Amazon is undoubtedly becoming a major contender in the eBook world and with the news of company planning to launch a tablet/e-reader shortly, Amazon is surely getting big in the eBook readers world. Though a lot of other companies have launched their version of e-readers but Kindle is according to the statistics still the highest selling e-book reader on the market. So my today’s post is for those readers who recently have purchased Kindle and are looking for web sources from where they can download eBooks either for free or on a discounted rate. Here are some of the noteworthy websites you should definitely explore if you are an avid eBook reader user.
eReaderIQ website offers a lot many things apart from cheap deals on eBooks, this website houses features like providing email alerts whenever there is a drop in price on eBooks. It also has a website that is entirely optimized for Kindle plus it also intimates users whenever a book is made available on KINDLE. The good thing about this website is that it houses international support as well.
Pixel of Ink
This website is a perfect spot if you want to search for free of cost eBooks, it offers some quality deals for both Nook and Kindle that will definitely fascinate eBooks readers. Users can browser books either by genre and tags and navigation is pretty simple. Users can also sign-up for a Pixel of Ink newsletter, it lists bargain on eBooks and other stuff.
Books on the Knob
Another eBook finding and exploring source, the website offers eBooks on discounted prices and other special offers for Kobo, Nook and Kindle. The website is functional since 2008 and it quite rich in terms of resource. Books on the Knob also offers deals on music and games apart from eBooks.
Do try out these websites and I am sure that you will find some pretty cool deals on Books over here.
iPad is getting mixed reaction from around the web. Few people are loving iPad and few people are kind of ok with what iPad is delivering. I will be waiting for the next update from iPad when we will see some of the useful features, which are missing in iPad. But before that who already purchased iPad, here is collection of 4 useful iPad application which you can try :
I’m a big fan of Twitter and Tweetdeck is first application which I will be installing in my iPad. The tweetdeck iPad application supports almost all the features which native desktop tweetdeck application have. Must have for twitter love with an iPad. <link>
iPad Dictionary Application
Dictionary is one of the application which I Install on my desktop, iPhone and now iPad. With this application you can look out synonyms,antonyms and meaning of 1,000,000 words from Dictionary.com and Thesaurus.com. <Link>
Stumble Upon for iPad
If you are regular internet Surfer, you must be a fond of Stumble Upon. If you don’t know Stumble upon, it’s a useful site which let you discover lots of interesting content. This application is optimized for iPad and you will love to use it on your latest gadgets, to find interesting sites. <link>
iPad Kindle application
Kindle application for iPad is from Amazon.com and it also works with iPhone. Using this application You can discover and read over 450,000 books in the Kindle Store, including the latest best sellers and new releases. <Link>
We will keep coming with more iPad news and iPad applications for you. Don’t forget to subscribe to our Email updates and also let us know which is your favorite iPad application?
Earlier in our previous discussions on the Apple iPad, we only contemplated upon reasons to like and dislike the iPad. We largely agree that Apple itself has raised the bar for device standards and user expectations and it is indeed a difficult task to sell a new device. That apart we did not quite look into the competition that the iPad might already have in the market, so let’s see how the iPad fares against its rivals.
As we mention rivals to the iPad the first picture formed in our minds is that of the Amazon Kindle. So we shall first look how the iPad compares to the Kindle.
The Kindle does allow the reader to effortlessly read ebooks but beyond that? In today’s world we need access to media that goes beyond books. We regularly follow blogs, newsfeeds, screencasts, podcasts and even the twitter feeds from those who interest us. This is where the iPad has significant advantages over the Kindle.
While the iPad may beat the Kindle at other multimedia features it still is way behind in terms of battery life for obvious reasons. Owing to the E Ink technology the Kindle can offer more than a week of reading time against ten hours on the ipad, and that is largely going to appeal to the book readers. Book readers don’t need simultaneous applications while they are reading a book of their choice, so the iPad has yet to appeal to this segment of the consumers.
The Kindle is priced similarly to the iPad. So it does make us feel that the Kindle is overpriced. Amazon would have to definitely revamp its device to be able to match up to the price tag. Also, the iPad’s prices will further come down in the future like the iPhone. It may be subsidized similarly by network providers as well as publishers.
Choice of store
While the iTunes store might have an upper hand over Amazon in terms of music and videos the same cannot be said about books. Amazon has a well developed catalogue for books and its recommendations are very helpful. The iTunes store is going to take a while to appeal as much as Amazon to the book-loving community.
So this comparison leads to more than just one conclusion. Firstly, the iPad and Kindle are not exactly targeted at the same consumer segment, at least not yet. The iPad is neither a netbook nor an ebook reader so it has to build for itself a new category as Jobs stated at the device launch.
Tell us what you feel about the iPad and the other ebook readers in the market.