Sony Reader App Announced

Sony, the company that all but started the eReading industry, has finally gotten around to joining the mobile reading app marketplace!  This December, according to their admittedly sparse preview page, we’ll get to play with Sony Reader for iPhone and Sony Reader for Android in addition to their hardware options.  It will have the expected features we’ve gotten used to in existing reading app offerings: text resizing, bookmarks, highlighting, and annotation.  It does have a nice looking interface though, from what we can see, and may present other unique features as well!

The Sony Store integration is what’s going to make this app unique compared to the Kindle or Nook alternatives.  Their store does have a decent selection of comparably priced books available, of course, as well as the now almost expected Google Books connection that allows them to present over a million eBooks free of charge.  This last feature was rather loudly advertised for a while, as one might expect, but doesn’t really seem like it will add much to the value of the application.  As anybody who has used a Nook for any length of time will know, however, the integration of the Google Books library into a store can cause more trouble than it solves.  It is nice to have those things available, but quality and tagging can occasionally be somewhat problematic and leave you unsure what you’re even looking at.  Besides, isn’t it fairly likely that anybody who wants Google Books on their phone is going to be able to just head to the web page?  Anyway…

I really like what Sony has done for the eReading marketplace in the past.  I really don’t think it would exist in quite the form it does today without them.  It has been a long time since they were leading the pack, though, and they’re late to the game on this point.  Hopefully, that just means that this will be something that’s been given enough development time to really impress, somehow rather than just being a means for owners of the Sony Reader devices to read their purchased books on other platforms.  Not that there’s anything wrong with that, of course, but it would do them some good to pull a bit of attention away from the Nook and Kindle front-runners.  More competition is always a good thing.

Kindle on Cyber Monday: Why Kindle Wi-Fi is a good deal

This morning I spent some time thinking about recent deal that Amazon was running for 2nd generation Kindle 3G during Black Friday sale. I personally already have several Kindles in my house so I don’t need another one but I know couple of folks who were trying to get it on Black Friday and they asked my opinion about it.
My advice to them was to consider 3rd generation Kindle WiFi in their Cyber Monday shopping list (they lost in the Black Friday deal lottery). Here is the breakdown of why I think this may be reasonable even in comparison with $89 Kindle 2nd generation.

Of course $139-$89=$50 is considerable sum of money (more than 10 Starbucks caffeine shots). But in 3rd generation you will get 50% better contrast – and yes it is important since we want to keep our sight bright and healthy, aren’t we. You’ll also get more comfortable controls (this point is somewhat arguable since removal of numeric buttons wasn’t the best idea in my opinion – but not everyone uses direct page jumps feature instead of bookmarks as I do). New generation is also lighter and smaller which makes reading more comfortable.

Next I advice my friends to think about their internet access patterns. I personally access internet from free wi-fi enabled locations in 99% of cases. The remaining 1% is when my wife is shopping (could take hours) and I’m relaxing in the nearest chair browsing internet through my Kindle 3G. But even in that case 3G is not very important to have since I can read books instead of internet which is better for brain anyway :). So if my kindle suddenly lost 3G I wouldn’t be to disappointed. So if you think you will never use 3G why pay additional $189-$139=$50=10 Starbucks coffee shots for it?

Besides that I always forget to turn 3G off when I’m done and it drains battery very quickly and I have to go searching for a power cable when I’m reading the most interesting moment in the book.

Of course it is just my own opinion and I’m sure there are folks who need 3G in 30% of even 40% of time they use Kindle. But I know that there is a considerable market of those who don’t need 3G at all and that’s why Amazon actually split Kindle into two versions: Kindle WiFi and Kindle WiFi+3G.
So if you’re shopping for e-reader on Cyber Monday think twice whether you need 3G version or not…

Cyber Monday Deals from Barnes & Nobles and Amazon: No Kindle or Nook Color Deals Though

Barnes & Nobles is running couple of great offers today.

First offer is: free shipping on any purchase with no minimum amount. Just enter coupon code B3X4N4N at check out.

Below are some details of the offer:
Get FREE SHIPPING (Standard Delivery).
1. Place eligible items in your cart.
2. Proceed to Checkout; select “Standard Delivery”
3. Enter the coupon code
4. Complete your Checkout.

There is another cool offer running today at BN.COM: Save 25% off one item – which gives you 25% off the highest priced item in your cart. Enter coupon code B4D7H9A at checkout. The 25% discount will be applied to the highest-priced item in your cart.

Unfortunately both of these coupons have bunch of exceptions and NOOK is one of them.

For Cyber Monday deals at Amazon check out Amazon Lightning Deals page.

If you’re looking for a great gift for someone who loves to read check out Kindle WiFi, Kindle WiFi+3G or Nook. All of them are great e-readers and will make a great gift to anyone.

