Google Play Books vs Kindle
Latest news about Google Play Books and Kindle:
24.10.16. Google Play now allows to gift e-books. Google Play Books has issued a small update to their Android app that allows users to gift e-books. You simply need to navigate to one of the books on your homepage or within the Play Books Store and click on the three dots. There is an option to gift the e-book to someone with an existing account and they will get instantly notified that you have sent it and gives them detailed instructions on how to read the book within the app.
24.08.16. Amazon launched Kindle Reading Fund to expand digital reading around the world. Amazon announced a new program called the Kindle Reading Fund which is aimed at making digital books more easily available worldwide. The Fund will donate a number of Kindle e-readers, Fire tablets as well as e-books to communities around the world, in conjunction with various partner organizations. In addition to schools, libraries, PTAs, hospitals and other nonprofits, Amazon is also now working with Worldreader to help support its reading programs in the developing world.
22.06.16. Kindle gets a thinner and lighter design and 2x RAM. Amazon’s newly refreshed entry-level Kindle has slimmed down and dropped a little weight in time for swimsuit season – 16-percent, for those counting, now down to 5.7 ounces. The new version features double the RAM of its predecessor, kicking things up to 512MB, along with a couple of new features, including Export Notes, which let you send notes and highlights to yourself via email and Bluetooth audio, which accesses the VoiceView content reader without need for an adapter. There’s also a newly personalized home screen and updates to the reader’s simplified Chinese offering. The new Kindle comes in both black and white, and features a newly rounded back for a better in-hand fit. It’s priced the same as its predecessor, at $79 WiFi with Special Offers and $99 without. It’s available for pre-order now, with shipping starting in the next couple of weeks. The higher-end, front-lit PaperWhite is now also, fittingly, available in white as well.
16.02.16. Kindle for PC allows to read children’s books and comic books. Amazon Kindle users can now read comic books and kids books on Kindle for PC. This marks the first occasion that you do not need any of the Amazon hardware or their various smartphone apps. In 2014 Amazon acquired Coxmilogy, the largest digital distributor of comic books. Amazon has been slowly integrating all of their content into the Kindle store. This includes comics from major publishers such as DC and Marvel. Aside from Comixology, Amazon also deals directly with thousands of publishers all over the world. If you have purchased any kids or comic books directly from Amazon you can now read them on Kindle for PC or Kindle for MAC. If you already have these apps installed you will need to download the update.
17.12.15. Google Play Books makes it easier to read at night. If you’re a night reader on your mobile device, then you know that it’s hard to get tired with the bright screen burning your eyeballs. This of course isn’t a problem with physical books, as you can add a soft light to the room to wind down. Google Play Books wants to emulate that softer experience with a feature it calls “Night Light.” As the evening goes on, it gradually filters out the blue light from your screen, replacing it with a warm, amber light as the sun sets, to make flipping through pages more comfortable. Night Light automatically adapts to the amount of natural sunlight outside based on the time of day, giving you just the right temperature and brightness. The color adjustment is more comfortable on your eyes and greatly improves low-light night reading.
13.11.15. Google improved Comic Book reading in Play Books for Android. Google launched an upgrade to its Google Play Books app for Android that will make it easier to read comics on your phone and tablet. Reading comics (or graphic novels, if that’s more your thing) on small screens has never been ideal. The new reading experience on Android (with iOS support coming soon) will pop up when you are in landscape mode. In this mode, you can now easily scroll through a story with just vertical swipe. Google also introduced personalized comic recommendations to make it easier to find similar series, as well as a set of curated series pages for comics in the Play Store.
27.06.15. Kindle now allows to share book quotes via messengers. Kindle users will now have a new way to tell their friends about their favorite books or book quotes by way of mobile messaging apps, including Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, texting, and more. The addition makes sense for a number of Kindle readers. Book club groups, for instance, could take advantage of the private sharing option to get into more in-depth conversations around the current title they’re reading via messaging apps or email. Plus, users can now share their book recommendations in a more personal fashion by messaging just those friends who they think would really enjoy the title, as opposed to posting a status update to Facebook. The upgraded feature allows for sharing of quotes, highlights as well as recommendations with specific friends, and is immediately available on Kindle for Android. Support for Kindle e-readers and other devices is expected for later this year.
