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Kindle hits Japan: Paperwhite, Fire & Fire HD plus Japanese-language ebooks

Kindle hits Japan: Paperwhite, Fire & Fire HD plus Japanese-language ebooks

Amazon has launched the Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD, and Kindle Paperwhite in Japan, alongside a new Japanese-language Kindle Store. Over 50,000 Japanese-language ebooks, plus over 15,000 manga titles, pad out the Amazon.co.jp Kindle Store, the company says, alongside English books as well, for a total of over 1m titles when the electronic store opens its virtual doors on Thursday.

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Amazon confirms zero Kindle hardware profit

Amazon confirms zero Kindle hardware profit

Amazon makes no profit on its Kindle hardware sales, CEO Jeff Bezos has confirmed, with the ereaders and Kindle Fire tablets sold "at our cost" so as to promote ebook, video, and music downloads. The online retailer has long been tight-lipped on its pricing strategy around Kindle, with ongoing rumors that the hardware was sold with minimum profit in mind or, even, at a loss. That's not quite the case, Bezos told the BBC.

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Kindle Paperwhite preorders open for October 25 UK, France & Germany release

Kindle Paperwhite preorders open for October 25 UK, France & Germany release

Amazon's Kindle Paperwhite has gone up for preorder in the UK, Germany, and France, with both WiFi-only and 3G versions of the illuminated ereader making their debut outside of the US. Shipping from October 25, the new ereader uses E Ink's latest e-paper display complete with a front-lighting system which makes the Kindle's screen visible in low-light conditions without the glare of a traditional LCD or AMOLED tablet.

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Cyberbook Odyssey HD FrontLight stakes claim on Euro e-reader market

Cyberbook Odyssey HD FrontLight stakes claim on Euro e-reader market

It would appear that the honor of being the lightest e-reader on the planet has been claimed by Bookeen and their new Cyberbook Odyssey HD FrontLight, complete with E-Ink HD display and the 6th generation since the start of the line. This device will be launched in November starting in Europe and the folks at Bookeen have made it clear that they're coming for Amazon's lunch, noting their power in a single sentence: "Since 1998, Bookeen has been the European champion in digital reading years before Amazon entered the market."

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