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Amazon Kindle Fire sold out as new model expected

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon.com Inc. says it has sold out of its Kindle Fire tablet computer amid expectations of a new model for the holiday season.

The Internet retailer has a major press conference scheduled for next Thursday in Santa Monica, Calif. It’s widely expected to reveal a new model of the Fire there, so Thursday’s announcement that the first model is “sold out” suggests that Amazon halted production a while ago to retool for a new model.

Amazon launched the $199 tablet last November. It was the first Kindle with a color screen and the ability to run third-party applications, placing it in competition with Apple Inc.’s iPad, at half the price of the cheapest iPad.

Amazon doesn’t say how many Fires it has sold, but says it captured 22 percent of U.S. tablet sales over nine months. That would make it the second-most popular tablet, after the iPad. Tom Mainelli at research firm IDC said that figure matches his estimate of 6.7 million Fires sold, all in the U.S.

The Fire, which is about half the size of the iPad, could face a tougher challenge this holiday season. Many analysts expect Apple to introduce a smaller, cheaper iPad to take on the threat of the Kindle Fire and reach buyers who can’t afford a full-sized iPad. In addition, Google just launched its own Kindle-sized tablet, the Nexus 7, and is selling it for $199.

Amazon kept the price of the Kindle Fire low by keeping it small, stripping it of features and taking a small or zero profit margin. Its strategy is to make the Fire a means for people to buy more e-books, music and movie downloads from the Amazon store, which is intimately linked to the device. That’s a contrast to the strategy of Apple, which sees content sales as a sideline and wants to make a profit on every device sold.

Apple has sold more than 84 million iPads since its debut in 2010, contributing to strong quarterly earnings and a market valuation that has exceeded $625 billion — the highest ever for a public company. The iPad 2, released in March 2011, sells for $399. The newest models, out this past March, sell for $499 to $829, depending on the amount of storage and wireless capabilities.

Amazon itself was the main outlet for the Kindle Fire. Its website now directs customers to used Fires available from other merchants. Staples stores recently sold it for $179. It wasn’t immediately known whether some stores still had it on shelves.

Amazon could update the rest of its Kindle line at next week’s event, too. The current models were launched a year ago. In the intervening time, competitor Barnes & Noble Inc. has launched a Nook e-reader with a built-in screen illuminator for reading in the dark.

ABI Research said Thursday that sales of dedicated e-readers, like the non-Fire, black-and-white Kindles, peaked last year. It expects worldwide sales of e-readers at 11 million in 2012, down from 15 million in 2011.

The research firm expects tablets to outsell e-readers 9 to 1 this year, despite costing four or five time as much. Still, e-readers won’t go away completely, ABI analyst Joshua Flood said.

“We believe there will always be a niche market for the dedicated reading device for voracious readers, business travelers, and educational segments, particularly ones that are low-priced,” Flood said.

Shares of Amazon, which is based in Seattle, fell $1.40, or 0.6 percent, to $245.72 in afternoon trading Thursday.

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John Lewis to start selling Nook eBook readers from October

UK high street retailer John Lewis is to be the first store to officially stock Barnes & Noble Nook eBook readers on these shores. The chain will sell the devices from October, both in-store and online.

Barnes & Noble’s Nook eBook readers have long been a credible alternative to Amazon’s Kindle devices in the US, but until now, only Sony has successfully rivalled the Kindle’s grip on the UK market. That’s to change, however, with the launch of the Simple Touch and Simple Touch with Glowlight.

As Pocket-lint revealed earlier this month, Barnes & Noble has been looking to get into the UK for a while, and it is hoping that its partnership with “the UK’s leading electrical retailer” will allow it to break Amazon’s dominance.

“John Lewis is where knowledgeable customers turn for trusted advice on the best products to purchase, and they are a perfect partner to help launch Nook in the UK,” said Jamie Iannone, president of digital products at Barnes & Noble.

“We look forward to bringing more choice and convenience to discerning UK customers with our critically acclaimed line of reading devices and expansive selection of content.”

The deal includes the aforementioned two touchscreen devices, with future products potentially being added to John Lewis stores as available. There’s currently no word on whether the Nook Color will be stocked, although UK buyers will be able to pruchase one of the tablet devices through the soon-to-be-launched Nook.co.uk website.

