TKC 364 David Gaughran

Interview starts at 16:56 and ends at 44:39 
If you look at stores like Barnes and Noble and Kobo and Apple, I don’t think they’ve even caught up to where the Kindle Store was in 2011 or 2012 yet, let alone approaching where it is now in 2015. I still think they haven’t grasped the core part of Amazon’s philosophy, which is that they will always seek to recommend that they think you are most likely to purchase—not the one that a company has paid a certain amount, so they’ll shove it under your nose. 
 
News
Amazon’s second-quarter earnings release – July 23, 2015
FAQ from Amazon on anti-trust settlement credits
 
Tech Tip
How to use Kindle FreeTime to manage your child’s reading content
The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer
 
Interview with David Gaughran
Joanna Penn’s interview with David Gaughran (video) at YouTube – January 22, 2012
“The Great Amazon Hysteria… Part 31” by David Gaughran at his blog – June 26, 2015
 
Content
Books by David Gaughran:
Mercenary, an historical novel
 
Next Week’s Guest
 

Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named “Well, You Needn’t.” This version is “Ra-Monk” by Eval Manigat on the “Variations in Time: A Jazz Persepctive” CD by Public Transit Recording” CD. 

 
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TKC 363 Amy Edelman

Amy Edelman 450Founder and President of IndieReader.com
Interview starts at 11:46 and ends at 41:02
 
It’s very hard to tell a self-published book these days from one that is traditionally published.
 
News
David Pogue’s must-see Alexa demonstration and review (video) at Yahoo Tech – July 16, 2015
 
Tech Tip
Amazon page on Cloud Collections
 
Interview with Amy Edelman
“Self-publishers flourish as writers pay the tab” by Motoko Rich at The New York Times – January 27, 2009
“Books Gone Wild: The Digital Age Reshapes Literature” by Lev Grossman at Time Magazine – January 21, 2009
Still Alice by Lisa Genova
The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry
Amanda Hocking’s books at the Kindle Store
“How Amazon Saved my Life” by Jessica Park at IndieReader – June 15, 2012
“If You Liked ‘Grey’, You’ll LOVE…” by Keri English at Indie Reader – July 15, 2015
“Television That’s Worth Dissecting” by Michiko Kakatuni at The New York Times – December 3, 2012
Fifty Shades of Grey and Grey by E. L. James
Manless in Montclair by Amy Holman Edelman
The Little Black Dress by Amy Holman Edelman
Deadly Lies by Chris Patchell
YA titles by Abbi Glines
 
Content
12 books that Jeff Bezos hopes to read
 
Next Week’s Guest
David Gaughran, blogger and author of Let’s Get Digital and Let’s Get Visible
 
Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named “Well, You Needn’t.” This version is “Ra-Monk” by Eval Manigat on the “Variations in Time: A Jazz Persepctive” CD by Public Transit Recording” CD. 

 
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TKC 362 Darlene

Version 2My wife the amazing art quilter and Kindle enthusiast
Interview starts at 14:08 and ends at 39:48
A friend of mine said, “How many times have you dropped a Paperwhite in the tub?” And she’s right. I never have. And so at that point I decided that I was just going to hold the Kindle, and if it fell into the tub I would deal with it.
 
News
“Bread and Roses” by Hugh Howey at The Wayfinder – January 24, 2014
Opinion: Apple Watch sales plunge 90%” by Brett Arends at MarketWatch – July 8, 2015
“Apple Watch Sales Aren’t Looking So Hot” by Aaron Tilley at Forbes – July 1, 2015
“After crushing rival smartwatch sales, Apple Watch portrayed as doomed by CNBC” by Daniel Eran Dilger at Apple Insider – June 28, 2015
Apple WatchCast episode 18
My 2014 interview with the cofounders of Spritz in TKC 323
Bigger than Black Friday? Amazon Prime Day – July 15, 2015 
Prime Music $100,000 Sweepstakes
 
Tech Tip
How to disable Kindle Word Wise on your Paperwhite:
1. Start at the home screen
2. Tap on the menu icon at upper right.
3. Tap on Settings.
4. Tap on Reading Options.
5. Tap on Language Learning.
6. Turn Word Wise off. You can also turn off Vocabulary Builder.
 