23.06.15. Kindle Unlimited will pay authors get paid based on the number of pages consumer reads. Amazon announced plans to dramatically change the way it pays authors enrolled in its Kindle Unlimited program, the Netflix-like service that allows readers to pay a flat fee ($10) to borrow an unlimited number of books every month. As of July 1, authors will be paid based on the number of pages the consumer reads. Previously, Amazon paid authors based on whether a reader had reached the 10% mark in a book, no matter its length. After that was calculated, a general revenue pool was divided up and divvied out to authors. But some indie authors learned to game the system by publishing a larger number of shorter books, thus earning the same, and in some cases, more revenue than those with fewer titles, but longer page counts.
29.05.15. Amazon introduced Kindle Bundle for Kids. Amazon is launching a discounted Kindle for Kids Bundle to encourage them to parents to buy Kindles for their children. This new package includes the combination of ad-free Kindle e-reader, a durable cover, and an extended warranty on the device which protects against spills and drops. The Bundle is being sold for $99, which is a savings of $39.98 if all three items were purchased separately, notes Amazon. The Kindle e-reader is designed for books, meaning it doesn’t support apps and games as with Kindle tablets. The device’s 4 GB of storage can hold thousands of books, and stays charged up to four weeks, based on half an hour of reading per day with wireless off. Parents can buy Kindle books from Amazon, which today offers over 250,000 titles, or they can borrow e-books from their public library to use with the device.
07.02.15. Kindle Convert allows to turn your paper library into e-Books. If you’ve been hanging on to those paper books because the idea of having to repurchase them all as Kindle titles is daunting, Amazon has a new service for you: Kindle Convert, a program for Windows that turns print books into digital versions fully compatible with Amazon’s Kindle software, including adjustable font, Whispersync for making sure you’ll be able to go to the furthest read position on any device, and backup in Amazon’s cloud for free, providing access across devices. The software costs $49. In order to get your books into digital format, you’ll have to actually scan them using a standard flatbed or other type of computer scanner, which means doing things two pages at a time at most. It’s also limited to U.S. customers for now.
31.10.14. Google Play Books’ new reading mode lets you browse huge ebooks faster. Google has just updated its Google Play Books eReader application with a focus on efficient reading. The new Skim mode allows you to zoom between pages in an endless stream rather than forcing you to flip through page by page. Quick Bookmarks lets you set multiple saved spots in the book and quickly jump back and forth between them — perfect for when you’re required to refer to some reference table 200 pages away from what you’re trying to read. You can now view all of your notes and highlights on one page and quickly jump to the correlating passages. The study benefits there are pretty obvious.
18.07.14. Amazon launched own ebook subscription service Kindle Unlimited. Amazon is launching an all-you-can-read subscription ebook service Kindle Unlimited to compete with firms like Scribd and Oyster. The service is only available in the U.S. for now. Kindle Unlimited will allow to choose from a selection of about 640,000 ebooks and read as many as you want for $9.99 per month. In addition to offering over 600,000 ebooks, Kindle Unlimited is also by far the most cost-effective way to enjoy audiobooks and eBooks together. With thousands of Whispersync for Voice-enabled audiobooks to choose from, you can easily switch between reading and listening to a book, allowing the story to continue even when your eyes are busy.
11.06.14. Kindle app allows instantly upgrade text book to audiobook. Sometimes you want to read, and sometimes you want to listen. Amazon Kindle apps now let you switch to the Audible version with a single tap, provided you’ve paid for the audio upgrade of the book you’re reading. The audio upgrades start at $0.99 per title, but range up to around $3.99 or more for top-selling titles like “The Hunger Games.” Remember that you’ve already purchased the Kindle versions of these books, too, so it’s very possible that you’ll essentially be paying double for the same content, though in most cases the Audible upgrade is quite a bit cheaper. It’s a smart way to drive additional revenue from existing purchases for Amazon, but it’s also genuinely useful for people who have a mixed commute or a busy schedule and would like to continue “reading” even when they’re unable to do so.
