Today's Kindle Daily Deal - Amazon's description of the collection of 9 books offered at $1.99 Sunday only, Nov. 11:
"From the voyages and raids of the Viking tribes in the 10th century to the healing sought by Vietnam War soldiers decades after the conflict, today's deal presents a collection of stories about war and its aftermath. All nine of today's thought-provoking books are just $1.99 (up to 89% off)."
The accompanying "Kindle Kids Daily Deal" is Hero Dad which, as a "picture-book," is available only on Kindle Fire, Kindle Cloud Reader (that's free to all customers with access to the web), Kindle for iPad, and Kindle for Android.
Amazon also sent a notice that they have another special:
"30 Kindle Books for $3 Each"
This one is "valid through December 5, 2012."
TODAY ONLY (Sunday) also - Kindle Fire HD User's Guide Book: Unleash the Power of Your Tablet
Amazon also already has an early Black-Friday deals page.
The Bookseller's Lisa Campbell mentions a "technical issue" that hit Amazon Thursday night, during which the buy button was missing for the Big6 publishers for some reason. Some time later, Amazon released a statement that "The Kindle Store is experiencing a technical issue. We’re working to correct it."
That it affected only the Big6 at a time when the Europe powers that be are accepting a Settlement with errant publishers (some of whom didn't accept one in the US but Europe will assign no fees, from what I read earlier, which is one reason they agreed) is somewhat intriguing, no? The publishers whose books were affected by the glitch were HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Hachette, Penguin, Random House (not involved in the lawsuits), and Macmillan.
More on Paperwhite reviews
For those more focused on reading than tablet play, the Kindle Paperwhite continues to rack up glowing reviews.
1. TechnoBuffalo's Brandon Russell's headline is "Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Review: This is the Best E-Reader Money Can Buy." and he writes, " It’s the best gadget of its kind, bar none, and something you should experience if you’re an avid reader."
He mentions that a "major difference" over the Barnes & Noble NOOK Touch (which he's considered "superb" otherwise) is the "high-res display and its impressive capacitive touch capabilities."
See the full review for much more detail and "What's Bad" as well as the usual "What's Good."
2. Engadget's Brian Heater comopares the Kobo Glo to the Paperwhite and the B&N Nook. Good pictures are included.
The Kobo and Nook both include a microSD slot, which the Paperwhite doesn't.
A few of Russell's comparisons:
' ... When the Kindle Paperwhite launched just a few months later, however, Barnes & Noble's proprietary technology [Nook Glowlight] already seemed dated.
Amazon's own approach to front lighting, reportedly four years in the making, offered up a much whiter and far more evenly distributed illumination across the screen. So, how does the [Kobo] Glo fare after the arrival of the other two? Quite frankly, the company hit front lighting out of the park on its first try.
The Glo has even more in common with the Paperwhite on that front, with great light distribution across the display, devoid of any uneven splotches. According to Kobo, that's thanks to a "nano-printed fiber-optic film" -- a technology that sounds awfully similar to the one implemented by Amazon...like the Kindle, there's none of the blueish overcast present on the Simple Touch with GlowLight. If we're picking nits, there is a slightly perceptible yellowish tinge here, which you can see when you hold the reader up against the Paperwhite.
... there's a strong downside to Kobo's implementation -- text contrast suffers noticeably. Reading with the light off, there's not a lot of difference between the Paperwhite and Glo -- turn the light all the way up, however, and it becomes far more pronounced. '
The Kobo does have a rudimentary web browser (the Nook had a hidden one that didn't work well but they removed that in an update after May 2012). Unlike the Kindle's web browser, there is no pinch-to-zoom, which really is needed on such small devices, and I don't see an equivalent to the Kindle's specially laid-out (with larger print and no ads) "Article View" for single web articles.
The Kobo is available in parts of the world where the Kindle and Nook aren't, so it's a definite for serious consideration. There is much more detail on the user interface, etc. at the full article.
Current Kindle Models for reference, plus free-ebook search links.
NOTES on newer Kindles.
Updated Kindle Fire Basic 7" tablet - $159
Kindle Fire HD 7" 16/32GB - $199/$249
Kindle Fire HD 8.9" 16/32GB - $299/$369
Kindle Fire HD 8.9" 4G 32/64GB - $499/$599
Kindle NoTouch ("Kindle") - $69/$89
Kindle Paperwhite, WiFi - $119/$139
Kindle Paperwhite, 3G - $179/$199
Kindle Keybd 3G - $139/$159, Free but slow web
Kindle DX -
Kindle Basic, NoTouch - £69
Kindle Touch WiFi, UK - £89 Refurb'd
Kindle Keyboard 3G, UK - £149
Keybd: w/ Free, slow 3G WEB
Kindle Paperwhite, WiFi - £109
Kindle Paperwhite 3G, UK - £169
Kindle Fire 2, UK - £129
Kindle Fire HD 7" 16/32GB, UK - £159/199
Kindle NoTouch Basic - $89
Kindle Touch WiFi - $139
Kindle Keybd 3G - $189
Keybd: w/ Free, slow 3G WEB
France Boutique Kindle
Deutschland - Kindle Store
Italia - Kindle Store
Spain - Tienda Kindle
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