Opinion: What Amazon Kindle needs is… interactive book groups

Stuart Dredge Columns & Opinion, E-Books Leave a Comment

kindle-column.jpgSo, Amazon’s Kindle e-book reader is finally on sale, and although there’s been a mixed reaction from journalists and users alike, Amazon has still won plaudits for the focused way it’s entered the market.

The key thing to remember is that Kindle is a first-generation device, so there’s scope for firmware updates to bring new features, as well as future models that’ll solve the flaws and introduce new functionality.

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Amazon's reviewers give Kindle e-book reader just two out of five stars

Katherine Hannaford E-Books 2 Comments

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Oh dear. Just three days after it launched, the Amazon Kindle e-book reader has been slated across the internet, and even on its very own sale page on the Amazon store. Seems their reader-submitted reviews have turned around and bitten them on their bums.

Just 2.5/5, for the $399 device which has seen 503 Amazon users leaving their thoughts on the page, with at…

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Opinion: Amazon's Kindle won't make E-Books popular but how hard can it be?

Jonathan Weinberg Columns & Opinion, E-Books 3 Comments

Jon_smal.gifJonathan Weinberg writes…

I don’t read as much as I used to, one look at the amount of books in my house is enough evidence to tell that story. Not that I don’t have many, oh no, I’ve got shelves full of novels and non-fiction. It’s just most of them are bought on a whim, and then a few pages in swapped for something else or put down to play the Xbox 360 or check out the telly.

Children too aren’t reading as much as they should. In fact, David Cameron, the Tory leader, is about to announce plans to try and get every
youngster up to speed with their reading by the age of six. It’s a massive failure in any education system when kids can’t pick out enough words to enjoy a story without it being spoken to them…

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The… Amazon… Shipping Box… Robot…

Gary Cutlack Uncategorized 10 Comments

Your company is NOTHING in Japan without a friendly mascot. Here’s Amazon’s attempt at hitting the big time – the Amazon Shipping Box Robot. It is the most incredible thing you will see on the internet today, as long as you haven’t been Googling “Gemma Atkinson bra” for the last hour with Safe Search turned off.

This is such a staggering toy we have NO OPTION but to break out the full-width image embedding code. You know it’s an important thing when that happens.

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Analysis: Have music download stores had their day?

Stuart Dredge Digital Music

itunes-store.jpgIt’s the best of times, the worst of times to be a digital music retailer. It’s the worst of times if you’re one of the less popular download stores, even if you’re owned by a big company.

In the last few weeks alone, Sony has announced plans to close its Connect service, Virgin has announced that its Virgin Digital service is for the chopper, and Yahoo is reportedly deciding whether its Yahoo Music service is worth continued support. Meanwhile, independent service AnywhereCD announced yesterday that it too is closing.

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Amazon launches AmazonMP3 music downloads store… at last!

Stuart Dredge Digital Music

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Phew. After several months worth of speculation, Amazon has finally cut the ribbon (or whatever the online equivalent is) on its music downloads store. It’s called AmazonMP3, it’s US-only for the moment, and it’s offering over two million DRM-free MP3 files for 89 or 99 cents apiece, with albums priced between $5.99 and $9.99.

Amazon has signed up two major labels for the store – EMI and Universal Music Group – plus thousands of indie labels. The songs are 256Kbps files, and will work on iPods, Zunes, mobile phones, PSPs and any other device you care to name.

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Opinion: Why it's now COOL to be a GEEK

Jonathan Weinberg Columns & Opinion, Gadgets, Gaming

Jon_small_new.jpgJonathan Weinberg writes…

This is possibly the most important techno story I’ve seen all week, it’s officially ok to be geeky. A new list of the UK’s most coolest brands has been released and the top 10 contains SEVEN firms related to gadgets, gaming and the internet. So if that’s not a reason to embrace your virtual friends and give thanks I don’t know what is.

The iPod was only pipped into second place in the CoolBrands 2007 by James Bond’s favourite car, the Aston Martin, and you could argue there’s something geeky about being a fan of that motor. No longer is it nerdy to be geeky – because both are different…

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