Interview with my wife Darlene
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Authors discussed in the interview: 
Harry Bingham’s Fiona Griffiths books –
3. The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths – $2.51 on Kindle
4. This Thing of Darkness (available for pre-order for $3.99 with delivery July 30, 2015)
Jacqueline Winspear’s Maisie Dobbs Mystery series
Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley
     Dance of the Bones: A J.P. Beaumont and Brandon Walker Novel by J. A. Jance  – available for Kindle preorder for $15.99 (!) with delivery on September 8, 2015, price set by the publisher, HarperCollins
Stephen White’s Alan Gregory series
Craig Johnson’s Walt Longmire Mysteries
Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch series and the Bosch Amazon Original Series
C J Box’s Joe Picket series
Content
“Reading War and Peace on my iPhone” by Clive Thompson at BookRiot
Next Week’s Guest
Amy Edelman, founder and president of IndieReader

Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named “Well, You Needn’t.” This version is “Ra-Monk” by Eval Manigat on the “Variations in Time: A Jazz Persepctive” CD by Public Transit Recording” CD. 
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TKC 361 John Sullivan

John Sullivan 450Project Manager and TKC Listener
Interview starts at 13:52 and ends at 39:03
 
I have the books that I read, and I read the books that I have. The ones that I collect now are meaningful to me. 
 
News
“Apple Loses Appeal, E-book Decision is Affirmed” by Andrew Albanese at Publishers Weekly – June 30, 2015
Frequently Asked Questions about eBooks lawsuit
Amazon press release on Alexa Skills Kit – June 25, 2015
 
Tech Tips
Information and download link for new Kindle Paperwhite 1st Generation software update
 
Interview with John Sullivan
John Sullivan’s favorite mystery writers: Elmore Leonard, Michael Connelly, Tyler Dilts (author of The Pain Scale), Sue Grafton. Other writers mentioned: Rick Bragg, Kurt Vonnegut
Getting Things Done by David Allen
“The 10 Most Cryptic Project Management Expressions” by John Sullivan at Tech Republic – July 7, 2010
Justified on Prime Instant Video
The Sopranos on Prime Instant Video
Get Carter by Ted Lewis
Joyland by Stephen King
Still Foolin’ ‘Em by Billy Crystal (Audible)
 
Content
 
Next Week’s Guest
My wife Darlene
 

Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named “Well, You Needn’t.” This version is “Ra-Monk” by Eval Manigat on the “Variations in Time: A Jazz Persepctive” CD by Public Transit Recording” CD. 

 
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TKC 360 Russ Grandinetti

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Amazon’s Senior Vice President – Kindle
Interview starts at 10:17 and ends at 42:35 
My guess is that if you asked all the publishers with whom we’ve reached agreement in the last year they would tell you that they had to compromise some things they didn’t love. And we’ve had to compromise some things we didn’t necessarily choose on our own. And that’s okay. That’s business.
News
Amazon Echo aka Alexa – now available to anyone for $179.99
“Amazon echo owners now able to write reviews on Amazon” by Bufo Calvin at the I Love My Kindle blog – June 19, 2015
Amazon Fire Phone – unlocked 32GB $179.00
My Paperwhite 3 video review = June 18, 2015
“Under the Hood of Kindle’s New Typesetting Engine” – my new video at YouTube – June 21, 2015
Tech Tips
Interview with Russ Grandinetti
Gates of Fire by Steven Pressfield
Survival in Auschwitz by Primo Levi
Past interviews with Russ Grandinetti at The Kindle Chronicles
Content
tech.book(store) at Amazon.com 

Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named “Well, You Needn’t.” This version is “Ra-Monk” by Eval Manigat on the “Variations in Time: A Jazz Persepctive” CD by Public Transit Recording” CD. 

 
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Alexa, Get Ready for Everyone!

