kindle Fire tablets after all.

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It looks like you’ll be able to opt out of the ads on the new Kindle Fire tablets after all.

I just received this email from an Amazon spokesperson:

“I wanted to let you know that with Kindle Fire HD there will be a special offers opt-out option for $ 15. We know from our Kindle reader line that customers love our special offers and very few people choose to opt out. We’re happy to offer customers the choice.”

In answer to my follow-up question, the spokesperson specified that the opt-out will be available on both the Fire HD and $ 159 entry-level Fire model.

The clarification is a 180-degree reversal from the “no opt-out” policy that Amazon confirmed to CNET (and other publications) yesterday.

Quick reversal of new policy
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Amazon lights up $119 Kindle Paperwhite

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Amazon introduced its Kindle Paperweight e-reader today, showcasing the new device’s lighted screen and lengthy battery life at an event today in Santa Monica, Calif.

The device will cost $ 119 and ships Oct. 1.

The device has a higher resolution of 212 ppi, and boasts eight weeks of battery life with the light on — twice as much as the Nook Glowlight, CEO Jeff Bezos said at the event.

A full review to come.

For more coverage of the event, go to CNET’s live blog.

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At least three Kindle Fire 2 tablets, one with 4G, on the way

Possibly three new 7-inch Kindle Fire models (R) are in the works and maybe a fourth (L) that has an 8.9-inch screen.

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The Kindle Fire 2 will see the Google’s Nexus 7 tablet and then raise it, according to an analyst.

Amazon will bring out at least three new Kindle Fire models, according to Richard Shim, an analyst at NPD DisplaySearch.

Shim gets his information from sources in the “supply chain” — a collection of companies that manufacture components and assemble products.

Here’s what Shim is seeing:

  • 7-inch Kindle Fire 2:1,024×600 display, no camera; August production.
  • 7-inch Kindle Fire 2: 1,280×800 display with camera; August production.
  • 7-inch Kindle Fire 2: 1,280×800 display with camera and 4G; September production.
  • 8.9-inch Kindle Fire 2: With 1,920×1,200 display; Q4 production.

Shim believes that a 10-inch class Kindle Fire is unlikely. At least not any time soon.

Because the supply chain is dynamic — based on orders received from brands like Amazon and Apple — the status can change from month to month. “These are supply chain indications. This is what we are seeing right now,” Shim said.

If the supply chain information is accurate, the Kindle Fire would trump the Nexus 7 by adding 4G and a higher resolution 1,920×1,200 display. [Read more]

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Kindle vs. Nook vs. iPad: Which e-book reader should you buy?

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Shopping for an e-book reader? At first glance, the task seems daunting–there are more choices than ever before. The good news is that the list of worthwhile choices is actually pretty short. The other good news? Prices and features are better than ever.

When we say “e-book readers,” we’re now really referring to three classes of products: black-and-white e-ink readers ($ 80 to $ 150); 7-inch color LCD media tablets ($ 200 to $ 250); and
full-size color tablets like the iPad (most $ 400 and above). The market has consolidated around a handful of major players: Amazon, Apple, and Barnes & Noble are the leaders, with Kobo, Samsung, Sony, and a host of Android tablet manufacturers bringing up the rear.

Choosing among those three categories of readers is the dilemma facing any shopper today. But don’t worry; CNET’s here
to help. If you’re an experienced shopper, you can jump straight to our current
— or check our lists of top e-book readers
and top tablets. And, if you’re just trying to decide between a
Kindle Fire and a Nook Tablet, check out Kindle Fire vs. Nook Tablet: How to choose. But if you’re looking for… [Read more]

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