Content will also be available on the new site, but it is likely that media purchases will be available through the existing American service, at least initially. As the company says, there is plenty of UK-centric content available already. “Both lightweight devices feature built-in access via Wi-Fi to Barnes & Noble’s digital catalogue of more than 2.5 million digital titles – including top-selling UK books, newspapers and magazines – plus comics, exciting Nook Apps and more,” it says.

Pricing is to be revealed nearer launch, but with the Nook Simple Touch currently retailing at $99 in the US, we’s expect that it would cost less than the Kindle Touch over here, which is priced at £109 at present.

 

Can Barnes & Noble shake the dominant hold Amazon has on the eBook reader market in the UK? Let us know in the comments below…

How To Solve The Error “E_LIC_ALREADY_FULFILLED_BY_ANOTHER_USER”

This post is about how to solve the error: “Error getting license. License server communication problem: E_LIC_ALREADY_FULFILLED_BY_ANOTHER_USER”.

Reason For This Error

This error is related to Adobe’s DRM (digital rights management) for ebooks. If you’re getting this error, it means that your copy of Adobe Digital Editions has not been authorized with the correct Adobe ID.

This can happen a few different ways:

  • You originally downloaded the ebook on a different computer, and the computer you’re using now is authorized with a different Adobe ID or isn’t authorized at all.
  • You got the ebook illegally, either from a friend who emailed it to you, or through an illegal download.
  • You bought the book legally but have screwed up your authorizations through some other manner, like trying to use two different Adobe IDs.

What Is “Authorization” and “Adobe ID”?

Adobe’s DRM works by associating each ebook with your Adobe ID. The “Adobe ID” is simply a free account that you set up with Adobe. If you’ve ever used their forums or downloaded any of their software you probably already have one. You can sign up for an Adobe ID here.

If you’re going to be using ebooks that are protected with this DRM, you should first authorize Adobe Digital Editions with your Adobe ID. That will associate the ebook with your Adobe ID, and allow you to put the ebook on another computer or device later on. If you associate each computer/device with the same Adobe ID, you can then use that ebook on all of those devices.

If Adobe Digital Editions has been authorized with a different Adobe ID than the one which the ebook has been associated, then it won’t open on that computer or device.

How To Fix This Error

If you’re getting an error message that indicates that the licensing for the ebook is causing a problem, that means that you have authorized Adobe Digital Editions (or an app on your device) with the wrong Adobe ID. The only way to solve this is to authorize it with the correct Adobe ID.

How do you know what the correct Adobe ID is? Well, the best way to be certain is to only ever use one Adobe ID. That way, you won’t mix them up. If you’ve forgotten your username or password, use Adobe’s website to find them. If you’ve downloaded the ebook illegally, there is no way to know which Adobe ID is the correct one since the ebook came from some unknown person.

Once you’ve remembered which Adobe ID you’re supposed to be using, you need to de-authorize Adobe Digital Editions and then authorize with the correct Adobe ID.

How To De-Authorize Adobe Digital Editions

1. Open Adobe Digital Editions

2. On your keyboard, simultaneously press the Ctrl, Shift, and D buttons (if on Windows) or the Cmd, Shift, and D buttons (if on a Mac)

3. Click the “Deauthorize” button

How to Authorize Adobe Digital Editions

1. Open Adobe Digital Editions

2. Adobe Digital Editions will behave as if you’ve just installed it, and will prompt you to enter your login information for your Adobe ID. Use the Adobe ID account information that you want to use to authorize Adobe Digital Editions.

Amazon Kindle Fire vs. Google Nexus 7

E-readers are the new age books that come with many advantages. The two most recent e-readers that are constantly making news in the tablet world are Amazon Kindle Fire and Google Nexus 7. Though there are several common things among the two, it is quite interesting to know the way they are faring in the market. Here’s an insight on the features of both the devices.

Amazon Kindle Fire and Google Nexus 7

The all-affordable Amazon Kindle Fire stirred up a revolution when it was announced. The 7-inches digital reader is powerful and promises some of the amazing features. It is simple with an attractive exterior design, not too flashy. There is not much difference in the Google Nexus 7 design which also sports the same look as Amazon’s Kindle Fire. It is much lighter and offers a natural feel when held in the hand. Google Nexus 7 delivers a sharper display with1280 x 800 pixels while the Kindle Fire has 1024 x 600.
When it comes to the processor, the most important part, Kindle Fire has a 1GHz dual-core which is more than enough to get you through the basic tasks. On the other hand Google outdoes with a Nivida quad-core Tegra 3 chip at 1.2GHz, best suited for action-packed games and to support powerful apps. Google’s Nexus 7 tablet has a front-facing 1.2 Mbps camera with a longer battery-life.
Even though both the devices run on Android, their software builds are much different from one another. Nexus 7 carries the Android, 4.1 Jelly Bean while Kindle Fire runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread that comes with a customized interface. But must agree, Amazon’s Gingerbread is simple and is made much easier to use. Though Google’s Nexus 7 has a lead over the Amazon’s Kindle Fire, there is something to look forward with the next-generation Kindle Fire, rumored to be packed with impressive features.

