Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Amazon Kindle Fire and Out-of-Print Books Revived

Kindle now comes as Fire.
Amazon has unveiled a colour tablet computer called the Kindle Fire. The $199 (£130) device will run a modified version of Google's Android operating system. Until now, the company has limited itself to making black and white e-readers, designed for consuming books and magazines. As well as targeting Apple's iPad, Amazon is likely to have its sights on rival bookseller US Barnes & Noble, which already has a colour tablet. The Kindle Fire will enter a hugely competitive market, dominated by Apple's iPad. Amazon will be hoping to leverage both the strength of the Kindle brand, built up over three generations of its popular e-book reader, and its ability to serve up content such as music and video. In recent years, the company has begun offering downloadable music for sale, and also has a streaming video-on-demand service in the United States. Those, combined with its mobile application store, give it a more sophisticated content "ecosystem" than most of its rivals. (Read entire article.)

A digital-only imprint from Bloomsbury.
Bloomsbury Reader has launched with an initial collection of 57 titles from authors such as crime writer HRF Keating and politician Alan Clark. Monica Dickens, great grand-daughter of novelist Charles, is among the other authors whose works are being revived. The imprint will focus on books where English language rights have reverted back to the authors or their estates.

"If people read a book by an author and they love that author, they suddenly want to read everything by that author," said Bloomsbury's Stephanie Duncan. "That's where Bloomsbury Reader comes in because we'll be delivering all those books." (Read entire post.)

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