ReadWriteWeb has just run a story about cost of digital magazine subscription comparing Zinio, iTunes, and Kindle. As you can see from the following table (thanks to ReadWriteWeb), the subscription cost is far less than the others. Although the story didn’t compare the prices for same magazine across three platforms, it can still be said that Zinio offers better prices. More importantly, the reading experience is way far better with Zinio on iPad. Kindle app on iPad can’t offer better subscription management of magazines. And magazines on any Amazon Kindle devices are not rich in terms of More >
Kindle Paperwhite will be released on October 1, 2012. It seems Amazon will start shipping on or one day before the release date. However, if you order now, it’ll be shipped on October 22, 2012 according to Amazon website. Since people have ordered Kindle Paperwhite at different dates and different time on a day, specially close to the day of announcement, there is a lot uncertainty when it’ll actually be shipped. Let’s guess here what do you think you’ll receive your Kindle:Apple iPad Mini MD532LL/A (32GB, Wi-Fi, White)
Kindle Paperwhite got less than one-fifth games and active content than Kindle Touch and Kindle Keyboard
Kindle. Kindle Store › Popular Games & Active Content for the All-New Kindle. 287Paperwhite. Kindle Store › Games & Active Content. 48Touch. Kindle Store › Popular Games & Active Content for the Kindle Touch. 194Keyboard. Kindle Store › Kindle Games & Active Content. 356Apple iPad Mini MD532LL/A (32GB, Wi-Fi, White)Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (16GB, Deep Grey)Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (16GB, White)
Matthew Petrof on his blog has posted a piece on how to install a weather station on newly released black Kindle. He expressed his desire to build such kind of utility on e-ink display this way:
Ever since I first learned about electronic paper, I’ve thought it would be perfect to display some sort of regularly updated, but not real-time, data such as the current date, an agenda, or the weather forecast. Unfortunately, e-paper displays have always cost more than I was willing to spend on such a project. However, with the price of Amazon’s cheapest Kindle recently dropped to $69, I decided More >
Okay, now you can have access to Google Play store from your 7″ Kindle Fire HD. The guy named stopxwatch on Xda forum has put some instructions how to do it. However, first of all you need a rooted Kindle Fire HD. Follow the instruction here to root the device first, then go ahead with installing Play store. Here are the instructions:
1. Root your Kindle Fire HD 2. Downloaded and install the GoogleServicesFramework.apk 3. Download Vending.apk 4. Using a file explorer app on the Fire with superuser permissions AND the system file permissions set to Read-Write, move Vending.apk to More >
The guys on Android Police have rooted Amazon’s new 7″ Kindle Fire HD. It took a while as the new device has locked bootloader reported earlier unlike the old non-HD Kindle Fire. Be careful if you want to root your Kindle Fire as it will void Amazon’s warranty as well as anything can go wrong with the rooting process. If you’re novice take your time until more detail comes out. Some people might ask what it means to root a device. When rooted, the device opens the door to install and delete a lot of applications, and Amazon loose control of the device the way the company wants to behave. A More >
Update: Now it has been puched forward further In a couple of days after the new Kindle Paperwhite has been announced, new orders have been shifted forwards. Both Kindle Paperwhite wifi and 3G versions were supposed to be shipped on October 1. Now expected shipping date for Kindle Paperwhite wifi has been shifted to October 8th if you order now. However, the shipping date for Kindle Paperwhite 3G has been shifted further to October 15th. The reason as Amazon says “due to popular demand”. If we assume the same number of units of both kindles to be in stock on October 1 to be shipped, then it’s More >
Kindle Singles are short-form books that typically sell for $0.99-$2.99 each. Kindle Singles are halfway between a magazine article (under 5,000 words) and a book (over 30,000 words). There are now more than 200 Kindle Singles available on Kindle Store now. According to Jeff Bezos, Amazon has sold 3.5 million Kindle Singles to date, and 35 of which have reached the Kindle Top 50.
Kindle Serialshave been introduced with the release of new Kindles. Bezos wants to bring back an old literature publishing strategy in the digital era: serials. Just as Charles Dickens used to More >
There is some confusion regarding new Kindle Paperwhite’s audio capability. It has already been reported and confirmed that new Kindle doesn’t support text-to-speech (TTS) that the older kindle models have.
We remember Amazon defended TTS when some publishers complained about it due to potential loss from sales of their audio books. At that time Amazon decided to disable TTS on ebooks that publishers didn’t want to have. Now Amazon is playing a new game. In order to boost business of audiable.com, which is an Amazon subsidiary, Amazon decided not to provide any TTS service with new Kindle. More >
Amazon has added some new features with the introduction of new Kindle Paperwhite. Apart from lighter, thinner, faster properties of the new Kindle, Amazon has implemented features that must deserve attention. Now, you don’t need a lighed cover to read books at night on your bed. Here Amazon says about new features:
Innovative Built-in Light
Paperwhite guides light towards the display from above instead of projecting it out at your eyes like back-lit displays, thereby reducing screen fatigue. You can adjust your screen’s brightness to create a perfect reading experience in all lighting More >
The front-lit technology here is proprietary, of course. Amazon mentioned some four years in R&D on glowing alone. And the difference is pretty immediately clear: it’s all about distribution. Looking at the Nook for a second, you can immediately isolate the top as the light source, with a stronger concentration and somewhat even distribution. The Kindle’s light however, is hard to spot, thanks in part More >
Nook Tablet apparently doesn’t allow you to install any third party app. However, there is a way out. B&N has hidden allowing app installation from unknown sources in the setting for Nook Tablet. In order to make it available you have to follow the following steps:
- Try to find any apk file from the web you want to install, for example, Aldiko.
- Now try to install the app, and you will be prompted to change the setting. Allow the changes.
- Now click the little icon on the bottom left corner of the Nook Tablet screen. Here you’ll see the your downloads.
- From the list (if you have multiple More >