Amazon launches Kindle for Kids bundle just in time for Summer

Kids need to read too right? If they are going to be in front of any type of electronic screen while inside, some of that time should be dedicated to something other than gaming. Well to help alleviate that, Amazon has launched a Kindle for Kids bundle that aims to help get those bookworms a kindle of their own, and leave their parents with some piece of mind.

Included in the Kindle for Kids bundle, is a standard Kindle, a “kid-friendly cover”, and an extended warranty provided by SquareTrade. The kid-friendly cover comes in either blue, green, pink, purple or black, so there are plenty of options for your little ones. What’s really awesome is the SquareTrade warranty that provides protection up to two years, for accidental spills and drops.

This picture shows a kindle with three different color; blue, green and pink

If purchased separately, you would be spending close to $150 on all of this, just to get your kids up and rolling for some summer-time reading sessions. However, with the Kindle for Kids bundle, you get the Kindle, case, and the extended warranty for only $99. That’s a heck of a deal, and honestly, one that I was considering for myself. Kinda. Okay I was.

Now to throw some fun into the mix the Kindle that your child receives will include Kindle FreeTime which allows kids the ability to view their reading progress of each book, and earn badges for reaching specific milestones and accomplishments. This can really help out and make reading enjoyable for you and your children. Also, since this is just the traditional Kindle, there is no way for the kids to access regular websites or social media, so that they can just focus on reading without any other distractions from the device itself. Finally, parents won’t have to worry about accidental purchases or charges to their credit cards. This is thanks to the fact that the Kindle will only be loaded up via the parents’ existing Kindle library or purchased from the Kindle Store and added to the Kindle FreeTime Profile.

This is a great deal to get a jump start on the summer, and turn more than a few kids into some bookworms. Let us know what you think about this great deal from Amazon in the comments below.
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Kindle Oasis review

Oh dear, how will I ever return to the Kindle Paperwhite?

I’m a huge fan of my Kindle Paperwhite. I bought it about a year ago and have cruised through dozens of books, reading night and day. It has, until the moment I set my hands on the Kindle Oasis, filled my every need for an eReader.

The Paperwhite is light, portable and the battery life is rock solid. The text is crisp, the backlight is adjustable and bright enough. Amazon’s storefront offers plenty of selection and there’s enough room on the Paperwhite that I never have to worry about filling it up. How could Amazon do any better? Well, until recently, there was just the Amazon Voyage, which offers better build materials and haptic buttons, among other upgrades, but I never found it worth replacing my Kindle Paperwhite with. The Kindle Oasis, however, is damn near impossible to resist, even at its $300 pricepoint. I’ve been using it for the past several weeks, inching my way through a few books, and I’m convinced I now need to buy one as soon as I can find room in my budget.

Look, it’s expensive, I get that, but the reading experience is just downright incredible. The Oasis slides out from an included leather cover that doubles as a battery pack. That’s a great bonus because you get both protection and an extra charge whenever you need it. Plus, it cuts the weight drastically, leaving you with what feels like an impossibly thin and light eReader in your hand. The text is crisp and high-res, and honestly I didn’t really notice a whole lot in terms of backlight improvements or anything like that, despite claims that it offers 60-percent more LEDs than any other Kindle and the highest resolution. It’s the ergonomics that have me fawning for the Kindle Oasis.

For example, I love that I can palm the device in one hand and easily switch pages back and forth using either of the two buttons on the right-side of the device. I haven’t used a Kindle with actual buttons in a long time, but I prefer it to blocking the screen with my hand to turn the page. The power button is in easy reach on the top-right of the device, too. Most of the time, I slid off the back cover and read in the ultra-light cover-free mode. At times, though, I left the cover on and felt that reading was still really comfortable.

Amazon promises “months” of battery life, though that hasn’t rung true in my tests. I’ve had the device for about a month and have already gone through a complete charge from the cover and the actual eReader unit. That’s fine by me, though – a month is still incredible no matter how you look at it, and it’s possible my battery life was affected by the backlight, which I use every single night with the device. When the basic eReader unit dies, however, it just pops right into the cover — sort of like a Mophie Juice Pack for an iPhone — and starts charging up. It’s super convenient, though I’ve never really been in a place where I’ve said “darn, my Kindle just died!” I mean, you charge this thing once a month and that’ll never happen.

