ByÂ Amar ToorÂ Â postedÂ Oct 24th 2011 8:38AM
“Great looking books.” That’s whatÂ AmazonÂ is promising to deliver with Kindle Format 8 (KF8) — a new, HTML5-based file format forÂ KindleÂ books. According to the company, KF8 will allow publishers to produce picture books, comics and graphic novels with greater ease, thanks to theÂ platform’s rich formatting capabilities and design elements. In fact, this format brings more than 150 new formatting tools to the table, including fixed layouts, nested tables, sidebars and Scalable Vector Graphics, among others. It should be noted, however, that audio and video are not included on the list of supported HTML tags and CSS elements. At first, content creators will only be able to use KF8 for theÂ Kindle FireÂ tablet, though Amazon says it’ll gradually expand to its entire lineup of devices and apps “in the coming months.” No word yet on when KF8 will become available as an update to Amazon’s Kindle Publisher Tools suite, but you can find more details at the source link, below.
ByÂ Mat SmithÂ Â postedÂ Oct 16th 2011 8:31AM
Amazon has pushed out a new update for theÂ Kindle 3, now operating under the alias of the Kindle Keyboard. This gives the well-buttoned e-reader access to some of the cloud features found on its freshly unboxedÂ younger brother, and includes the ability to view any archived documents, notes and highlights you’ve added to that intangible pile of books and articles. You’ll need to tether the Kindle to your PC, point your browser towards Amazon, and download the file corresponding to the right region and model. Excitable annotators can grab the upgrade now at the source link below.
ByÂ Amar ToorÂ Â postedÂ Sep 12th 2011 3:33AM
Details are still sketchy here, but theÂ Wall Street JournalÂ is reporting thatÂ Amazon‘s looking to launch a Netflix-like subscription service for digital books, much to the chagrin of some publishers. According to unnamed sources familiar with the matter, Amazon is currently “in talks” with several publishers about the program, which would provide access to an online library in exchange for an unspecified annual fee. The insiders also claim that the service would be available forÂ Amazon PrimeÂ subscribers (who currently pay $79 per year for free shipping and access to shows and movies) and that the proposed library would feature primarily older works, with monthly restrictions on the number of books a subscriber could read for free. Publishers would reportedly pocket a “substantial fee” for signing on to the program, though some are reluctant to participate, for fear that doing so would “downgrade the value of the book business,” according to one publishing exec. In fact, it remains unclear whetherÂ anyÂ publishers have thrown their hats in the ring, but we’ll certainly be on the lookout for any developments.
ByÂ Joseph VolpeÂ Â postedÂ Jul 27th 2011 1:37PM
Last time on Days of our Rumored Amazon Tablets’ Lives:Â Bezos teased usÂ with a “stay tuned” cliffhanger, but shook his head at the notion of a color E Ink Kindle this year. WhileÂ DigiTimesÂ spilled its cup of beans about the devices’ possible use ofÂ Fringe Field Switching displaysÂ and fabrication by Quanta Computer, theÂ Wall Street JournalÂ threw its two cents in with a report pegging a couple ofÂ new KindlesÂ for Q3.Â NowÂ loose-lipped sources are feeding theDigiTimesÂ hearsay flames with a leaked supplier parts list that has Wintek, J Touch and CPT providing touch panels with NVIDIA processors at the tabs’ cores. The Seattle-based company also purportedly plans to ship four million of these 7- and 10-inch slates by 2011’s end. So, what to believe? We’ll find out in due time, but with all this gossipy buzz you can place your bets onÂ something.
ByÂ Vlad Savov postedÂ Apr 20th 2011 9:29AM
We love books. We just don’t love carrying more than one of them around. It’s great to hear, then, that Amazon has figured out a new Kindle Library Lending feature, which will allow US customers to check the ethereal form of books into their Kindle (all generations are supported) or Kindle app-equipped smartphone or computer. Annotations will be retained, in case you decide to take the book out a second time or purchase it through Amazon, in which case they’ll come flooding back in like fond memories of a good read. The service matches Sony’s similarÂ ebook library checkout offering, which is no coincidence as it’s powered by the same company, OverDrive. It’s set to launch later this year and you can read more about it in the press release after the break.