Give the Gift of Kindle Books

In time for the holidays, Amazon has made it possible for people to give Kindle books to anyone with an email address. A Kindle isn’t required, as the Kindle apps for PC, Mac, iOS, Windows Phone 7, Blackberry and Android are available. And, if you prefer something else, Kindle books can be exchanged for Amazon Gift Cards.

Kindle is the most popular of the e-book readers, and has an estimated 725,000 books in its library. We predict it will not take long for the other stores to incorporate this feature.

PC World points out a few useful reasons to give the gift of Kindle book(as opposed to Kindle device. For one, books are often cheaper. Sending an e-book takes much less effort than sending a real book, gratification is instant, and shipping is free.

I conclude as PC World did. Give the gift of digital literature this holiday season.

Amazon Introduces Better Kindle Revenue for Magazine and Newspaper Publishers

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Amazon is set to announce new revenue share terms for magazine and newspaper publishers that will give them a more favorable share of Kindle revenues. The terms for the new revenue sharing require the publication to be readable on all Kindle devices and applications, and in all geographies for which the publisher has rights. Amazon also announced the Beta release of the Kindle Publishing for Periodicals tool, which allows publishers to quickly and easily add their newspaper or magazine to the Kindle Store.

While reactions to newspapers and magazines on the Kindle have been generally positive, there have been some legitimate complaints about the Kindle editions. For one, some sections available in the print edition are not in the digital editions. There are complaints of formatting issues, etc.

Amazon requiring wider distribution and other improvements for these Kindle editions is something we can certainly get behind them on.