I love the Kindle Oasis, and again, it’s something I plan to buy as soon as there’s room in the budget. It’s not cheap, of course, but bookworms will love what it offers, especially by the pool and on the beach this summer. Sadly, there’s already a 2-3-month waiting time on Amazon, so keep that in mind. Go figure – it’s the best eReader I’ve ever used, and easily worthy of that demand. Kudos, Amazon.

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Should You Buy a Kindle or Just Use the Free App?

It seems like just about everyone has an e-reader these days — and almost everyone who has one has a Kindle. But do you really need a Kindle when you can just use the Kindle app on your smartphone or tablet?

Could you save yourself the $80-$290 (not a typo!) that it would cost you to buy a new e-reader by just using the app? Here are the advantages and disadvantages of both options to help you decide once and for all.

Buying a Kindle: Pros

There are a lot of reasons why buying a Kindle might appeal to you. The most obvious, of course, is that you can carry a nearly unlimited amount of books around in your pocket. All of the current Kindle models come with 4 GB of storage space, and with even large books often coming in under 1 MB of space (Moby Dick, one of the longest books I’ve ever read, is a scant 2.4 MB), that’s an absolutely huge number of books you can take with you.

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And the Kindle is, in fact, very small. My own Kindle Voyage measures 6.4″ x 4.5″ x 0.3″, making it easy to literally stash it in my back pocket if I want to take it somewhere. And at 6.3 oz., I hardly even notice it in there. The new Kindle Oasis only weighs 4.6 oz. without the cover, which is astonishingly light when you hold it in your hand. The Kindle absolutely cannot be beat on form factor.

The fact that the Kindle isn’t backlit is another huge plus: looking at backlit screens, like your phone or your iPad, might make it harder to sleep at night, and it’s harder on your eyes over long periods of time. The e-ink screen and built-in LEDs of the Kindle provide soft lighting that’s very easy on your eyes without making it hard to read at night. The Voyage and the Oasis even have adaptive light sensors to automatically adjust to your current lighting. And the e-ink is surprisingly clear, especially on the higher-end models.

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One of my personal favorite features of the Kindle Voyage and Oasis is the presence of page-turning buttons on the bezel of the reader. It sounds ridiculous, but if you read through 100 pages of a novel, your thumb will get tired moving from the side of the device to hit the touchscreen and turn the page. The base model Kindle and the Paperwhite are still touchscreen-only, but the other two models pack this fantastically nice feature.

Direct access to the Kindle store is also a great feature of owning a Kindle; you can open up the store from your device, browse books, and download them immediately. If you have a 3G-enabled Kindle, you can do this from anywhere you can get cell reception. This is great if you’re stuck at an airport or somewhere else where you might have to pay for Wi-Fi when you really want a new book.

Buying a Kindle: Cons

With all of those benefits, it’s going to be hard to find enough drawbacks to dissuade you from buying a Kindle, but there’s definitely one con that’s worth mentioning: price. Kindles aren’t cheap, especially if you want any extra features. The base model is $80, which seems pretty reasonable, but you can’t get 3G, there are no page-turn buttons or lights, and the screen resolution is just over half that of the other models.

this picture compare all the kindle which is good for those who want to buy a kindle

The Paperwhite gets you LEDs and the option of 3G, but you’re looking at a jump up to at least $120 to get there. Stepping up to the Voyage, which provides more LEDs and an adaptive light sensor, page-turn buttons, and a smaller profile, gets into the, “Oof, that’s expensive” range at $200+. And the Oasis, the new flagship model, pushes the boundaries of reasonableness at $290 (you can see all of the features and differences in this great comparison of Kindles).

Are all of those features worth the outlay of cash? That’s going to depend largely on your budget and how much time you spend reading. I spent over $200 on the Voyage when it came out, and it was worth every cent, largely because I do a lot of reading, and much of it is at night after my wife has already turned out the light and gone to sleep. The LEDs are mild enough to not wake her up.

Using the App: Pros

Even with all of the benefits of buying a Kindle, there are quite a few significant benefits to using the app instead. First of all, it’s totally free. Obviously you still have to pay for the books that you download (unless you’re taking advantage of the huge amount of free stuff you can get for your Kindle), but you don’t have to pay a thing for the app. If you have a Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, or Blackberry 10 device, you can download it.

And there’s definitely something to be said for getting the app on a device you already have. A Kindle is small and light, sure, but it’s still another device that you’ll have to store, charge, and carry with you if you want to take it anywhere. Using the app on a device that you’re probably already carrying with you anyway frees up a little storage space in your bag, which can be quite valuable (especially if you’re flying and have to pay by the ounce for your carry-on).

