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On this blog we will track down the latest Amazon Kindle news. We will keep you up to date with whats hot in the bestsellers section, including books, ebooks and blogs... and we will also bring you great Kindle3 tips and tricks along with reviews for the latest KindleDX accessories.

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Kindle Photo of the Day #10: Kindle Coverage

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This map shows the current Kindle coverage, you can check for updates to the coverage map by visiting this link. Photo by travelinlibrarian.

If you have an image that you would like to submit for Kindle Photo of the Day then please get in touch! you can send the image via email to email address – please make sure you include your name and a link to your site.

Kindle Photo of the Day #9: Amazon vs Sony

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Photo by benackerman.

If you have an image that you would like to submit for Kindle Photo of the Day then please get in touch! you can send the image via email to email address – please make sure you include your name and a link to your site.

Kindle Photo of the Day #8: Mr Popular

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Having a Kindle has made someone a very popular man. Photo by joygantic.

If you have an image that you would like to submit for Kindle Photo of the Day then please get in touch! you can send the image via email to email address – please make sure you include your name and a link to your site.

Kindle Photo of the Day #7: At the Coffee Shop

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A Spy shot of an un-named individual with their Kindle taken in the wild, photo was taken by nttrbx.

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Kindle Photo of the Day #6: Kindle Pout

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Someone loves their Kindle! This photo was taken by the thenoodleator

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Kindle Photo of the Day #5

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Very cute don’t you think? This picture was take by Pixie Purls

If you have an image that you would like to submit for Kindle Photo of the Day then please get in touch! you can send the image via email to email address – please make sure you include your name and a link to your site.

Kindle Photo of the Day #4: Kindle on the Train

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I love this image, is this the future? This picture was take by andyi

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Sunday Night Links #3: 6 January 2008

sunday night linksEvery Sunday night we will bring you Kindle links from around the web. Compiled form blogs, magazines, main stream media and other sources, we hope this link list will give you a definitive overview of what’s new regarding Kindle and what the ever growing Kindle community is talking about.

Kindle Summary 2007: Pros and Cons – Educational Paradigms

Amazon Kindle vs. Sony Reader SMACKDOWN – Gadgets Page

Amazon Kindle Does It All — Almost – The Street

Should You Use Kindle to Beta-Test Your Next Novel? – Gawker

Amazon Kindle, Magazines Could be the Killer App – theyshoulddothat.com

Kindle: gadget of mystery – Computer World

Kindle Kicks Newsprint’s Butt – Enterprise IT Planet Blog

Going Green with Kindle Reader! – justanothermobilemonday.com

Amazon Kindle has JVM – Java Swamy

Why Amazon’s Kindle Is A Big Deal – Bear on Business

Kindle, dissed on Gawker, still sells for $800 on Ebay – Munseys

Not on the Same Page as Print is Dead – Structured Publishing

Would you buy a Kindle? – Chas’ Compilation

Feedbook delivers one-click Kindle downloads – Mobile Read Forums

Kindle isn’t the Most Desired E-book Reader – Kindle News

Jeff Bezos and Bestselling Authors Discuss Amazon Kindle

Kindle Photo of the Day #3

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This picture was take by sishaw

If you have an image that you would like to submit for Kindle Photo of the Day then please get in touch! you can send the image via email to email address – please make sure you include your name and a link to your site.

Robert Scoble say the Kindle Sucks

scobleIn a scathing (yet hilarious) review of the Kindle, Robert Scoble – a former technical evangelist at Microsoft – states the following:

1. I want to meet the guy who designed the thing, and I want to beat the crap out of him.
2. It’s obvious they did not think about how the device was going to be used.
3. Amazon is a “cheap-ass company”.
4. In conclusion, “It really sucks.”

I take it he doesn’t like the Kindle device, fundamentally I think he is wrong, Kindle can be a success and whilst the Kindle does have its flaws, it certainly is not going to be a failure. Here are the 6 major criticisms of the Kindle Scoble cites;

1. No ability to buy paper goods from Amazon through Kindle.
2. Usability sucks. They didn’t think about how people would hold this device.
3. UI sucks. Menus? Did they hire some out-of-work Microsoft employees?
4. No ability to send electronic goods to anyone else. I know Mike Arrington has one. I wanted to send him a gift through this of Alan Greenspan’s new book. I couldn’t. That’s lame.
5. No social network. Why don’t I have a list of all my friends who also have Kindles and let them see what I’m reading?
6. No touch screen. The iPhone has taught everyone that I’ve shown this to that screens are meant to be touched. Yet we’re stuck with a silly navigation system because the screen isn’t touchable.

Now as far as I can tell, Scoble has 3 problems with the Kindle – Social Networking, eCommerce, and Usability. The usability seems fine to me on the Kindle, it takes about 30 seconds to figure out how to use the device and then it becomes second nature and most reviews have had a similar experience. In my opinion social networking has no place in a eBook device so that’s a moot point, however the ability to share your profile for thing like a book club might be something worth looking into. And finally eCommerce, the Kindle is a eBooks reader, not a supermarket! who wants to buy a toaster or mountain bike through a Kindle? I certainly don’t want to, I want to buy books and read on my Kindle. If I want to buy anything else, I will log into Amazon.com and purchase my goods that way. However, Scoble does have some valid points so the review is watching even if it it just to watch Scoble lose it.

