Amazon.com has started to let Kindle users known that they may receive a refund on e-book purchases due to the settlement made for price-fixing by the major publishers. The message was sent to users “in most U.S. states and territories.” A $69 million fund was created by Hachette, HarperCollins, and Simon & Schuster. The Attorney General is estimating that the refund will amount to $0.30 to $1.32 per e-book. The e-books must have been purchased between April 2010 and May 2012.
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Wal-Mart is no longer selling Amazon Kindle products. This means that it is the second major retail chain to stop selling Amazon products as they join Target Corporation. ”We have recently made the business decision to not carry Amazon tablets and eReaders beyond our existing inventory and purchase commitments,” said Wal-Mart in a memo sent to store managers. “This includes all Amazon Kindle models current and recently announced.”
Amazon recently launched a new line of Kindle devices. The price of the 7-inch Kindle Fire has dropped to $159. The company has created a new reader known as “Wendell.” The $5 Wendell will come to your house if he is free and tell you what is happening on the Facebook app, the Angry Birds game, or the Shades Of Grey e-book. Check out the video below:
Next week Amazon is expected to be releasing a new line of Kindles. There are several pieces of evidence that suggest a new Kindle. This includes massive discounts on the 10-inch Kindle DX reader and various Kindle accessories. The shipping times for the $99 ad-supported Kindle Touch has also increased to around 8 or 9 days. This makes it clear that Amazon wants to clear out their inventory for a new line of Kindle readers and Kindle Fires.
The U.S. State Department has signed a deal to buy $16.5 million worth of Kindle Touches. The Department is buying 2,500 of the devices initially preloaded with 50 titles. The contract is over the life of the contract, which will be one base year plus 4 option years. In a document, the department described the device like this: “the Amazon Kindle as the only e-Reader on the market that meets the Government’s needs, and Amazon as the only company possessing the essential capabilities required by the Government.”
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Harry Potter is one of the few book franchises that has stayed off electronic forms offered through Amazon or Barnes & Noble up until March. “Wizardry is on the way,” said a tagline on Amazon.com. Starting June 19th, all seven Harry Potter books will be added to the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. Amazon Prime will members will be able to borrow the books for free.
Target Corporation has decided to stop selling the Amazon Kindle. In a statement, Target Corporation said that they will be “phasing out Kindles and Amazon- and Kindle-branded products in the spring of 2012.” They have cited the continuous process of evaluating products for customers. Amazon.com is one of Target’s biggest competitors. Target said that they will continue to sell guests a full assortment of e-readers like the Nook.
E Ink is a display technology used on Kindle e-book devices since they are easier to read than traditional backlit LCD panels. However the E Ink Kindle devices require an exterior illumination for reading. Amazon.com is working on fixing this problem and TechCrunch has reported that they have seen a new Kindle prototype that uses front-lit displays. This provides an adjustable “soft glow,” which makes reading text more readable in low-light environments.
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