Engadget: B&N to discontinue Nook 3G, lack of demand

According to Engadget, Barnes and Noble plans to discontinue the 3G version of the eInk Nook. Citing a lack of interests in the 3G model as more consumers are buying the WiFi-only version. Compared to the Kindle 3, it has less memory and shorter battery life, but it does have a user-replaced battery and a microSD card slot. The 3G model is currently priced at $199, the WiFi model costs $50 less.


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.

Remove DRM from Your Kindle Ebooks

Instructions from Gizmodo:

Too Smart Guys created the video above (the tutorial portion starting at 2:05), demonstrating how to remove DRM from Kindle ebooks that you legally purchased. To get started, you need the following:

Note: the Python scripts are currently down but Too Smart Guys have been kind enough to provide a torrent you can use to download the files instead.

Once you’ve got all of that installed and ready, open up the unswindle.py script. You may be required to browse to python.exe in order to run it, but either way the goal is to run it with Python. After an extended moment, the Kindle for PC application will launch. You’ll find your Kindle books in Archived Items. Open one up and then quit the Kindle for PC app. At this point you should be prompted to save the DRM-free ebook. Pick a location, and you’re all set.

Start-up create Kindle book lending program

A look at the Kindle Lending Club beta site

A small company called Kindle Lending Club launched a beta site that will allow people to lend eBooks to those who want to borrow them. Second, when the borrowers discover that they didn’t finish with Amazon’s 14-day lending window, offer a link to buy the eBook and share a portion of the resulting revenue through Amazon’s affiliate program.

Amazon’s 14-day lending constraint, along with a limit of one lending per book and the fact that publishers don’t make all books available for lending in the first place.

Mac Kindle app available from Mac App Store

The Kindle for Mac app is now available to download from Apple’s Mac App Store. The app is exactly the same as the one you can download from Amazon’s site. This app was released January 7 and is currently number 4 on the list of top free apps. Hit the link to download from Mac App Store.

Amazon stops selling non-lighted Kindle Leather Cover

Amazon has stopped selling the non-lighted Kindle Leather Cover. The non-lighted has been plagued with numerous problems. The most prominent problem being when you use the cover with a Kindle it causes the Kindle to reboot. Earlier this month, Amazon refunded those who bought the cover and gave them a $25 credit.

On the Kindle main page, when you select the Kindle Leather Cover you instead get an M-Edge

Amazon blames Kindle cover problem on plastic clips

If anyone has one of the Kindle Leather Covers that causes reboots, Amazon has been giving refunds on that and have also added credit toward buying the lighted version of that cover.

From Expert Reviews is Britain:

Amazon customer services in the UK have told us that the Kindle leather cover problems, which cause the eReader to reboot and do other strange things, is caused by the plastic clips on the standard case.

The lighted leather case, which uses metal clips in order to conduct power from the Kindle to the light is immune to these problems…

As such, Amazon.co.uk will credit affected users with the £50.99 required to buy the Lighted Leather Cover (UKUS) instead.

From our experience, the process is a painless one.  Just make sure that you phone the UK phone number, as the US site will attempt to refund in dollars instead of pounds.

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