Kindle press releases “through the ages”

Kindle press releases “through the ages”

November 19 2007

Introducing Amazon Kindle

Excerpt:

“SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nov. 19, 2007–Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) today introduced Amazon Kindle, a revolutionary portable reader that wirelessly downloads books, blogs, magazines and newspapers to a crisp, high-resolution electronic paper display that looks and reads like real paper, even in bright sunlight. More than 90,000 books are now available in the Kindle Store, including 101 of 112 current New York Times Best Sellers and New Releases, which are $9.99, unless marked otherwise. Kindle is available starting today for $399 at http://amazon.com/kindle.”

November 23 2007

Amazon.com Announces Editors’ Picks for Hot Holiday Gifts

Excerpt:

“The following are a selection of great gift ideas from Amazon.com editors:

Toys & Games (amazon.com/toys)

— Jakks Eyeclops Bionic Eye $39.97

— LeapFrog ClickStart My First Computer $49.97

— Hannah Montana “Best of Both Worlds” Singing Doll $19.99

Electronics (amazon.com/electronics)

— Kindle Wireless Reading Device $399.00

— Flip Video Ultra Series Camcorder, 60-Minutes (Black) $149.99

— Samsung LNT4671F 46″ 1080p 120Hz LCD HDTV $2,279.98″

January 30 2008

Amazon.com Announces Fourth Quarter Sales up 42% to $5.7 Billion; 2007 Free Cash Flow More Than Doubles, Surpassing $1 Billion for the First Time

Excerpt:

“– The Company introduced Amazon Kindle, a revolutionary wireless portable reader that provides instant wireless downloads of more than 90,000 books, blogs, magazines and newspapers to a crisp, high-resolution electronic paper display. The Amazon Kindle team is scrambling to increase manufacturing, as demand remains higher than supply. Kindles are being delivered to customers on a first come, first served basis.”

January 31 2008

Amazon.com to Acquire Audible.com

“In recent months, Amazon has announced a number of innovations in the digital space, including Amazon Kindle, a revolutionary wireless portable reader that provides instant wireless downloads of more than 90,000 books, blogs, magazines and newspapers to a crisp, high-resolution electronic paper display. ”

April 19 2008

Runaway Bestseller ”The Last Lecture” is Sold Out Everywhere, But Not For Amazon Kindle Owners

Excerpt:

“SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–April 19, 2008–The extraordinary national best seller “The Last Lecture” by Randy Pausch and Jeffrey Zaslow has become so popular that it is sold out everywhere, but not for owners of Amazon Kindle (NASDAQ:AMZN), a revolutionary portable reader. Kindle owners can get “The Last Lecture” downloaded wirelessly onto their Kindle and be reading this inspirational book in less than 60 seconds. Furthermore, “The Last Lecture” is only $9.99 on Kindle compared to its print list price of $21.95.

“One of the advantages for readers is that Kindle titles never go out of stock,” said Steve Kessel, Senior Vice President, World Wide Digital Media at Amazon.com. “That’s good for readers, and it’s good for publishers too.”

April 23 2008

Amazon.com Announces First Quarter Sales up 37% to $4.1 Billion; Electronics and Other General Merchandise Grows 56%; Media Grows 28

“– Kindle selection continues to grow – with more than 115,000 titles now available, up from 90,000 at launch.”

May 15 2008

New Amazon MP3 Clips Widget Adds to Suite of Digital Product Widgets That Allow Bloggers and Website Owners to Customize Their Web Properties and Make Money at the Same Time

“Amazon digital widgets include:

Amazon MP3 Clips: Showcase and play clips from your favorite songs from Amazon MP3, Amazon’s a la carte MP3 digital music store offering Earth’s biggest selection of DRM-free MP3 downloads. You can handpick the songs and albums you want to display, or choose to have your widget automatically updated daily with the latest bestsellers or new releases from the music genre of your choice.

Kindle Chicklet: Highlight content that is available to purchase on Kindle, Amazon’s revolutionary portable reader that wirelessly downloads books, blogs, magazines, newspapers, and personal documents to a crisp, high-resolution electronic paper display that looks and reads like real paper.”

May 30 2008

Simon & Schuster, Inc. to Make 5,000 Additional Books Available for Amazon Kindle

Excerpt:

“Kindle is re-igniting a love of reading — after purchasing a Kindle, customers purchase, on average, just as many physical books, and their total book purchases on Amazon increase by 2.6x. Kindle books are also becoming a meaningful portion of Amazon’s overall book sales much sooner than we anticipated — of the 125,000 books available both as a physical book and on Kindle, Kindle books already account for over 6 percent of units sold,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com Founder and CEO. “This commitment from Simon & Schuster moves us closer to our vision for Kindle, which is to make any book, ever printed, in any language available in less than 60 seconds.”

June 10 2008

Looking for a Last Minute Father’s Day Gift? Amazon Kindle is the Top-Selling and ”Most Wished For” Consumer Electronics Product on Amazon.Com–Order Today and Get Free 2-Day Shipping

Excerpt:

“SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–June 10, 2008–Wondering what Dad wants for Father’s Day this year? Chances are he has a Kindle in mind. Amazon announced that as of today, Kindle is the top-selling product among Amazon’s vast selection of consumer electronics products and the “Most Wished For” electronics item by Amazon customers…”

July 14 2008

Christian Publishers Commit to Delivering Majority of Catalogs to Amazon Kindle Owners by the End of 2008

“Of the 135,000 books available on Amazon.com as a physical book and on Kindle, Kindle books already account for over 12 percent of units sold,” said Ian Freed, Vice President of Amazon Kindle. “We’re pleased that so many publishers are seeing this success with their Kindle titles, and that more publishers like the Christian book publishers are getting on board.”

