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Free 90 Day Trial on Select Magazines for Kindle Fire Customers

Kindle Fire

Kindle Fire

If you own a Kindle Fire and enjoy reading magazines, you’re in luck because Amazon is offering a 90 day free trial on select popular magazines.  You can find these magazines on the Kindle Store homepage.  The collection includes health, beauty, men and women, sports, teens, and technology.

A sample of some the hottest magazines included in this trial include:

Wired

Wired is a hit technology focused magazine that includes the latest gadgets, as well as innovative ideas that will shape the future.  The magazine takes a broader approach with articles spanning across subjects such as science, philosophy, adventure, and online culture.  It is a great magazine for those who are familiar with technology and want to stay on top of the latest trends.  The reviews run from one end of the spectrum to another.  As one reviewer said, it is free for three months, so it can’t hurt to give it a shot.

SELF

SELF is a diet and fitness magazine that that includes a variety of good workouts, and healthy recipes.  It also includes beauty tips and other real life advice.  When I’ve read the magazine, I’ve enjoyed what they have to say.  The stories that resonate the most with me are the personal weight loss success stories. SELF is a good motivational tool to jump start the rush of New Years resolutions that involve getting healthy and fit.  The benefit of the Kindle Fire version over the print is that it includes interactive content, such as videos.

Both Wired and Self, as well as a Glamour, GQ and a few others, are Kindle Fire apps, as opposed to magazines that are purchased in the Newsstand.  The apps are more interactive, but require a different log in than the Newsstand magazines.  They have room for improvement, but the good thing is that apps are updated regularly.

The New Yorker

The New Yorker is a Newsstand magazine, and the 90 day free trial is open to all Kindle owners.  There is an interactive edition for Kindle Fire owners.  The award winning magazine includes topics such as politics, world affairs, business, science, and the arts.  There are a mix of articles, poetry, and cartoons.  This is a weekly magazine.

Architectural Digest

Architectural Digest is the go to magazine for architects and interior designers.  It includes designs from top architects and provides a peek into the homes of “celebrated personalities” as Amazon puts it.  The pictures and graphic heavy nature of this magazine works best with the Kindle Fire.

The good part for print subscribers is that you can sign up for access the the digital editions for free.  That is the way is should be!  The Kindle editions can serve as a more portable alternative to the print editions.

With the reviews so all over the place and some magazines working better than others, I am eager to see what more people have to say about them.  There is still a lot of work to do to make magazines work seamlessly on the Kindle, but they will improve over time as the Kindle platform gets better and better.

 

 

 

Business Like Bezos: Portfolio.com interviews Amazon founder Jeff Bezos about the Kindle

Portfolio contributing editor Kevin Maney interviewed Jeff Bezos in a packed auditorium at New York University’s Stern School of Business. Bazos and Maney discussed many topics during the lengthy 1 hour 30 minute interview – everything from Bazos personal life, how he makes business/personal decisions, the founding and growth of Amazon, Amazons Infrastructure Services, Amazon Prime, Amazon A9 and of course the Kindle. It is a very in depth interview, Bazos goes into great detail about what the vision is for Kindle and how Kindle came to be – it is a fascinating interview and if you have the spare time its well worth watching.

We don’t all have a couple of spare hours every day, so if your just interested in what Bazos has says about the Kindle then you can skip most of the interview – Bazos starts talking about the Kindle in part 3 at 3min 25sec into the interview.

Partial Transcript by Wired.com:

Portfolio: Let’s talk about the Kindle. What do you want it to be?

Bezos: Any book, in any language, ever in print should be available in less than 60 seconds. We worked on it for three years. It’s been selling out since being released.

Portfolio: You sold how many?

Bezos: You asked that so innocently, but you know I’m not going to answer. We have a long-standing practice of being very shy about disclosure, and I’ll stick to that practice. The Kindle has substantially exceeded our expectations.

Portfolio: Every effort at e-books has failed. Why should this one work?

Bezos: We decided we were going to improve upon the book. And the first thing we did was try to determine the essential features of a physical book that we needed to replicate. The No. 1 feature is that it disappears. When you’re in the middle of reading, you don’t notice the ink or the glue or the stitching or the paper — all of that disappears, and you’re in the author’s world. Most electronic devices today do not disappear. Some of them are extraordinarily rude. Books get out of the way, and they leave you in that state of mental flow.

Portfolio: How do you improve on that?

You can watch the full interview 6 part interview here.

Source: Wired

Kindle Makes Top 10 Gadgets of the Year 2007

wired logoKindle has made it as one of the Top 10 Gadgets of the Year according to Wired.com. It makes it to Number 7 on the list, not bad for a gadget that was released just last month!

Other gadgets that make it on the list include the Optimus Maximus Keyboard, the HP Blackbird 002, Microsoft Zune 2 and the Apple iPhone. It’s nice to see that Kindle is getting the recognition it deserves for being one of the best gadgets in 2007.

Interestingly enough, the Kindle also makes it into Wired.com Top 10 Heartbreaking Gadgets of 2007 stating;

No native PDF support. Costs as much as a low-end laptop. “Klugey” keyboard. Clumsy, extortionate e-mail conversion process for adding your own files. And the web browser? Crippled.

I think you either love Kindle or you hate it and in Wired’s place, you love and hate it at the same time!

Link: Wired Top 10 Gadgets of they Year
Link: Wired Top 10 Heartbreaking Gadgets of 2007