Screen Shot 2015-06-23 at 9.31.08 AMAmazon just announced that its brilliant robot-in-a-can assistant, Amazon Echo, is now available for everyone. No more waiting for an invitation. The price is $179.99 with free shipping for Prime members. Click here to buy one and help support The Kindle Chronicles! Thanks, Len

Text of press release:

Echo is a new category of device designed around your voice—it’s always on, hands-free, and fast—just ask for information, music, news, weather, and more from across the room and get answers instantly

Previously available by invitation only, all customers can now order Echo and it will start shipping July 14

Since November, Alexa—the brain behind Echo—has added support for Pandora, Audible, home automation with WeMo and Philips Hue, sports scores and schedules, traffic, and more

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jun. 23, 2015– (NASDAQ:AMZN)—Seven months ago, Amazon introduced Echo, a new category of device designed around your voice. Echo was available on an invitation basis to customers who wanted to help shape the device as it evolved.

This Smart News Release features multimedia. View the full release here:http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20150623005861/en/

Amazon Echo is a new category of device designed around your voice—it’s always on, hands-free, and fast—just ask for information, music, news, weather, and more from across the room and get answers instantly. (Photo: Business Wire)

Here’s what reviewers are saying about Echo:

  • “A Perfect 10” –ZDNet
  • “The Echo is one of the most compelling cases I’ve ever seen for the power of voice control, of talking to our gadgets the way we talk to each other.” – The Verge
  • “The Echo is Amazon’s latest futuristic gadget experiment. It’s one part Bluetooth speaker and one part personal voice assistant. And it blew my mind.” – Mashable
  • “The Echo may be the closest thing we’ll have to a Star Trek computer at home.” – CNET

Customers have given Echo a 4.5 star rating—here’s what customers are saying:

  • “The Echo is truly a genius piece of technology. The voice recognition and long range speech detection is the best I have seen. It understands what you are asking almost every time, and responds quickly.”
  • “Overall this is a fantastic, game-changing device.”
  • “Home just wouldn’t seem like home now without the Amazon Echo standing ready for my next command or question. Bravo, Amazon!”
  • “The voice recognition is great and it keeps getting better as we use it…This is definitely one of the best electronic purchases we’ve ever made.”
  • “I couldn’t be happier with ‘Alexa’! ‘She’ is invaluable to my household – couldn’t imagine life without her. I am so impressed with all the features and continuing enhancements by Amazon. I recommend the Echo to absolutely everyone I encounter.”
  • “The power of this device right now is amazing. Each week it appears more features – simple to use and configure – are added. Truly the future today.”
  • “I could not possible overstate how much I love my Echo. Seriously my favorite gadget purchase ever…and I purchase a lot of gadgets. I use it many times per day. Alexa (how one addresses Echo) is the first ‘person’ I talk to in the morning and the last at night.”

Today, Amazon is excited to announce that Echo is now available for all customers. Order now for $179.99 atwww.amazon.com/echo. Echo will start shipping July 14.

“The customer response to Amazon Echo has been incredibly positive, and we’ve been working hard to build more as quickly as possible. We are grateful to our early customers for their incredible engagement and for providing us with invaluable feedback to help shape Echo as it evolves—with their help, we’ve been able to add features like Audible, Pandora, home automation, sports scores, calendar, and more,” said Greg Hart, Vice President, Amazon Echo. “We’re excited to get Echo into the hands of even more customers and continue to invent new features and experiences.”

Echo is designed around your voice and is hands-free and always on—ask for information, music, news, traffic, weather, and more from across the room and get results instantly. Echo uses far-field voice recognition with an array of seven microphones to clearly hear you around the room. Advanced beam-forming technology combines the signals from the individual microphones to suppress noise, reverberation, and even competing speech.Echo’s advanced audio design includes dual downward-firing speakers that produce 360˚ omni-directional, room-filling audio.