July 23 2008

Amazon.com Announces Second Quarter Sales up 41% to $4.06 Billion; Sales Growth Accelerates to 31% in Media and to 58% in Electronics and Other General Merchandise

Excerpt:

“– Kindle selection continued to grow with more than 140,000 titles available.”

September 10 2008

Biographies of Potential First Ladies Cindy McCain and Michelle Obama Available on Kindle Months in Advance of Physical Book Publication

Excerpts:

“SEATTLE, Sep 10, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Amazon Kindle customers are getting an exclusive opportunity to download and read Cindy McCain’s biography, “Cindy McCain: Elegance, Good Will and Hope for a New America” by Alicia Colon, and Michelle Obama’s biography, “Michelle Obama: Grace and Intelligence in a Time of Change” by Elizabeth Lightfoot. The Obama biography is available exclusively on Kindle starting today; the physical book is scheduled to be available later this year. The McCain biography is scheduled to be available on Kindle this Monday, September 15; the book will only go to print if John McCain wins the election.”

“We’re very excited to be able to deliver to readers the first biographies of the candidates’ wives,” says Scott Watrous, President and Publisher of The Globe Pequot Press. “Kindle is driving a brand new type of reading experience and we’re pleased to be a part of it by offering our content to Kindle readers before the print version comes out.”

Amazon has increased the number of book titles available on Kindle from 90,000 to 170,000 since Kindle was introduced last November, with more books being added every day.”

October 22 2008

Amazon.com Announces Third Quarter Sales up 31% to $4.26 Billion; Sales Growth Fueled by Lower Prices, Expanded Selection and Free Shipping

Excerpt:

“– Kindle selection continues to grow, with available book titles more than doubling since launch to over 185,000, including 105 out of 112 of the New York Times bestsellers, all priced at $9.99 or less. Additionally, newspaper, magazine and blog selection have each more than doubled since launch. The Kindle Store has added periodicals such as the Chicago Tribune, Financial Times, Los Angeles Times, MIT Technology Review, and U.S. News & World Report to a list that already included the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Forbes, Fortune, Newsweek and Time.

— Kindle titles already account for more than 10% of unit sales for books that are available in both digital and print formats.”

November 20 2008

Amazon.com Books Recognizes Independent Publishers Group, Macmillan and Random House Publisher Services as Amazon Books Distributors of the Year

Excerpt:

“Independent Publishers Group, Macmillan and Random House Publisher Services are excellent examples of what collaboration and innovation can do to help us offer customers a great experience,” said Russell Grandinetti, vice president of books for Amazon.com. “By working together, we’re able to improve the rate at which their books are in stock on Amazon, lower prices through lowering operational costs and help customers find, discover and buy great books through programs such as Search Inside the Book, Kindle and print-on-demand. We’re proud to work with such great distributors on behalf of their client publishers.”

December 29 2008

Amazon.com Announces “Best of 2008” Lists

Excerpts:

“The following is a list of the bestselling products onAmazon.comin 2008 by total units sold:

  • Books: “Breaking Dawn” byStephenie Meyer(The Twilight Saga, Book 4)
  • DVD: “Wall-E” (widescreen single-disc edition)
  • Music: “Viva La Vida” by Coldplay
  • Video Games: Nintendo Wii
  • Software: Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007
  • Electronics: Amazon Kindle “

“Most-Loved ProductsThe following is a list of products that were reviewed most positively byAmazon.comcustomers in 2008:

  • Books: “The Revolution: A Manifesto” byRon Paul(hardcover)
  • Kindle Books: “Twilight” byStephenie Meyer(The Twilight Saga, Book 1) “

“Most-Wished-For ProductsThe following is a list of products that appeared most often on the Wish Lists ofAmazon.comcustomers in 2008:

  • Books: “The Tales of Beedle the Bard” byJ.K. Rowling(standard edition)
  • Kindle Books: “A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose” by Eckhart Tolle”

“Most-Wished-For ProductsThe following is a list of products that appeared most often on the Wish Lists ofAmazon.comcustomers in 2008:

  • Books: “The Tales of Beedle the Bard” byJ.K. Rowling(standard edition)
  • Kindle Books: “A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose” by Eckhart Tolle
  • DVD: “Wall-E” (widescreen single-disc edition)
  • Video on Demand: “The Bourne Supremacy”
  • Music: “Viva La Vida” by Coldplay
  • Amazon MP3: “I Kissed a Girl” byKaty Perry
  • Video Games: Wii Fit
  • Computers: Acer Aspire One 8.9-inch Netbook, sapphire blue
  • Software: Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007
  • Electronics: Amazon Kindle”

“Most Popular Gift ProductsThe following is a list of products most frequently purchased as gifts byAmazon.comcustomers in 2008:

  • Books: “Twilight” byStephenie Meyer(The Twilight Saga, Book 1)
  • DVD: “Best of Elmo’s World” DVD Collection
  • Music: “At Folsom Prison” byJohnny Cash
  • Video Games: Mario Kart Wii with Wii Wheel
  • Computers: Acer Aspire One 8.9-inch Netbook, sapphire blue
  • Software: Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007
  • Electronics: Amazon Kindle”
January 28 2009

Amazon.com Announces Fourth Quarter Sales up 18% to $6.70 Billion; 2008 Free Cash Flow Grows 16% to $1.36 Billion

