The holidays proved to be a boon for the tablet market. Worldwide shipments of the iPad, Kindle, Galaxy Note, and other tablets grew to 76.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2013. That's 62.4 percent growth over the previous quarter. For the full year of 2013, tablet shipments totaled 217.1 million, up from 144.2 million in 2012 -- which equals a growth rate of 50.6 percent.
Scribd, hailed as the YouTube of documents and now trying to become the Netflix of digital books, has launched a Kindle Fire app.
Like its Android and iOS apps, the Kindle Fire app allows Scribd's premium account holders to check out e-books from the company's library of "100,000 +" titles that make up the backbone of Scribd's fledgling e-book subscription service, which made its debut in October. At the same time, Scribd is updating its iOS and Android with new features, including more fonts, a night reading mode, and the ability to rate content within … Read more
These days I do most of my reading on my Kindle Fire, and whenever possible I grab e-books from my local library. Because, you know, they're free.
If you've never checked out a book this way, or you're still doing it the "old way," you may be surprised to learn it's quite easy. You don't need to download a file to your PC and "sideload" it into your Kindle or anything like that. In fact, you don't need your PC or Mac at all.
What you do need is a … Read more
Amazon has unveiled yet another Kindle Fire sale -- but this one won't be around for long.
As of Thursday, consumers can trim $30 off the price of any Kindle Fire HD, Kindle Fire HD 8.9, Kindle Fire HDX, and Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 tablet by using the promo code MAYDAY30 at checkout. For example, the sale brings the price of the 8GB Kindle Fire HD down to $109 from $139 and the 16GB Wi-Fi-only Kindle Fire HDX down to $199 from $229.
Eager buyers won't want to dawdle. The sale is good only while supplies … Read more
Got a beef about your iPad, Surface, or Kindle tablet? Join the club.
The new holiday report from Q&A site FixYa sifted through thousands of problems reported by its Web site users to determine the most common grievances. The tablets that faced the firing squad included Apple's iPad Air and Retina Display iPad Mini, Microsoft's Surface 2, and Amazon's Kindle HDX. Let's see how they fared.
Microsoft's Surface 2 The Surface 2 was dinged for its poor app support, speaker quality, and Touch Cover keyboard. Users applauded the Microsoft Office suite that comes … Read more
There's something wonderful about gifting someone with a book you read and loved, knowing they'll dive in to the same world you explored through text on a page.
These days, you're likely to find that friends are instead reading their books on an e-reader like the Nook, Kindle, or iPad, a transition that seemingly makes book-gifting a challenge. After all, you can't put a bow on an intangible file.
Gifting someone with an e-book is a lot easier than it seems, but will vary depending on which e-reading device he or she owns. Once you find … Read more
Time Warner Cable added Kindle Fire to the list of devices that can access its TWC TV app, which enables subscribers to stream live channels and watch videos on demand.
Last week, Time Warner Cable's incoming Chief Executive Rob Marcus said the company would add another platform to its TWC TV app, after support for Apple TV had been rumored all year.
Marcus, speaking on December 9, also teased that the platform addition would be coming "in the next several days," which furrowed some brows when no announcement was made last week.
Wednesday, Time Warner Cable also … Read more
Remember when a Kindle was a big, bulky thing that cost $399, and you couldn't even get one? That was a scant six years ago. It's amazing the difference a few years can make.
To wit: In a move that will undoubtedly satisfy legions of near-last-minute gift shoppers, Amazon just served up the Kindle deal of the year.
Today only, and while supplies last, you can get the Kindle with Special Offers e-reader for $49 shipped. That's a $20 savings and the lowest price ever on a new Kindle direct from Amazon.
Make no mistake, this is … Read more