Alexa—the brain behind Echo—is built in the cloud, so it is always getting smarter. At launch, Echo introduced hands-free voice control for music (Amazon Music, Prime Music, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn), information from Wikipedia and the web, weather, timers and alarms, news, and shopping/to-do lists. Over the last seven months, Alexa has added dozens of new features to expand its skillset, gotten better at answering all types of questions, and improved accuracy and speech recognition. New capabilities added since November include:

  • Connected home: With integration of Belkin WeMo and Philips Hue products, use Echo to switch on the lamp before getting out of bed, turn on the fan or heater while reading in your favorite chair, or dim the lights from the couch to watch a movie—all without lifting a finger.
  • Pandora: Access Pandora’s library of over 1 million tracks simply by asking Alexa for a station by genre, artist, or song. Once music is playing, you can pause and skip tracks using voice commands, and tell Alexa to give a track a thumbs up or thumbs down to train the station to your taste.
  • Audible: Listen to audiobooks from Audible with Echo. Simply say “Alexa, read my book.” Echo also supports Whispersync for Voice, which allows you to seamlessly switch between reading and listening without losing your spot. Start reading on Kindle, and pick up on Echo right where you left off.
  • Google Calendar: Access your Google calendar events with Echo—just use your voice. Hear what’s on the calendar for the day or check if you’re free for dinner with friends.
  • If This Then That (IFTTT): Create IFTTT recipes using Echo’s Shopping and To-do Lists to make your life simpler and more manageable. IFTTT is a service that connects your devices, apps, and websites with simple rules called “recipes.” With IFTTT recipes, you can use Echo to add shopping items to Evernote, automatically email your to-do list to your spouse, add your Echo to-do list to your iPhone, and more.
  • Re-order Prime-eligible products: If you’re low on kitchen supplies, want to restock on snacks, or need more rolls of duct tape for the garage, simply ask Echo to place an order for you. Echo uses your order history and can order the Prime-eligible item for you using your default payment and shipping settings. If Echo can’t find the requested item in your order history, it may suggest an item for your approval using Amazon’s Choice, which picks highly-rated, well-priced, Prime-eligible products.
  • Sports scores and schedules: Alexa will tell you the results of your favorite team’s last game, the current score of a game they are playing, and the time and date of the next game. To give it a try, simply say, “Alexa, what’s the score of the Mariners game?” or “Alexa, when do the Seattle Sounders play next?” Alexa knows scores and schedules for the NBA, NHL, NFL, MLB, MLS, and NCAA basketball, with others coming soon.
  • Traffic: Just save your work address and Alexa will tell you the quickest route and travel time to work each morning so you know exactly what to expect before leaving the house. You can also add a stop to your commute in case you need to drop off a child at school or stop by a coffee shop on your way to work—just add the stop to your settings, and Alexa will give you the route and travel time.
  • Prime Stations: Prime members can ask Echo to play hundreds of ad-free, personalized streaming music stations via Prime Music. Like, dislike, or skip as many songs as you wish while you discover songs from the Prime Music catalog.
  • Customized news: You can now hear from more sources in your news Flash Briefing including The Economist, NPR Business, TMZ, and ESPN Radio via TuneIn.

In addition, developers have been using a private beta of a free SDK to build new capabilities and skills for Alexa, which will start rolling out later this year.

Amazon Echo is $179.99 and is available for customers in the US to pre-order today at www.amazon.com/echo. It will start shipping July 14.

About Amazon Echo

Echo is designed around your voice and is hands-free and always on—ask it for information, music, news, and weather from across the room and get results or answers instantly. Alexa is the brain behind Amazon Echo—since Alexa is built in the cloud and leverages AWS, it is always getting smarter and adding more functionality.

Echo uses on-device keyword spotting to detect the wake word. When Echo detects the wake word, it lights up and streams audio to the cloud, where it leverages the power of Amazon Web Services to recognize and respond to your request. Echo uses far-field voice recognition with an array of seven microphones to clearly hear you around the room. Advanced beam-forming technology combines the signals from the individual microphones to suppress noise, reverberation, and even competing speech. This audio signal is then used by our deep neural networks based speech recognition system trained on a large amount of far-field speech data to recognize your utterance from a distance. Enhanced noise cancellation allows you to wake up the device even when it is playing loud music.