Excerpt:
“The Kindle Store contains the largest collection of e-books available anywhere in the world. Selection increased by 45,000 titles in the fourth quarter, bringing the total to 230,000 titles. One hundred three out of 112 current New York Times bestsellers are available and, along with most new releases, are priced at $9.99 or less. In addition, the Kindle Store recently added The Arizona Republic, The Baltimore Sun, The Orange County Register and USA Today and now offers newspapers from 8 of the top 10 metro areas in the United States.”
February 9 2009

Introducing Amazon Kindle 2

Excerpt:
“SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb. 9, 2009– Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today introduced Amazon Kindle 2, the new reading device that offers Kindle’s revolutionary wireless delivery of content in a new slim design with longer battery life, faster page turns, over seven times more storage, sharper images, and a new read-to-me feature. Kindle 2 is purpose-built for reading with a high-resolution 6-inch electronic paper display that looks and reads like real paper, which lets users read for hours without the eyestrain caused by reading on a backlit display. More than 230,000 books are now available in the Kindle Store, including 103 of 110 current New York Times Best Sellers and New Releases, which are typically $9.99. Top U.S. and international magazines and newspapers plus more than 1,200 different blogs are also available. Kindle 2 is available for pre-order starting today for $359 at http://amazon.com/kindle2 and will ship February 24.”
February 23 2009

“Kindle 2 Ships Today

Excerpt:
“SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb. 23, 2009– Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced it is shipping Amazon Kindle 2. Already the No. 1 seller in Electronics on the Amazon.com Web site in just 15 days since it was introduced on Feb. 9, Kindle 2 offers revolutionary wireless delivery of content in a new slim design with longer battery life, faster page turns, over seven times more storage, sharper images and a new read-to-me feature. Kindle 2 began shipping today to customers who were in line for the original Kindle and customers who pre-ordered beginning Feb. 9. New orders placed today will be released for immediate shipping.”
March 4 2009

Kindle for iPhone and iPod touch Now Available For Free From Apple’s App Store

Excerpt:
“SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Mar. 4, 2009– Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today introduced “Kindle for iPhone and iPod touch,” a new application available for free from Apple’s App Store that lets customers enjoy over 240,000 books, including 104 of 112 New York Times Bestsellers, on the iPhone and iPod touch using Apple’s Multi-Touch user interface. Amazon’s new Whispersync technology saves and synchronizes a customer’s bookmark across their original Kindle, Kindle 2, iPhone and iPod touch, so customers always have their reading with them and never lose their place. Kindle customers can read a few pages on their iPhone or iPod touch and pick up right where they left off on their Kindle or Kindle 2.”
April 23 2009

Amazon.com Announces First Quarter Financial Results

Excerpt:

““We’re grateful and excited that Kindle sales have exceeded our most optimistic expectations,” saidJeff Bezos, founder and CEO ofAmazon.com.Highlights

  • Amazon.comintroduced Kindle 2, the new reading device that offers Kindle’s revolutionary wireless delivery of content in a new slim design with longer battery life, faster page turns, a crisper display, and over seven times more storage.The Kindle Storeoffers more than 270,000 books, including 104 of 112 New York Times Best Sellers, plus top U.S. and international newspapers and magazines.
  • The Company launched “Kindle for iPhone and iPod touch,” a free application that allows customers to enjoy Kindle titles on the iPhone and iPod touch. Amazon’s Whispersync technology saves and synchronizes customers’ bookmarks across their original Kindle, Kindle 2, iPhone and iPod touch.”
May 6 2009

Introducing Kindle DX–Amazon’s Large Screen Addition to the Kindle Family of Wireless Reading Devices

Excerpt:

“SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–May. 6, 2009– Amazon.com, Inc.(NASDAQ:AMZN) today introduced Amazon Kindle DX, the new purpose-built reading device that offers Kindle’s revolutionary wireless delivery and massive selection of content with a large 9.7-inch electronic paper display, built-in PDF reader, auto-rotate capability, and storage for up to 3,500 books. More than 275,000 books are now available in the Kindle Store, including 107 of 112 current New York Times Best Sellers. New York Times Bestsellers and New Releases are $9.99 unless marked otherwise. Top U.S. and international magazines and newspapers plus more than 1,500 blogs are also available. Kindle DX is available for pre-order starting today for $489 at http://amazon.com/kindleDX and will ship this summer.

“Personal and professional documents look so good on the big Kindle DX display that you’ll find yourself changing ink-toner cartridges less often,” saidJeff Bezos, Amazon.com Founder and CEO. “Cookbooks, computer books, and textbooks – anything highly formatted – also shine on the Kindle DX. Carry all your documents and your whole library in one slender package.”

July 23 2009

Amazon.com Announces Second Quarter Financial Results; Free Cash Flow Exceeds $1.5 Billion

Excerpt:

  • Amazon.com reduced the price of Kindle, the #1 bestseller in its consumer electronics store, to$299.
  • The Kindle Storeoffers more than 320,000 books, including 104 of 110 New York Times Best Sellers, more than 6,000 blogs and top U.S. and international newspapers and magazines. The Economist, Foreign Affairs, andPC Magazinejoin top-selling periodicals in theKindle Storeincluding TheNew York Times,The Wall Street Journal, TheWashington Post, USA Today, The New Yorker, Time, and Newsweek. “
September 22 2009

Amazon.com Jury and Customers Name Angela Kohler Winner of the Your Amazon Ad Contest

