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Amazon introduces Kindle Unlimited – a subscription service for book lovers

on Saturday, July 19th, 2014
Posted in: eBook Readers, News

One of the perks of being a Kindle owner and an Amazon Prime member was the one free book you were allowed to “borrow” each month.  With only one free book, it could take you a long time to try out new authors you’re interested in without having to risk some of your book budgetRead More…


Oyster, the unlimited book reading app and service, is now available on Android and Kindle devices

on Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Last fall, we told you about the Oyster ebook lending service that gave you unlimited access to ebooks on your iOS devices.  At the time, they had 100,000 books in their lending library.  Now, they have more than 500,000 titles available.  They’ve made a lot of improvements in their reading app, too, with new typography,Read More…


Up to 80% discounts on eBooks from Amazon

on Friday, January 10th, 2014
Posted in: eBook Readers, News

Maybe you got a new Kindle for Christmas, or maybe you use a Kindle reader app on your tablet or smartphone.  In any event, you’re probably always in the market for some deeply discounted books for it.  Today, Amazon is offering up to 80% off on more than 500 educational eBooks for your Kindle.  TheyRead More…


Next Issue now provides unlimited magazines to Kindle HD and HDX

on Tuesday, December 24th, 2013
Posted in: eBook Readers, News

Next Issue, my favorite app for my iPad, is now available for Kindle HD and HDX.  Just download the free app from Amazon, and you’ll be able to access more than 125 magazines – current and back issues.   Of course, you’ll still need to subscribe to the Next Issue service, but where else canRead More…


Amazon has launched the Kindle MatchBook service

on Wednesday, October 30th, 2013
Posted in: eBook Readers, News

A couple months ago, we told you about Amazon’s new Kindle MatchBook service, which will give you access to eBook versions of paper books you bought from them in the past.  Whether you bought them years ago or last week, you can get the eBook version for no more than $2.99, and some may beRead More…


Amazon announces the Kindle MatchBook program

on Thursday, September 5th, 2013
Posted in: Gear, News

Beginning in October, the new Kindle MatchBook program will let you download a reduced-price ($2.99, $1.99, $0.99, even some for free) Kindle copy of printed books you purchased from Amazon.  That’s any book you purchased since Amazon launched its bookstore back in 1995!  You’ll have to wait until the publisher gives Amazon the okay toRead More…

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite firmware 5.3.4 released

on Sunday, March 17th, 2013
Posted in: eBook Readers, News

Amazon has just released a new firmware 5.3.4 for their Kindle Paperwhite.  Like the previous firmware upgrade, there’s actually no change log attached advising any details  You can wait to wirelessly receive the upgrade or manually download and install it right now.

Words to Sleep By ebook

Words to Sleep By eBook review

on Saturday, December 8th, 2012

Despite your best efforts it’s 2am and you’re still awake in bed, tossing and turning, too tired to get up but too awake to fall asleep.  You’ve counted the sheep, sipped warm milk, but nothing seems to help. Author and former Gadgeteer staff writer Cobin Rox might have some words to help you out –Read More…


Amazon Send to Kindle Browser extension

on Monday, November 12th, 2012
Posted in: eBook Readers, News

Browsing the web at work?  Found an article you’d really like to read but don’t have the time to do it now, and you’d rather read it tonight in bed on your Kindle Paperwhite? Amazon has Send to Kindle browser extensions for both Firefox and Chrome.  Install the extension, tell it a few things like whatRead More…

Kindle Paperwhite Software Update 5.3.0

on Wednesday, November 7th, 2012
Posted in: eBook Readers, News

Amazon has just released their first software update (5.3.0) for their new Kindle Paperwhite .  New features in the update include: Improved Fonts:  We have made changes to Palatino, Baskerville, and Futura fonts to make them look even better on Kindle Paperwhite. You will notice this when reading books, as well as in menus. We’ve alsoRead More…


Amazon Kindle Paperwhite review

on Monday, October 29th, 2012
Posted in: eBook Readers, Reviews

For the last two years I’ve been more than happy with my Kindle Keyboard (3) 3G  and haven’t seen the need to upgrade to any of the newer Kindle versions.  Smaller size or touch interface never seemed to be a driving factor to warrant spending the extra  money on  an “upgrade”. However as someone whoRead More…

Kindle Reader Windows 8

Kindle Reader for Windows 8

on Friday, October 26th, 2012

For a true cross-platform interoperability reading experience you really can’t beat Amazon’s “eco-system”.  Well Windows 8 users won’t miss out on their Amazon books either, as Amazon releases its Kindle Reader for Windows 8. Available from the Windows 8 app Store, the reader supports both Windows 8 and Windows RT.  And it supports all the functionality we’veRead More…


Livrada – Gift Cards for eBook Readers

on Sunday, September 23rd, 2012
Posted in: eBook Readers, News

Giving someone a gift card is super convenient way to let them know you care by giving them a gift. They are easy to buy don’t require you to wrap them. Now you can give someone the gift of your favorite book. Livrada is an eBook gift card service that has teamed up with TargetRead More…

