Can the Kindle Continue to Compete?

There are so many different ebook readers out there now. The Nook, Kobo, Sony, and iPad are all trying to hone in on the Amazon Kindle’s territory. It is a dog-eat-dog world when it comes to e-readers.

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With all the new faces in the game, will Kindle continue to compete? I think so, and here is how -

  1. Cost – The Kindle still has one of the cheapest price point for e-readers out there, especially compared to the iPad.
  2. Free 3G – The no-cost 3G makes the Kindle enticing as a “one-off” cost. No monthly payment here!
  3. Uniqueness – Yes, there are other e-readers out there. However, none offer the same exact features. None of the others offer subscriptions to blogs and newspapers like the Kindle does, for example.
  4. Title availability – While the iPad and Nook have a number of titles available, the Sony reader and Kobo do not have the same volume.
  5. Brand recognition – While some of the other ebook readers are catching up to the Kindle, Kindle is still recognized as the premiere brand over Nook and Sony.
  6. Screen – The e-ink screen speaks for itself.
  7. Accessories – A whole industry has sprung up around Kindle lights, Kindle chargers, etc.

Many people thought the iPad would be “the Kindle killer.” However, the opposite has proven true, as they are different devices marketing for the most part to different kinds of users.

In my opinion, the Kindle is here to stay for a long time!

What do you think? Any features I missed? Let me know in the comments!

Click to read our full breakdown of the Kindle vs. iPad.

Also, check out my latest article comparing the Kindle DX vs. iPad over at Info Barrel.

Refurbished Kindles from Amazon!

Maybe you have been wanting to upgrade to that Kindle DX, but don’t want to shell out the cash! Or maybe, you really want a model that has 3G coverage, but can’t justify the extra cost.

Well, now Amazon might just have a solution for you – Refurbished Kindles. They are redone by Amazon and at a great cost.

For the Kindle DX it is only $289. For the 3G Kindle 2, it is only $159. Not bad compared to $379 and $189, respectively.

However, they are not new, so you might have some concerns about quality.

What do you think? Would you buy a refurbished Kindle? Let us know in the comments!

Kindle DX vs Kindle DX Graphite

Have you seen the new Kindle DX Graphite? It is a great update to the Kindle lineup. Below are a few features -

  • 50% better contrast than the original DX
  • Same great no-glare e-ink screen
  • Auto-rotating display
  • New cool graphite color

Check out more about the new Kindle DX Graphite here.

Need a waterproof cover for your Kindle? Click here.

12 Fun Facts About The Kindle Store

Whether you just got your hands on a shiny new Kindle or plan to buy one, the Kindle Store has many sweet goodies for you. Let’s take a look at some fun facts behind the dedicated online shop.

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1. The Kindle Store Is Open 24/7 -With a simple click of the mouse, anytime day or night you have a HUGE library of reading and or entertainment material available to you, via the Kindle Store.

2. Over 420,000 Books Await – One of the biggest advantages of the Kindle over other ebook readers, is the sheer volume of books at your disposal. In fact, well over four hundred thousand titles await online at the Kindle store or via the reader itself. A massive collection of books, by any definition.

3. Free Kindle For PC App – Download the app which allows you to purchase and read any of the thousands of Kindle titles, on your desktop computer or laptop. No Kindle required. Easy, low-maintenance and 100% free to use.

4. New! Kindle For Blackberry App – Amazon recently announced a new app to their line of readers, the Kindle for Blackberry app, which brings digital reading to your crackberry. Compatible with the most popular Blackberry models, including the Bold, Storm and Curve.

5. Free Kindle For Mac App – Mac addict? Try the Kindle for Mac app and begin a reading adventure like no other.

6. Free Kindle For iPhone App -Don’t do Blackberry? Then the Kindle for iPhone app should be right up your alley. This sweet little app turns your already juiced up smartphone into even smarter territory, with a digital reading app. A simple download via the cell phone itself or the Kindle Store, gets you on your merry reading way.

7. Featured Books Specific To Kindle DX – see which books are tailor made for the Kindle DX larger screen, such as graphic-rich novels, cookbooks, travel guides, computer books, etc.

8. Kindle Tech Support – Have questions on your Kindle reader, or need help with a technical issue? The tech support area is a must bookmark resource for all Kindle owners. You can reach them via various methods, including email or phone.

9. Manage Your Amazon Ebook Reader – Register and manage all aspects of your Kindle, including book downloads, returns, billing and more right from the Kindle Store page.

10. Buy A Cool Accessory – Need a new cover to protect and keep your digital reader dust and scratch free? The selection found on Amazon can’t be beat, everything from neoprene sleeves to hard shell cases can be bought with a simple click of the mouse.

11. Score Some Sweet Night time (or Commute) Reading – What is Kindle for, if not for reading. Start your sweet collection of digital books by visiting the Kindle Store and browsing the many titles available. Try a New York Times Best Seller or perhaps a newspaper or blog is more your style. Whatever nighttime or commute reading you seek, surely you’ll find it online at Amazon. Don’t forget about the awesome book freebies as well, there are plenty for you to download. Search for “freebies” when at the store page.

12. Oprah’s Book Club Pick’s For The Kindle – find out what are the top book club picks for the Kindle, from the queen of all media Oprah.

All this and more you can do anytime via your desktop computer or laptop at the Kindle Store. Be sure to bookmark the page!

Pink Kindle Covers and Accessories (For The Ladies)

Slow buds the pink dawn like a rose from out night’s gray and cloudy sheath; softly and still it grows and grows, petal by petal, leaf by leaf. (Susan Coolidge)

What female doesn’t love the color pink? It’s a great hue that brightens up any item, not too mention looks great on cold electronics. We scoured the net mainly eBay, looking for great pink Kindle covers and accessories. Hope you like our top picks.

1. Pink Kindle Case, Hardshell

This is a brand new pink Kindle hardshell case, great for on-the-go use. It’s made from rugged EVA and nylon, with a soft interior lining. (via eBay)

pink kindle case hardshell

2. Pink Kindle DX Snap On Case

This is a pink Kindle DX snap on case to protect and keep your sweet digital reader scratch-free. It snaps on front and back with ease, and comes with a neat retractable and removable stand. (via eBay)

pink kindle dx snap on case with stand

3. Pink Kindle ToteBag from XcessRize

This is a pink Kindle totebag from eBay seller XcessRize. It features big pink carnations throughout the bag and comes with an adjustable strap and outer pockets for additional accessories. (via eBay)

pink kindle totebag

4. Pink Kindle “Hello Kitty” Sleeve

Great for girls, this pink Kindle Hello Kitty sleeve is sized just right for the Kindle DX. It features water resistant coating and double padding. (via eBay)

pink kindle hello kitty sleeve case

5. Pink Built NY Sleeve for Kindle 2

You can’t go wrong with Built NY, their cases and sleeves are bold and colorful with fantastic designs. Take a look at Nolita Stripe, a pink Kindle 2 sleeve. Built NY specializes in cases that are durable and strong, but fashionable. (via Amazon)

pink kindle sleeve from built ny

Let us know what other cool pink colored Kindle covers and accessories you like, below in the comment area.

Kindle Charger, Where To Find A Replacement

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Did you lose or misplace the original Kindle charger that came with your digital reader? Not to worry, as finding a replacement is a click away.

If you didn’t lose or misplace your Kindle Charger, but want an extra for the car or office, trusted online retailer Amazon has one for less than $20.  The small and portable charger (which is pictured above) is the wall AC charger which works on both the Kindle 2 and Kindle DX.

Also in the box are two connectors for either foreign or domestic charging.

available via Amazon