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In addition to being available for pretty much any device out there, the interface for the Kindle app is really nice. Three different color schemes — day, night, and sepia — and easy brightness adjustment make it easy to get it dialed in no matter where you’re reading (unless you’re outside in bright sunlight; we’ll get to that in a moment). And while Kindle touchscreens are good, they’re not great: using the app on a tablet is going to provide you with crisper, faster interactions.

Because the app is in full color on other devices, you can highlight in multiple colors, which might not sound like a big deal, but if you’re using your Kindle for textbooks or any other book for school, you could put that to good use.

Using the App: Cons

You can probably already see where this section is going to go. The biggest drawback to using the app, of course, is the backlight on your device; it’s just not as nice as the e-ink and LED lighting that comes standard on the top-tier Kindles. You can definitely read in the dark, but even in night mode, it’s pretty harsh and will take a toll on your eyes. You’re probably already spending too many hours looking at a screen, and reading on one isn’t going to help. It’s also going to be extremely difficult to use in direct sunlight.

this picture shows a close look on kindle

This is personal preference, but I find the lack of page-turn buttons on my iPad, where I most often use the Kindle app, to be a drawback. Moving my thumb half an inch and tapping or wiping to turn the page isn’t that big of a deal, but as I previously mentioned, 100 pages of it will show you just how nice those buttons are.

One of the more annoying drawbacks of the iOS Kindle app is that it doesn’t have access to the Kindle store, due to some restrictions put in place by Apple. The Android app does have access to the store, and presumably the Windows app does as well. However, because so many people like to read on their iPads, the lack of access on iOS can be a drawback.

And if the very small form factor of the Kindle is something you really want, the size of a tablet could be a drawback — though you can always use it on your phone, which makes it especially easy to travel with. Many people find that the size of their phone isn’t good for reading, though, so that could be another drawback.

Which Should You Choose?

As you can see, both the Kindle e-reader and the Kindle app have a lot of things going for them, but they both have a couple drawbacks as well (most notably, the Kindle’s price). And while anyone could be well-suited to either of them, there are a few things that might make you choose one over the other.

You’ll probably want a Kindle, for example, if you read a lot of books. Exactly what qualifies as “a lot” is open to interpretation, but I’d say if you read an hour or more every day, you’ll really benefit from the e-ink screen. If you tend to read outside or in the dark on a regular basis, the screen will be a big benefit, too.

this picture shows comparison of big and small kindle

I find that I really appreciate my Kindle when I travel, as well — the ability to put it in my pocket and read when I’m on a shuttle bus or waiting at a hotel is really nice, and the reading experience is way better than it is on a phone. Buying a new book from anywhere is nice, too.

If you don’t read quite as much, or the back-light doesn’t bother you, the Kindle app is a great way to save money on a rather expensive gadget. Using it on your phone isn’t ideal, but it can certainly be done. A tablet, however, is going to provide a better experience, in terms of both visuals and tactile feedback.

Probably the best way to figure out if you should buy a Kindle is to try using the app first. Read a full book or two over the course of a couple of weeks to see how you like using the app on your phone or tablet, and if you think you’d prefer a Kindle, then you can decide which model is best for you. If you prefer the portability and having that extra money in your wallet or purse, stick with the app.

Do you use a Kindle e-reader or the Kindle app? Or do you use a different e-reader app, like iBooks? Or even something else? How did you decide which one to use? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments below!

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What is compelling Amazon to remove kindle eBooks?

 

Amazon has come up with new types of Amazon Kindle eBooks.

The new versions have the table of contents placed at the end of the e-book. Amazon has integrated new software that automatically emails authors alerting them to make these changes within five days or else the Buy button on their authored e-books will disappear. However, not all times do they do so. Amazon may remove the buy button without prior email.

For instance, in 2005, Amazon removed the Buy button on Walter Jons Williams Nebula award winning SF novel during a costly BookBub promotional event.

Williams revised the novel by taking the table contents to the back of the novel. Amazon emailed all those who had earlier purchased the novel on the gross formatting and editorial mistakes advising them to download the revised version of the book.

Quite a number of authors and publishers with either their titles enrolled in Kindle Unlimited or not, have received such emails from Amazon. However, other factors like

  • change in price,
  • addition of keywords,
  • or revision of the e-book,

may also trigger the warning. This is because such changes automatically reprogram the software to scan for formatting errors.