Kindle 3 (Keyboard) Is Not Gone Nor Forgotten – Firmware 3.4

on Thursday, September 13th, 2012
Posted in: eBook Readers, News

Amazon might have just released a bunch of  new Kindles  but they haven’t forgotten the Kindle 3 (Keyboard).  Amazon has released a new firmware  update for this model. Firmware update 3.4 includes: Improved Font: We’ve improved the reading font to have more contrast and be more crisp. Parental Controls: With the latest software update for KindleRead More…


Swivel ProFolio Case for the Kindle Fire Keeps Your eReader in Hand or Hands-Free

on Saturday, June 2nd, 2012
Posted in: eBook Readers, News

The Swivel ProFolio case for the Kindle Fire eBook reader from Us+U is a case that will transform itself to fit your various usage styles. A self-adjusting hand strap makes sure you can keep a firm grip as you read your favorite books. When you’re ready for some entertainment, a built in pivot gives you 360 degreesRead More…

Amazon Send to Kindle Mac

Amazon Send to Kindle – Now for Mac

on Friday, April 27th, 2012
Posted in: eBook Readers, News

We reported on Amazon’s Send to Kindle for PC utility when it was released, and now Amazon has released their Send to Kindle for Mac client. Send personal documents to your Kindle from your Mac. Drag and drop one or more documents on to the Send to Kindle icon in your Dock or launch the application andRead More…

Kindle Touch

Kindle Touch Available in Australia… But at What Price?

on Thursday, February 23rd, 2012
Posted in: eBook Readers, News

At this point in time Amazon will only ship the Kindle Touch WiFi to Australia.  Up for preorder now on both BigW and Dick Smith is the Touch WiFi for $185AU for release on March 5th and the Touch 3G for  $249AU for release on the 13th of March. The only question I’ve got is why ? To grabRead More…


Does your Kindle Keyboard have fading letters? Amazon might send you a free replacement

on Saturday, February 4th, 2012
Posted in: eBook Readers, News

Gadgeteer reader Sandee Cohen writes in with some potentially good news for Amazon Kindle Keyboard owners: Julie, You might want to write this up as a post. I got a Kindle Keyboard model Christmas 2010. ByNovember 2011, some of the letters on the keyboard had started to fade. (I play a lot of word gamesRead More…

Intl Kindle 3 3G Coverage

Amazon Kindle 3 3G International Coverage – US vs International model

on Friday, February 3rd, 2012

In my article Amazon Kindle 3G-The Perfect Travel Companion, I talked about how useful I found my 3G Kindle while travelling overseas.  One of the comments left on that article pointed to a blog that said that Vietnam was one of the only places that the author couldn’t get any 3G signal.  This confused the heckRead More…


Amazon Kindle Fire Review

on Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Amazon introduced their first Kindle device back in 2007 when the dedicated eBook reader population was made up almost exclusively by Sony’s Reader line of products. The eReader population has grown to include more brands than I can count and in the last 5 years, we’ve seen the technology in this category evolve from e-Ink devices toRead More…


How To: Getting Personal Documents on Your Kindle

on Thursday, January 19th, 2012
Posted in: Articles, eBook Readers

I love my Kindle, and I love the Amazon ecosystem for the purchase and reading of novels but did you know that  you can extend  the functionality of your Kindle way beyond that? The Kindles supports more than just Amazon’s .AZW book format (basically a .MOBI with Digital Rights Management-DRM).  From the web site the KindleRead More…


Send to Kindle for PC – Personal documents just got easier

on Friday, January 13th, 2012
Posted in: eBook Readers, News

Send a lot of personal documents to your Kindle but sick of mucking around with emails to get them there?  Amazon has just released the free Send to Kindle for PC  application. Using Windows Explorer, right click on any supported file format (.doc, .docx, .txt, .rtf,.jpeg, .jpg, .gif, .png, .gmp, .pdf) , and Send to KindleRead More…


Amazon Kindle Touch Review

By: Ken Schoenberg
on Monday, January 2nd, 2012
Posted in: eBook Readers, Reviews

An e-reader should be pretty simple to review, one like the Kindle Touch that has only two buttons even more so. Amazon‘s ebook reader has one primary task: displaying the pages of the reader’s books.  Sure, there are other features of importance like availability of content, size and weight, and overall usability issues. But inRead More…


Sakroots Artist Circle E-Reader Case

on Thursday, December 29th, 2011
Posted in: eBook Readers, News

Sakroots is the name for a line of accessories from The Sak handbag company.  Shown here is the Artist Circle E-Reader Case for Kindle, Kindle Touch, and the Nook Simple Touch.  These fabric cases are made of coated canvas, trimmed with polyurethane, and lined with polyester.  The case closes with a zipper, and all hardwareRead More…


Amazon Introduces the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library

on Thursday, November 3rd, 2011
Posted in: eBook Readers, News

Not long ago, Amazon made it possible for you to borrow books from participating libraries, and now they’ve introduced the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library.  To participate, you must be an Amazon Prime member, and it appears you must own an actual Kindle.  There are 5000 titles available now, including 100 current and former New YorkRead More…