FireDock speaker dock for Kindle Fire and More – April 3rd

Hello fellow Kindlers, here are the top pieces of Kindle news from the past few days! -

FireDock speaker dock for Kindle Fire coming soon
- ubergizmo.com

FireDock speaker dock for Kindle Fire coming soonGrace Digital Inc. has just announced the launch of its FireDock speaker dock for the Kindle Fire. Designed especially for the Kindle Fire, the FireDock accommodates the USB port, headphone jack and power button which are located at the bottom of the tablet. In addition to being able to charge the Android tablet when plugged into a wall socket, the FireDock features an optional lithium-ion battery-pack that lets you bring the dock with you wherever you go…

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Amazon Kindle Fire updated to version 6.3
- ubergizmo.com

Amazon Kindle Fire updated to version 6.3Kindle Fire owners will be excited to know that over the next few days, their tablet will be receiving an over the air (OTA) update to version 6.3. The update will introduce new features such as the ability to easily share passages and notes from their books without having to leave the book, Shelfari Book Extras that gives users easy access to supplemental material about the books they are reading, the ability to store and download personal documents from Amazon Cloud, and Print Replica Textbooks…

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Kindle Fire update: version 6.3 to your device in the next few days
- arstechnica.com

Kindle Fire update: version 6.3 to your device in the next few daysAmazon is releasing a free software update to all Kindle Fire users over the next few days. The over-the-air update will upgrade the devices from version 6.2.2 to version 6.3. A downloadable upgrade file is also available on the site for the eager.Most of the updates involve enhanced reading features and extras…

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Kindle Fire Update Brings Sharing, Book Extras, Print Replica Textbooks To The Masses
- techcrunch.com

Hey there, Kindle Fire owners — Amazon’s rolling out a brand new software update for you, and it packs quite a few worthwhile (and arguably overdue) tweaks for your budget-conscious tablet.
Take sharing, for example. Oddly absent from the Kindle Fire at launch was the ability to share interesting snippets of text like its e-ink brethren, but that functionality has been added, along with the ability to tap into Amazon’s people-powered Shelfari service for what the company calls Book Extras — extra related information pertaining to the book a reader is poring through…

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Kindle Fire update brings sharing, ‘print replica’ textbooks, more to tablet
- engadget.com

Kindle Fire update brings sharing, 'print replica' textbooks, more to tablet Amazon has started pushing out an over-the-air update that’ll bring a slew of new features to its budget Kindle Fire tablet. Topping the list of upgrades is new sharing functionality that makes it possible for readers to send passages and notes from within the comfort of a book via social networks like Facebook and Twitter by highlighting and clicking “Share…

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Amazon’s Kindle Store Went Down Today

Did you see it? The Kindle store actually went down today!

There were lots of unhappy potential e-book readers this morning when an outage caused most titles in the Kindle store to go down for while today. They were back up and running by about 11 Am Central, but by that time, there was a lot of uproar around the web about it!

Fortunately for Amazon, this did not affect the release of the new digital Harry Potter books, which according to CNET actually redirect to another store for the sales.

While Amazon has not come out with a statement about the outage, I actually see this as a good sign for Amazon. The fact that an outage in the Kindle store caused such an outrage on the web means that they continue to grow in popularity as the e-book behemoth on the web.

Kindle Singles Break The 2 Million Mark

When Amazon unveiled the Kindle Singles program last year, it was the first of it’s kind with absolutely no surety of success. However, one year and many titles later, they have now sold over 2 million copies and expect to do even better this year.

Kindle Singles are shorter than regular books but longer than your typical article – between 5000 and 30000 words – and, unlike the larger Kindle Direct Publishing program, go through an approval process before being published. Amazon gets about 50 submissions per week and only publishes three.

In addition, the Singles get a significant sales boost from the fact that they are promoted hard by the company. While Nook and Apple have tried similar programs – the Nook Snaps and Apple Quick Reads – they just haven’t taken off like the Singles have at this point.

I foresee Kindle Singles continuing to grow in the future, and I wouldn’t be surprised to the Amazon up the number of Singles they publish per week soon, given the overall success of the program.

You can read more about Kindle Singles here.

Securing Your Kindle Fire

If you have little ones around the house, then you know the importance of securing your electronic devices, the Kindle Fire included. Since the Fire has internet access and thousands of app choices, it does not take much for a small child who does not realize what they are doing to end up on a bad site somewhere.

Here is how you can avoid that as best as you possibly can. First, let’s secure your apps -

  • Go To “Apps” From The Home Screen
  • Go To The Settings And Choose “Parental Controls”
  • Set up a pin for purchasing apps.

This will ensure you don’t get any adult or generally questionable apps on your device. Now, of course, this doesn’t fix the problem of the internet on your Fire.  That’s where Mobicip comes in.

Mobicip is a content-filtering browser for the Kindle Fire and many other devices. It has a free and premium option, and either one should do the trick, although I recommend the Premium option, because of the added features, such as Youtube filtering and settings for specific users. You can get a free month trial on their site, and it is only a few bucks per month after that.

After securing your apps and adding Mobicip, you will be about as secure as you can possibly be. Something could still get through, but it is much less likely.

Kindle Lending Library Increases to 100,000 Books

If you are a Kindle reader and don’t have Amazon Prime yet, now is the time! Not only do you get free 2 day shipping on many items, you now have access to “borrow” over 100,000 books in the Kindle Lending Library. This is quite a milestone for Amazon and just another reason why Kindle still beats out all of their e-book reader competitors.

If you haven’t checked out the Kindle Owners Lending Library before, it basically wors like this – if you are an Amazon Prime member, and you own a Kindle or have a Kindle reading app, you get access to any books in the lending area for free. You can only check out one at a time, and only one per month, but it is still a great deal. Prime comes with a few other cool options as well, like access to the Amazon Video on Demand system for free, meaning you can watch any of the shows or movies for free on your Kindle Fire or your computer.

Wanted: A Camera for Kindle Fire Feb 14th

Not much on the Kindle news homefront today, other than the story below! Folks are missing one important component with the Kindle Fire that they would like to see – a camera.
I must say, I completely agree. It’s great without it, but it would be so much better with it! I don’t use cameras that much, even on my phone, but when I do, it is sure nice to have it, and I have grabbed some shots of things along the way that I would never have gotten pics of without it being so quick and easy to shoot on my phone or tablet.
In fact, I would be willing to bet that there will be a camera on the new 9 inch tablet coming out soon! We wrote about that new Kindle recently, but we will be expanding on that soon as we get a little more data.

Wanted: A Camera for Kindle Fire
- pcworld.com

Wanted: A Camera for Kindle FireA camera isn’t big on tablet-users’ wishlists, but it could enhance the Kindle Fire as an essential shopping tool (especially when browsing Amazon).

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Kindle Fire Plus $50 Gift Card for $199 Feb 9th

Kindle Fire Plus $50 Gift Card for $199Walmart is offering $50 gift certificates with the Amazon Kindle Fire.

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WiFi Kindle Touch gets its passport, now available internationally Feb 4th

WiFi Kindle Touch gets its passport, now available internationallyEver since Amazon unveiled its cheap-as-chips Kindle Touch, the thing’s been selling like mad here in the US. However, our friends on other continents haven’t been able to enjoy swiping and tapping its multitouch E Ink display — until now, that is. Amazon failed to alert the masses with a press release, but a quick gander at the WiFi Touch’s product page shows there’s an option to ship one just about anywhere on the globe…

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