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Amazon Kindle to Slim Down This Summer, Add Sharper Display

Amazon Kindle to Slim Down This Summer, Add Sharper Display

As the iPad flies off the shelf globally now, it would seem that Amazon would need to get on the ball about offering some kind of new Kindle here soon. Even if their software eReader is already on the Apple tablet, and heading to Android soon enough, new hardware always speaks volumes to new customers. According to some sources speaking with Bloomberg, it looks like Amazon is getting ready to unveil a new Kindle. And it may be shedding a few pounds for the Summer season.

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Amazon adding audible menus, bigger font to Kindle

Amazon adding audible menus, bigger font to Kindle

Amazon have announced an incoming update for their Kindle ebook reader, which will add an audible menu system so that blind users will better be able to navigate the device and play back audio books.  The update will also add a seventh font size, which will be double the scale of the current largest font on the Kindle.  The changes come in response to positive feedback from blind and partially-sighted users.

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Kindle gets 85% wireless battery boost & PDF reader update

Kindle gets 85% wireless battery boost & PDF reader update

Amazon have announced a new firmware update for their Kindle ebook reader that can apparently boost battery life by up to 85-percent.  With wireless connectivity turned on, the Kindle now runs for up to seven days rather than the previous four-day battery life; however the non-wireless runtimes are unchanged, suggesting the firmware applies to the Kindle's modem.  The software also adds a native PDF reader to the ebook device.

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Amazon confirm International Kindle DX is coming

Amazon confirm International Kindle DX is coming

Having announced earlier this week that their Kindle ebook reader would be available in more than 100 countries worldwide, in the shape of a GSM version with international data roaming, Amazon have also confirmed that they plan an international Kindle DX, too.  The DX - launched in the US back in June - has a larger, 8.9-inch display than the Kindle 2, and is better suited to textbooks, magazines and other periodicals.

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Amazon US & International Kindle debuts (but it’s not perfect)

Amazon US & International Kindle debuts (but it’s not perfect)

Amazon have finally announced an international launch for their Kindle ebook reader.  The new version gains both US and international 3G capabilities - though still no WiFi - and will ship both domestically in the US and to 100 different countries worldwide.  Priced at $279 and shipping October 19th, the International Wireless Kindle is now $20 more expensive than the original US-only Kindle, which has been discounted to $259; otherwise the two devices are identical.

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Amazon 1984 ebook case settled: new remote-delete policy revealed

Amazon 1984 ebook case settled: new remote-delete policy revealed

Amazon's attempt to placate the braying crowds with a $30 kiss-and-make-up check and a grovelling apology after the deleted 1984 ebook fiasco worked with most Kindle customers, but it wasn't enough to dissuade suing student Justin Gawronski from his court case.  Amazon have now settled with the Michigan teen, to the amount of $150,000 in fact, which he will share with his legal team and a co-plaintiff; meanwhile, the retailer has taken steps to make its deletion policy clearer.

Full policy after the cut

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Amazon to launch UK Kindle next week?

Amazon to launch UK Kindle next week?

We wouldn't crack open our piggy-banks quite yet, but theBookseller are claiming that Amazon will launch their Kindle ebook reader in the UK next week, aiming for an October launch.  According to their unnamed sources, Amazon have signed non-disclosure agreements with various publishers in advance of the announcement; "The key things they needed to tie up have been tied up," claimed the source, "the rumours I've heard are all saying next week."

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