Another round of kindle news, offers

The Kindle extends its reach with a Kindle for Windows Phone 7 app. OverDrive’s iPhone App now offers library ebook downloads. B&N’s Nook Color has a hidden BlueTooth radio.

It’s ironic that on the day CES 2011 starts, all the interesting news is from elsewhere.

First, let’s look at some offers -

  1. The Christmas Lamp by Lori Copeland. Price: $0. Genre: Christian, Christmas. A novella published by Zondervan.
  2. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. Price: 89 cents. Genre: Wealth, Visualization, Inspirational, Self-Help. This is rising up the charts.
  3. The Art of Closing the Sale by Brian Tracy. Price: $1.99. Genre: Sales, Sales Pychology. This is Amazon’s Student Kindle Deal of the Day for today.

There aren’t that many good deals in the Movers and Shakers list today.

Offers from outside the Kindle Store

Pocket After Dark has two books free to read online -

  1. Gentlemen Prefer Succubi by Jill Myles. Free until January 31st, 2011.
  2. Untraceable by Laura Griffin. Free until January 15th, 2011.

You have to click on the black ‘Full Book’ button below the book. Then you have to join the community. Now, after writing all of that, it doesn’t seem worth it.

Harper Collins also has a book that’s free to read online – Emily the Strange: The Lost Days by Rob Reger and Jessica Gruner. Seems like a children’s book meant for young girls.

It’s strange how it’s the same system/infrastructure powering the two different sets of offers – Yet, in one case they make it painful and awkward to get to the offers. Anyways, time to move on to some interesting bits of news.

OverDrive is now offering library books on its iPhone App

OverDrive has an app that’s compatible with iPhone, iPod, and iPad. It’s called the OverDrive Media Console.

Until yesterday, all the app did was let you borrow audiobooks from libraries. Starting today, it lets you borrow ebooks from libraries. The updated product description -

 Download library books directly to your iPhone. More than 13,000 libraries worldwide offer eBooks and audiobooks via OverDrive.

Here are two of the updates added in V2 of the OverDrive App (Version 2 arrived today) -

- Adds support for EPUB eBooks
– Find a library using the Get Books feature

It’s quite a big development. The number of ebooks available at libraries are still small – But it’s significant that now people with iPhones and iPads will be able to download library books so easily.

Kindle for Windows Phone 7 arrives

Engadget has the news that Kindle for Windows Phone 7 has arrived.

You can find it in the Windows 7 Marketplace in your A-Name-That-Is-Entirely-Too-Long phone – they don’t have anything on the web. Engadget had the scoop.

It has the standard sales pitch – 750,000 books, WhisperSync, different font settings, etc. It looks quite good – Though you have to suspect that the dark blue ‘boy reading under the tree’ image would look good on anything.

That brings us to the latest Nook Color hack.

Nook Color has a BlueTooth Radio, which may or may not be hackable into a state of usefulness

Occip at XDA Developers shows that there’s no limit to the amount of ‘things that shouldn’t be in a $250 device’ things that are in the $250 Nook Color. The newest addition to the list is a BlueTooth Radio – Much like the microphone on the Kindle 3, the BlueTooth Radio on the Nook is hidden and not enabled.

However, Occip and other hackers are busy at work – trying to get it to work. The XDA stars have already hacked Nook Color into an Android Tablet, and found a way to get it to run Android 2.2. If they can get the BlueTooth radio working, their various hacks will lead to so many additional Nook Color sales that B&N won’t be able to handle the demand.

It also makes you wonder how B&N kept the price at $250. Here’s a partial list of what you get with Nook Color -

Better quality IPS LCD screen than iPad.
Capability to function as a 7″ Android Tablet. 
Fast, powerful processor. It’s a Texas Instruments OMAP 3621 processor running at 800 Mhz.

512 MB RAM.
8 GB Flash ROM.

802.11b/g/n WiFi.
BlueTooth Radio.
Accelerometer.

Did anyone expect the $250 Nook Color to have all of that?

B&N really needs to start selling unlocked versions of these as full-fledged mini-Tablets – there’d be a ton of demand for Nook Color Android Tablets. They’d sell quite a few million more than they would otherwise. The Tablets so far, including the ones at CES 2011, haven’t been close to Nook Color in price or value for money.

6 Responses

  1. Now that both Nook and Apple let you borrow library books, maybe Amazon will join in.

  2. Why not unlock the Nook? Perhaps B & N are losing money on each Nook sold and only want to sell them to readers who will buy ebooks from the Nook store. If people start to buy them as tablets instead of readers, it defeats the purpose.

    • I agree. Consider:

      “Occip at XDA Developers shows that there’s no limit to the amount of ‘things that shouldn’t be in a $250 device’ things that are in the $250 Nook Color. … If they can get the BlueTooth radio working, their various hcaks will lead to so many additional Nook Color sales that B&N won’t be able to handle the demand.

      “It also makes you wonder how B&N kept the price at $250. Here’s a partial list of what you get with Nook Color –
      ……………
      “B&N really needs to start selling unlocked versions of these as full-fledged mini-Tablets – there’d be a ton of demand for Nook Color Android Tablets. They’d sell quite a few million more than they would otherwise. The Tablets so far, including the ones at CES 2011, haven’t been close to Nook Color in price or value for money.”

      Unless the Color Nook’s sales are to book buyers, it’s bad for B&N if (as seems likely to me) they are being sold for a substantial loss. (Over $50.) It would make sense from a long-term perspective for B&N to spend over $100 to corral a customer for life by inveigling him into buying a bargain-priced a color Nook, but other sales are a net negative.

      OTOH, the great price makes the device attractive from the buyer’s side!

  3. Overdrive is a great app. I’ve been using it for a month now. No more overdue library books!

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