You can check out the Videos here:

Amazon Kindle video #1. Unboxing.
Amazon Kindle video #2. Kindle first use.
Amazon Kindle video #3. Walking around with Kindle.
Amazon Kindle video #4. Mike Arrington on Kindle.
Amazon Kindle video #5. Books vs. Kindle
Amazon Kindle video #6. Me being a total jerk to Amazon.
Amazon Kindle video #7 (Interview at SF State University).

Source: Scobleizer

Two More Newspapers for the Kindle Library

Amazon has just added two more newspapers to the selection of available newspapers, they are: Les Echos and The Philadelphia Inquirer.

This brings the total number of newspapers on offer to 13 (unlucky for some, apparently not to Amazon!), the 13 newspapers are;

  1. The New York Times
  2. The Wall Street Journal
  3. The Washington Post
  4. Investor’s Business Daily
  5. San Francisco Chronicle
  6. San Jose Mercury News
  7. The Seattle Times
  8. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  9. Le Monde
  10. The Irish Times
  11. Frankfurter Allgemeine
  12. Les Echos
  13. The Philadelphia Inquirer

I would personally like to see The Finiancial Times and The Los Angeles Times on the list. I really do hope that newspapers jump onto the Kindle, as traditional newspapers continue to lose circulation, Kindle might solve a few problems. Be sure to check out the links and sign up for your 14 days free trail. Which newspapers would you like to see on your Kindle?

Les Echos (Kindle Edition)

Les Echos Kindle EditionLes Echos is France’s preeminent financial daily, and covers all subjects relating to the economy and the business world at large. Available in the French language and organized into two sections of macro and micro economics, Les Echos also features property market developments, industry & technology, financial analysis and share tips, personal finance information, and lifestyle news.

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Kindle Edition)

The Philadelphia Inquirer Kindle EditionWhether it’s local headlines, sports scores, arts, business, or travel and leisure information, read The Philadelphia Inquirer to find out what’s happening in the City of Brotherly Love. In addition to local fare, the major world news stories of the day are also featured.

The Kindle Edition of The Philadelphia Inquirer contains most articles found in the print edition, but will not include all images and tables. Also, some features such as the crossword puzzle, box scores and classifieds are not currently available. For your convenience, issues are automatically delivered wirelessly to your Kindle so you can read them each morning.

Thanks to Kindle Reader for the heads up.

Source: Amazon Kindle Newspapers, Kindle Reader

Kindle Photo of the Day #2: Colbert on my Kindle

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Stephen Colbert’s book I Am America (And So Can You!) on the Kindle, if you are a fan of Colbert and want to look into getting the book there is a Kindle format available. You can click the image below to order the book from Amazon.com:

Credits: eireson on flickr

If you have an image that you would like to submit for Kindle Photo of the Day then please get in touch! you can send the image via email to email address – please make sure you include your name and a link to your site.

Feedbooks – Hundreds of Free Kindle eBooks

feedbooksSome of you may have noticed the Feedbooks link in the sidebar, I recommend that if you have got a Kindle or any other eBook reader that you check it out. So what is Feebdooks all about?

Feedbooks supply public domain books and Creative Commons titles for E-Paper devices. What is great for Kindle owners is that they now support the Mobipocket/Kindle format. So you can read non-encrypted Mobi format eBooks on your Kindle.

There are a wide variety of eBooks covering most genre’s, you can search by author, title, top downloads, recently added and most recommended. Most eBooks are available in 5 or 6 different formats;

  1. epub
  2. Mobipocket/Kindle
  3. PDF A4
  4. Sony Reader
  5. iLiad
  6. Custom PDF

For those of you who need the help, Feedbooks provides a detailed Kindle help section to help you get the eBooks onto your Kindle. The process is not that complicate, I promise!
One of the best features on the ‘Custom PDF’ (screenshot below) option where you can set the height and width of the file which is very useful if you have got a PDA or anything else with a small screen.

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Feedbooks also offer a service where you can upload and share your eBooks with the rest of the world. Similar to Amazons Digital Text Platform service. Feedbooks does all the hard work, all you have to do is write and tag your submission. We’ll keep an eye on this service and report and developments in the future.

Feedbooks is a great site for Kindle owners to I recommend you check it out

You might also want to subscribe to the Feedbooks blog, its updates occasionally with useful tips, updates to the site and developer news.

Review and High Quality Unboxing Photos of the Kindle from AppleInsider

High Quality Unboxing Photos of the Kindle from AppleInsider

AppleInsider have just received their Amazon Kindle device and have uploaded an in-depth review of the Kindle along with some very high quality images of the unboxing process.

AppleInsider have done a good job with the unboxing process, unlike most unboxing pictures out there, AppleInsider have taken very high quality images, which are well lit. Good job from the guys at AppleInsider!

