Kindle DX

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.

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.

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

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."

Amazon offer 1984 redelivery or $30; Accused of “hypocrisy” by Authors Guild

Amazon offer 1984 redelivery or $30; Accused of “hypocrisy” by Authors Guild

The flip-side of having a well-publicised and successful ebook business is that you end up the prime target of criticism when anybody disagrees with how it's being run, and Amazon has certainly been subject to some controversy recently.  After the company's CEO, Jeff Bezos, apologized for the 1984 ebook debacle, Amazon have now offered any affected customer either their original copy - complete with annotations - redelivered, or $30 in the form of an e-gift certificate or check.  Meanwhile the Authors Guild has been redoubling its critique of the company, claiming "Amazon's hypocrisy is breathtaking".

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Sony PRS-600 eBook Reader gets video review, e-ink comparison

Sony PRS-600 eBook Reader gets video review, e-ink comparison

We're still waiting to see a real, working model of Sony's new Reader Daily Edition, announced earlier this week, but until then we'll make do with a video review of another of the company's recent ebook devices.  MobileTechReview have been running through the functionality of the touchscreen PRS-600, and as we've already heard hint of it's a blend of decent new functionality but middling text quality compared to its predecessor.

Video review after the cut

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Amazon CEO Bezos apologizes for Orwell ebook fiasco

Amazon CEO Bezos apologizes for Orwell ebook fiasco

After Amazon deleted ebook copies of George Orwell novels from users Kindle ebook readers last week, in a PR nightmare that seemed almost too good to be true for headline writers, CEO Jeff Bezos has posted an apology to customers.  Describing the Amazon "solution" as "stupid, thoughtless, and painfully out of line with our principles", Bezos promised that the company would use the ferocious customer feedback to make better decisions in future.

Full statement after the cut

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