Excerpt:
““We received an e-mail about the contest two weeks after Ithyle and I bought Kindles; I’m stupid for my Kindle…I love it,” said Kohler. “We were in the airport and everyone was asking about it, so, on a plane from Japan to Thailand we brainstormed ideas and sketched out little stories that our character could fall into following different literary genres. We scribbled out pictures on napkins and made a flipbook, putting the little scenes in different orders. We are so thrilled to have won both prizes because it means our film resonates with both the Amazon.com Jury and Amazon.com customers.”
October 7 2009

Amazon Kindle Now for Sale to Customers in More Than 100 Countries

Excerpt:

“SEATTLE—October 7, 2009—(NASDAQ: AMZN)—Kindle is Amazon’s most wished for, most gifted, and #1 bestselling product, but prior to today it has been available only to U.S. customers.  Now for the first time, Kindle is available to customers around the world.  Kindle wirelessly downloads books, magazines, newspapers and personal documents to a crisp, high-resolution 6-inch electronic ink display that looks and reads like real paper.  Kindle utilizes the same 3G wireless technology as advanced cell phones, so you never need to hunt for a Wi-Fi hotspot.  Readers around the world can pre-order Kindle today for $279 at www.amazon.com/kindleand it will begin shipping October 19.“We have millions of customers in countries all over the world who read English-language books,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com Founder and CEO.  “Kindle enables these customers to think of a book and download it wirelessly in less than 60 seconds.”

The Kindle Store (www.amazon.com/kindlestore) offers international customers over 200,000 English-language books, including New Releases and New York Times Bestsellers, which are typically priced less than physical editions.”

Amazon Lowers Price on #1 Bestseller Kindle to $259 and Introduces New Addition to the Kindle Family of Wireless Reading Devices-Kindle with U.S. & International Wireless

“Kindle is the most wished for, the most gifted, and the #1 bestselling product across the millions of items we sell on Amazon, and we’re excited to be able to lower the price,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com Founder and CEO.  “We’re also excited to announce a new addition to the Kindle family—Kindle with global wireless.  At home or abroad in over 100 countries, you can think of a book and download it wirelessly in less than 60 seconds.”

October 22 2009

Introducing “Kindle for PC” — The Free Application for Reading Kindle Books on the PC

“SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct. 22, 2009– Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced “Kindle for PC,” the free application that lets readers around the world enjoy Kindle books on their personal computers (PC). The U.S. Kindle Store (www.amazon.com/kindlestore) currently offers over 360,000 books, including New Releases and 101 of 112 New York Times Bestsellers, which are typically $9.99 or less. The Kindle Store is the only place to find some of the most popular books of today in digital format. Kindle books can now be read on the Kindle, Kindle DX, iPhone, iPod touch, and PC.”

Amazon.com Announces Third Quarter Sales up 28% to $5.45 Billion; Newest Kindle Now Shipping and Lowering Price to $259 from $279

Excerpt:

“Kindle has become the #1 bestselling item by both unit sales and dollars – not just in our electronics store but across all product categories onAmazon.com. It’s also the most wished for and the most gifted. We are grateful for and energized by this customer response,” saidJeff Bezos, founder and CEO ofAmazon.com. “Earlier this week we began shipping the latest generation Kindle. Its 3G wireless works in the U.S. and 100 countries, and we’ve just lowered its price to$259.”

Highlights

  • This week we started shipping Kindle with U.S. &International Wirelessand lowered its price to$259from$279. This newest Kindle is available to ship to customers living outside the U.S. Customers in more than 100 countries around the world, and U.S. customers traveling abroad, can take advantage of Kindle’s 3G wireless technology to download a title in 60 seconds or less.
  • The U.S. Kindle Storenow has more than 360,000 books, including 101 of 112 New York Times Bestsellers, more than 7,000 blogs, and more than 90 top U.S. and International newspapers and magazines, including: TheNew York Times,The Wall Street Journal, The Times (U.K.), Le Monde, The Economist, Newsweek, Time, and Fortune. Kindle owners can also select from over 60,000 audiobooks from Audible.com and listen to them directly on their Kindle.
  • The Company announced “Kindle for PC,” the free application for reading Kindle books on the PC. Kindle for PC features Amazon’s Whispersync technology, which automatically saves and synchronizes customers’ bookmarks and last page read across devices, including the Kindle, Kindle DX, iPhone, iPod touch, and PC. “
November 10 2009

“Kindle for PC” Now Available — The Free Application for Reading Kindle Books Available on the PC Today for Readers Around the World

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nov. 10, 2009– Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced the availability of “Kindle for PC,” the free application that lets readers around the world enjoy Kindle books on their personal computers (PC). The U.S. Kindle Store (www.amazon.com/kindlestore) currently offers more than 360,000 books, including New Releases and 101 of 112 New York Times Bestsellers, which are typically $9.99 or less. The Kindle Store is the only place to find some of today’s most popular books in digital format. Kindle books can now be read on the Kindle, Kindle DX, iPhone, iPod touch and PC. Kindle for PC is now available as a free download to readers in over 100 countries at www.amazon.com/KindleforPC.”
November 17 2009

Amazon Kindle and More than 300,000 Books in the Kindle Store Now Available to Customers in Canada

Excerpt:

“We know that Canadians are passionate about books and reading, and we’re excited to make Kindle available to our customers there,” said Ian Freed, vice president of Kindle. “Kindle enables customers around the world including Canada to think of a book and start reading it in under 60 seconds.”

