Users of the Kindle Scout program will be able to vote for up to three titles a day that they want to see published after reading excerpts of the books. Publishing won’t be entirely decided by voting. Amazon:
[The] nominations give us an idea of which books readers think are great; the rest is up to the Kindle Scout team who then reviews books for potential publication.
A user on the message board Kboards finds a page on Amazon’s website about a program called Kindle Unlimited, which offers unlimited ebooks from participating publishers for $9.99 per month. Amazon removes the page from its website, but a cache is saved on Google, which says:
Enjoy unlimited access to over 600,000 titles and thousands of audiobooks on any device for just $9.99 a month.
Amazon announces a feature that allows users to upgrade their Kindle books with Audible integration for $.99 or $3.99 for bestsellers. Amazon’s “Whispersync for Voice” technology will allow readers to toggle between reading books and listening to the same book seamlessly. Russ Grandinetti, Senior Vice President, Amazon Kindle:
Integrating professional narration into our Kindle apps means you never have to put down a favorite book—start reading at home, get in the car and simply tap a button to continue listening without losing your place.
Amazon Adds Audible Integration To IOS And Android Kindle Apps For Easy Listening
Amazon launches Kindle MatchBook, a service that scans your previous Amazon.com book purchases and “matches” them with the Kindle versions. Not all books are available, but if matched, readers can pay $2.99 or less to get the digital version of a book they already own.
Amazon introduces the third generation of its Kindle Fire tablets, in both 7″ and 8.9 inch versions. A 7″ models are $229 (Wi-Fi only) and $329 (Wi-Fi + 4G); 8.9″ are $379 (Wi-Fi only) and $479 (Wi-Fi + 4G). Bezos explains:
It’s been just two years since we introduced the first Kindle Fire, and the team is innovating at an unbelievable speed ….We’ve worked hard to pack this much hardware, innovation, and customer obsession into these prices.
Amazon introduces the May Day button, a customer service video-chat feature available on the Kindle Fire HDX. Amazon hopes to reach a “15 seconds or less” Mayday response time goal. When there is a problem, users can call up tech advisor in a one-way video chat (they can’t see you). It’s free, and according to Amazon:
Available 24x7, 365 days a year — Simple and deeply integrated—the Mayday button lives in the Quick Settings menu, one tap away.
Amazon releases the Kindle Paperwhite. With a backlit display, capacitive touch technology, and more pixel real estate, users can read text either inside or outside without glare. WiFi only models are $119, Wi-Fi + 3G are $179. Bezos explains the new Kindle is:
[what] we’ve always wanted to build — the technology didn’t exist to build a display with this level of contrast, resolution, brightness and battery life, so our engineers invented it …
Amazon Kindle Press Conference — September 6, 2012
Amazon announces and releases the $69 fifth generation of its e-reader device. The newest Kindle is marginally different from previous versions and is released together with the Kindle Paperwhite. Amazon calls its latest generation Kindle:
… the smallest, lightest and most affordable Kindle everis now even better …
Amazon introduces the second generation of Kindle Fire, its Android-powered color touchscreen tablet device. A 7″ device is $199, 8.9″ is $399, and the top line model with 4G wireless and 32 GB storage is $499. Along with the new Fire, the first generation stays on the shelf with a reduced price of $159. Asked about what makes the Fire stand out, Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO, says:
We’re taking on the most popular price point for a tablet, $499, but doubling the storage and incredibly, adding ultra-fast 4G LTE wireless…
Amazon announces the first touch-screen Kindle. The Kindle Touch is without a keyboard but instead is equipped with an experimental web browser and an infrared screen. Consumers can purchase a Wi-Fi only model for $99 with ads or $139 with no ads, or with both Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity for $149 with ads or $189 with no ads.
Amazon releases the fourth generation of the original Kindle. The Kindle 4 is six inches of e-ink display equipped with an experimental web browser. It is slightly smaller than pervious versions and according to Amazon:
The new latest generation Kindle is for readers who want the lightest, most compact Kindle at an incredible price. The latest generation Kindle features a new design that is 30 percent lighter at just 5.98 ounces, 18 percent smaller, and turns pages 10 percent faster. Kindle is now small and light enough to fit easily in your pocket and carry with you everywhere, yet it still features the same 6-inch, most advanced electronic ink display that reads like real paper, even in bright sunlight..
Amazon announcesKindle Library Lending. Anyone with a library card can borrow Kindle books from their public library. Currently 11,000 libraries participate in the program:
We’re excited that millions of Kindle customers will be able to borrow Kindle books from their local libraries …
Public library users can now select Kindle books as an option when checking out e-books through Overdrive, the company that manages most public library e-book collections. Users will then be directed to Amazon’s web site where they select to borrow the Kindle book. It will be automatically downloaded and all annotations and highlights will be preserved even after the digital borrowing period is over.
Later called the Kindle Keyboard, Amazon announces its third generation reading device. At $139 for a Wi-Fi only version and $189 with 3G, the K3, as some have called it, is according to Jeff Bezos:
… smaller, lighter, and faster, with 50 percent better contrast. Readers are going to do a double take when they see Kindle’s bright new screen and feel how remarkably light the smaller 8.7 ounce design feels in one hand.
Amazon introduces a desktop version of its Kindle e-reader platform for Mac users. Now Mac desktop and laptop users can read Kindle content for free, make notes, and share annotations without the use of a physical Kindle. Amazon says the Mac for Kindle is:
For those customers around the world who don’t yet have a Kindle, Kindle for Mac is a great way to instantly access and read the most popular new releases as well as their old favorites.
Amazon releasesapp for Blackberry users to read Kindle books. Similar to Kindle for PC and apps already available for iPhone and iPod touch users, the app keeps notes and sync data connected across all devices.
Amazon releases a Kindle app for the PC crowd. Even without a Kindle device, readers can access Kindle books on a personal computer, make notes, and highlight, and with Whispersync technology, everything is synced across connected devices.
Amazon announces users can now download a Kindle app to an iPhone or iPod Touch. No Kindle is required to download the free mobile app. Readers can begin a book on their smartphone, and later pick up where they left off on their Kindle.
Jeff Bezos announces the Kindle 2, the second generation of Amazon’s portable e-reader. It becomes available on Amazon’s website ten days later. The Kindle 2 does away with the first generation’s diagonal shaped keyboard and the expandable SD memory card slot. It is thinner and has the capability to read text out loud. The price tag: $359.
Jeff Bezos introduces the Amazon Kindle, a portable e-reader device. The first generation Kindle has a 6-inch screen and can store 250MB of memory, which is expandable by a SD card. The Kindle sells for $399. It has free wireless cellular broadband from Sprint so readers can browse the web or download e-book purchases. The device can hold up to 200 books. Bezos says:
Anyone who is reading two, three, four books at the same time should have one of these.
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