Rather than a case of chocolates, strike a cord with a Kindle case this Valentine's Day. From your bookworm to your babe, we found cases that will protect anyone's Kindle with affection and amour. Florals, hearts, and shades of pink are sure to heat things up and make your booklover's heart go pitter-patter come Feb. 14.
Five years ago today, Amazon pushed reading into the digital age with the release of the Kindle. It certainly wasn't the first ereader to hit the market, but thanks to the online retailer's huge online book library, it became, arguably, the most popular.
As the Kindle moved from its e-ink basic edition to keyboard model to touchscreen, and then to an app and later HD color display tablet, it's become a ubiquitous accessory during a morning commute, amid airport travel, or even on a lazy Sunday morning. So what's happening on the screens of all those Kindles? In celebration of its fifth birthday, take a look at the bestselling Kindle books of all time.
Think you know the top-selling Kindle book of all time? Follow the break to see the number-one Kindle book.
Rats, did you forget to charge your Kindle (again)? Don't fear: ereader-less bookworms don't have to miss a single spellbinding page of Game of Thrones with mobile apps that turn smartphones into the reading device of their choice. Most of the apps will sync the last-read page among any devices with the app too.
These free apps are also handy if there's a book that's available in the catalog for Nook and not Sony Reader. So, cast a transfiguration spell and convert a mobile device into an ereading machine with these apps for iOS and Android.
- Kindle — Amazon's ereader apps for iOS, Android, Mac, and PC let you shop the Kindle store, read the first chapter of every book before buying, and download local library ebooks to the app.
- Kobo — With apps for iOS, Android, Mac/PC, and BlackBerry, your Kobo library is synced across all devices. See what your friends are reading and keep track of your reading habits with the app's Reading Life feature, too.
More transforming reading apps after the break.
Happy NaNoWriMo! In honor of National Novel Writing Month, we're kicking off the holiday shopping season with this gift guide for the bookworms, lit lovers, and aspiring novelists in your life. Get a head start on your shopping list and treat avid readers to high-tech reading aids and ereader accessories inspired by literature's greatest classics.
Buying college textbooks is one part of back-to-school season we could do without; the rest, like catching up with friends and scoping out new school gadgets, can stay. With the accessibility of digital textbooks, high book prices and back strain from lugging heavy books around campus are happily becoming a distant memory. Give your wallet a break with these e-textbook resources:
- Kindle Textbook Rentals — Amazon's Kindle textbook service allows students to rent for only the time needed, whether it's 30 days for a report or a full year for a class. Books can be accessed on a PC, Mac, Kindle, iOS, Android mobile device, and BlackBerry. Notes made by the student in the text can be used even when the rental period has ended.
- NOOKStudy — Similar to the Amazon Kindle textbook platform, NOOKStudy is available for Macs and PCs. In addition to paid textbooks, Barnes & Noble offers over one million free digital books. Rental options are also available.
- iBooks Textbooks — Introduced in early 2012, Apple's partnership with top educational publishers offers hundreds of interactive textbooks for $15 or less.
- Kno — Buy or rent over 70,000 textbooks with this iPad app. Features let you organize supplemental class PDF readers into the app and ask questions of friends reading the same book.
Three more paper textbook alternatives after the break.
Amazon revealed updates to the Kindle ereaders and its line of Kindle Fire tablets this week, so in case you missed it, here's a quick recap:
- Kindle Fire HD — The popular Kindle Fire tablet now has HD capabilities, bigger storage capacities, and two screen sizes to choose from. The seven-inch tablet starts at $199 and will be available Sept. 14. The 8.9-inch tablet makes it debut Nov. 20 and has pricing from $299 for a WiFi model to $599 for the 4G LTE Wireless version.
- Next-Gen Kindle Fire — Available Sept. 14, the next-generation Kindle Fire includes many of the same features as its predecessor, but with a lower $159 price point, faster processing speed, and longer battery life.
- Kindle Paperwhite — After the Nook Glowlight's debut, it makes sense that Amazon would unveil their own version of a back-lit ereader with the touchscreen Kindle Paperwhite. At less than eight ounces in weight, it makes use of the Kindle Touch X-ray feature and includes the new ability to estimate how much reading time is left in a book. Available Oct. 1, the Kindle Paperwhite WiFi model will cost $119, and the 3G version, which requires no data contract or plan, will be priced at $179.
- Next-Gen Kindle — The entry-level ereader got a small revamp with a 15 percent faster page-turn speed, new fonts, crisper text, and a price drop — it's now available for $69.
Which Amazon tablet or ereader are you likely to purchase?
The Kindle Fire was big news when announced last year as a multimedia tablet ready to battle with the kingpin iPad, and now Amazon's taking aim at the new iPad's retina display with the introduction of the Kindle Fire HD.
Available for preorder today, Amazon revealed four new Kindle Fire models:
- Kindle Fire HD 7" (16GB $199 & 32GB $249; ships Sept. 14)
- Kindle Fire HD 8.9" (16GB $299 & 32GB $369; ships Nov. 20)
- Kindle Fire HD 8.9" 4G LTE Wireless (32GB $499 & 64GB $599; ships Nov. 20)
- Next-Gen Kindle Fire (8GB $159; ships Sept. 14)
Read on for details of Amazon's latest Kindle Fire tablet line and why the company's calling them its "most-advanced tablets" yet. After taking a look at the Kindle Fire HD's new features, do you plan on buying it?
Not to be outdone by its touchscreen brethren, the entry-level Kindle also received a makeover this morning at the Jeff Bezos-hosted Amazon press event. This Kindle is nearly the same as the previous generation including a six-inch screen, weight of 5.8 ounces, WiFi connectivity, and free Amazon Cloud service. The 2012 Kindle claims new fonts, crisper text, a 15 percent faster page turn, and a lower price — $69. Available to order online today, the Kindle ships Sept. 14.
Want a Kindle with more features like a backlight? Check out the latest Kindle Touch models also announced today.
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After days of speculation as to what new product Amazon had up its sleeve for today's LA press conference, the reveals are pouring in, starting with a backlit ereader called Kindle Paperwhite. Sharper with a higher-contrast display than the Kindle Touch, the new device uses Amazon-made Paperwhite technology, a blend of adjustable back lighting and traditional e-ink with a capacitive touchscreen display.
Despite the constant light use, Amazon claims the 7.5-ounce Kindle Paperwhite touts an eight-week battery life from a single charge and measures 9.1mm thick. A small text addition in the lower left corner estimates how much reading time is left in a chapter or the entire book based on a user's reading speed.
This Kindle model continues to use the X-ray feature first introduced with the Kindle Touch, showing relevant information on the page such as dictionary and Wiki entries. The Paperwhite also takes a page from the Kindle Fire with a cover mode homescreen, to swipe through the library without scrolling to a menu. The Kindle Paperwhite WiFi model is $119, and the 3G version, which requires no data contract or plan, is priced at $179. Preorders start today, and both Paperwhite models will ship Oct. 1.
Not to be outdone by its touchscreen brethren, the entry-level Kindle also received a refresh and lower price point today.
Will ereaders bring about the end of books? Not if your batteries are dead.
On one hand, ereaders like the Kindle are great for travel, since you can carry multiple books without the bulk. But there are downsides: one gadget lover says he's breaking up with his Kindle after he forgot to charge it and had nothing to read on a long flight. A new study says that reading a tablet before bed can also interfere with sleep patterns; a good old-fashioned book is better. What page are you on?
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