2013. Amazon offers Kindle 20% discount. Today Only!. Today is a good day if you’re looking to buy Kindle e-reader: Amazon is offering a 20% discount on a number of Kindle models.These are the Kindle models on sale:- Kindle e-reader (with e-Ink display) – $55.20 with special offers, $71.20 without- Kindle Fire HD 7” 16GB – $135.20 with special offers, $147.20 without- Kindle Fire HD 8.9” 16GB – $229 with special offers, $244 without- Kindle Fire HDX 7” 16GB Wi-Fi – $183.20 with special offers, $195.20 withoutAmazon is offering a number of revolving sales throughout the month, but it is unclear whether the Kindles will see another pre-holiday price drop after this. So if you were planning to pick one up and cross someone off your holiday gift list, today is a good day to do it.
2013. Amazon launches electronic literary magazine for Kindle. Amazon launched an electronic magazine Day One, which will publish the work of one writer and one poet each week. An annual subscription will normally be $19.99 but is $9.99 for “a limited time.” Issues will be delivered automatically to your Kindle or Kindle app and “each issue of Day One includes a letter from the editor, as well as occasional bonus content such as playlists, illustrations, or brief interviews with the authors.”Amazon plans to showcase the work of debut authors and translate stories from around the world into English. The first issue appeared Wednesday with the short story "Sheila" by Rebecca Adams Wring and "Wrought," a poem by Zach Strait.
2013. Amazon launched new Kindle app with collections. We just released a major update to our Kindle for iOS app. The app is optimized for iOS 7 and features an all-new new design, as well as Collections feature, which make it easy for users to organize their books, documents, and magazines. You can add a book to multiple collections – for example, put A Game of Thrones in “My Favorites” as well as “Fantasy Epics”. But these collections are not synced with the collections you create on your e-reader device. As usual, in the Kindle iOS app you customize your reading screen, quickly highlight important sections, and the X-Ray feature lets you see the “bones of the book” and learn more about notable characters, places, and phrases with descriptions from Shelfari.com and Wikipedia.
2013. Google Play to sell and rent digital textbooks. In August Google will start selling and renting digital textbooks through the Google Play Books store. Google said it’s working with the five largest textbook publishers and that students would be able to purchase digital textbooks or rent them for up to six months. It also said that prices would be “up to 80 percent” off print list prices, which is the same claim that Amazon makes on Kindle textbook rentals. Google is already selling a few digital textbooks through the Play store, but they’re not from the big publishers and they are not available for rental. Getting into the textbook market helps Google compete against Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Apple, all of whom have already entered the digital textbook space.
2013. Google Play Books is Now Available in 9 More Countries in Europe. The world’s second most slowly expanding ebook store Google Play Books made some progress this week with the launch of new local ebookstores in 9 more countries: Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Netherlands, Poland, Romania and Sweden. Back in late June Google Play Books expanded to Portugal, Austria, Ireland, and Belgium. Google's eboo kstore is now available in 26 countries from the US to Russia to Australia. It primarily sells Epub and is actively encouraging Epub3 and discouraging any other ebook format.
2013. Google Play Books now allows users to upload own ebooks. The recent update to Google Play Books Android and iOS apps allow users to upload up to 1,000 PDF and EPUB files to their Google Play accounts. Files can be uploaded from users' computers or imported from Google Drive, as long as the files are less than 50MB in size. Once uploaded to the library, the files will be readable on the Web, as well as Android and iOS phones and tablets, the Web giant announced Wednesday. The files' page positions, bookmarks, and notes will then be syncable among each desired device, allowing users to continue reading where they left off when they switch devices. The feature should give Google a leg up on Apple iBooks, which currently doesn't support user-uploaded content.
2013. Barnes & Noble integrates Google Play into Nook tablets. Barnes & Noble is adding Google Play marketplace (including apps, music, videos and ebooks) and Google services (Google+, GMail, Youtube, Maps) to its Nook HD and HD+ tablets. As you know, Nook-tablets are Android-based, but this move seems a bit odd for a company that has a strategic partnership with Microsoft. However, Jim Hilt, Barnes & Noble’s VP of ebooks, said that the aim is to provide broader media ecosystem to Nook tablet users and B&N isn’t worried about Google books: “We’re incredibly confident that when people pick up a Nook device, they’re going to use the Nook shopping experience” he said.