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Amazon boosts Kindle Fire production amid risky loss-lead strategy

Amazon boosts Kindle Fire production amid risky loss-lead strategy

Amazon has ramped up Kindle Fire tablet production to in excess of 5m units before the year is out, supply chain sources have revealed, amid continued strong pre-order demand for the 7-inch ereader slate. Original production estimates were around 3.5m units in 2011, DigiTimes highlights, with that figure already being bumped once, mid-Q3, to 4m. However the loss-leading risk of the ebook retailer's advertising and media-sales supported model has been highlighted by a new teardown of the $79 Kindle that suggests Amazon loses more than $5 on every sale.

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NOOK Color cut to $199

NOOK Color cut to $199

Barnes & Noble has slashed the price of the NOOK Color, bringing the touchscreen Android-based tablet to directly compete with the Amazon Kindle Fire at $199.99. Slotting into the middle-ground between the new NOOK Tablet and the reduced NOOK Simple Touch, the NOOK Color will also get a firmware update in December that B&N calls its "largest ever." Read on for all the change details.

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NOOK Simple Touch updated: Faster, Longer, Cheaper

NOOK Simple Touch updated: Faster, Longer, Cheaper

Barnes & Noble hasn't just got a new NOOK Tablet for us: the bookseller also has an updated version of the NOOK Simple Touch, now priced at just $99. A faster E Ink display takes pride of place, something B&N reckons takes just 450ms for each page-turn versus the Kindle's 600ms. You'll be reading for longer periods, too, thanks to battery improvements.

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Amazon planning 8.9-inch Kindle Fire next say suppliers

Amazon planning 8.9-inch Kindle Fire next say suppliers

The next Kindle Fire ereader tablet in Amazon's line-up is likely to use an 8.9-inch touchscreen display rather than a 10.1-inch panel as originally expected, sources in the supply chain have revealed. While we've heard talk of a pair of tablets - one small, the 7-inch Kindle Fire shipping in little over a week's time, and one large, potentially arriving toward the end of the year - since the beginning of the Amazon rumors, DigiTimes's sources say the retailer has switched to a smaller screen and pushed a 10.1-inch version further back down the roadmap.

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B&N NOOK Color 2 tipped for Nov 7 in Kindle Fire challenge

B&N NOOK Color 2 tipped for Nov 7 in Kindle Fire challenge

Barnes & Noble is tipped to be readying a new NOOK Color model for launch on November 7, with company employees suggesting the retailer is preparing eye-catching "NOOK boutiques" in its stores to push the new ereader. Multiple sources speaking to The Digital Reader have supposedly confirmed the early November launch, a timeframe which would see the new NOOK Color make its debut shortly before shipments of the Amazon Kindle Fire begin.

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Amazon profit dip predicted over Kindle Fire loss-leading

Amazon profit dip predicted over Kindle Fire loss-leading

Amazon's loss-leader strategy with the Kindle Fire ereader tablet, as well as a growing US sales tax bill, could lead to significantly reduced income this quarter analysts have predicted. The retailer is expected to announce earnings figures today, but already there are concerns that Amazon's net income may be just half of Q3 2010, according to an estimate average crunched by Businessweek. Part of the issue is the $199 Kindle Fire, hardware sales of which Amazon is believed to be taking a loss on, and instead relying on subsequent digital media sales to buoy profits.

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Amazon adds old Kindles to trade-in program

Amazon adds old Kindles to trade-in program

Amazon has begun accepting Kindle ereaders in its trade-in program, offering discounts against future purchases if you send in your old model. Shoppers can get up to $135 for their old Kindle DX, or up to $48.75 for a 6-inch third-gen model with 3G.

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Kobo Vox takes on Kindle Fire with sub-$200 tag

Kobo Vox takes on Kindle Fire with sub-$200 tag

Ereader firm Kobo has announced the Kobo Vox, the company's latest Android-based ereader. Previewed last month with a premature store listing, the Vox features a 7-inch 1024 x 600 display, 800MHz Freescale iMX51 processor, 8GB of internal storage and 512MB of RAM, and runs a reskinned version of Android 2.3 Gingerbread, all for under $200.

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Sony Reader PRS-T1 hacked for more Android access

Sony Reader PRS-T1 hacked for more Android access

For a long time one of the more popular cheap Android devices for hackers to get hands on was the Nook Touch. That little Android reader was hacked to open it up for use surfing the web and more. I think that hacking it and other devices like it will be not such a popular thing to do with the Kindle Fire coming. If you own a Sony Reader PRS-T1 that runs Android inside this hack might appeal to you.

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Bookeen Cybook Odyssey eReader, coming soon

Bookeen Cybook Odyssey eReader, coming soon

The fine folks at Bookeen have revealed that they'll be releasing an ebook reader with a 6-inch Pearl E-ink display and a lovely 800MHz Cortex A8 CPU for the masses. This device will be Bookeen's fourth ereader device, and it's expected that the display will be the same as what's proven to be ultra-successful on the Sony Reader, Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, and the Kobo, that being the Neonode zForce touchscreen. Welcome back to the pack, Bookeen!

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French Kindle and Amazon Kindle France store launches

French Kindle and Amazon Kindle France store launches

Amazon has launched a French-language version of its Kindle ereader, along with a French Kindle Store to accompany it, the first time the retailer has offered a dedicated language option for the country. Priced at €99 ($133), it's the basic entry-level E Ink Kindle (complete with WiFi but no 3G or touchscreen option) Amazon launched in the US and elsewhere earlier this month.

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Subsidized Kindle owners sick of ads can pay to turn ads off

Subsidized Kindle owners sick of ads can pay to turn ads off

When the cheaper Amazon Kindle reader came out with a scant $30 discount that was made possible by the ads on the device uses had to put up with, I knew it would never work for me. A savings of $30 isn't enough to get me to put up with ads on anything. Still a bunch of folks did take Amazon up on the discounted price and were ready to endure the ads.

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