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Will the new Kindle put books on the endangered species list?

Posted by andreaitis on May 5, 2009

On Wednesday, Jeff Bezos will unveil the Amazon Kindle DX.   There has been much speculation and hype about the DX, including the question that has quickly turned trite:  Will this save newspapers?   A silly question, really, because A) it won’t,  the point of the Kindle is that it’s paper-free and  2) newspapers are long past saving, at least  in their current state.   What about the other question that has also quickly turned trite: Can it save the news industry?  Well, no…but it can provide an outlet for additional reach and experimentation with revenue models.

There is some potential here.  The DX has  a 9.7-inch display (the current Kindle is a six-inch unit), a built-in PDF reader, and the ability to add notes and highlights.  Engadget is reporting that the New York Times will offer a $9.95 / month subscription, a little lower than the current $13.99.

But one of the more interesting angles here is that the Kindle could become the new super-charged textbook on college campuses, saving students time, money and back-aches from dragging around backpacks that weigh more than a keg.   And if it works for college students, the trickle-down effect could lead to Kindles in the Kindergarten class.  Forget newspapers…could this be the end of good old-fashioned books?

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Chief information officer for Cleveland-based Case Western Reserve University — the college whose president will be taking the stage with Jeff Bezos — Lev Gonick said select students are being issued the new, larger screen Kindles (doesn’t specify DX) in the fall semester with pre-installed textbooks for chemistry, computer science and a freshman seminar. Five other universities including Pace, Princeton, Reed, Arizona State, and Darden School at the University of Virginia are also said to be signed up for the trial.

Amazon Kindle DX to feature 9.7-inch display? Update: Pictures!

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#AmazonFail: Who's zooming who?

Posted by andreaitis on April 13, 2009

Was the AmazonFail wail heard across the twitterverse the result of a hacker’s prank, a purposeful stunt to call attention to a cause, or a company gaff?  The trend of the day seems to be judge first, ask  later.  You can jump into the fray and follow along as the plot thickens.  One thing’s for sure:  you can fit a lot of self-righteous rigor into 140 characters.  Another thing’s for sure: I bet Amazon’s seeing a pretty nice bump in traffic and (offending) book  sales.

Twitter had a big tizzy yesterday over Amazon.com’s supposed censorship of gay and lesbian titles, did you hear? Just one problem: A well-known hacker has come forward and claimed the whole thing was his prank.

The hacker, known as Weev, with whom we’ve had dealings before the “amazonfail” episode, is saying that the whole escapade was the result of his exploitation of a vulnerability in Amazon’s product-rating tools.

Gawker – Why It Makes Sense That a Hacker’s Behind Amazon’s Big Gay Outrage – Amazon.com

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