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Report: Tablet, E-book Reader Ownership Nearly Doubles Over Holidays

Good news for digital publishers: The number of Americans who own tablet computers and e-book readers nearly doubled over the holiday season, according to a new report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project.

Between mid-December and early January, the share of American adults who own a tablet computer jumped from 10 percent to 19 percent. Ownership of E-book readers among adults also jumped from 10 percent to 19 percent. The number of Americans owning at least one of these devices jumped from 18 percent in December to 29 percent in January, the report said.

“These findings are striking because they come after a period from mid-2011 into the autumn in which there was not much change in the ownership of tablets and e-book readers,” wrote the author of the report, Lee Rainie.

Rainie attributed part of this surge in sales to a more competitively-priced marketplace, especially on the e-book reader side. They noted that many of these devices, like the original Amazon Kindle, now cost under $100. Read more

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Publishing Your News Content on the Kindle

Amazon’s made big news in late September with the announcement of their new family of Kindle devices. The new Kindle now comes in touchscreen and non-touchscreen versions, both of which no longer have the QWERTY keyboard found on previous versions of the device. And of course, there is the introduction of the new Kindle Fire, which bundles Amazon’s multimedia services, web services, and the new Amazon Silk browser into a compact handheld tablet. With an attractive price point and a number of solid features, the entire Kindle family will be an important new platform for journalists.

If you are a journalist or a newsroom that is currently not syndicating your content on the Kindle, now is the best time to start. You can request to become a beta publisher through the Kindle Publishing for Periodicals program. You must have the distribution rights for the content in your publication, and your content must be in the proper format (NITF, XHTML or RSS) for submission. Amazon’s review process takes about 3 to 4 weeks, and once it is published, customers can have a two-week trial subscription for your publication before purchasing a full subscription.

Kindle Publishing for Periodicals

Publications are currently only available in the United States, and the program supports publications in English, French, Spanish, German, Italian and Portuguese. Amazon also sets the price for your publication ($0.99 and up), and qualifying publishers can earn a 70% revenue share on delivery costs.


For blogs, there is the Kindle Publishing for Blogs program, which allows customers to subscribe to your blog through their Kindle.

Kindle Publishing for Blogs

Adding your blog to the Kindle store is easy, and blogs are generally available for customers within 72 hours of acceptance. Like the Kindle Publishing for Periodicals program, Amazon also sets the subscription price for your content ($0.99 and up). You will receive 30% of the monthly blog subscription price for each subscriber to your blog. Blogs are currently only available in the United States, and the program supports blogs in English, Spanish, French, Italian and German.

Both the Kindle Publishing for Periodicals and the Kindle Publishing for Blogs programs are free to join.

The Kindle Fire: Amazon’s Answer to the iPad

Looks like the tablet family just got a whole lot bigger. Today, Amazon announced three new e-reading products with impressively low price points that are sure to tantalize even the most fanatical luddites amongst us. Along with an upgrade to their original Kindle, Amazon released two touchscreen e-readers called the “Kindle Touch,” one with free 3G wireless capabilities and one without. What’s so cool about the Kindle Touch is that even though it incorporates the multitouch technology we’ve grown accustomed to in our mobile devices, it still eschews LED backlit screens in favor of E Ink, a format that makes the reading experience much more akin to reading printed copies. It’s also easier to read E Ink in bright environments than it is to do so on backlit devices like the iPad.

But perhaps the most exciting product announced today is the Kindle Fire, Amazon’s answer to the iPad. With a price point significantly lower than the iPad, and no camera or microphone capabilities, the Kindle Fire isn’t a direct competitor to the iPad, but it’s definitely a significant stride in that direction. It’s a smaller color screen device that comes loaded with access to Amazon’s impressive entertainment database of movies, music and books. The tablet runs on Android OS, making it easy to sync your Google and Amazon accounts on the device. The Kindle Fire’s affordable price is what makes it a formidable opponent. A Kindle Fire device is just $199, compared to $499 for the least expensive iPad model.

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