Some publishers believe that the issue has something related to the e-books not encrypted with the NCX protocols. The coding system saves the reader the hassle of viewing the Chapter titles in the TOC and allows the reader to skim through the titles in the Go To list. The Go to list has centred listings of all the chapter titles. Unlike before, it is mandatory for all Amazon kindle ebooks to have NCX files encryption.

The reason behind Amazon move remains unknown. Publishers and authors ought to ensure they update their email address on their Amazon account to ensure they receive up to date info and removal of their e-books. In the coming weeks, small publishers will also need to pay attention by making litany changes to their portfolios.

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Amazon Kindlefire

Amazon Kindlefire: A Good Priced Tablet for all Consumers

Quick Dual-Core Processor: KindleFire highlights a cutting-edge double center processor for quick, effective execution. Stream music while perusing the web or read books while downloading recordings.

Simple to Hold in One Hand: Designed to go with them wherever they go. Sufficiently light to hold in only one hand, Kindle Fire is ideal for skimming, playing, perusing and shopping on-the-go.

Flawlessly Simple and Easy To Use: Designed starting from the earliest stage, Kindle Fire’s straightforward, instinctive interface gives clients a chance to spin easily through their late titles and sites straight from the home screen.

Free Cloud Storage: Kindle Fire offers free stockpiling for all Amazon computerized content in the Amazon Cloud. Applications, books, films, and music are accessible immediately to stream or download for nothing, at a touch of a finger. Existing Amazon account holders can agree to Cloud Drive to store their documents on its servers, it likewise offers 5GB free stockpiling.

They can purchase somewhere around 20GB and 1,000GB of additional stockpiling for US$1 per gigabyte a year MP3 music purchased from Amazon can be put away specifically on Cloud Drive and played with Cloud Player, a Web application that finds streams and plays music.

Ultra-quick web scanning – Amazon Silk: Amazon Silk is a progressive, cloud-quickened program that uses a “split program” design to influence the processing speed and force of the Amazon Web Services cloud.

Amazon Silk is distinctive in a radically new manner. When you utilize Silk, without pondering it or doing anything unequivocal, you’re approaching the processing speed and force of the Amazon Web Services cloud (AWS)

This permits Silk to draw on Amazon’s cloud for handling energy to recover and stack a website page all the more quickly on the Fire, the program will stack to push bits of the calculation into the AWS cloud. This gives Silk a chance to do more work, all the more rapidly, and at the same time. For instance; To stack a website page, Silk chooses if the tablet’s energy can run, it decide the page on its system conditions and page many-sided quality before or in the event that it needs to concentrate and uses the force from the AWS cloud to stack the page.

Amazon Silk program programming lives both on Kindle Fire and on their vast server armada that contains the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2).

EC2 servers have gigantic computational force. On EC2, accessible CPU, stockpiling, and available memory can be requests of sizes bigger than on cell phones.

Silk is permitted to get to and utilizes the force and speed of the EC2 server Armada to recover the majority of the parts of a site at the same time, and conveys them to Kindle Fire in a separate, quick stream. Exchanging figuring complete assignments to EC2 moderates your Kindle Fire battery life.

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A KindleFire! (click picture to view details)

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Free Kindle Books

Free Kindle Books – 7 Dragons Inc

Have you been waiting for the release of an app that will enable you access online books? Are you tired of wasting a lot of time trying to access online books? If so, you are at the right place because 7 Dragons Inc have released the perfect book buddy for you: The Free Books for Kindle.

This is an application that will be your perfect book partner. With this application you will gain quick access to numerous books- free and paid. Try and download it today and you will enjoy the following features.

  1. The application is supported by all devices that have Android operating system. The app also works in kindle fires without any difficulties.
  2. With this app you will be able to access numerous lists of books. The lists and genres are updated daily meaning that you will not have any difficulties when searching for the book of your choice.
  3. The app is also able to select the best deals of books and it ensures that you access the books of your choice without any difficulties.
  4. The kindle books app requires a free memory of about 1.3 MB in your device.

The kindle books app is free to download. With this app you will be able to raise your level of reading books to another level.

