It's Black Friday, and everything must go! Amazon is offering considerable discounts of over 30% on plenty of devices, including Fire TV sticks and Fire tablets, as well as that futuristic-looking cylinder called Amazon Echo.
Here's what we've managed to find:
It looks like these deals may be available in other stores such as Best Buy, too. Read More
It's honestly kind of surprising that a company as huge and far-reaching as Amazon hasn't made a more serious effort to sell things in Mexico yet. After all, there are over a hundred million people in the country - surely a few of them want to buy some books and phones and such, and Amazon already sells to much smaller markets in Europe. The company announced today that it's expanding its online retail services to Mexico, including both conventional sales and its Marketplace program.
That will make the Amazon Kindle e-readers available in Mexico, but oddly there's no mention of the Kindle Fire, Fire TV, or Fire Phone lines (you never know, someone down there might actually want one). Read More
Amazon's Fire HD line of tablets aren't geared for hardcore Android enthusiasts. They don't come with the Play Store. They don't offer Google apps. And they don't come with the Google Now Launcher or any of that relatively new material design. But they are pretty good at letting you consume media.
The Fire HD 7 is a low to mid-range offering with a rather mediocre 1280 by 800 display. But today you can get it for $60 off, which isn't all that much dough to cough up for the hardware. The cheapest option is the 8GB model with ads (ahem, special offers), which has dropped from $140 to $80. Read More
Amazon knows its offers more e-books than the other guys, and when it comes to producing a solid reader, that matters a great deal. So what else does the company have left to do for each of its updates?
For version 4.11, it is trying to improve the experience for people who are picking up (metaphorically speaking) a particular book for the first time and those who may have trouble with larger words.
So when you initially open a novel, Amazon will toss up an introductory panel that provides general background information along with an estimated read time. It only does this once. Read More
Amazon has pushed out an update to its Kindle app for Android that might pique your interest if you're into audiobooks, speak Dutch, or like to highlight things. Yes, that's an admittedly eclectic mix of traits and interests, but that's the way these updates work. Developers aren't particularly invested in making sure we bloggers have a theme to categorize each new version under.
- Start playing narration before audiobook download is complete
- Localized support for Dutch
- Tap on highlight to edit
- Several bug fixes
So let's just tackle this list of changes in order. Audiobook listeners can now begin listening to stories before they fully finish downloading. Read More
If you're heavily invested in Amazon's book ecosystem, then you're probably an avid Kindle user. If you also happen to use Google Books, then you've probably noticed that Amazon's offering is lacking many of the features that make Books so good, like immersive mode. Well, Amazon stepped up its game today with a Kindle app update that brings that and much more:
- Read books in immersive full-screen mode (Android OS 4.4+)
- Tap the bottom right corner of a page to lock orientation
- Control playback from the lock screen while audio is playing in the book
- Choose system brightness in reader settings
- Navigate table of contents by sub chapter
- Pair with Bluetooth devices (Permission)
Amazon, update your test device already. Read More
Amazon is currently offering the Wi-Fi version of its 32GB Kindle Fire 8.9 for $299.99, a discount of $130. For an extra 15 bucks, you can get the variant without ads (excuse me, special offers) instead. The discount applies to both, and it's valid for only today.
Other variations of the tablet are also going at discounted rates, though they don't compare to the $130 savings we see on the aforementioned model. The 16GB and 64GB options are both available for $60 off. The former, at $319, is a waste today considering the 32GB model is currently cheaper, but the 64GB might be worth a glance if you're certain you're going to cram this tablet full of content. Read More
We've heard rumblings about a possible Netflix-like service for books provided by Amazon, and now that service has come to fruition. It's called Kindle Unlimited, and it essentially offers customers access to over 600,000 titles from the Kindle Library and 2,000 on Audible, with unlimited reading or listening on both for roughly $10 a month.
Of course, Amazon isn't the only one offering a service like this, as Oyster just launched its all-you-can-read book buffet last month for the same price. While the two companies' catalogs are comparable strictly based on numbers, Amazon's offering still contains around 100,000 more titles right out of the gate, plus access to Audible audio books (and the ability to switch seamlessly between the two with Whispersync). Read More
When the time comes to shop for ebooks, Amazon's Kindle Store is one of the first online destinations that comes to mind. Likewise, Audible, a company now owned by Amazon, is an easy recommendation for audiobooks. Thus far, people who own both the ebook and audiobook versions of a novel have had to hop back and forth between mobile apps to switch between the two.
Reading a book using the Kindle app vs listening to it via Audible.
Now an update is rolling out to the Kindle Android app that should make the experiences play along more nicely. It will offer users the ability to switch between the Kindle version and the audiobook version of a book without leaving the app, assuming they own both copies. Read More
The Amazon Android app has just received an update that should affect more than just your shopping. Now the company's apps support single sign-in. When you log into one, you're automatically signed into the other ones that are installed on your device. This works with the main shopping app, Amazon MP3, the Amazon Appstore, and the Kindle app.
Upon my extensive hands-on testing of this complex feature, everything seems to work just fine. When I signed in with the Amazon app and then switched over to Amazon MP3, it detected my account without fuss. After I cleared data and signed in with Amazon MP3 first, the regular Amazon shopping app also signed me in no problem. Read More