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Amazon has a dirty little secret: The website may be deleting your book reviews. News broke Saturday that family member reviewers or reviews of writers by other writers are all getting bumped from the website, among reviews written under other circumstances. It’s a crackdown meant to take action against those writing false or misleading reviews, but it has spawned a debate concerning whether or not the website’s actions are appropriate.
It's Cyber Monday! Some of you may be scrambling to snatch up every amazing deal or, like me, you're finding yourself constantly having to talk yourself out of "amazing" deals for things you don't really need. I've sworn off Amazon.com for the day (probably not really), but for those who may be enticed by the site's FIREDEAL, which takes $30 off the Kindle Fire tablet, here are a few things to consider about Amazon's Kindle.
As though I didn't already love my Kindle enough, Amazon comes up with Whispersync for Voice, a feature that speaks loud and clear to those of us who love to listen to our books as much as we love to read them. Those readers with busy work schedules and other responsibilities don't always have the option to read as much as we'd like. We find time when we can to get a few pages in.
Now, Amazon.inc is playing catch-up with the company’s own e-reading device. In the past, Amazon Kindle users have had to attach a light to the Kindle in order to read in the hours after dusk All of that is about to change, thanks to a new Kindle model set to hit the market (likely) in July. The brand new version of the device will come with a front lit screen.
If you want an electronic copy of the Harry Potter books, you still have to use the Pottermore website, but if reading each of the books once is your only goal, Amazon Prime might be your best option. Earlier today, the online juggernaut signed a deal which will allow its Kindle lending library to offer copies of the series in English, French, Italian, German and Spanish to all Amazon Prime customers.
It appears Amazon has found a way to make their eReader device the Kindle and the Amazon Prime subscription service even more appealing. The site announced today the beginning of their new feature, the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, which allows Kindle Owners who are also Prime subscribers the opportunity to borrow a bunch a month from a long list of titles.
In a move that will likely only hurt Barnes & Noble, the bookseller has decided to no longer stock 100 DC graphic novel titles in its brick and mortar stores after word that DC Entertainment stuck an exclusive deal with Amazon to offer that same content to Amazon for its new Kindle Fire tablet.
In case you haven’t made the connection between Kindle and Fire, Amazon brings the two words together with a Voltaire quote in this TV advertisement for their new tablet, which was announced today and is available for purchase later this fall.
Amazon posted the big announcement, which was expected to be made today. The online store that revolutionized the e-reader with the Kindle is taking their product a few steps further with not one but three new devices, one of which could give the iPad a run for its money.
Amazon.com is testing out a new, layout with less clutter that has been optimized for use on tablets. Some people think the Internet’s biggest retailer is tipping us off to a soon-to-be-produced tablet that will compete with Apple’s iPad. Can Amazon use its vast resources to put up a fight? If so, the competition in tablets, and maybe even smartphones, could be getting a little bit stiffer in the coming months.