The Year in E-Books 2017

The Year in E-Books 2017

Every year, I look both backward and forward. This is my annual post, looking at what happened this year. If you want to see the details, please see the ever-expanding ILMK E-Books Timeline. For posts in this series for previous years, see The Year in E-Books category. For a more numerical look, see

2017 Annual Snapshot

When I looked back over the year, it was very clear that development of the Kindle and e-books were not Amazon’s focus in 2017.

Just searching the titles in Amazon’s press release archives for 2017, I find:

  • Fire HD=3
  • Fire TV=4
  • Kindle=5
  • Alexa=18
  • AWS (Amazon Web Services)=56

It felt to me more like Amazon was…enhancing what already existed, rather than introducing new things in this field.

The big hardware introduction was the

Kindle Oasis 2) (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

on April 13th.

It’s the first waterproof Kindle, but other companies have had waterproof EBRs (E-Book Readers) for longer. So, while it was new to the Kindles, it wasn’t new to EBRs (E-Book Readers) generally. It also has “Audible integrated”.

Some other loose end tie-ups/enhancements:

  • April 1st: Amazon is collecting sales tax on e-books in every state that charges it. That was a long-standing issue
  • Late April: Amazon updates MYCD (formerly MYK), including the ability to see which books are on which devices
  • May 17: Amazon revamps the Fire tablet line, adding Alexa
  • May 18: Amazon introduces Amazon Charts
  • June 7: Amazon updates Kindle Notes
  • October 24: Amazon updates the Kindle app, adding more social sharing features

In 2017, qualifying customers also got another Apple settlement pay-out, and I appeared on Len Edgerly’s The Kindle Chronicles…with the interview being done in Virtual Reality.

This was definitely more of an evolutionary year for e-books than a revolutionary one…we’ll see what happens in 2018!


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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.

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2 Responses to “The Year in E-Books 2017”

  1. Shad Says:

    You forgot to include Amazon finally updating the e-ink Kindles to have adjustable boldness.

  2. Man in the Middle Says:

    And the Oasis 2 also has usable text to speech again. Yay!

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