Kindle in the News Round-Up
Several news articles have been published recently about the Kindle and Amazon. I will touch on the highlights and link you to the articles if you want to read more.
 
File this under Don’t Make Us Come Over There: Two weeks ago we told you about an article announcing that Barnes & Noble, Borders, and independent book sellers were not going to carry Amazon-published print books in their stores. GigaOM published an article just a few days later about a rumor that Amazon is considering opening a boutique-style retail store in Seattle. If the store is successful and Amazon takes the concept nationwide, B&N, Borders and independents may wish they had a re-do on the idea of not carrying those Amazon-published books.
 
File this under Irony, Just Irony: CNET reports that Amazon is preparing to release a 9-inch Kindle Fire in 2012. Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple is testing a smaller screen option for the iPad.
 
File this under Survey Says: In a recent survey of Kindle Fire owners by Changewave, the results were predictable. Fire owners liked the price, the color screen, and the ease of use. The improvements that the Fire owners surveyed want are the same ones you want: volume button, camera, better battery life, and 3G/4G connectivity. Admit it: We want a Fire that is just like our smart phones only with a bigger screen and no contract. And keep the price at $199, too, please.
 
File this under Lights, Camera, Action: GigaOM is reporting that Amazon is preparing to release original video programming. Comedies and children’s programming will be produced first. Original and perhaps exclusive content will add to the appeal of buying an Amazon viewing device.
 
Cheap Reads on DCR Jr. Edition
Alana sent a note about a book she found in the Kindle Store that hadn’t been posted on our site. The young adult fantasy by Sherrilyn Kenyon had been posted on our Jr. Edition. We post great, cheap reads every day for children and teens. If you enjoy young adult fiction, subscribe to the e-mail for a daily list of the postings.
Here are just a few of the great cheap reads we recently featured:
Infinity: Chronicles of Nick ($2.99) by Sherrilyn Kenyon: At fourteen, Nick Gautier thinks he knows everything about the world around him. Streetwise, tough and savvy, his quick sarcasm is the stuff of legends. . .until the night when his best friends try to kill him. Saved by a mysterious warrior who has more fighting skills than Chuck Norris, Nick is sucked into the realm of the Dark-Hunters: immortal vampire slayers who risk everything to save humanity.
 
 
Jane ($2.99) by April Lindner: An irresistible romance interwoven with a darkly engrossing mystery, this contemporary retelling of the beloved classic Jane Eyre promises to enchant a new generation of readers.
Forced to drop out of an esteemed East Coast college after the sudden death of her parents, Jane Moore takes a nanny job at Thornfield Park, the estate of Nico Rathburn, a world-famous rock star on the brink of a huge comeback. Practical and independent, Jane reluctantly becomes entranced by her magnetic and brooding employer and finds herself in the midst of a forbidden romance.
But there’s a mystery at Thornfield, and Jane’s much-envied relationship with Nico is soon tested by an agonizing secret from his past.
 
The Borrowers ($1.59) by Mary Norton: Pod, Homily, and Arrietty Clock’s huge adventures have been thrilling children young and old for fifty years–and their appeal is as strong as ever in these handsome new paperback packages. While the original beloved interior illustrations by Beth and Joe Krush have been retained, Marla Frazee’s striking cover illustrations capture these little people with a larger-than-life appeal.
 
 
Laramie Conquers the Last Frontier (99 cents) by Deborah Dee Harper: The sixth and final installment in the series following Laramie Wyoming and his friends across the United States and Canada was just released. Wholesome, humorous, and action-paced, these books are written for grades 3 – 5 but will appeal to younger children if parents read to them. Adults also enjoy the fun reads. Click here to see the list of all six books in the series, each selling for 99 cents.