The Kindle Store (www.amazon.com/kindlestore) offers Canadian customers over 300,000 books, including New Releases and Globe and Mail Bestsellers, which are typically U.S. $11.99 or less. ”

November 24 2009

Amazon Extends Battery Life of Newest Kindle by 85 Percent and Adds Native PDF Reader

Excerpt:

“SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nov. 24, 2009–Amazon.com, Inc.(NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced two new enhancements to the latest generation Kindle—85 percent more battery life and a native PDF reader. Kindle now has battery life of up to seven days even with wireless turned on, a significant improvement from the previous battery life of four days. Battery life with wireless turned off remains at the previous level of up to two weeks. Battery power management for portable wireless devices is a complex technical area, and the battery life improvement announced today is the result of a six month firmware improvement and testing program.Amazon also announced today that the 6-inch Kindle now has a built-in native PDF reader that enables Kindle customers to read professional and personal documents in their original PDF format without conversion. Kindle is in stock and available for immediate shipment today at www.amazon.com/kindle. ”

November 30 2009

Kindle Breaks Record for Sales in a Single Month During November

Excerpt:

“SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nov. 30, 2009– Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced that November is already the best sales month ever for Kindle, even before Cyber Monday. Kindle continues to be the most wished for, the most gifted, and the #1 bestselling product across all product categories on Amazon. The latest generation Kindle – just released in October – is $259 and available for immediate shipment today at www.amazon.com/kindle.”

December 7 2009

Blind and Vision-Impaired Readers to Benefit from New Kindle Features in 2010

Excerpt:

“To make Kindle more useful for the blind, the Kindle team is currently working on an audible menuing system so blind and vision-impaired readers can easily navigate to books unassisted, in addition to listening to books as they can already do today with Read To Me. In addition, a new super size font will be added to Kindle, increasing the number of font sizes from six to seven. This seventh font size will be twice the height and width of the current largest font. These new features are scheduled for release by the summer of 2010.”

December 14 2009

Kindle for iPhone App Now Available From App Store In More Than 60 Countries

Excerpt:

“SEATTLE, Dec 14, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced that Kindle for iPhone App for iPhone and iPod touch is now available from the Apple App Store in more than 60 additional countries. The Kindle for iPhone App features Amazon’s Whispersync technology that saves and synchronizes a customer’s bookmarks across their Kindle devices and Kindle cross-platform applications, which include Kindle for iPhone and iPod touch, Kindle for PC, and in the coming months, Kindle for Mac and Kindle for Blackberry. Kindle customers can read a few pages on their Kindle, a few more pages on their Kindle-compatible device such as an iPhone and never lose their place.”

December 17 2009

The Hottest Holiday Gift Just Got Hotter — Kindle Breaks Monthly Sales Record and is Now Available with FREE Expedited Shipping in Time for Christmas

December 22 2009

Amazon Announces FREE One-Day Shipping for Kindle Orders Placed on December 23 – Now Even Procrastinators Can Give the Hottest Holiday Gift in Time for Christmas

Excerpt:

“Amazon also announced today that Kindle recently broke another record with its best sales day in the history of Kindle. Kindle continues to be the #1 most wished for, most gifted, and bestselling product across all of Amazon. Kindle is available today with FREE Two-Day Shipping and starting tomorrow, Dec. 23, with FREE One-Day Shipping for $259 at http://www.amazon.com/kindle.”

December 26 2009

Amazon Kindle is the Most Gifted Item Ever on Amazon.com

Excerpt:

“Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced that Kindle has become the most gifted item in Amazon’s history. On Christmas Day, for the first time ever, customers purchased more Kindle books than physical books. The Kindle Store now includes over 390,000 books and the largest selection of the most popular books people want to read, including New York TimesBestsellersand New Releases.”

January 6 2010

Amazon Kindle DX Now for Sale to Customers in More Than 100 Countries

Excerpt:

“SEATTLE, Jan 06, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced that Amazon Kindle DX, the purpose-built reading device that offers Kindle’s revolutionary wireless delivery and massive selection of content with a large 9.7-inch electronic paper display, is available for the first time to customers around the world. With 2.5 times the surface area of Kindle’s 6-inch display, Kindle DX’s larger electronic paper display with 16 shades of gray has more area for graphic-rich content, such as professional and personal documents, newspapers, magazines and textbooks. Kindle DX with Global Wireless is available for pre-order starting today for $489 at http://www.amazon.com/kindledx and ships Jan. 19.”

January 15 2010

CORRECTING and REPLACING Amazon Expands Kindle Digital Text Platform to Enable Authors and Publishers Worldwide to Publish English, German, and French Language Books in the Kindle Store

Excerpt:

Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced that authors and publishers around the world can now use the self-service Kindle Digital Text Platform (DTP) to upload and sell books in English, German and French to customers worldwide in the Kindle Store (http://www.amazon.com/kindlestore). Until today, DTP was only available to authors and publishers based in the United States. Now, authors and publishers outside the United States can take advantage of this same opportunity and start offering their books to Kindle customers at http://dtp.amazon.com. ”

January 20 2010

Amazon Announces New 70 Percent Royalty Option for Kindle Digital Text Platform, Enabling Authors and Publishers to Earn More Royalties from Every Kindle Books Sold

Excerpt:

“Today, authors often receive royalties in the range of 7 to 15 percent of the list price that publishers set for their physical books, or 25 percent of the net that publishers receive from retailers for their digital books,” said Russ Grandinetti, Vice President of Kindle Content. “We’re excited that the new 70 percent royalty option for the Kindle Digital Text Platform will help us pay authors higher royalties when readers choose their books.”

