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Amazon’s Kindle MatchBook lets print customers get eBooks on the cheap

The program already has over 10,000 books from some of the world’s most famous authors and Amazon is now urging others to enrol in Kindle MatchBook, in a bid to increase their revenue stream while offering greater value to customers. Kindle MatchBook gives customers the option to buy the Kindle edition of print books they have purchased for $2.99, $1.99, $0.99 or even for free. If that isn’t enticing enough, Amazon says the deal applies for any book you’ve purchased on Amazon since it launched back in 1995. Amazon’s Kindle MatchBook feature will launch next month. Source article
avatarby Tab TimesSeptember 3, 20130 comments

How do you stop prisoners reoffending? Maryland politician thinks tablets are the answer

Gansler says that affordable Android tablets could be used to help prisoners read eBooks, sign up for online learning programs and connect with friends and family via email, things which he believes could ease their transition back into reality. "It has to work," Gansler said, reports The Baltimore Sun. "We have the ability in the 21st century to educate children online. You can learn a language online. Why can't we educate our offenders?" The report details that the proposal is based on the tablets being given to each inmate in a low or medium-security prison, in order to limit potential fights. The tablets would be designed [...]
avatarby Tab TimesAugust 6, 20130 comments

Amazon is working on six new tablets, claims Staples boss

Speaking to Reuters today, Staples' president of U.S. retail Demos Parneros said that Amazon will introduce up to five tablets, one of which will be a 10-inch model. Staples currently stocks Amazon’s solitary tablet, the 7-inch Kindle Fire. Amazon declined to comment on the story, which is by no means the first on the possibility of the firm launching multiple tablets in the future. In the past, reports have gone round on Amazon launching as many as four new tablets in 2012, including a cheaper 7-inch model and an 8.9-inch edition. More recent articles suggest that the 7-inch Kindle Fire 2 may arrive in August, while others claim that Amazon is also [...]
avatarby Tab TimesJuly 23, 20120 comments

New TED Books app line launches for iPad and iPhone

The free TED Books app works with TED Books that will sell for $2.99 each and include video and audio embeds, social integration, and a suite of multimedia features.  The non-profit company’s slogan is “Ideas worth spreading.”  TED Books are short, original, electronic books produced every two weeks by the TED organization. Titles in the TED Books lineup are typically under 20,000 words, as TED describes it — long enough to unleash a powerful narrative, but short enough to be read in a single sitting. "TED Books are designed to communicate a powerful idea in approximately one hour of reading" said TED Curator Chris [...]
avatarby Tab TimesJuly 21, 20120 comments

Study: One in three tablet users buy a product after seeing a tablet ad

The firm’s “A Portrait of Today’s Tablet User” claims that tablet app spending will jump up from $1.4 billion in 2011 to a mega $2.6 billion this year, and states that paid-for apps have accounted for a considerable 23% of all downloaded tablet apps over the last year. And while that is good news for developers looking to monetize their products, there was also some exciting news for tablet advertisers, with OPA indicating that 38% of tablet users have made a purchase on the back of seeing a tablet ad. Indeed, the firm reports that 29% of tablet users felt compelled to research products after seeing a related tablet ad, with another 23% admitting [...]
avatarby Tab TimesJune 21, 20120 comments

Pew: One in five Americans read eBooks, but print continues to rule

The report confirms that 21% of Americans have now read an e-Book in the past 12 months, rising from 17% in December, and suggests that the ownership of tablets and eReaders have grown from 10% to 19% over this same time-frame. Pew attributes the increasing consumption of digital content down to the increasing availability of books and magazines in digital format, and intriguingly says that device owners (both eReaders and tablets) are now reading more, regardless of format. Furthermore, it appears that the longer you own one of the aforementioned devices, the more likely it is that you will read more. 41% of eReader and tablet owners of more than a year agreed to this [...]
avatarby Tab TimesApril 5, 20120 comments
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