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Amazon launches Kindle ebook gifting

Amazon launches Kindle ebook gifting

Amazon has seemingly grown bored of waiting for people to actively adopt its Kindle ereading platform, and instead wants it to be foisted on unwitting gift recipients this holiday season. As of today it's possible to gift a Kindle ebook with nothing more than the recipient's email address.

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HTCSense.com app store tipped as HTC eye smartphone ebook/software market?

HTCSense.com app store tipped as HTC eye smartphone ebook/software market?

HTC are tipped to be developing their own App Store, which would offer not only smartphone software but ebook and emagazine content. According to the Financial Times' sources, HTC is already recruiting "content editors" for the online store, with a core Taiwan-based team paving the way for around 100 people spread around the world.

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Adobe tweak Webkit for interactive digital publishing [Video]

Adobe tweak Webkit for interactive digital publishing [Video]

It's been tempting for many to write Adobe off, as HTML5 gathers pace and criticisms of Flash grow louder; still, having seen what the company is doing with the Webkit engine and tweaking it for digital publishing purposes, we wouldn't speak too soon.  The company has been demonstrating a prototype text-wrapping, dynamic page layout for digital text, where words automatically reflow around call-outs and images that can be dragged about the page with a fingertip.

Video demo after the cut.

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Kindle sales rocket; ebooks outsell real books 2:1

Kindle sales rocket; ebooks outsell real books 2:1

Amazon has announced record sales for their Kindle ereader, as well as that ebook sales are exceeding hardback and paperback sales by over 2-to-1.  According to SVP Steve Kessel "it's still October and we’ve already sold more Kindle devices since launch than we did during the entire fourth quarter of last year"; that makes the Kindle the best selling product on both Amazon US and Amazon UK.

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eBook Lending for Kindle feature coming this year

eBook Lending for Kindle feature coming this year

Amazon has confirmed that a "lending for Kindle" feature will be launched later in 2010, allowing readers to loan their Kindle ebooks to other Kindle or Kindle app users.  As with Barnes & Noble's NOOK lending functionality, titles can be loaned once for a 14-day period, during which time the lender will be unable to read the ebook themselves.

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Kindle Singles target attention-short readers

Kindle Singles target attention-short readers

Does anybody have the patience to read a full book any more?  That's obviously tongue-in-cheek, but the launch of Amazon's Kindle Singles - in-betweener texts that fall somewhere in the gap between a New Yorker feature and a full novel - does seem to suggest that the retailer is hoping to pick up would-be Kindle owners tempted by the hardware but not generally used to paging through a whole book.

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Borders Kobo Wireless eReader due November 1st for $140

Borders Kobo Wireless eReader due November 1st for $140

Borders has announced pre-orders for their latest ebook reader, the Kobo Wireless eReader.  Like the previous Kobo model, the new ereader has access to Border's 1.5m ebook titles; however it can now also browse and download them over WiFi.

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Kindle for the Web puts ebook samples in your browser

Kindle for the Web puts ebook samples in your browser

The Kindle spread continues, and hot on the heels of Amazon's pledge to put a Kindle app on the new BlackBerry PlayBook comes the news that the online retailer now has a web-based version.  Kindle for the Web doesn't allow full access to Amazon's ebooks, but you can read a book sample online rather than having to download it to your device, and it means other sites can embed those samples and even earn referral fees on subsequent ebook sales.

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iBooks self-publishing easier with ePUB iWork upgrade

iBooks self-publishing easier with ePUB iWork upgrade

Apple is quietly making a push for self-publishing authors, adding native ePUB support to the latest version of its iWork suite of office apps.  Pages 4.0.4 now allows writers to save their masterpieces as ePUB files, the same format that the company uses for its iBooks ereader app on the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.

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Third-gen Kindle fastest selling ever: shipping (early) to Mongolia

Third-gen Kindle fastest selling ever: shipping (early) to Mongolia

No great surprise, given the constantly slipping ship date for new orders, but Amazon has confirmed that the new Kindles are the fastest-selling models of the three generations.  In fact, with the first shipments only going out today, the online retailer says the ereaders are their best selling products.

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Kindle UK store opens (but Kindle still sold out)

Kindle UK store opens (but Kindle still sold out)

Amazon's third-gen Kindles are still sold out - even before the first ones ship - but that hasn't stopped the retailer opening the doors at their Kindle UK store.  As well as the Kindle 3G + WiFi and Kindle WiFi themselves, listed for £149 and £109 respectively, Amazon is now selling ebooks priced in local UK currency; previously, titles were purchased from the US Kindle store and priced in US dollars.

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Irex reborn as IRX Technologies, will focus on enterprise ereaders

Irex reborn as IRX Technologies, will focus on enterprise ereaders

Irex's demise may not be quite so clear cut; while the ereader company filed for bankruptcy back in June, Dutch financial site Fd.nl is reporting that having secured new financing they're looking to restart operations.  As of September 1st 2010 the company will relaunch as IRX Innovations, focusing on the business and enterprise market rather than the competitive consumer segment.

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