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Kinstant is a great start page for the Kindle's browser

Kinstant is a custom start page that's tailor made for the Kindle's "experimental" Web browser. It's monochrome, has an easy to use layout and crisp text, and you can reach it by simply going to Kinstant.com on your Kindle. Kinstant has four link categories: Read, Share, Buy, and More. Read is filled with links to some of the most prominent information sources across the Web. Share has links...

Zork for Kindle makes e-paper a next-gen gaming platform

The Register made a significant journalistic discovery this morning: Zork for Kindle! Yes, it's exactly what it sounds like, and I tested it on my own Kindle 3 (which you see pictured above). Zork is a text-based adventure which is ideally suited to this medium, but I'm afraid to say the experience is not perfect. The game itself is a classic, and the service offers the entire series (not just...

Instapaper subscriptions enter beta

Instapaper, one of our favorite read-it-later services, has released a beta version of a subscription plan. We recently listed Marco Arment's fantastic iOS app as a must-buy for any iPad user. But of course, running the service costs money, and Instapaper is currently supported solely by on-site adverts . As most interaction with the Web clipping service is done through dedicated apps, Marco...

Amazon unveils Kindle for the Web

You can already read Kindle books on a whole host of devices besides the Kindle itself -- like your iPhone, Blackbery, Android device, PC, or Mac -- but Amazon's not stopping there. The mammoth ebook seller has unveiled Kindle for the web, an embeddable reader which is capable of displaying book samples right in your browser. In my testing, however, I didn't have much luck -- I tried to embed...

Scrabble is the Amazon Kindle's first app

Chances are, you didn't buy a Kindle to play games. Well, games are what you're about to get: Scrabble just became the first game -- in fact, the first app -- to hit the Kindle. It seems like the literate Kindle audience will make a great fit for the classic spelling game. Unlike various Facebook Scrabble apps, this one has the official Scrabble name, and it was put together by Electronic Arts....

Kobo desktop app released, not quite up to Kindle or Calibre standards

The Kobo eReader doesn't get quite the same level of attention as Amazon's Kindle, but it's still a nice little device. Now, there's an equally nice desktop companion app, which supports not only the Kobo, but just about any other e-reader on the market. Like the Kindle desktop software, Kobo lets you make purchases and read your e-book collection. The Kobo bookstore has loads of titles for...

International Kindle users: change your country to avoid additional fees

Okay, so my earlier story about how Amazon is messing with International Kindle users made a bit of a splash. Quite a few things came up in my investigations before and after the story, but the basic fact remains: Amazon will add a fixed $2.00 surcharge to most items (which may or may not be a "roaming charge") if you're an international customer, even if you're using a WiFi-only device. But I've...

International Kindle users: here's how Amazon is screwing you

I am the proud owner of a brand-spanking-new WiFi-only Kindle. The coveted device is currently en route, and I can't wait to be reading off its crisp E-Ink screen in all of its greyscale glory. Since I'm so anxious to start using it, I decided to get a head start on building up my electronic library. I decided to start with the classics – for example, Moby Dick. Yes, I know it's available...

Audio and video come to Kindle ... but only on Amazon's iPad app

Audio and video on Amazon's Kindle? They'd have to launch a whole new device to do that, right? Nah, they're doing it anyway, but only as part of the Kindle iPad app. That's right: Amazon's just introduced new features that can only be accessed on a competitor's reading device. What the heck are they thinking? Well, they're probably thinking that there's more profit in selling books on every...

Kindle for Android will arrive this summer, with in-app book buying

Amazon's getting ready to go to war with Apple and the iPad in the e-book market, and it's about to bring out the big guns. Kindle for Android will reportedly launch this summer, with a feature that other mobile Kindle apps (including Kindle for iPad and iPhone, ahem) don't have: the ability to buy books directly from the app. The iPhone and iPad apps would have that ability, too, but Apple...

Kindle jumps onto social network bandwagon with Twitter and Facebook features

With Kindle 2.5, Amazon has tossed its popular eBook reader onto the social networking bandwagon. In case you're someone who can't read without sharing what you're reading, you'll now have a few ways to Twitterize and Facebook up your book experience directly from the Kindle: tweet about interesting passages, or post them on Facebook. I don't know how useful these features are going to be to...

Amazon previews the Kindle eReader for iPad and tablets

With the iPad launch just weeks away, it's no surprise that Amazon has started showing off the big-screen version of its Kindle app, designed for the iPad and other tablets. Kindle for iPad is more than just an upsized version of the iPhone app we already know and love: the reading experience has been optimized for the iPad, and the app includes new ways to sort and view your book collection, as...

Amazon's Kindle for Mac arrives, but it's not pretty

Amazon hasn't really made a big deal out of its Kindle for Mac launch today, but rest assured that you can download the app today and start reading your eBooks. The featureset is basically identical to the other apps in the Kindle family -- it's got Whispersync and page bookmarking, for example -- but Kindle for Mac is kind of the ugly duckling of the bunch. There was a lot of potential to...

Amazon restores Macmillan books, becomes eBook middleman for publishers

Just days after Amazon.com decided to stop selling all books by Macmillan and its imprints, the online book giant has relented and added buy buttons back to Macmillan titles. The publisher vs. retailer dispute arose when Macmillan wanted to raise prices on its eBooks to $15, which is well over what Amazon currently charges (and, arguably, more than consumers will pay). You can get the details of...

E-book buyer's privacy guide - reading isn't solo anymore

The digital footprints we leave as we move along in our daily lives are pretty astonishing. As our lives are transformed by the convenience technology provides, the price we pay is the privacy we give up. Today is Data Privacy Day, and we thought it was a good time to highlight one of the areas where companies are watching your behavior closely. The Electronic Frontier Foundation published an...