January 21 2010

Amazon Announces Kindle Development Kit–Software Developers Can Now Build Active Content for Kindle

Excerpt:

“Travel books that suggest activities based on real-time weather and current events, cookbooks that recommend menus based on size of party and allergies, and word games and puzzles–just some of the possibilities with the new Kindle Development Kit”

January 28 2010

Amazon.com Announces Fourth Quarter Sales up 42% to $9.5 Billion

Excerpt:

Millions of people now own Kindles,” said Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com. “And Kindle owners read, a lot. When we have both editions, we sell 6 Kindle books for every 10 physical books. This is year-to-date and includes only paid books — free Kindle books would make the number even higher. It’s been an exciting 27 months.”

February 18 2010

Kindle for BlackBerry Now Available for Free Directly from Amazon

Excerpt:

“SEATTLE, Feb 18, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today introduced “Kindle for BlackBerry,” a new application available as a free download from Amazon.com that lets customers enjoy over 420,000 books, including 102 of 112 New York Times Bestsellers, on a range of BlackBerry devices. Amazon’s Whispersync technology saves and synchronizes a customer’s bookmarks across their Kindle, Kindle DX, iPhone, iPod touch, PC, BlackBerry and soon, Mac and iPad, so customers always have their reading material with them and never lose their place. Kindle is the most wished for, most gifted and #1 bestselling product on Amazon.com, and customers can now get the Kindle experience on their BlackBerry by downloading the free app at www.amazon.com/kindlebb. ”

February 19 2010

Amazon Expands Kindle Digital Text Platform to Enable Authors and Publishers Worldwide to Publish Spanish, Portuguese and Italian Language Books in the Kindle Store

March 18 2010

Introducing “Kindle for Mac” — the Free Application for Reading Kindle Books on the Mac, Now Available in over 100 Countries

Excerpt:

“SEATTLE, Mar 18, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced “Kindle for Mac,” a free application that lets readers around the world enjoy Kindle books on their Mac computers. The U.S. Kindle Store (www.amazon.com/kindlestore) currently offers over 450,000 books, including New Releases and 102 of 111 New York Times Bestsellers, and is the only place to find some of today’s most popular books in digital format. Kindle books can now be read on the Kindle, Kindle DX, iPhone, iPod touch, BlackBerry, PC and Mac, and soon the iPad. Customers in over 100 countries can go to www.amazon.com/kindleformac to download the Kindle for Mac application for free today.”

April 2 2010

Amazon.com Announces Kindle App for iPad

April 22 2010

Amazon.com Announces First Quarter Sales up 46% to $7.13 Billion

Excerpt:

  • The Company announced that authors and publishers around the world can now use the self-service Kindle Digital Text Platform (DTP) to upload and make available their books in Spanish, Portuguese and Italian to customers worldwide in the Kindle Store. Authors and publishers already have the ability to upload and make available their books in English, French and German.
  • The U.S. Kindle Store now has more than 500,000 books, including 100 of 111 New York Times Bestsellers, more than 9,000 blogs, and more than 175 top U.S. and International newspapers and magazines, including: The New York Times, Le Monde, USA Today, The Times (U.K.), The Economist, Fortune, Newsweek, and Time.
  • Kindle, the #1 bestselling product on Amazon, is available for immediate shipment for $259 and comes with 3G wireless with no annual contract or monthly fees. Kindle weighs only 10.2 ounces and reads like real paper without glare – even in bright sunlight. “
May 18 2010

Introducing Kindle for Android

Excerpt:

“Kindle for Android is the perfect companion application for Kindle and Kindle DX owners, and is also a great way for customers to enjoy over 540,000 books in the Kindle Store even if they don’t yet have a Kindle,” said Jay Marine, director, Amazon Kindle. “We think customers are going to love the convenience and simplicity of having instant access to a massive selection of books from Amazon on their Droid, Nexus, Incredible and many more Android devices.”
June 21 2010

Amazon Kindle Now Only $189

Excerpt:

“SEATTLE, Jun 21, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) –Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced that Amazon Kindle, the best e-reader on the market (see the recent press release from the world’s leading consumer reporting organization), is now only $189, down from $259. Kindle is the 3G wireless portable reader that allows you to think of a book and be reading in 60 seconds, from wherever you happen to be. Easy to read even in bright sunlight, the 10.2 ounce Kindle is light enough for one-handed reading. Even though it’s a 3G wireless device, Kindle has no monthly fees or annual contracts. The Kindle Store includes over 600,000 books and the largest selection of the most popular books people want to read, including 109 of 112 New York Times Bestsellers and New Releases from $9.99. In addition, over 1.8 million free, out-of-copyright, pre-1923 books are available to read on Kindle. Since its release, Kindle has been the #1 bestselling product across the millions of items sold on Amazon. Kindle is in stock and available for immediate shipment at the new lower price of $189. Learn more at www.amazon.com/kindle.”
June 30 2010

70 Percent Royalty Option for Kindle Digital Text Platform Now Available

Excerpt:
“SEATTLE, Jun 30, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced that the 70 percent royalty option that enables authors and publishers who use the Kindle Digital Text Platform (DTP) to earn a larger share of revenue from each Kindle book they sell is now available. For each book sold from the Kindle Store for Kindle, Kindle DX, or one of the Kindle apps for iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, BlackBerry, PC, Mac and Android phones, authors and publishers who choose the new 70 percent royalty option will receive 70 percent of the list price, net of delivery costs.”
July 1 2010

Amazon Introduces New Kindle DX with 50 Percent Better Display Contrast and New Lower Price of $379

Excerpt:
“SEATTLE, Jul 01, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today introduced the new latest generation Kindle DX and new lower price of $379, down from $489, and still with free 3G wireless–no monthly bills or annual contracts. Kindle DX is the 9.7-inch large screen member of Amazon’s family of revolutionary portable readers. The new Kindle DX features a new graphite enclosure and an all new, high contrast electronic ink display with 50 percent better contrast for the clearest text and sharpest images. The new Kindle DX is available for pre-order starting today at http://www.amazon.com and it ships July 7.”
July 19 2010