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Kindle Fire hdx Case review

Fintie Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 Folio Case Cover

Have you been searching for the perfect tablet cover? Are you tired of purchasing fake covers that don’t satisfy your tablet’s safety requirements? If that is the case with you, then you are at the right place: Because Fintie Manufacturers have released the Fintie Kindle Fire HDX 7 Folio Case Cover
that has been designed with a lot of dexterity, giving it unique features that have made it stand tall in the market.

Some of the features of the Fintie Kindle Fire HDX 7 Folio Case Cover are:

  1. The cover is made of synthetic leather that is very durable. The quality us the upgraded by a very soft microfiber material in the inside that protects your device from scratches.
  2. The Fintie Kindle Fire HDX 7 Folio Case Cover is also capable of becoming a horizontal view stand. This is made possible by the flipping features.
  3. This tablet cover has an interior pocket that makes it very easy to place your tablet.
  4. The tablet cover is available in many colors. You can always purchase the color that pleases your eyes best.
  5. The cover built-in strong magnetic strip that makes it possible to sleep or wake your tablet efficiently.

Looking at these features we can say that the Fintie Kindle Fire HDX 7 Folio Case Cover is great purchase. You can purchase this product from amazon online shops at a price of $15.99 where you will be lucky to have saved $22.00 from the listed price.
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Introduction to Kindle tablet

What is Kindle tablet?

Amazon, Which is an online retailer, started producing e-readers since 2007, which are nothing but electronic handheld devices, which are exclusively meant for reading e-books (an electronic version of a printed book).

These e-readers are called as Amazon Kindle e-readers. The name “Kindle”, is not only used as a prefix for Amazon e-readers, but Amazon has also used it for its Kindle Fire Tablets series.

It also uses it for its e-books as “Kindle books”.

The other services Amazon provides, with the prefix name “Kindle” are,

  • Kindle Direct Publishing,
  • Kindle Application,
  • Kindle Publishing for Blogs,
  • Kindle Unlimited and few other services.

In short, the name “Kindle” is meant for electronic version of books and the other things associated with electronic books. But right now, I want to bring your attention to only one product of Amazon, which is, “Kindle 6”.

A perfect choice!

The reason, I want to bring your attention to this product is because, gone are the days, where you would have to go to a book shop or a library to get a physical book and these books takes up lot of space at home. Now with “Kindle 6” e-reader, you can get almost any book, just by the click of your finger on the e-reader.

The most important thing about Amazon “kindle 6” e-reader is that, it doesn’t strain your eyes, even if you would read continuously for many hours, because the e-reader is designed with E-ink technology, where the screen appears just like a physical paper, unlike the LCD screens of tablets, laptops, smartphones, which strains your eyes. So for any book lover, this e-reader is the perfect choice, for the best reading experience.

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Kindle for kids – A review

This Review Alone will answer All The Fears And Anxieties Of Parents

Kindle for kids. These are the fears and anxieties that every parent has, when they are planning to buy an electronic gadget like a tablet, smartphone, laptop etc. to their kid –

  1. What if they break such a costly device?
  2. Will they waste all their time with the device without meeting their educational goals?
  3. Will I be burdened with additional costs of buying books, games, apps, if I will buy an electronic gadget for them?
  4. Is it safe to give access to children to the internet?
  5. Will they make some mess in some social networking sites or make purchases unknowingly online or in-app purchases?
  6. I have more then one kid, but I can only buy one device, will my kids share it or will they fight with each other for the device?

All the above questions and fears can be put to rest, if you are going to give your kid or kids the “Fire Tablet, Kids Edition“.

Kindle for kids
Kindlefire (kids edition)

Here is why;

  • Amazon gives a warranty for the device for 2 years, that warranty is just not for the software problem of the device but it gives you warranty for any breakage for the device. You can get a totally new device, if incase the device gets broken by the kids, and also you will get a free protective case along with the device. So nothing to worry at all.
  • The device has inbuilt options, with which you can set the time, for how long they can use the device in a day. Moreover, the device comes with 1 year free access to 10,000 books, games, movies, educational apps, so you won’t be burdened with any additional costs of buying them.
  • The device will restrict access to social networking sites and also for in-app purchases, still the kids can access 40,000 websites, these websites are exclusively hand-picked for children.
  • If you have more than one kid, then you can create profile’s for each kid, so that, each kid can access only the content that they like. In that case, there wouldn’t be any fight over the content among the kids.

I don’t see any other device in the market, that can assure parents of their children’s safety with an electronic device, except Fire Tablet, Kids Edition. So what are you waiting for??

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