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December 14, 2014 • eBooks

Why I Cancelled My Kindle Unlimited Subscription

A few weeks ago I was reminiscing about my favorite science fiction book from my childhood. It was an anthology of short stories, and some intense Googling determined it was out of print. My search led me to the local library, and after poking around for just a few minutes, I cancelled my Kindle Unlimited …

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December 1, 2014 • Editorials

Amazon Does Odd Shipping Date Math

Last night I placed an order on Amazon and noticed something odd about the displayed delivery options. Look closely at the shipping times below. As a Prime member I should receive Free Two-Day shipping on eligible items.   However when you look at Amazon’s current delivery options for an order placed today (Monday) it appears the are adding …

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November 14, 2014 • News

Amazon Announces Family Library for Kindles!

Amazon announced a big Kindle update today, but the biggest new feature is probably Family Library! Basically, you can now link your household Amazon accounts (and Kindle libraries) together for sharing. This is great news for my house, where Sarah and I have each had Kindle libraries and have physically swapped devices to share books! …

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November 7, 2014 • Reviews

7″ Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition Tablet: Not Ready for Prime Time

When the Amazon Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition Tablet was announced, I was intrigued by the “Everything Kids love. Everything Parents Want.” tagline, and I immediately preordered. These 6″ and 7″ HD Fire tablets come with a 2-Year Guarantee, a kid-proof protective case, and the setup seemed perfect for a child’s first tablet.  After fiddling with one, …

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November 6, 2014 • News

The Amazon Echo Is Always Connected and Ready to Help

Amazon just announced a device called the Amazon Echo.  What exactly is the Echo?  Well, imagine Google Now or Siri combined with a Bluetooth Speaker and you get the idea.  Is it more than that? Yes.  Will it make it easier to spend money on Amazon?  Undoubtedly. Will it give you the creeps? Maybe, but …

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September 20, 2014 • eBooks

Amazon Boosts eBooks with New Kindles, While B&N Pulls NOOK Downloads

This has been a roller coaster week for eBook fans. If you’re an Amazon Kindle fan, it’s been a positive coaster; there are new Kindles galore! On the other hand, if you’re a Barnes and Noble NOOK fan, you just lost the ability to download NOOK books directly to your computer. Disappointed? Happy? Unsure? Read …

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August 14, 2014 • News

Amazon Offers $1 Instant Video Credit for Slower Shipping Choice

I just ran into an offer from Amazon to receive a $1 Amazon Instant Video credit if I chose slower shipping rather than the standard 2 day shipping I’m be entitled to as an Amazon Prime customer.

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August 13, 2014 • News

Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited Isn’t Quite Unlimited

“Kindle Unlimited” has a nice ring to it. That’s probably why Amazon uses that name, and not, say, “Kindle 10-at-a-time”, which is the more accurate assessment of the service. If you plan to load up before a vacation, bear in mind you’re capped at 10 books before you have to “return” one!

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July 18, 2014 • eBooks, News

Amazon Announces Kindle Unlimited

Amazon has officially announced Kindle Unlimited, a $9.99 all you can read monthly ebook subscription. This was leaked earlier in the week, but now we have more details on this ebook and audiobook service!

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July 16, 2014 • News

Amazon Kindle Unlimited – $9.99 – Coming Soon

Amazon is reportedly testing a new offering named Kindle Unlimited according to a series of images posted on their site which have since been removed. For $9.99 per month, Kindle users could have access to over 600,000 Kindle eBook titles and thousands of audiobooks. It’s not yet known exactly which publishers would be included or which audio …

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June 23, 2014 • Editorials

Amazon Fire Smartphone? Nope. Not A Prayer

On Wednesday June 18, Amazon announced their first ever smartphone – the Amazon Fire.  While this Fire OS based device (an Android derivative) may be the only phone with Dynamic Perspective (a screen that shifts as you tilt the device) , Firefly technology (Google revamped for Amazon) and Mayday (live help at the push of a button) …

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June 12, 2014 • Music Diary, News

Amazon Launches Prime Music Streaming Service!

Last month Carly noted some of the reasons that Prime Music as rumored – limited selection, older titles – made sense in the context of the other Prime offerings. Well, overnight Amazon introduced Prime with access to a million songs and hundreds of curated playlists. The depth and breadth are limited, but it provides a …

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June 11, 2014 • eBooks

Amazon’s Whispersync for Voice Upgrades eBooks to Audiobooks

Amazon may come under fire for their dominant position in ebooks, but they are number one for more reasons than just price aggression. Not all retailers can leverage the various versions of books to their advantage like Amazon can, and they’re showcasing it with their new “Whispersync for Voice” upgrades program.

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June 1, 2014 • eBooks, Editorials

Target and Librify Partner Up for a New Twist on Subscription Ebooks

Target has sold books and eBook readers in their stores for years, and now they are sticking a very tentative toe into the world of selling digital books. No, you won’t be heading to Target.com for your next eBook (yet), but they are partnering with new website Librify, which is a social network/eBook subscription service …

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May 29, 2014 • News

Why Amazon Prime Music Makes Sense

Buzzfeed is reporting that Amazon is planning on expanding their Prime offerings to include music as well as books, movies, and free shipping. This has been speculated before, and the terms (no music newer than 6 months) fits with the backlist strategy of the rest of Prime. It also shows who Amazon Prime is truly …

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April 2, 2014 • News

Amazon Announces Fire TV, a Set-Top Streaming Game and Video Box

Today Amazon announced Fire TV, a 1080p streaming set-top box. Fire TV is available for shipment starting today and sells for $99. Amazon is touting the voice search, Prime integration, and access to the most popular services as well as gaming. They also emphasize the ease of setting the system up, getting online and getting …

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March 13, 2014 • Editorials

How do You Solve a Problem Like In-App Purchases?

Apple added a big change to iOS 7.1 when it comes to app purchases. Previously, once you entered your password for an app purchase the system automatically didn’t ask for it again for 15 minutes. To prevent in-app purchases by accident, you can now set it to ask every time. But how else can in-app …

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March 13, 2014 • Gear Bits

Amazon Prime Goes to $99

We knew it was coming but it is now official — the annual fee for Amazon Prime is rising to $99. For me it is a no-brainer, the service is awesome. The benefits like Prime Video are nice, and the $99 still makes Amazon Prime a bargain. How about you? Does the increase make you think …

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February 19, 2014 • eBooks

Kobo Shows There’s Plenty of Life in the eBook Market

If you’ve heard of or use Kobo Books regularly, there’s a good shot you are not alone. Kobo has come a long way in a few short years, from starting as Shortcovers in 2009 to being purchased by Rakuten in 2012. Now they have some truly brag-worthy news-according to The Digital Reader, revenues are up …

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February 7, 2014 • Editorials

Apple’s Missed Opportunity: The Family Tablet

A coworker came to me recently for advice about buying a tablet for his family, one that he and his wife could use and share with his toddler. Specifically, he wanted a way to create timed parental controls, and he wanted to make sure he was right in believing the Kindle Fire was a better …

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January 30, 2014 • News

Amazon Prime Fee May Rise By $20 – $40

Amazon reported  quarterly earnings today, and revenues were $25.59 billion vs expected revenues of $26.06 billion. Sales were up 20% over 2013, however Amazon missed their revenue forecast which caused the stock to decline 10.6% after hours. Even though sales increased by a healthy margin, the stock market looks to the company’s ability to meet …

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