Improving the Paperwhite: Amazon Introduces the Kindle Voyage

Screen Shot 2014-09-22 at 7.17.56 AMLast week the tech world was all abuzz about the new iPhones. In the middle of all that excitement, Amazon quietly released a bunch of new goodies. (at least it seemed like it was “quietly” to me….)

I know that many of my readers are HUGE Paperwhite fans (me, too!!!).

Honestly, I could not imagine how it would be possible to improve that device. It seems darn near perfect.

And yet, as technology moves forward, so do the devices, and Amazon has now ramped up their Paperwhite to a new level, and they are calling this NEW eReader the Kindle Voyage.

So how did they improve ‘perfect’?

1. It’s THINNER.

2. TWICE as many pixels as the Paperwhite, making the text super-crisp.

3. Added tapping sensors on the edge so that you can gently press to turn a page.
(I like love this. I missed my buttons.) You can still turn the page with finger swipes.

4. Automatic light sensors will adjust the light according to the light in the room. It will gradually decrease in a dark room, as your eyes adjust to the dimmer light.

5. General re-design, including a flush-front.

Wifi only, with special offers, costs $199. Removing the special offers hikes the price to $219. (I have the “special offers” appearing on my Paperwhite, and it really doesn’t bother me at all.)

I thought long and hard about this, because I really love my Paperwhite. I did not feel the need to level-up ……. UNTIL I saw that page-turning sensor. That is the one thing I have always missed on the Paperwhite. I am a bed-reader, and when you are comfortably reclining on your side, holding the kindle with one hand, it can be awkward and inconvenient to try and swipe the pages. It’s a nightly struggle to position the Paperwhite just right, and usually I don’t. I missed the old Kindle buttons on the earlier models.

And so I am going to try it. Amazon’s generous return policy makes this a no-brainer for me, because if I don’t like it, I can easily return it. No harm, no foul.

To my surprise, MANY people must be ordering this, because when I tapped the “buy” button on Friday (just a short time after the quiet launch) …. I was told that I won’t be receiving my Kindle Voyage until NOVEMBER 28! :shock: (when it first went on sale, the shipping date was in October!). Wow. I guess the market is strong for this new eReader.

Amazon has also released 4 other products.

1. A Fire HD tablet for only $99. Cheapest tablet available.

2. Fire HD KIDS Edition. “If they break it, we replace it. No questions asked.” If there are Kids in your life, this is worth a closer look.

3. FireHDX 8.9 Big improvements to this tablet.

4. Basic Kindle. Touch screen. No light, but lots of other features. $79

For further information on all of these products, just go to Amazon. They are all displayed on their home page with links to more details.

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Another Great Discounted Book Source: Early Bird Books

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Nothing better than great book deals!

In other posts, I alerted you to eReaderIQ (which I absolutely LOVE) and BookGorilla.

And now…. another discount-alerter for your browsing pleasure. :)

Early Bird Books will send you an email each morning with several book deals. Some expire quickly, some may be on sale for weeks, so check the expiration date. These books are limited to ones that are published through Open Road, so the model is a bit different from the other discounters.

It’s always fun to have bargains delivered to your inbox!

Just click on Early Bird Books to subscribe.

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The Evolving Kindle (in 5 seconds)

I found this GIF at GadgetLove

You can see the evolution of the Kindle, getting better with each new incarnation.
Kind of cool, I think. :)

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A Funny Video from the Onion, Reading Snobs Rejoice!

To my readers: This video is fake. It is a product of the clever writers at The Onion . It is fake. It is satire.

I’m making this point, because the video looks so real. And if you are not familiar with The Onion, well…. you might think….. Just sayin’. :)

And so, here it is ladies and gentlemen. A new Kindle for the Reading Snobs. For those folks who want everyone to know what book they are reading.

In the old days, you could throw a War and Peace dust jacket over a sleazy romance novel, but no more. When you hold a Kindle, people can’t “see” what you’re reading… until now.

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Rumor? or Real? Amazon about to offer a New eBook Subscription Service

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The internet (the part that is interested in ebooks, anyway :) ) is abuzz today with the most-likely-true rumor that Amazon is about to launch a new service.

This looks like it will be a new Netflix-ish subscription service with digital ebooks and audio books…… an “all you can eat” approach …. for $9.99 a month.

It isn’t available yet. As a matter of fact, it hasn’t even been confirmed, yet. But the stories about it are everywhere.

When (if) this launches, I’ll be sure to post the details. But in the meantime, here are some links to many of the stories flooding the internet, today:

Amazon Tests ‘Kindle Unlimited,’ A Netflix For Ebooks And Audiobooks

Amazon Appears to Be Testing All-You-Can-Read Kindle Ebook Subscriptions

Amazon’s Prepping a “Kindle Unlimited” Subscription Service For Books

Amazon is working on Kindle Unlimited, the ultimate subscription service for readers

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A Question for Readers …….

Screen Shot 2014-06-23 at 8.09.29 AMThis is the time of the year where my Kindle is always within reach. I take it everywhere.

I read a lot. My favorite kind of book is historical fiction, “Pillars of the Earth” being a great example. And if it is really good … I like it LONG (because I’m always sad when a great book comes to an end. :( )

I know a lot of the readers of this blog are also voracious readers.

Here’s a question that I saw on twitter the other day:

What was the LAST BOOK that you recommended to someone?