Kindle Device Unit Sales Accelerate Each Month in Second Quarter; New $189 Price Results in Tipping Point for Growth

Excerpt:

“We’ve reached a tipping point with the new price of Kindle–the growth rate of Kindle device unit sales has tripled since we lowered the price from $259 to $189,” said Jeff Bezos, Founder and CEO of Amazon.com. “In addition, even while our hardcover sales continue to grow, the Kindle format has now overtaken the hardcover format. Amazon.com customers now purchase more Kindle books than hardcover books–astonishing when you consider that we’ve been selling hardcover books for 15 years, and Kindle books for 33 months.”Kindle offers the largest selection of the most popular books people want to read. The U.S. Kindle Store now has more than 630,000 books, including New Releases and 106 of 110 New York Times Best Sellers. Over 510,000 of these books are $9.99 or less, including 75 New York Times Best Sellers. Over 1.8 million free, out-of-copyright, pre-1923 books are also available to read on Kindle. ”

July 22 2010

Amazon.com Announces Second Quarter Sales up 41% to $6.57 Billion

Excerpt:

  • Readers are responding to Kindle’s uncompromising approach to the reading experience. Weighing 10.2 ounces, Kindle can be held comfortably in one hand for hours, has an e-ink display that is easy on the eyes even in bright daylight, has two weeks of battery life, and has free 3G wireless with no monthly fees or annual contracts–all at a $189 price.
  • Amazon.com is now selling more Kindle books than hardcover books. Over the past three months, for every 100 hardcover books Amazon.com has sold, the Company has sold 143 Kindle books. Over the past month, for every 100 hardcover books Amazon.com has sold, the Company has sold 180 Kindle books. This is across Amazon.com’s entire U.S. book business and includes sales of hardcover books where there is no Kindle edition. Free Kindle books are excluded and if included would make the number even higher.
  • Amazon sold more than 3x as many Kindle books in the first half of 2010 as in the first half of 2009.
  • The Association of American Publishers’ latest data reports that e-book sales grew 163 percent in the month of May and 207 percent year-to-date through May. Kindle book sales in May and year-to-date through May exceeded those growth rates. “
July 28 2010

Announcing a New Generation of Kindle:
The All-New Kindle is Smaller, Lighter, and Faster, with 50 Percent Better Contrast

Excerpt:

“SEATTLE, Jul 28, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) — (NASDAQ:AMZN)–Millions of people are already reading on Kindles and Kindle is the #1 bestselling item on Amazon.com for two years running. It’s also the most-wished-for, most-gifted, and has the most 5-star reviews of any product on Amazon.com. Today, Amazon.com is excited to introduce a new generation of Kindle. The all-new Kindle has a new electronic-ink screen with 50 percent better contrast than any other e-reader, a new sleek design with a 21 percent smaller body while still keeping the same 6-inch-size reading area, and a 15 percent lighter weight at just 8.7 ounces. The new Kindle also offers 20 percent faster page turns, up to one month of battery life, double the storage to 3,500 books, built-in Wi-Fi, a graphite color option and more–all for only $189, and still with free 3G wireless–no monthly bills or annual contracts. Also today, Amazon introduced a new addition to its family of portable reading devices–Kindle Wi-Fi. Readers who don’t need the convenience of free 3G wireless can now enjoy the new generation Kindle for the lower price of only $139. The all-new Kindle and Kindle Wi-Fi are now available for pre-order at www.amazon.com/kindle3G and www.amazon.com/kindleWi-Fi, and will ship to customers in over 140 countries and 30 territories beginning August 27. “September 28 2010

Amazon Launches Kindle for the Web

Excerpt:

“SEATTLE, Sep 28, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN) today introduced the beta version of “Kindle for the Web,” making it even easier for customers to discover new books and authors by sampling Kindle books directly through web browsers–no installation or downloading required. Amazon is also inviting bloggers and website owners who are participants in the Amazon Associates Program to be part of Kindle for the Web by embedding samples of Kindle books on their websites. These website owners will earn referral fees from Amazon when customers complete book purchases using the links on their websites. More information about Kindle for the Web and how to embed Kindle book samples is available at www.amazon.com/kindlefortheweb.”

October 12 2010

Amazon to Launch “Kindle Singles”– Compelling Ideas Expressed at Their Natural Length

Excerpt:

“SEATTLE, Oct 12, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) –(NASDAQ:AMZN)–Less than 10,000 words or more than 50,000: that is the choice writers have generally faced for more than a century–works either had to be short enough for a magazine article or long enough to deliver the “heft” required for book marketing and distribution. But in many cases, 10,000 to 30,000 words (roughly 30 to 90 pages) might be the perfect, natural length to lay out a single killer idea, well researched, well argued and well illustrated–whether it’s a business lesson, a political point of view, a scientific argument, or a beautifully crafted essay on a current event.

