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Kindle Fire gets Android 4.0 ICS port, stays relevant

Kindle Fire gets Android 4.0 ICS port, stays relevant

I've been messing around with a Kindle Fire for the past week or so as my good pal Marty picked one up pre-Christmas for the holiday stay up here in Northern Minnesota - it's been great but for the lack of Ice Cream Sandwich. That is to say, it's OK, but it's not the perfect masterpiece that Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich would make it. Hackers have taken the reigns this past week and have made a port of the newest Android mobile operating system a relative reality here on this PlayBook form clone, making us once again wonder if it's worth the cheap, cheap price it costs.

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Penguin pulls eBooks from OverDrive lending service

Penguin pulls eBooks from OverDrive lending service

The eBook world is a fickle as the world of digital music. Publishers are always worried that eBooks are taking away from the sales of traditional print books and that the security isn’t good enough. With more and more companies, lending eBooks at libraries and other places the eBook world is changing again. I continue to be surprised that the book publishers allowed lending of books at all.

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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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Kobo bought by Japan’s Rakuten for $315 million

Kobo bought by Japan’s Rakuten for $315 million

The Kobo e-reader, which currently competes with Amazon's Kindle and the Barnes & Noble Nook, may be getting a boost soon with new backing from Japan's version of Amazon, a large e-commerce operator called Rakuten. The Japanese company is purchasing Kobo for $315 million and intends to rapidly grow its user base around the world.

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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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Amazon Kindle Owner’s Lending Library offers 5,000 borrowable books

Amazon Kindle Owner’s Lending Library offers 5,000 borrowable books

Those who thought ebooks would kill libraries obviously didn't plan ahead to when Amazon replaced their friendly local librarian with a digital repository of borrowable books; the online retailer has launched the Kindle Owner's Lending Library, giving Prime-subscribing Kindle users a chance to borrow certain titles rather than buy them. Over 5,000 titles are currently on offer under the scheme, though it seems Amazon is yet to entirely convince publishers that it's a good idea.

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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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