Wednesday News: New Kindle Paperwhite; Amazon bundles print and digital; Fore-edge painting
According to the companies’ press releases, 32,000 people will transfer across Microsoft, including 4,700 people in Finland and 18,300 employees directly involved in product manufacture. If you thought it was only the Windows Phone component of the phone business, you’d be wrong: Microsoft will also take into ownership Nokia’s Asha range of feature phones. Patent-wise, Microsoft gets 10-year non-exclusive license to its Finnish partner’s library of ideas and “reciprocal rights” to use Microsoft patents within its HERE mapping services. While Microsoft will be able to use the Nokia branding on its products, the Finnish company will now focus on its mapping, infrastructure and advanced tech arms.
The publisher has to enroll a title in the Kindle MatchBook program. This will also be available to self published authors through the KDP program. The likelihood of publishers agreeing to this seems low but maybe if Kindle MatchBook has success, publishers will look into the possibility of bundling. HarperCollins appears to be the only publisher that has signed on. The announcement went out yesterday and Amazon announced by the end of business day over 18000 indie titles have been included. Indies are given the price options of Free, $.99 and $2.99. The digital version will be offered much like the audio version is offered now.
1) With Kindle Paperwhite’s new Page Flip feature, you can skim page-by-page, scan by chapter, or skip to the end for a sneak peek without losing your place.
2) Share with Friends on Goodreads
COMING SOON—Find your next favorite book. Now the world’s largest e-reading community can connect with the world’s largest community of book lovers. Join over 20 million other readers and see what your friends are reading, share highlights, and rate the books you read with Goodreads on Kindle.
3) In-line Footnotes
NEW—With a single tap, read the complete text of each footnote without changing your page or losing your place in the book.
Amazon is also introducing badges, a concept it has borrowed from Kobo. I wonder, though, given that Ami with an i is with Goodreads now, whether this isn’t her idea. The reason is that Ami with an i used to be with a social media sharing site called GetGlue that used badges. She then went to Kobo who incorporated achievement badges and now Kindle is rolling this out.