Today, Amazon is announcing that it will launch “Kindle Singles”–Kindle books that are twice the length of a New Yorker feature or as much as a few chapters of a typical book. Kindle Singles will have their own section in the Kindle Store and be priced much less than a typical book. Today’s announcement is a call to serious writers, thinkers, scientists, business leaders, historians, politicians and publishers to join Amazon in making such works available to readers around the world”

October 21 2010

 Amazon.com Announces Third Quarter Sales up 39% to $7.56 Billion

Excerpt:

  • The new generation Kindle devices are the fastest-selling Kindles of all time and the bestselling products on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk. More new generation Kindle devices were ordered in the first twelve weeks of availability than in the same time frame following any other Kindle launch. In addition, in the twelve weeks following the introduction of the new generation of Kindles, customers ordered more Kindle devices on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk than any other product.
  • The U.S. Kindle Store now has more than 720,000 books, including New Releases and 108 of 111 New York Times Best Sellers. Over 590,000 of these books are $9.99 or less, including 78 New York Times Best Sellers. Over 1.8 million free, out-of-copyright, pre-1923 books are also available to read on Kindle. “
October 25 2010

New Generation Kindle Device Sales Already Surpass Fourth Quarter 2009 – The Peak Holiday Shopping Season and Busiest Time of Year on Amazon

Excerpt:

“It’s still October and we’ve already sold more Kindle devices since launch than we did during the entire fourth quarter of last year–astonishing because the fourth quarter is the busiest time of year on Amazon,” said Steve Kessel, Senior Vice President, Amazon Kindle. “Readers continue to choose Kindle for its all-new electronic ink screen with 50 percent higher contrast, readability in bright sunlight, long battery life of up to one month, light 8.5 ounce form, flexibility to read their books across all major LCD devices and platforms, and low $139 price. It’s clear that this is going to be the biggest holiday for Kindle yet–by far.”In addition, Kindle book unit sales continue to overtake print on Amazon.com, even while print book sales continue to grow. During the past 30 days, Amazon.com customers purchased more Kindle books than print books–hardcover and paperback combined–for the top 10, 25, 100, and 1,000 bestselling books on Amazon.com.

“For the top 10 bestselling books on Amazon.com, customers are choosing Kindle books over hardcover and paperback books combined at a rate of greater than 2 to 1. Kindle books are also outselling print books for the top 25, 100, and 1,000 bestsellers–it’s across the board,” said Kessel. “This is remarkable when you consider that we’ve been selling hardcover and paperback books for 15 years, and Kindle books for just 36 months.”

October 28 2010

Amazon to Launch Kindle App for Windows Phone 7

November 8 2010

<a href=”http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=176060&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1493633&highlight= Amazon Announces 70-Percent Revenue Share Terms Now Available for Kindle Magazine and Newspaper Publishers

November 19 2010

For the First Time, Give the Gift of Kindle Books (No Kindle Required)

Excerpt:

“SEATTLE, Nov 19, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) — (NASDAQ: AMZN) – Kindle is the most gifted item in the history of Amazon.com and millions of people around the world are reading Kindle Books on Kindle devices and free Kindle apps. Beginning today, just in time for the holiday season, customers can give Kindle Books as gifts to anyone with an e-mail address–no Kindle required. Kindle Books can be read on Kindle devices and free Kindle reading apps for iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, Mac, PC, BlackBerry and Android-based devices. For more information or to give a Kindle Book as a gift, go to www.amazon.com/givekindlebooks.”

December 7 2010

Every Website Can Now Be a Bookstore

Excerpt:

“SEATTLE, Dec 07, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) –(NASDAQ: AMZN) – Two months ago, Amazon launched Kindle for the Web, making it possible to read free first chapters of Kindle books through web browsers. Today, Amazon announced that Kindle for the Web will expand to enable anyone with access to a web browser to buy and read full Kindle books – no download or installation required. For the first time ever, bookstores, other retailers, authors, bloggers and other website owners will be able to offer Kindle books from their own sites, let their readers start enjoying the full text of these books instantly, and earn referral fees through the Amazon Associates Program for sales made through their sites. Website owners can embed the Kindle for the Web widget in a matter of seconds and start offering Kindle books. The update to Kindle for the Web was demonstrated on-stage at a Google Chrome event today and will support Chrome OS devices, including the new Chrome OS Notebook, as well as the Chrome browser and other web browsers. ”

December 17 2010

Newspapers and Magazines Coming to Amazon’s Buy Once, Read Everywhere Kindle Apps – Starting with Kindle for Android

Excerpt:

All of the features customers love about Kindle newspapers and magazines coming to Kindle for Android, including convenience of automatic overnight delivery of subscriptions, buy once and read across multiple devices and platforms, full text search and instant Wikipedia and dictionary lookup
SEATTLE, Dec 17, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) –(NASDAQ: AMZN) – Amazon today announced that Kindle for Android is the first Kindle app to receive an update that enables users to buy, read, and sync over 100 Kindle newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Newsweek, The Atlantic, and many more. Kindle for Android users can now buy a single issue or subscribe to the most popular newspapers and magazines, have them automatically delivered to their Android-powered device, and enjoy a full color reading experience optimized for the touch interface of Android-powered devices.”

December 27 2010

Third-Generation Kindle Now the Bestselling Product of All Time on Amazon Worldwide

Excerpt:

“SEATTLE, Dec 27, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) –(NASDAQ: AMZN)–Amazon.com today announced that the third-generation Kindle is now the bestselling product in Amazon’s history, eclipsing “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7).” The company also announced that on its peak day, Nov. 29, customers ordered more than 13.7 million items worldwide across all product categories, which is a record-breaking 158 items per second.”

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That takes up to the start of this year…whew!  I didn’t even excerpt every press release that mentioned the Kindle, by the way.

It’s amazing to me how quickly all of this happens.   Did you notice how the number of books jumped?

Before this, people really weren’t sure that Amazon could successfully introduce hardware, and e-books barely registered as part of US publishing.

For more dates, see the ILMK E-books Timeline.

Anything stand out to you?  Feel free to let me know.

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.

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