Echo has been fine-tuned to deliver crisp vocals with dynamic bass response. Its dual downward-firing speakers produce 360° omni-directional audio to fill the room with immersive sound. Plus, in addition to streaming music from the cloud, Echo is Bluetooth-enabled so you can stream other popular music services like Spotify and iTunes from your phone or tablet.

About Amazon

Amazon.com opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995. The company is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment byAmazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire phone, Fire tablets, Fire TV, and Amazon Echo are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon.

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Under the Hood of Kindle’s New Typesetting Engine

I am no expert on kerning or ligatures, but I am impressed at the typesetting sophistication evident in Kindle’s new typesetting engine, coming within weeks to the new Paperwhite 3, as well as to the existing Paperwhite 2 and Voyage. In this nine-minute video, I show you what these improvements will look like when they arrive in over-the-air updates. Not all books will have them at first. In the demo I used George Washington’s Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved The American Revolution by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger.

These improvements are already in place for Fire tablets and iOS apps, where they look terrific. I am very glad the eInk Kindles will be receiving them soon. I was able to show you what they look like on the new Paperwhite, because Amazon included an early version of the software on the demo unit they shipped to me.

BTW, if you spot a new bit of art on the wall behind me in the video, it’s one that delights me to now have here in my study in Cambridge. It’s a painting my mother did more than 40 years ago of Wigglesworth Hall, my freshman dorm at Harvard. It brings back memories and improves the backdrop for my Skype interviews and YouTube videos!

 

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TKC 359 Daniel Cubias

Interview starts at 14:24 and ends at 38:38
There’s an incentive for Amazon on two levels to say, “Hey, let’s try to bring in readers.” And one way of bringing in readers is you get more writers. And so they’re definitely reaching out to Spanish-language authors in America and in Latin Americas to get their work up on Kindle. (Photo by Jamie Pham)
News
Neuer Kindle Paperwhite 3 Test (video in German) – June 19, 2015
Unboxing Kindle Voyage and new Paperwhite 3 (video in Spanish) – June 19, 2015
“Does Anyone Care About Amazon Publishing Contracts?” by Michael Kozlowski at Good EReader – June 19, 2015
Tech Tip
Reminder from Andrys Basten that 3G eInk Kindles get 24/7 free eG access to Wikipedia
 
Interview with Daniel Cubias
Daniel Cubias’s blog
“Are e-Books a Good Idea for Latino Authors?” by Daniel Cubias at The Huffington Post – June 4, 2015
Open Road Media, publisher of poetry by John Ashbery in eBook format
 
Content
“Amazon deal brings 12,000 Marvel comics to the Kindle Store” by Rich McCormick at The Verge – June 19, 2015
Marvel single issues now available at the Kindle Store
Captain America: The First Avenger #1: First Vengeance – free from Marvel
 
Comments
Bufo Calvin, creator of the I Love My Kindle blog
 
Next Week’s Guest
Russ Grandinetti, Amazon’s senior vice president – Kindle
 

Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named “Well, You Needn’t.” This version is “Ra-Monk” by Eval Manigat on the “Variations in Time: A Jazz Persepctive” CD by Public Transit Recording” CD. 

 
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My Video Review of the New Kindle Paperwhite 3

Does the new Kindle Paperwhite, announced yesterday by Amazon, mean the erstwhile top-of-the-line Voyage is toast? How much better is this third-generation Paperwhite, available by preorder now for shipping June 30,  from the current one? How many of you will click here to buy a new Paperwhite in order to show some Amazon Associates love for The Kindle Chronicles?  Enquiring minds want to know. I hope you will find this video, which is just under 13 minutes long, helpful in evaluating Amazon’s surprising new summer addition to the Kindle lineup.

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Kindle’s Summer Surprise: Hot New Paperwhite for Same Price

Kindle Paperwhite FrontI didn’t see this one coming.

Amazon this morning announced a brand new version of its flagship Kindle, the Paperwhite, available for pre-order now with shipments beginning June 30.