You can also check active Amazon Cyber Monday deals below. There are some exciting deals going on in Electronics, Sports, Health and Home categories.

Also make sure to check out deals on bowlex sport equipment and Microsoft Kinect is one of the hits on both Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Bowlex is running some very nice discounts right now and Microsoft Kinect is one of the hottest gifts of this shopping season.

Kindle Black Friday Deal: Best Day for Amazon Kindle Sales in History?

This Tuesday (November 23rd) Amazon reported on their Facebook wall: “We had our biggest sales day ever for Kindle devices yesterday. Thank you, customers!”. And it was just Tuesday of Thanksgiving Week. Since then Amazon made couple more posts on their wall announcing more Black Friday Deals products but didn’t leave any notes about Kindle Sales on Friday. My expectation is that Wednesday would be as strong as Tuesday and Thursday or Black Friday Kindle Sales will beat the record. Also I have great expectation for Cyber Monday which in recent years grew to be as significant as Black Friday.

It would be very interesting to find out how many people will go with Kindle 2 Black Friday Deal for $89 and how many will get Kindle 3G+WiFi or Kindle 3 WiFi version instead. It won’t be a simple choice since Kindle 2 is closer in features to $189 Kindle 3G (both of them have 3G connection which is a very useful feature) for just half the price at $89.

I’ll keep track of Amazon Facebook page and Amazon Black Friday Lightning Deals page deals both manually and with use of my Amazon Deals tracker which I announced in previous post an will keep you updated on all changes and announcements there.

Kindle Black Friday Deal – Gone in under 60 seconds…

Update: As of now latest generation Kindle 3 WiFi is still in stock for $139

Update 2: There is a response on official Amazon forums. It reads: “Our Kindle 2 for $89 deal is sold out. Amazon Lightning Deals are limited time deals that can sell out very fast. We had thousands available and unfortunately they sold out very quickly. – The Gold Box Team

Well, folks that was fast. While I was taking the screenshot in the previous post, the deal has gone from available to all claimed with even waitlist being full. All “in under 60 seconds” (the amount of time take for the Kindle reader to download books according to Jeff Bezos). Another quote that comes to mind is from “Lord Of War“: “Selling a gun (or buying a Kindle on Black Friday) for the first time is a lot like having sex for the first time. You’re excited but you don’t really know what the hell you’re doing. And some way, one way or another, it’s over too fast.” “Gone Bay Gone” is another appropriate quote.

There are still other (than Kindle) Black Friday deals to hunt on Amazon and there is Kindle 3 which is still reliably in stock for either $189 (3G + WiFi) or $139 (WiFi only).

If any of you are curious – here’s how fast the Kindle was claimed and sold out according to my Amazon Black Friday Deal tracker.

Kindle Black Friday Deal Sold Out

Kindle Black Friday Deal Sold Out

All Kindle deals were claimed within seconds of the deal going live. About 3.6% of people sere able to rush to check out within the first minute. Quarter of the lucky ones cheked out within 3 minutes, 50% – within five. Now, 25 minutes after the deal, 95% customers checked out while 5 are still hunting for more Black Friday Deals.

Kindle Black Friday Deal – Now Live On Amazon!

Kindle Black Friday Deal (buying 2nd generation Kindle 3G eReader for $89) is live Black Friday Lightning Deals page on Amazon Black Friday home page (to have easier time finding the deal, select “Kindle Store” in the category selector – it will be the only deal there). Here is a screen shot of the deal. You can click on it to go to the deal page.

Kindle Black Friday Deal 2010 Sale

Kindle Black Friday Deal 2010 Sale

Deals page on website seems to be extremely slow to load this morning. By the looks of it a lot of shoppers convinced by the ads decided to cyber-shop on Amazon this Black Friday rather than camp at 4am on Best Buy parking lot. If Amazon Black Friday Lightning Deals page is being slow for you or fails to load at all, you can check out this copy that I’ve created that is lightweight. It only contains Black Friday deals that are currently active and not sold out (why would you care about other deals anyway?) so Kindle deal should also be there only while supplies last. I try to have the deals updated every minute but even with  2 redundant servers doing it parallel, Amazon website sometimes doesn’t respond at all.

And of course, should you be out of luck on Black Friday Kindle 2 for $89, you can always get the latest generation Kindle 3 with WiFi for $139.

I will keep updating this page as the deal unfolds.

Amazon Black Friday Deals

Loving all things high tech, I’ve put together this small Amazon Black Friday Deal tracker gadget. This page displays all current Amazon Black Friday deals at a glance. It updates automatically too. To make things even better, you can add it to your blog or website just by pasting this small piece of HTML:

<iframe src=”” style=”width:100%;height:500px”>

… Enjoy! You can also track deals at Offical Amazon Deals page. Scroll down to see all currently active deals.