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Kindle iOS app receives major updates

Kindle for iPhone

Amazon posted a major update to its free Kindle app for the iPad and iPhone. The 2.5 update adds the ability to take advantage of iOS 4’s multitasking abilities and a few minor improvements.

You can now drag compatible files to the Kindle app via iTunes, when your iOS device is connected to a Mac or PC.

One of the less-known features of iOS 4’s multitasking is the ability for apps to continue downloading even after they’ve been closed. According to Amazon, Kindle 2.5 will finish downloading your books even if you switch to a different app.

Other minor changes to the app include support for better image zooming and a new book indicator. The app’s icon has also been changed to emphasize the word Kindle and remove the word Amazon.

The Kindle app lets iOS users read Kindle books and shop at the Kindle Store, which contains over 775,000 titles. The app also includes a built-in dictionary, search features, and customizable background color and font size. Kindle requires iOS 3.0 or later.

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Kindle tweets outpace Nook tweets 2 to 1

Crimson Hexagon has conducted a study that about the eReader market that charts and analyzes Twitter conversations for both the Kindle and Nook, as well as the iPad (when used as an eReader.) The conclusion of the study is, “While the Nook readers have certainly established a solid and growing position in the e-reader market during 2010, our analysis also revealed that Amazon’s Kindle is still by far the most popular e-reader on the basis of total conversation volume on Twitter.” It’s rather interesting but take the study with a grain of salt.

Looking at the daily volume of  Twitter conversation for each of the devices, Crimson Hexagon found that conversation about the Kindle far outpaces the Nook and Nook Color (1000 vs. 500 or 2 to 1). As I said above take it with a grain of salt. 1000 and 500 daily “tweets” seems extremely low.

Barnes and Noble launches Nook kids iPad app

Barnes & Noble has released a new free NOOK Kids for iPad app which is specifically designed to play over 230 interactive picture books. More than 50 of the books have professional narrations, including the Thomas and Friends, Richard Scarry, and Olivia series.

The app, which is already available on the Nook Color, is an eReader with kid-friendly features and enhanced storybook reading options that make full use of the iPad’s color LCD. Other features of the app includes two free books, Richard Scarry’s Colors and Kipling’s The Elephant’s Child, that come with the download if you sign up for the NOOK service and place a credit card number on the account. The biggest feature of the app is the fact that it will read to your kids. The Nook kids app is free in the App Store right now.

Editorial: Single-purpose devices are not dead

After dissecting Amazon press release from yesterday I noticed the following quote below:

“We’re seeing that many of the people who are buying Kindles also own an LCD tablet,” Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon.com, said without citing a specific survey. “Customers report using their LCD tablets for games, movies, and web browsing and their Kindles for reading sessions.”

Does this mean a single-purpose device can still exist? I’m assuming that LCD tablet is an iPad. As you might already know iPads have a free app called iBooks which allows you to read eBooks purchased from the Apple Bookstore. But you can also read books by downloading the Amazon Kindle app.

I’m in the personal opinion that everything should be in one device and devices like the Kindle, Nook, iPod nano and shuffle, would be in compassed by a tablet or smart phone. But apparently the not. Why would somebody one a single-purpose device when one device can take care of that? Mr. Bezos answered that himself below:

“They report preferring Kindle for reading because it weighs less, eliminates battery anxiety with its month-long battery, and has the advanced paper-like Pearl e-ink display that reduces eye-strain, doesn’t interfere with sleep patterns at bedtime, and works outside in direct sunlight, an important consideration especially for vacation reading.”

For a single-purpose device to stay alive it has to be fantastic in what it does. It has to excel in a certain area and not be clouted by other features. With the Kindle, it excels in reading and is not hampered by apps or confusing interfaces. It is absolutely simple to start reading and the battery life is absolutely fantastic. There is no need to worry when you forget to charge the device since the battery will last up to one month?

Another reason iPad owners also have the Kindle, is the Kindle is extremely affordable at $139 and it will only get cheaper. In my opinion, $139 is at an impulse purchase territory.

So manufacturers, if you didn’t get anything else out of this editorial remember this: If you want a successful single-purpose device, keep it simple do not add unnecessary features and keep improving the main purpose of the device with each revision.

Supreme Court Kindle vs. iPad

Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan is a Kindle user (probably a Kindle DX), while Justice Antonin Scalia wields an iPad.

This information appeared in a recent video clip on C-SPAN. Both justices use the devices (plus hard copy printouts) to read the vast quantities of written material they must go through — up to 40 or 50 briefs for each case, Kagan says in the video above.

 

November 22, 2010 Part 1

Murdoch’s iPad only newspaper is called “The Daily” and will cost $.99 a week and have new issues daily. Expect iPad beta by Christmas.

According to official Twitter Account of Russian President, he is not fond of Galaxy Tab camera.

iOS 4.2 review (for iPad) via Engadget.

Netflix launches $7.99 streaming-only plan.

Apple releasing Apple TV 4.1 alongside iOS 4.2 today. About time.

 

Novermber 19, 2010

Apple:

iPads Wi-Fi 16 GB for $399. Not Jobs approved.

Engadget reviews iPod nano as watch. Review score 3/10. “The Good: extreme nerd factor. The Bad: extreme nerd factor.”

Beatles on iTunes. (7 years too late) I.E.: #21 on iTunes Top 100.

Safari 5.0.3 released. Much improved “Smart Bar.”

Following Daring Fireball’s lead I decided to unistall Flash. And honestly not missing it one bit. (For the record: I’m using Chrome to watch Hulu.

Kindle:

Amazon introduces Kindle book gifting in time for the holidays. SWEET. Since, I now have a Kindle Wi-Fi.

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