They’re calling it “New Kindle Paperwhite.” Its screen resolution is 300 pixels per inch (ppi), an impressive upgrade–more than twice the pixels– from the current 212 ppi screen. At 300 ppi, the new Paperwhite has the same laser-quality text as Amazon’s top-of-the-line Kindle Voyage.

The new Paperwhite is priced the same as the old–$119 for WiFi only with special offers, $189 with WiFi/3G and special offers, and $209 with WiFi/3G and no special offers.

Welcome to Paperwhite 3.

The first Paperwhite was introduced on October 1, 2012, followed by Paperwhite 2, with a higher-contrast display and faster processor, on September 3, 2013. You can tell the difference in these models by looking on the back. The original Paperwhite has “Amazon” on the back; Paperwhite 2 says “Kindle.” From the advance press information I received yesterday, I can’t discern how we will tell a Paperwhite 3 from its older siblings.

In addition to the big improvement in screen resolution, Paperwhite 3 will offer new typography and layout features. Warning: these changes will be subtle, boring, and incomprehensible for most civilian readers, involving terms like “kerning” and “ligature.”

For example, the “all-new typesetting engine” will nudge the tail of the letter y under the l in the word “quietly,” to make the letters fit better together. This is the ancient art of typesetting, brought forward to the digital age in eBooks, and it’s actually pretty cool.

It makes sense to me that these very small improvements in character placement–combined with updates in word spacing, the addition of hyphenation and drop caps to emphasize the first word of a chapter–will add up to better readability for the Kindle 3.

The new Paperwhite will also have Bookerly, the font that Amazon created from scratch and that is already available on Fire tablets and other LCD-screen devices. I like Bookerly a lot and agree with Seattle’s PR team that it looks “warm and contemporary” on my iPhone 6 Plus screen and Fire HDX tablets.

Another feature of the improved typesetting will be of interest to those of us whose eyesight is failing, which, as I understand it, is everyone over the age of 40. On the Paperwhite 3, when you choose a larger font size your Kindle will automatically adjust the margins, columns, indents, nested lists, borders, and drop caps to make the page as easy to read as possible.

As I read the advance press release yesterday, I was struck by how much the Kindlesphere has changed in the seven years I have been doing The Kindle Chronicles. In the early days, the improvements came in big, fancy product releases. You didn’t need a blog or a degree in typography to know that the Kindle 2 was a whole new animal compared with the clunky but lovable original Kindle. The “wow” factor was part of the fun of those days.

What followed–and we should have known it was coming from a company whose secret web address remains relentless.com–has been unending improvements in the Kindle. The big ones get you easy “wows.” The small ones bring you to total domination of the market, which is where the Kindle sits today, accounting for more than half the U.S. market.

I see the hand of Jeff Bezos behind the letter y dropping below the letter l in “quietly.”

When I interviewed him in Seattle three years ago, he expressed his passion for reading in terms and body language that convinced me he wasn’t fooling around. He started his company selling books, and he is married to a novelist. With all the amazing innovation that Amazon is doing–from web storage to state-of-the-art warehouse robots–I bet the boss checks in with the Kindle team enough to keep them on the hot seat, driving innovation every day of the year.

You can tell that this new Paperwhite is not just a tweak, because of whom the PR team quotes in the press release. It isn’t Dave Limp, the senior vice president for devices. It’s Jeff, saying this:

We love inventing for readers. The new Kindle Paperwhite obsesses over the details that matter most to readers—we’ve added our highest-resolution display so the words are crisp and clear on the page, a new font that is crafted exclusively for reading Kindle books, and a new typesetting engine that makes pages beautiful. Together, these details help you read faster and with less eyestrain, so you can lose yourself in the author’s world.

If you’re still reading on a Kindle 2 or Kindle Keyboard, today might be a great day to upgrade to the newest member of the Kindle lineup.

If you love reading digitally, it’s a good day to feel some gratitude for Team Kindle and its top-to-bottom obsession with details that matter most to readers. Bravo!

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