When Amazon announced that its Kindle Fire had sold out, a lot of people assumed a replacement model must be close at hand. The arrival of the Kindle Fire HD - along with the Kindle Paperwhite - proved them right.
In a pinch, we’d say rumours of a 7-inch iPad are, thanks to Steve Jobs’ previous statements, totally fanciful, but the idea of a 7.85-incher looks like a clincher.
The Kindle Touch 3G started shipping last Friday (US time), a week earlier than the announced shipping date.
Worldwide media tablet sales to end users are forecast to total 118.9 million units in 2012, almost double the number of units sold in 2011, with Apple's iOS still easily the dominant tablet operating system as consumers continue to snap up the iPad.
Amazon has launched an in-app purchasing service for developers and publishers using the Android platform.
It's boxy, but it's good. Mostly.
Given the rapidity of change in the tablet market it takes a bold forecaster to make projections even three years out, but IDC has taken on the challenge: it is tipping Android devices sales to outnumber iOS by 2015 thanks to a proliferation of low cost eReaders, but sees iOS continuing to be the leader by share of revenue.
Worldwide shipments of eReaders will nearly triple from the 25 million expected to reach the market this year to 67 million eReaders by 2016.
Google eBooks are now available to Australian customers. Two local booksellers are already onboard, and an affiliate program is open for website operators.
Over the last three years the use of e-books as an alternative to print books has stalled with a new global survey of 6,500 students finding students still find the two equally important for their studies. According to Gartner research director Marti Harris part of the problem is a persistent lack of standards in terms of the e-book platform.
Amazon has announced a hefty growth in its sales, but it is less profitable than it used to be.
It seems but a distant memory but it was only a month ago that HP withdrew its Touchpad tablet from the market and subsequently caused a frenzy among buyers who snapped them up for $99 in a fire sale. Looking back at that experience, if Apple is not concerned at the emergence of the new Amazon Kindle Fire then it should be.
Amazon's much-rumoured tablet has been announced. The Kindle Fire is an aggressively priced 7in colour device with a new approach to web browsing.
Amazon's upcoming Android-powered Kindle tablets are coming soon, with industry reports, rumours, presumptions and prognostications suggesting the tablets will be sold at extremely competitive pricing, with app and digital media sales to bring in the real profits.
Although some are excited to finally see Amazon's soon-to-be-superseded B&W Kindle 3 models set for sale from month's end in Big W, Dick Smith and Woolworths, if you already have a tablet, why swindle yourself by spending yet more on outdated Kindle hardware?
With new Kindle models on the way soon, Amazon is clearing out stocks of older models by lowering prices in the US and finally selling them in Australian retail stores. It might be tempting for some, but with new models around the corner, this is one e-book whose cover you should judge carefully.
Last week there were two separate and seemingly unconnected but in fact very enmeshed events in the publishing world. Both indicated the continuing downward death spiral of hardcopy print media.
The popularity of ebooks continues to soar - Amazon is now selling more Kindle books than paper editions. And that doesn't count the ebooks it gives away.
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