When I said earlier that the review was in-depth, I wasn’t kidding, the review is spread out over 5 pages and covers just about everything you can think of! here is an expert of the review where they are talking about the interface and navigation:

The biggest problem for E Ink is that it can’t redraw rapidly enough to support animation such as a mouse cursor or smooth page scrolling. Kindle attempts to work around this limitation using a scroll wheel to navigate between options on the page

Dialing a small roller up and down animates a silvery block cursor in an independent track that uses its own display that can update rapidly (above). This navigation track allows the user to select between options presented on a page, or to select a line of text which might include multiple hyperlinks within it. Once selected, a push down on the roller brings up a menu, typically including options to:

  • select from one of the hyperlinks in the selected line.
  • lookup a word in the selected line.
  • jump to the Home page.
  • visit the Kindle Store shopping page.
  • navigate within the existing document to its front page, table of contents, a specific location, a sections listing, or user specified bookmarks.
  • add notes to a document, highlight a selection, and access earlier notes.
  • create bookmarks.
  • save a selected page as a digital text clipping that can be output to a computer.

The right and left edges of the unit each have two large buttons: next and previous page buttons on the left, and next page and “back” buttons on the right. It seems logical that “back” and “previous page” would do the same thing, but that is not always the case. Sometimes back returns to a previous section, for example. It isn’t consistent enough to really be intuitive or predictable, however.

There is also a full keypad below the screen for entering text, along with alt, symbol, and search function keys and a button that brings up a menu to change the text display size used when reading a document. Between the E Ink display and the roller wheel cursor track, it’s quite easy and usually intuitive to figure out how to navigate around, but the slow page refresh is a significant problem that severely taxes navigation speed, as every menu presented involves a flash and a pause.

If your thinking of purchasing a Kindle, but are still unsure then you might want to check this review out, the review answers many questions about the Kindle device, Kindle accessories, the service and what Kindle is like to use every day.

Source: AppleInsider Unboxing Pictures
Source: Review: Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5

Kindle Screen Woes?

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Crunchgear received and email from a reader who’s Kindle has been showing signs of a rather worrying problem;

From Crunchgear:

A reader writes:

I got my girlfriend an Amazon Kindle for xmas and over the past few days it has progressively gotten worse and worse screen damage, despite barely being used (and never abused). Amazon acted like they had heard of the issue before and are trying to advance us a replacement but the backorder list is apparently huge so we don’t have very high hopes to see a replacement anytime soon. Have pic if you are interested, was mostly just curious if you had heard anything from anyone else about similar issue because Google finds nothing of the sort
its to the point now where the unit is unusable, about the top 1/3rd of the screen is garbled beyond recognition, and each time we turn it on it seems like more rows of pixels go out

I haven’t seen this issue, but now I can’t download fresh content, which makes Trog angry. Anyone else seeing weird eInk problems?

UPDATE – Jason just sent us a pic and an update:

The unit hasn’t even been out of the box long enough to
require being recharged, not to mention being abused, so I really
suspect that there is just a loose connection inside or faulty
soldering. I purchased it on launch day so hopefully this is just a
first-run QA mix-up, not an indicator of long term trouble with the
technology.

Thanks for posting my issue, I see that someone else had a similar
problem and Amazon resolved it reasonably quickly (which is
reassuring).

Crunchgear speculates that the culprit behind this fault is the E-Ink technology, however one reader seem to think that the problem lies with the TFT screen and its manufacturer Prime View International.

Amazon appears to be on top of thing it seems, another reader reports that his Kindle was experiencing similar problems and Amazon quickly replaced his device, which is good news for Kindle owners who may have this problem.

Source: Crunchgear

Kindle Shortcut List

Now many of you have had your Amazon Kindle for about a month now which means you should be comfortable with holding and reading on the device. Now that your using the Kindle has become second nature, you want to increase your productivity and get the most out of your Kindle. The best way to do this is to start using shortcuts.

Kindle has many shortcuts and I have listed the ones I am aware of here; I’m sure there are more, if you are aware of any more please leave comment explaining what the shortcut is and what it does. So without further ado, here is a complete Amazon Kindle shortcut list:

“1″, “2″, “3″ … “99″

Go to the corresponding page in the Home Menu
For multiple digit pages, you’ll have to type the digits FAST

“a”, “b”, “c” … etc.

From sorted Home Menu, Jump to corresponding page
If your home page is sorted alphabetically by either Title or Author, hitting a letter will jump to the page containing the first entry starting with that letter. “The” is ignored. Indefinite Articles are ignored.

@store

Store Search Shortcut
On the search line enter “@store

@web

Web Search Shortcut
On the search line enter “@web

@wiki

Wikipedia Search Shortcut
On the search line enter “@wiki

ALT+SHIFT+M

Minesweeper Game
Must be at Home screen to activate

ALT+aA

Sleep Mode Toggle
Enter/Exits sleep mode (toggle)

ALT-B

Bookmark
Bookmarks the current page

ALT-T

Time Function
Shows the current local time in the lower left hand corner

USB Hubs

Hub Configuration Requirement for Kindle
Must be Powered!

SHIFT+Next Page & SHIFT+Previous page

Skip forward and back
Skips ahead and back 5% of the book length

Have a Happy New Year

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