Hmmmm. Interesting question! Not any-old recommendation. Not your favorite book. But the LAST book that you recommended to someone.

My answer: The last book I recommended to someone was The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure. Set in France during the occupation, a reluctant architect designs intricate hiding places for Jewish citizens. It is a page-turner!

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How about you? What was the LAST BOOK that you recommended to someone?

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Your Opportunity to Get an Invite to Amazon’s June Launch Event

Amazon will be making an announcement … a launching announcement …. soon. June 18, to be exact.

Speculation is that it will be a NEW device. An Amazon SmartPhone? That seems to be the most popular guess.

Here is their video “hint” about the device-to-be-launched:

If you’d like to go to the launch event, you have a chance. Amazon will be including customers at their party (not just media types and developers).

Just follow this link and fill in your email and reasons why you would like an invitation. (Keep in mind that it will be held in Seattle.)

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It’s my Blog-aversary!

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This week marks my anniversary of TWO full years of blogging.

TWO years!

I find it hard to believe.

I want to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of my readers for your continued support and encouragement.

For now I plan to continue. After all, new iPhones are just around the corner, followed (most likely) with a new OS, new tweaks, new and updated apps, maybe even a new Paperwhite ….

As the tech keeps coming, I’ll keep on bloggin’!

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Like E-books? Want ‘em cheaper? eReaderIQ just made it easier than ever!

Screen Shot 2014-05-04 at 7.44.15 PM I am a voracious e-reader. And that means I buy a lot of books. (I also borrow books … from both my local library AND from Amazon Prime.) But in spite of all the free opportunities, I find that for me, just about every-other-book is a “buy”.

So to manage my budget, and get the books I want as cheaply as I can, I turn to a marvelous website, eReaderIQ. Although I have gushed about eReaderIQ before on this blog, I am not going to link to those posts because eReaderIQ has gotten BETTER, and the “old ways” just don’t apply anymore.

But first, let me back up a bit and tell you all about eReaderIQ. It is absolutely FREE to use. And when you sign up, you only need your email address (no password to remember!!).

There are so many features on this website that I usually spend time there every day. If you have a Kindle, this should absolutely be on your “look here” list.

Kindle books often fluctuate in price, and with eReaderIQ you can stay up with and take advantage of those price changes.

You can:

…. set up daily alerts via email for the genres you are interested in

…. see the day’s best price drops

…. see what is new today on Kindle

…. look at a list of books for just $1

…. see the most popular FREE books of the day

and ….. my FAVORITE feature ….. Track the prices of the books that you are interested in!

I’ve been using this feature ever since I discovered the website. I find a book that I would like to read, and I put it on my “tracking” list with eReaderIQ. I can pick a price and tell them to alert me when the book drops to the price I am hoping for. This is a truly wonderful and money-saving feature.

AND, it just got better!

In the past, in order to track a book, you had to copy and paste book ASIN numbers into the website. Although I explained all of that in a previous post, I’m not linking to that post, because the procedure has been GREATLY improved. :)

Now they provide a link that you can drag to your bookmark bar. I did this, and it is awesome.

I now have a “one-click watcher” AND a “one-click viewer” sitting on my bookmark bar. When I am browsing books on the Amazon website, and see a book I would like to “watch” and wait for a price drop, all I have to do is tap the “one click watcher” link on my bookmark bar. This is MUCH easier than all the copying and pasting from before.

Another great shopping tool is the “one-click viewer”. If you are considering buying a book, you would probably be interested to know if the book was ever priced lower or higher. This might help you decide if now is the best time to buy the book. With the “one-click-viewer”, just give a tap on the link and you will see the entire price history of the book you are looking at.

Here I “one clicked” to see the price history of “World Without End”. You can see that the price has gradually come down over the years, and appears to be at its lowest point right now.

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Just go ahead and explore their website for all these wonderful features. The main page is here, and a link to their tracking tools is here.

Enjoy!! and Shop Smart! eReaderIQ

eReaderIQ is available for the US, the UK, and Canada. Just click the appropriate flag at the top of the screen.

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Kindle App just keeps getting better and better!

Screen Shot 2014-04-27 at 8.23.46 PM Although the Kindle Paperwhite is the best e-reader ever ….. I also read on my iPad. (I’m a multi-tasker-reader. :) ) When I read on my iPad, I use the Kindle app.

I have only wonderful things to say about the Kindle app …. and I use it every single day. (I actually prefer to look at my Kindle library through this app on the the iPad (rather than my Paperwhite) just because all of the covers look so colorful, and are so easy to browse through.) We have talked about it many times on this blog, and you can find links to all those posts by clicking on All Things Kindle.

Remember … even if you don’t have a Kindle, with the free Kindle app you can have books sent directly to you iPhone or iPad with your Amazon account.

So, back to the latest upgrade!

With this update, you now have the ability to look at the Table of Contents of a book from anywhere within the book. You can be merrily reading along, and with just a tap you will see the contents appear on the side of your screen.

Here is how to access the Table of Contents within the Kindle App:

Tap the top of the page that you are reading, and then tap the menu lines in the upper left corner.

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A menu will drop down and you will see the now-available choice “Table of Contents”. Give that a tap.

The Table of Contents will appear on the left side of your page. You can scroll through it or even jump to another chapter.

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This Kindle app just keeps getting better and better!!

The Kindle App is FREE in the iTunes store.

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