The 2011 Book Expo America brought all kinds of exciting events and upcoming projects for the Amazon Kindle and others. Amazon Publishing offered author signing and interviews, Kindle excerpts and more.
Amazon Publishing has a collection of free Kindle downloads that provide excerpts and teasers for upcoming releases. The new releases will be available in the Summer and Fall of 2011. Some full versions are available for preorder.
This is a great opportunity to test drive some books and authors that you haven’t gotten a chance to try.
We’ve already seen the competition heating up with the latest Nook releases. I actually got a chance to check ou the NookColor recently, and thought it was pretty decent. At the expo, Kobo introduced the new Kobo Touch. It depends mostly on touch screen with the exception of one home button at the bottom, which is similar to the iPad set up. Based on reviews, the Kobo touch looks pretty clean and can probably hold it’s own in the e-reader market.
The Kobo may sound great in theory, but in order for it to be accessible, it’ll have to have some kind of voice navigation feature. Currently, the Kindle is way ahead of both the Nook and Kobo readers because of its accessibility features and text to speech option. The iPad also has a lot of great accessibility features of its own, however, the iPad will be more competitive with the rumored Kindle Tablet than the current Kindle e-reader.