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Amazon Launches Its Collection Of Short Works, Kindle Singles

Today, Amazon has finally released  Kindle Singes. In October, Amazon announced it Kindle Singles which are basically short stories and digital pamphlets. In Amazon’s words, Kindle Singles are “twice the length of a New Yorker feature or as much as a few chapters of a typical book” and generally 5,000 to 30,000 words (roughly 30 to 90 pages). They’re shorter works not forced into the expected size of a regular novel making them more affordable, prices range from between $0.99 and $4.99. At this time, there are only 22 singles which is rather low.

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.

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.

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.

M-Edge announces customized Kindle 3 cases

Something I almost missed from CES 2011… M-Edge announced MyEdge. MyEdge is a program for making personalized cases. You can create customized jackets for your Kindle 2, Kindle 3, iPad, and Nook. Basically, all you have to do is choose your device, add color and text, and then add a picture. MyEdge will officially launch in February.

Press Release below:

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