Amazon Resurrects The Kindle DX, That Most Awkward Cousin Of A Device Family On The Way Out
Amazon has made official the return of a device many thought was bound for the e-reader graveyard, the Kindle DX. The DX is Amazon's big-screen reader, with a 9.7-inch e-ink display and a full keyboard at the bottom. It's almost comically oversized compared to the more popular and current e-reader models, which include the Kobo Aura HD and Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, and the technology within is now almost three years old.
Amazon Reportedly Sets June 7 Launch For Kindle Devices In China
After more than a year of speculation and delays, Amazon Kindle e-readers and tablets will reportedly be available for sale in China on June 7. E-readers like the Paperwhite and Kindle Fire tablets will be sold on Amazon China’s Web site, as well as Tesco stores operated by retail conglomerate Suning. Amazon Kindle kiosks have already been spotted in a Beijing Tesco, Sina Tech reports (link via Google Translate). The price of the Kindle Paperwhite Wi-Fi has reportedly been set at 849 RMB (about $138), while the Kindle Fire HD will sell for about 1,400 to 1,500 RMB ($228 to $244). Amazon has gradually rolled out its Kindle platform in China. Documentation appeared late last year showing that the Kindle had begun to support simplified Chinese characters. In December, Amazon’s China site added a Kindle store category and made Kindle app downloads available. The company also launched its Chinese-language Web site for developers earlier this month, promising that they would soon have access ...
Microsoft Reportedly Working On 7? Surface Tablet As PC Market Slumps To Four-Year Low
According to a report in the WSJ, Microsoft is working on a new line-up of its Windows 8-powered Surface tablets that includes a seven inch version of the slate. This small form factor size would enable Microsoft to compete with the likes of the Android-powered Google Nexus 7, Amazon Kindle Fire and Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, as well as Apple's iOS-based iPad Mini.
Nook Debuts Nook Press, A New Self-Publishing Platform To Compete With Kindle Direct Publishing
Barnes & Noble subsidiary Nook today announced the launch of Nook Press, a self-publishing platform to help the e-reader and e-book seller attract more self-publishing authors. The platform will help Nook compete with Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing, providing a content creation and management tool that builds on Barnes & Noble's aging PubIt! platform with tools designed in partnership with self-publishing company FastPencil.
Just As CEO Heins Predicted, BlackBerry World Now Plays Home To Over 100,000 Apps
BlackBerry announced earlier today that its BlackBerry World content portal has officially crossed the 100,000 app marker, and has chosen to celebrate by talking up availability of some select, high-profile apps. New Amazon Kindle, OpenTable and Wall Street Journal apps have already gone live in the market, and BlackBerry has said that eBay, Skype, Soundhound, and Viber (just to name a few) are being prepped for launches in the “coming weeks.”