More about Kindle’s next generation file platform
On October 24, I wrote about the new Kindle format known as KF8. The format is an exciting change that will allow authors and publishers to go well beyond the printed word to produce content for the Fire and Kindle Touch. Several people commented that they were very happy with their current Kindles and were very happy to just read.
 
A large portion of our population wants more than the written word; they want to be entertained. KF8 will allow authors to embed video, audio, and links to enhance the reading experience.
 
Amazon is second to none in developing marketing ideas. My first thought when I read about the new format was that with KF8 when you finish a book on the Fire or the Touch, you might be given an opportunity to one-click buy the next book in the series, other books by the same author, or books in the same genre. If the book has been made into a movie, you might be given the option to stream the movie to your Fire. You may also have the opportunity to write a review and submit it to the book’s webpage in the Kindle Store from your device.
 
If you don’t have a Fire or a Kindle Touch, you will still get the books you love without the bells and whistles that KF8 brings. Some books may be so heavily compromised to just have the text that they won’t be made available to be downloaded to the earlier Kindles. But if you enjoy just the written word and you don’t have the desire to be entertained, the traditional Kindle is still the most amazing device for you.
 
By the way, I felt odd typing “the written word” in this post. What’s a better word or phrase?
 
Already? Yes, already.
Amazon has announced the opening of the Countdown to Black Friday Store. The Black Friday Deals store will feature discounts on hundreds of popular gift items like cameras, video games, movies, tools, watches, jewelry, clothing and more, now through Black Friday. New items are featured each day.
Remember last year when there were a limited number of second generation Kindles for only $89 on Black Friday? This year they may offer the Kindle DX at a great price. Or there might be accessories such as covers for the older Kindles. I’ll let you know if I hear anything.
 
Cheap Reads – only $1.99
A trio of reads – mystery, historical fiction and a reference book – all only $1.99 each.

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