Why do you need digital readers?

Well, with so much about Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire, if you are wondering the how you could benefit from owing an e-reader, the answer is simple!
E-readers have definitely changed the approach the world has towards books. Its advent has changed the way we use books and also has affected the way libraries and publishing houses function. It was not till the advent of e-books, e-readers gained momentum in the market. E-books are now available in several formats and can be easily be accessed on a wide range of e-reader devices.

Benefits of using eBooks and eBook readers

There are several advantages of using eBooks and e-readers than the traditional books.
E-books are environment friendly as there is no paper involved and save printing and delivery costs you can download eBooks instantly, store as many e-books as you want till you empty the storage space of your device and also this is a great way to carry your books around E-readers allow you to alter the size of the text and even annotate and bookmark the text

Having trouble opening a downloaded .acsm file?

Sometimes .acsm files get associated with the wrong file type. To get around this, try these steps:

1. Open Adobe Digital Editions

2. Make the Adobe Digital Editions window only part of your screen

3. Find the .acsm file you want to open

4. Drag it onto the open Adobe Digital Editions window

5. Voila! That should open the .acsm file in Adobe Digital Editions

Amazon launches first Kindle store in India

US e-commerce giant Amazon on Wednesday launched its Kindle Store in India, claiming to have the largest selection of any e-bookstore in the country.

The India Kindle Store offers over one million e-books, priced in Indian rupees, including 70 of the top selling editions.

“We are proud to launch this new Kindle store for Indian customers, offering Kindle book purchases in rupees and the ability to buy and read the work of many great Indian authors,” said Russ Grandinetti, vice president of Kindle content for Amazon.

The Kindle reader will be sold exclusively in Croma stores across India at an introductory price of 6,999 rupees (around $125).

“Kindle is the bestselling e-reader in the world and has revolutionized the way people read,” said Ajit Joshi, chief executive and managing director of Croma.

Customers may also download and read books on the iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, Mac, PC, and Android-based devices.

The India Kindle Store features new releases, best sellers and other works from a range of Indian authors, including Chetan Bhagat, Ashwin Sanghi, Ravinder Singh and Amish Tripathi.

Some exclusive Kindle books will be available and over one million classics can be downloaded for free.

Amazon also launched Kindle Direct Publishing for independent authors and publishers in India, allowing them to make their books available to customers worldwide on Kindle devices and reading apps.

Authors and publishers in India will be able to set prices specific for India and receive royalty payments in rupees.

Amazon has a number of Kindle stores for customers around the world in addition to its US store.

How Adobe Digital Editions ruined my digital reading experience

I’ll be honest with you, I am not a fan of reading books digitally, to me it doesn’t replace reading real books with real paper that has its own scent with each page flip.

Yet I have formed this habit of buying digital books that “might” be interesting rather than wasting a space on my shelf, if it turns out to be an awesome book I will continue reading it on my iPad, Nexus, or Even my MAC since its just a PDF file which I can carry with me everywhere… A very simple user experience, unbelievably effective, I can even bookmark pages with iBook.

To cut the story short, I was interested in one of the books provided by Wiley but i wasn’t sure if the book was good enough to get a printed version so I decided to get the digital edition, checked out and downloaded the file.

At the beginning I thought “what the heck is this file (I sort of expected a PDF)” instead I got an ACSM file, I went back to the email they’ve sent, I tried looking for instructions, I’ve even downloaded the file again to see if I missed any useful instructions on how to read the damn book, turned out I needed something called Adobe Digital Editions (thank you Google & this forum post) which I have installed & i am gonna tell you why I hate this experience:

  1. Its not a PDF
  2. I had to install an application
  3. I had to register to be able to use the application ( I had problems getting registered )
  4. I had to import the file & download the ebook
  5. The viewport was awful & alot of content to read in a single slide, 3 – 4 pages
  6. The application is awfully slow
  7. A super lag that will help ya skip chapters without realising it