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Fan Of Reading? Amazon Launches Kindle Unlimited

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If you’re on this website reading the words rather than just looking at the pretty pictures, there’s a chance you’re also into reading other stuff. Like, you know, books. Amazon has recently announced the launch of Kindle Unlimited. For $9.99 a month, you’ll have unlimited access to their entire library of digital books, more than 600,000 strong. Additionally, you’ll receive a 3-month membership to Audible, where you have access to yet another library of professionally narrated audiobooks. This works across devices, and not just on the Kindle family of products. That means tablets, cellphones, and even computers.

The kick in the nuts, however, is that if you’re not living in the states, you’re out of luck for the moment. Still, the company claims to have plans to expand the service, so stay tuned.

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[CES 2012] SolarKindle Cover Keeps You Reading Longer, Makes You Go Outside

By David Ponce

Reading is fun and now that you don’t have to carry a bulky dead tree block around, you can do it in more places than ever. If your eReader of choice happens to be a Kindle, then a company called SolarMio has a solar-powered Kindle case with an 800 lux LED light. Pop the light out and it turns on, pop it back in and it’s off. This way you can keep reading in your bed with no nightlight after you’ve spent a day outside, in the park or whatever, reading. It’s a concept similar to the Kapsule light-stand I wrote about a while back, but this particular cover doesn’t use the Kindle’s power source at all…. and there’s no stand. Instead, there’s a 1,250mAh battery that can provide up to 50 hours of illumination when fully charged, and better yet, can also be used as backup power for your Kindle. It’s not clear how long charging takes but the company states that one hour of sunlight can give you three days of reading. You can of course still charge your Kindle the normal way.

It’s made from pleather and costs $80. Shipping will start January 14th.

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Kapsule Lightstand Makes Your Kindle Better

By David Ponce

e-Readers are booming in popularity and they now come in all manners of shapes, sizes and feature-sets. But the granddaddy of them all, the Kindle, does not include any form of backlighting, so if you want to read in the dark, you need a light. Today’s project, the Kapsule Lightstand, is made specifically for the Kindle Keyboard and adds a bunch of functionality. First off, one retractable and adjustable gooseneck serves as an LED; pull it out and it lights, push it back in to turn it off. Another retractable gooseneck at the bottom of the accessory serves as a kickstand, so you can prop your reader up for hands-free enjoyment. And finally, the shape of the Kapsule itself serves as an added hand grip.

Currently on Kickstarter, you can get yours starting at $40 with estimated delivery in February 2012, if the project is fully funded.

Hit the jump for a video and links.

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Amazon Now Allows You To Loan Out Kindle Books

By Chris Scott Barr

Until recently, if someone asked to borrow a book from me, it took no real effort. I’d simply walk over to my bookshelf, grab the book and hand it to them. If I felt lazy, I’d make them get it themselves. These days, loaning out a book can be a complicated matter. With the rise of eBooks, you’re dealing with the same issues as sharing a digitally-downloaded movie or song. With DRM restrictions, you can’t just give them a copy. Thankfully, Amazon has now enabled their long-awaited lending feature to Kindle books.

Yes, you’ve been able to do this with Nook eBooks for some time, so Amazon is behind the curve. They promised us months ago that we would get this feature before the year’s end. They couldn’t have cut it much closer to the deadline. Books can be loaned out for up to 14 days, and as expected, you cannot read your book while it is on loan. What is strange is that the books can only be loaned out a single time. Also, not all books allow this feature. The decision to enable it is entirely up to the publisher, not Amazon.

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WaterField Designs Cases Now Kindle 3 Compatible

WaterField Designs Kindle 3 Cases (Images courtesy WaterField Designs)
By Andrew Liszewski

I won’t say much more about WaterField Designs than what I’ve already said in past reviews, but if you’ve gone ahead and upgraded to the latest version of Amazon’s Kindle and are on the hunt for a case, you’ll definitely want to consider their offerings. The Slip Case and Suede Jacket pictured up top are my personal favorites (currently housing my iPad) because they strike a good balance between protection and minimal bulk. But if you’re in the need for something a little more substantial the SleeveCase will be more than adequate, and there’s even a version compatible with the Kindle leather cover.

Slip Case for the Kindle 3 – $29 (Black, silver, blue, green or red.)
Suede Jacket for the Kindle 3 – $19 (Black.)
Ultimate SleeveCase for the Kindle 3 – $49-$54 (Black with grey Indium or brown leather trim.)
EXO SleeveCase for the Kindle 3 – $45-$50 (Black with grey Indium or brown leather trim.)

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The Kindle Just Got Smaller, Cheaper

By Chris Scott Barr

Still sitting on the fence about e-readers? It’s an understandable position to be in, as there are a number of pros and cons for the devices. However, if price has been stopping you from getting a Kindle, then you might be ready to take that leap. Amazon has announced the latest in their lineup, which is smaller and cheaper.

The new Wi-Fi only model is 21 percent smaller and 15 percent lighter than its predecessor. In addition to having a new body, the device even has an updated e-ink screen, which boasts better contrast fore easier reading. Of course the best feature is no doubt the $139 price. If you’ve been holding out for a better deal, you won’t do much better than this.

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eBooks Are Now Outselling Hardbacks On Amazon

By Chris Scott Barr

The Kindle has been on sale for a little less than three years, but it has already begun to revolutionize the way we read books. That’s not to say it’s the only player on the market, but its appetizing price and feature list helped jump-start the e-reader craze. But just how popular are ebooks? Apparently they’re more popular than hardbacks, according to Amazon.

In the last three months, Amazon has sold 143 Kindle books for every 100 hardcover books sold. They were not including free ebooks in the figures, or else they would be considerably higher. What’s even more interesting is that there are now five authors who have sold over 500,000 ebooks through Amazon’s Kindle bookstore.

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M-Edge Guardian Floating, Waterproof Case For The Kindle

Guardian Floating, Waterproof Case For The Kindle (Image courtesy M-Edge)
By Andrew Liszewski

In the whole ‘traditional paper book vs. e-paper book’ debate, neither side scores too many points when it comes to being waterproof. But thanks to M-Edge’s new Guardian Case, owners of the latest generation 6 inch Kindle can take it in the bath, the shower, even the pool, without worrying about the consequences of mixing electronics with water.

It’s made of molded plastic and is available in 5 different color tints, and thanks to its dual-hinge, integrated gasket and four-latch closing system, the case remains watertight in water up to 1 meter deep. Three internal buoyancy chambers ensure the Kindle never sinks deeper than that on its own, and flexible sealed cutouts allow for full access and functionality of all the navigation buttons and keyboard. Pricing info isn’t available just yet though, since the Guardian isn’t expected to be available until sometime in the Spring of this year.

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Hackers Break Kindle DRM

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By Chris Scott Barr

How many of you actually appreciate having your legally-purchased digital media locked down by DRM? I’d be surprised if a single one of you said yes. The only thing it’s truly good for is aggravating the loyal paying customers. When you take away the DRM, people will still purchase the goods, as proven by Apple with iTunes. Amazon doesn’t seem to think along these lines, at least not with their ebooks. Fear not though, as you can now take those files you download from Amazon and strip them of their pesky DRM.

That’s right, a group has finally cracked the code on the AZW files and has provided the tools to convert them to simple PDF files. If you purchase an ebook, all you need to do is follow their instructions and you’ll have a file that you can actually do something with that doesn’t specifically involve the Kindle. Will this encourage piracy? Perhaps. However I think more people will be inclined to buy ebooks legally if they can actually use them on multiple (non-Kindle) readers.

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