Round up #122: Android update, 歓迎 Kindle

Round up #122: Android update, 歓迎 Kindle

The ILMK Round ups are short pieces which may or may not be expanded later.

歓迎 Kindle

In this

press release

Amazon announces that the Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle e-books are coming to the e-tailer’s Japanese site:

The Paperwhite will be available November 19th (both the wi-fi only and wi-fi and 3G versions). Interestingly, they will also get the Kindle Fire 7″ SD and
Kindle Fire HD 7″, Dolby Audio, Dual-Band Wi-Fi, 16 GB, shipping December 19th:

press release

This seems like a pretty good offering: manga (Japanese graphic novels/comics); 50,000 Japanese books, including 10,000 free (no, those don’t approach the USA at this point, but the American store started with around 80,000 titles, as I recall); popular Japanese apps; and “the largest number of Oricon best sellers”.

If you live in Japan, I’d be interested in your perception of the prices and selection.

Kindle for Android update 3.7

In addition to updating the new generations of Kindle Fire today, Amazon has updated their Android app.

Amazon Kindle forum thread

It should just update automatically…I can tell you that my phone is hanging on it right now (for a couple of minutes).

The update brings:

  • Support for Japanese
  • Improved support for Android 4.1 (Jellybean) and for the Nexus 7
  • “Send PDF, DOC, DOCX, and image files to your Kindle using the share buttons in popular Android apps like Adobe Reader, Documents to Go, ES File Explorer, and many other”

Bond, e-Bond

Amazon has set up a

James Bond page

They have the exclusive rights to the Ian Fleming Bond books in e-book form, but this page shows the power of Amazon. You can get James Bond movies, music, clothing, videogames…Q would be pleased. 😉

They even have an exclusive Ian Fleming crossword (originally in the New York Times) that you can play.

“Do you expect me to talk?”

“No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to buy!” 😉

You can select no ads when you order a Fire

You can now choose to get a Kindle Fire HD without ads for $214, rather than getting one with ads for $199 and then buying out for $15. That’s good for presents for the holidays…

Have any comments on these stories? Feel free to let me and my readers know.

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

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