The Potter eBooks had already been part of an exclusive worldwide e-book and digital audiobook distribution agreement with Overdrive for public and school libraries.
However, waiting lists at libraries are notoriously long, and books are due within 2 weeks in some. So, the PRIME Kindle Lending Library will be a boon for many.
There are no waiting lists and no due dates.
Remember that you can borrow only one Kindle book per calendar month though. For more info on the PRIME lending program, which now includes 145,000 books, "including over 100 current and former New York Times Best Sellers," see:
Prime's Lending Library:
How to Browse List
Remember that you can borrow an e-book ONLY on a Kindle Device and NOT via a web page on a computer.
Amazon purchased an exclusive license from Pottermore to make these titles available on the Kindle Owners Lending program.
PRIME was originally created to offer Free Shipping of Amazon products in two days, for $79/yr, or essentially, $6.58/mo.
It now includes unlimited free streaming of over 17,000 movies and TV episodes. Jeff Bezos, Amazon's CEO, pointed out that "Over a year, borrowing the Harry Potter books, plus a handful of additional titles, can alone be worth more than the $79 cost of Prime or a Kindle. "
As with Kindle books, your annotations and bookmarks will be saved for you (unless you don't want them backed up) in case you want to borrow the book again or buy it later.
Color E-Ink Kindles due in 2nd Half of 2012?
Forbes points to Digitimes' article today that Amazon is 'likely' to launch these sometime during the 2nd half of this year.
However, this is very SOFT info, since with E Ink Holdings's plans to unveil "color EPD products" soon, according to company chairman Scott Liu, "sources" describe the products as "likely" to be adopted by Amazon. NOT exactly firm rumors.
They mention "makers in the supply chain to begin shipping related parts and components in May" -- to whom? They don't say and it would probably be to E Ink holdings, whose first quarter was below expectations.
Digitimes highlights two item, which I forgot to insert while linking to their article:
' Amazon's new color e-book readers will be built with multi-touch capacitive touch panels instead of infrared touch panels used in the previous mono-color e-book readers, the sources noted.
Touch panel maker TPK Holding reportedly has landed touch module orders for Amazon's color e-book readers, the sources added. '
The Wi-Drive is a small flash drive that stores files and allows streaming of media (video, text) to up to three devices at one time and I've used one with the Kindle Fire since January. See the article from January 24. I have two, and one is always in my purse, as it's smaller than a cell phone. The Wi-Drive app update announced today enables web browser support for the WiDrive.
While they've been available in 16 GB and 32 GB versions, Kingston is now adding a 64 GB model though I don't see it shown at Amazon yet.
The Wi-Drive app update is available at Google Play's app store. The Kindle Fire Wi-Drive app doesn't show an update ready yet though, but it shouldn't be long. I received an update for my Samsung devices, but Amazon's vetting processes for its Android apps always take longer.
New Solitaire, Mahjong Solitaire, Spider Solitaire app for Kindle Fire
7 Dragons, the popular creator of Kindle E-Reader and Kindle Fire apps has just released a new app for Kindle Fire -- a combination of several Solitaire games released in just one app, for $1 as a launch sale, as the permanent price will be $3 later.
This won't work on other Android tablets, and is available only for the Kindle Fire. It was released May 8, and there are two reviews so far, both verified Amazon purchases, with 5 stars each.
Optimized for the 7" tablet, it's very customizable, has Autosave, unlimited Undo, and hints plus optional background music. There are 19 levels from "easy" to "very challenging."
Current Kindle Models for reference, plus free-ebook search links
Kindle Fire 7" tablet - $199
Kindle NoTouch ("Kindle") - $79/$109
Kindle Touch, WiFi
Kindle Touch, 3G/WiFi - $149/$189
Kindle Keybd 3G - $189, Free, slow web
Kindle DX - $379, Free, slow web
Kindle Basic, NoTouch - £89
Kindle Touch WiFi, UK - £109
Kindle Touch 3G/WiFi, UK - £169
Kindle Keyboard 3G, UK - £149
Keybd: w/ Free, slow 3G WEB
Kindle NoTouch Basic - $109
Kindle Touch WiFi - $139
Kindle Touch 3G/WiFi - $189
Kindle Keybd 3G - $189
Keybd: w/ Free, slow 3G WEB
Check often: Temporarily-free recently published Kindle books
Guide to finding Free Kindle books and Sources. Top 100 free bestsellers. Liked-books under $1
UK-Only: recently published free books, bestsellers, or £5 Max ones
Also, UK customers should see the UK store's Top 100 free bestsellers.
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