Must Read If You Have a Pre-2012 Kindle

From The Huffington Post:

 Amazon has announced a ‘critical’ software for the Kindle which, unless downloaded by a certain date, will render your e-reader essentially unusable.

Customers will need to update the software on their Kindles by 22 March or risk losing access to all of Amazon’s Kindle services including the book store and being able to update wirelessly over WiFi.

According to Amazon these are the devices that will need the emergency software update:

Kindle 1st Generation (2007)
Kindle 2nd Generation (2009)
Kindle DX 2nd Generation (2009)
Kindle Keyboard 3rd Generation (2010)
Kindle 4th Generation (2011)
Kindle 5th Generation (2012)
Kindle Touch 4th Generation (2011)
Kindle Paperwhite 5th Generation (2012)

Amazon’s support page hasn’t revealed why the update is so essential but it will almost certainly be grounded in security.

Click here to read the full story

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Plant bio, and the Breakfast of Champions

What I am reading this week

I have been working my way through Robert Plant, A Life by Paul Rees. So far it is a pretty decently written and researched biography of the man who is arguably the greatest front man in the history of rock n’ roll. The problem however, is that I am half-way through and I have yet to find anything in this book that I haven’t read in any of the other books I have read about Led Zeppelin.

Of course Robert Plant’s career isn’t all about Led Zeppelin, so I am looking forward to discovering what happened during the years after the end of band’s reign. I know the music, but I haven’t a clue what happened to Plant in the years following.

What I added to my reading list this week

I picked up a bargain in the Kindle Monthly Deals this week; Kurt Vonnegut‘s Breakfast of Champions. I got it for the bargain price of £0.99, which is a very good deal indeed for a novel by Vonnegut, who always has a novel or two on my “to read” list.

So now that I have updated you on my week between the sheets, let me know what you have reading, or planning to read in the comments below…

Time to Search the Sales

So did we all have a lovely Christmas?

Did you get a lovely selection of books to keep you going well into 2015?

If like me your seasonal haul of books was a bit light then now is the time to fire up Internet navigation device and pop over to the Kindle store where there are loads of bargains up for grabs. Personally I picked up the entire collection of books in the Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy, David Nicholls’ Booker nominated Us, and Gone Girl (yes I still read it, or seen the film) for a snip under £7.

Check out this review of Gone (Gone, #1)

Here is a review by Wesley: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/487035697

A couple of years ago I read Gone by Michael Grant. I quite enjoyed it, but it sort of slipped through the cracks of my mind as I attempted to shorten my stack of books to read. Then, a couple of days ago I bagged myself an unbelievable bargain. I got the five remaining books in the Gone series for a mere £4.95!

So now that my stack has grown into a tower it is time for me to begin toppling the mountain, and get reading.

Kindle Summer Sale

Last night I was bored, and when I am bored I normally trawl the net looking for bargains, and that is when I discovered that the UK Kindle Summer Sale is still on until September 5th. So pop over and grab yourself a bargain… Or if you are like me 10 bargains.

Click here to be taken away to the Kindle Sale

 

Write your own ‘fan fiction’ and Amazon will help make you some cash

Amazon has announced that fan fiction authors will be able to sell some of their work on the firm’s Kindle e-book platform. Fan fiction is literature inspired by popular books, films and TV shows, written by enthusiasts. Publication outside of blogs and online fanzines is often difficult because of copyright issues. A deal with a TV division of Warner Brothers enables fan fiction based on three TV series to be self-published. The three series are Gossip Girls, The Vampire Diaries and Pretty Little Liars, under the arrangement between Amazon and Alloy Entertainment, owned by Warner Brothers Television Group. Authors will be able to upload their writing for sale via a new platform called Kindle Worlds, which will initially only be available in America. There is no launch date yet for the platform.

via BBC News – Amazon to allow e-book fan fiction sales in US 

 

Is this the start of the Ebook wars?

With Kobo introducing their new Ebook reader, are we about to see the start of an ebook battle to envy that of the one that brought the end of Apple’s smart phone domination? As a consumer I can only hope so…

From Wired.com

High-def finally has come to e-readers.

Kobo’s new Aura HD features a stunning 6.8-inch 265 PPI (pixels per inch, for the techno-illiterate), the highest resolution screen of any of the major e-readers on the market. Our favorite e-reader, the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, sports a “mere” 212 PPI. The higher resolution should ease eyestrain while burning through those Harry Potter books you finally got around to reading and work well with Kobo’s font adjusting TextGenius feature.

Kobo says it created the super-sharp Aura HD for “the world’s most passionate book lovers.” The back of the e-reader is contoured to more nicely fit your hand, and you’ll want that extra bit of ergonomics because Kobo says the Aura HD will last nearly two months on one charge. That’s almost enough time to finish George RR Martin’s A Dance with Dragons.

Kobo has been the go-to e-reader for independent book stores in United States hoping to escape the clutches of Amazon. Like Amazon, Kobo has an extensive e-book library but unlike Amazon’s Kindle e-readers, Kobo supports the open-source Epub format.

Continue Reading via You’re Going to Be Sorry You Bought That Kindle | Gadget Lab | Wired.com.

 

 

Kindle Phone?

I never bought a Kindle tablet, I went for a more traditional Android device, but when it comes to a phone I would be very interested in owing a Kindle phone, and hopefully the timings will work out nicely as I have a year left on my Blackberry contract… which won’t be getting re-newed, now that I have been introduced to the world of Android

From ExpertReviews.co.uk

Details of Amazon’s rumoured Kindle Phone, an Android-based smartphone designed to sit alongside the company’s Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD tablet family, have appeared online ahead of a rumoured launch in the summer. Amazon has enjoyed great success with its Kindle Fire tablets, using its position as a digital content seller to help reduce the cost of the devices by bundling its own storefront – and, if you want to save £10 on the purchase price, advertising content – onto the Android-powered devices – a plan it is apparently aggressively chasing. For months now, rumours have been circulating of plans to expand out of the tablet market and into smartphones – a move that would give Amazon presence in tablets, eReaders and the phone market.

Continue reading via Amazon Kindle Phone rumoured to launch late in the summer | Expert Reviews – Mozilla Firefox.

 

Burning The Page: Jason Merkoski Tells Inside Story Of Amazon Kindle

Want to get the inside scoop into how Amazon and Jason Merkoski brought us the Kindle, a device so good publishers fear it may bring an end to the bookpress, then follow the link below:

Click here to read part one of five of Jason Merkoski Tells the Inside Story of Amazon Kindle on the Huffington Post