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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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Amazon readies Kindle Fire apps: Netflix, Facebook, Pandora, more

Amazon readies Kindle Fire apps: Netflix, Facebook, Pandora, more

Amazon has confirmed its initial line-up of Kindle Fire apps, ahead of the Android-based ereader/tablet's arrival next week. Among the promoted titles will be Facebook, Pandora, Netflix and Rhapsody, along with games such as Words With Friends and Plants vs. Zombies. Amazon is also pushing its 1-Click payment system for paid apps.

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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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Kindle Cloud Reader hits Firefox as HTML5 app

Kindle Cloud Reader hits Firefox as HTML5 app

If you are, an avid reader one of the things that is most appealing about the Amazon online bookstore is that you can buy the book and then read it on a multitude of devices. The Kindle Cloud Reading app will let you read on computers, smartphones, and other devices including tablets. Amazon has announced a new supported browser for the Cloud Reader app.

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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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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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Kindle Cloud update for Kindle 3 out now

Kindle Cloud update for Kindle 3 out now

Those of you using the Kindle that Amazon is now calling the "Kindle Keyboard," aka the Kindle 3, will be glad to hear that today there's a software update out there that gives you access to Kindle Cloud for your personal documents. This is the same cloud that the Kindle 4 has access to, the one that, as always, you've access to every ebook you've ever purchased from Amazon, complete with all the notes and highlights you've left in them. Now you get your archived personal documents too!

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Amazon could ship as many as 5M Kindle Fire tablets in Q4

Amazon could ship as many as 5M Kindle Fire tablets in Q4

As soon as the Kindle Fire was unveiled, I think we all knew this tablet would be popular thanks to the low price. With that low price, we can also bet that the things will be hard to get with tablets being sold out shortly after launch. Analyst Ashok Kumar is now stating that Amazon may move more tablets than previously thought.

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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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