Some hotels have replaced Bibles with Kindles

Last year, Bible publisher Gideons International distributed over 84 million printed copies of the Bible around the world. Many of those Bibles ended up in hotel nightstands.

However, the reign of the paperback hotel Bible might be coming to an end. Some hotels have decided to replace the traditional version of the Bible with a high-tech e-ink copy on the Amazon Kindle. That’s right: instead of opening up your nightstand and seeing a leather-bound Bible, you might soon be seeing the sleek, attractive casing of an Amazon Kindle.

InterContinental Hotels Group has been the first to modernize its hotel chains. Starting this month, it has replaced Bibles at the Hotel Indigo in Newcastle, England with Kindles. And the best part about this plan? The Kindles feature a Wi-Fi connection, which means that if you get bored of the Bible, you can always buy other e-books from Amazon!

As of now, the initiative is still in the pilot stage. If customers at the Hotel Indigo respond well to the decision, expect to see Kindle Bibles pop up in hotels all over the world.

So what to Bible distributors think of this decision? The response by Christian groups has been one of approval. According to CNN, a Gideon spokesman was quoted as saying that “anything to put the Bible in people’s hands is a good thing.” Gideon was established in 1899 as a non-profit organization to distribute Bibles to hotels, students, hospitals, members of the military, and other groups.

What do you think of this decision? Is there any difference between reading the Kindle version of the Bible and a real Bible? Or does the same message get across either way? Let us know in the comments!

Most Kindle Owners Don’t Borrow Library eBooks

Did you know that you can borrow Kindle e-books from your city’s library? According to a recent study, most Kindle owners didn’t know that libraries now lend out e-books to members free of charge – just like a normal book.

The study was performed by Pew’s Internet & American Life Project. It concluded that only 12% of Americans over the age of 16 have borrowed an e-book from a library within the past year.  Furthermore, less than half of tablet owners even knew that e-books were available at their local library.

Among people who do know about library e-books, they tended to avoid borrowing again because of various issues with e-book distribution. Libraries buy licensing for only a select number of e-book copies, which means they can only lend out a few books at a time. For popular books and recent releases, this leads to long waiting lists.

Another problem facing libraries is the fact that many books are not yet available in e-book format. Or, if they are, the library hasn’t purchased digital copies of those books yet. This leaves library patrons with a limited choice of titles.

Furthermore, researchers suggested that readers are more likely to buy a book after reading a review online as opposed to hearing about it from a librarian. This means more people are shopping on Amazon’s online store and then walking into libraries to find the books they need.

What are libraries doing to change this trend?

According to Pew researchers, libraries have been making a conscious effort to expand e-books across their system. The process is slow and ongoing, but there has been a significant shift towards e-books already.

One of the librarians surveyed said that fewer and fewer people are walking into the library to browse through bookshelves. Instead, they’re looking at the library’s collection of books online before deciding whether they need to come in at all.

To address the long waiting lines for popular new e-books, librarians say they have created an email alert system that notifies patrons when their book is ready to download. More funding is also being funnelled towards e-books as opposed to physical copies. Since e-books are cheaper than physical texts, libraries end up with more copies when they purchase e-books.

Ultimately, this issue illustrates just how much tablets like the Kindle are changing our world. The role of librarians has changed significantly over the past few years. Today, librarians focus more than ever on technical support – they manage digital catalogs and e-book borrowing as opposed to organizing physical book placement within the library.

In twenty years, will anybody even visit a physical library? Or will all borrowing be done over the internet?

To read the complete report by Pew, click here.

PCWorld – Amazon May Bring Ads to the Kindle Fire

According the story below from PCWorld, it appears that Amazon is considering adding advertisements to the Kindle Fire. You can read the story by clicking  below. What do you think about this? I know the ad-supported Kindles were not always well-received, and most who I talk to said they were willing to pay the extra cash to avoid reading with ads. Do you think the same will hold true with the Kindle Fire?

Amazon May Bring Ads to the Kindle Fire
- pcworld.com

Amazon May Bring Ads to the Kindle FireAmazon is reportedly pitching ad agency execs on the idea of advertising on its Kindle Fire tablet.

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What Cities Are The Most E-Literate? – Priceonomics Tells Us

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The guys over at Priceonomics did a cool research project on the Kindle, who is buying it, and where they live. They came up with some very intriguing statistics!

First, while you might think that the largest and most educated cities would have by far the most sales of the Kindle, but it isn’t. it actually sells best in smaller venues in the Midwest and in the South (it was great to see my city – Oklahoma City, make it in at #12!). It also seems that e-reader sales correlate well with bad weather, oddly enough. They mention that maybe the folks with the best weather are too busy to read! They also show that the Kindle is handily beating the Nook.

I do want to try to answer one of their questions – they find it odd that you do not see many Kindles in the secondary market odd, and they seem to assume that the fact that you do not see many Kindles being re-sold is a problem. I actually see that as a positive. Here’s why -

Kindle owners, for the most part are very brand loyal and won’t let somebody take their Kindle out of their cold, dead hands (I know that’s how I am!). In addition, you don’t see as many Kindle sales outside of Amazon because of the strong branding they have done. Given those two factors, you are not going to see many Kindles on the secondary market, at least not yet.

It is a great read, and Priceonomics is a cool site I am going to be spending some time on for sure. They are set up to help people not get scammed when buying stuff by gathering research on a host of tech and other products, which is most certainly a noble cause. You can check out their special page dedicated to the Kindle here – http://priceonomics.com/e-readers/#kindle-index.

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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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.

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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