Monday, January 24, 2011

Kindle Lending Club - A Crowdsourced Virtual Library for Kindle

Kindle Lending Club is a website that matches lenders and borrowers of Kindle ebooks. To participate in lending and borrowing Kindle books, you must first register as a user on the site or connect with Facebook Connect.

Kindle lending is a feature launched by Amazon on December 30, 2010. Any Kindle book that has lending enabled can be loaned by one Kindle user to another for 14 days. At the end of the loan period the title is automatically transferred back to the book owners Kindle. Each Kindle book you own can only be loaned once. For more information on lending, go to the Amazon page on Lending Kindle Books.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Nora Roberts Passes 1 Million Kindle Books Sold

Roberts becomes the third author in the "Kindle Million Club," joining Stieg Larsson and James Patterson

Nora Roberts has become the third author to sell over 1 million Kindle books, becoming the third member of the "Kindle Million Club." As of yesterday, Nora Roberts has sold 1,170,539 Kindle books under her name and her pseudonym J.D. Robb. The Kindle Million Club recognizes authors whose books have sold over 1 million paid copies in the Kindle Store ( Stieg Larsson, author of the Millennium Trilogy, was the first author to hit the 1 million mark. James Patterson, author of more than 65 books that span the genres of suspense, fantasy, romance, historical fiction and children's, was the second author to join the Kindle Million Club.

"Nora Roberts has been a bestseller at Amazon for 15 years so this accomplishment is no surprise," said Russ Grandinetti, Vice President of Kindle Content. "We're happy to welcome Nora Roberts to the Kindle Million Club, joining Stieg Larsson and James Patterson."

Roberts, who wrote the "In Death" series under the pseudonym J.D. Robb, is the author of more than 200 novels. Her many books include "The Search," "Northern Lights" and the popular The Garden Trilogy. Her novels have won numerous awards, including the Golden Medallion Award, RITA Award and Quill Award. One of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in 2007, Roberts was the first author to be inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. The New Yorker recently called her "America's favorite novelist."

iRiver Story HD

iRiver Story HD, Hot eBook Reader with High-def e-Ink Screen

iRiver's 6" Story HD e-reader is a new version of the Story, with a number of new advancements.

The Story HD is called the world's first 6" XGA e-reader, with a full 1024x768 resolution display, representing 63.8% more pixels and faster page turns than rivals. There's also a Freescale processor inside, built-in Wi-Fi, a QWERTY keypad, a 3-week battery life and support for ePUB/PDF file formats (with DRM). So far iRiver has not talkaed about pricing, but the Story HD will ship in Q2 2011 and be "competitively priced." Hard to say what that means with the rapidly changing tablet market, but lets hope it'll probably be somewhat cheaper than the Kindle and NOOK.

Google Speedbook, the HTC Chrome Tablet

Quite interesting, but the time will tell. So what is it exactly? Considering that Google isn’t making a Google Nexus Two, and given the fact that we already know HTC is building a Chrome-based tablet for Mountain View, then we can only assume the Speedbook is that particular tablet.

Google will not confirm any of this, and according to a recent statement they’re not interested in building any hardware of their own in the near future. The Google Nexus One was a one time deal, and with the plethora of Android handsets hitting the market each month, we really don’t see Google coming up with a better Android phone in the future, especially one that’s going to top everything else out there.

eBook Sales Rose Nearly 130% in November

According to Association of American Publishers (AAP) sales figures, eBook sales were up nearly 130 percent in November. At the same time, adult paperback sales sagged 19 percent compared to the same period the previous year.

At the same time, adult paperback sales sagged 19 percent in November. And overall sales rose by 5.1 percent compared to the same period the previous year, totaling $852 million.

In addition, hardcover Children’s/YA sales decreased 2.7 percent in November and paperback sales in the same category decreased by 5.5 percent in November compared to the same period the previous year.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Kaplan Offers Free Ebooks

Kaplan Publishing, a leading publisher of academic and professional development resources, is offering a special eBook promotion from January 4th – 10th. Starting today, anyone with an iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Sony eReader or Nook looking to further their education, can download select titles from Kaplan for free.

In August, Kaplan hosted a similar event to help “students leverage their mobile devices to fit new opportunities to learn into their busy days,” said Maureen McMahon, President and Publisher of Kaplan Publishing. “Helping students of all ages reach their education goals is always our top priority and as they utilize new technology, Kaplan will be there with the best tools and content in both print and digital formats.”

Amazon to Introduce Free Kindle Apps

New tablet computers coming in 2011 will have access to Amazon's free "Buy Once, Read Everywhere" apps that let readers choose from over 775,000 Kindle books and read them across the most popular devices and platforms

Amazon announced that Kindle apps will also be tailored specifically for Android and Windows based tablets to enable customers to access the Kindle Store, and with it the largest selection of the books people want to read. Like all Kindle apps, the new Kindle apps built for Android and Windows tablet computers will let customers "Buy Once, Read Everywhere"--on Kindle, Kindle 3G, Kindle DX, iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, Mac, PC, BlackBerry, and Android-based devices. For more information about the free Kindle apps, go to

"Kindle is light weight, easy on the eyes with a paper-like Pearl e-ink display, and has a full month of battery life. It's purpose-built for reading. Many people are buying both a Kindle and an LCD tablet computer," said Dorothy Nicholls, Director, Amazon Kindle. "We're very excited to support the upcoming Android and Windows LCD tablet computers with free Kindle apps that we'll tailor for the particular devices. Our Whispersync technology makes it simple to move back and forth between devices. Read on your Kindle, read on your tablet, read on your phone. We'll keep track of your last page read, and make it easy."

The Kindle Store offers the largest selection of books people want to read, including 100 of 110 New York Times Bestsellers and New Releases from $9.99. Millions of older, out-of-copyright, pre-1923 books are also available to read. Kindle books offer readers many additional unique advantages, including:

* "Buy Once, Read Everywhere" apps let you sync and read your books, last page read, bookmarks, notes and highlights across Kindle devices and the most popular devices and platforms
* Amazon's Worry-Free Archive automatically backs up your books and highlights online in your Kindle library where they can be re-downloaded wirelessly anytime on any Kindle device or app
* customer reviews, personalized recommendations and editorial reviews
* Instant 1-click buying using your Amazon account information

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