Archive for April, 2009

Can You Say e-Book Empire? The Kindle, Stanza, and Fair Trade

April 29, 2009
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Can You Say e-Book Empire? The Kindle, Stanza, and Fair Trade

Amazon Acquires e-Book Competitor Stanza’s Parent, Third-Party Vendor Seeks an M-Edge with Kindle Ads in Apple’s Subways, and the Net Whispers its Fears About World Domination The Bottom Line: Is Kindle Content Coming to Your Computer? In the April Kindle Nation survey, in the course of asking participants about other issues (DRM, text-to-speech, and the pricing of Kindle editions),...

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A Detailed Roadmap for Kindle 3, 4, 5, & Beyond: Touchscreen, Flexible Large-Form, Notepad, Color, & Voila: The Kindle Reader & Mobile Net Device

April 24, 2009
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A Detailed Roadmap for Kindle 3, 4, 5, & Beyond: Touchscreen, Flexible Large-Form, Notepad, Color, & Voila: The Kindle Reader & Mobile Net Device

By Stephen Windwalker, publisher of Kindle Nation CEO Jeff Bezos was characteristically coy, during Thursday’s Amazon earnings conference call, when he was asked if the company “might unleash the computing power of the Kindle” by adding features that could make the Kindle competitive with netbook computers: “We’re really focused on purpose-built reading devices. We wouldn’t talk anyway about what...

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Authors and Publishers Speak Out About Digital Rights Management (DRM)

April 24, 2009
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Authors and Publishers Speak Out About Digital Rights Management (DRM)

Although there are plenty of publishers who haven’t learned from the recent history of the music industry and are afraid of lifting DRM from their Kindle editions, a growing number of authors and publishers are taking a more forward-looking approach. Popular tech author Shelley Powers blogged recently about how DRM restrictions are not an appropriate way to protect copyright:...

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Results from April’s 1st-Ever Kindle Nation Citizen Survey

April 23, 2009
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Results from April’s 1st-Ever Kindle Nation Citizen Survey

Over 1,200 subscribers and other e-book enthusiasts have participated in April’s first-ever Kindle Nation Citizen Survey, and the results provide fascinating insights into who just who is participating in the e-book revolution and what we think the issues and the future of e-reading. The survey will remain open through April, so you can still click here to participate if...

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Try This! The Most Simple Way to Set and Keep a Monthly Budget for Your Kindle Purchases

April 22, 2009
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Try This! The Most Simple Way to Set and Keep a Monthly Budget for Your Kindle Purchases

If you are challenged by the need to keep your Kindle purchases on a monthly budget (or to do the same for a family member), why not try a Kindle Gift Certificate each month? Just click here to purchase your Kindle Gift Certificate in whatever amount suits your monthly budget amount, and you’ll know how much you have left...

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Thousands of DRM-Free Books in the Kindle Store

April 20, 2009
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One of the biggest misconceptions about DRM and the Kindle is that all the books in the Kindle Store are restricted by DRM. Actually, there are tens of thousands of DRM-free books in the Kindle Store, and it is relatively easy for authors or publishers to make their Kindle editions DRM-free. Now readers, authors, and publishers have begun an...

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Where Do the Citizens of Kindle Nation Stand on Text-to-Speech, Digital Rights Management, and the $9.99+ Boycott?

April 16, 2009
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Early Results from the First Kindle Nation Citizen Survey (This post first appeared in the free Kindle Nation weekly email newsletter on April 13, 2009). Over a thousand Kindle Nation citizens have exercised their citizenship rights during the past week by participating in the first ever Kindle Nation Citizen Survey. The survey will remain open throughout the month of...

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The Genius of Instapaper: for ParisLemon, a reason to buy the Kindle

April 10, 2009
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Ordinarily when I find something like the usefulness of Instapaper with the Kindle, I worry that Amazon may be moved to take steps to block the feature based on the reasonable notion that it could cannibalize K-content revenues. But here’s a guy who was already using Instapaper, had been anti-Kindle, but when he learned that the Kindle and Instapaper...

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A Campaign to Organize Against Digital Rights Management (DRM)

April 8, 2009
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A Campaign to Organize Against Digital Rights Management (DRM)

By Stephen Windwalker (The following post first appeared in the TeleRead.org blog on April 8, 2009.) In a TeleRead piece that I wrote last week, along with a perhaps more interesting exchange of follow-up comments, I began thinking about what it might take to mount an effective organizing campaign against DRM. Starting from some relatively passive speculation that Amazon...

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