Amazon Kindle

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The Amazon Kindle is a series of e-readers designed and marketed by Amazon.wikipedia
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Amazon (company)

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The Amazon Kindle is a series of e-readers designed and marketed by Amazon.
It produces consumer electronics including Kindle e-readers, Fire tablets, Fire TV, and Echo devices.

E-reader

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The Amazon Kindle is a series of e-readers designed and marketed by Amazon.
Electronic paper was incorporated first into the Sony Librie that was released in 2004 and Sony Reader in 2006, followed by the Amazon Kindle, a device which, upon its release in 2007, sold out within five and a half hours.

Electronic paper

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The hardware platform, which Amazon subsidiary Lab126 developed, began as a single device in 2007 and now comprises a range of devices, including e-readers with E Ink electronic paper displays and Kindle applications on all major computing platforms.
Examples of commercial electrophoretic displays include the high-resolution active matrix displays used in the Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, Sony Reader, Kobo eReader, and iRex iLiad e-readers.

Jeff Bezos

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In 2004, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos instructed the company's employees to build the world’s best e-reader before Amazon's competitors could.
In November 2007, Bezos launched the Amazon Kindle.

Amazon Lab126

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The hardware platform, which Amazon subsidiary Lab126 developed, began as a single device in 2007 and now comprises a range of devices, including e-readers with E Ink electronic paper displays and Kindle applications on all major computing platforms.
It is widely known for developing Amazon's Kindle line of e-readers and tablets.

Ur (novella)

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To promote the Kindle 2, in February 2009 author Stephen King released Ur, his then-new novella, made available exclusively through the Kindle Store.
It was written exclusively for the Amazon Kindle platform, and became available for download on February 12, 2009.

Amazon Fire tablet

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The range includes devices with a keyboard (Kindle Keyboard), devices with touch-sensitive, lighted high-resolution screens (Kindle Paperwhite), a tablet computer with the Kindle app (Kindle Fire), and low-priced devices with a touch-sensitive screen (Kindle 7).
Color display technologies consume much more power than monochrome electronic paper (E-ink) types; Fire offer a typical battery life of 8 hours of mixed usage, while monochrome Kindles offer 15 to 30 hours' use without WiFi—"battery lasts weeks on a single charge"—with a much lower-capacity battery.

E-book

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Amazon Kindle devices enable users to browse, buy, download, and read e-books, newspapers, magazines and other digital media via wireless networking to the Kindle Store.
In July 2010, online bookseller Amazon.com reported sales of e-books for its proprietary Kindle outnumbered sales of hardcover books for the first time ever during the second quarter of 2010, saying it sold 140 e-books for every 100 hardcover books, including hardcovers for which there was no digital edition.

Goodreads

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In March 2014, the Paperwhite 5.4.4 update was released that added Goodreads integration, Kindle FreeTime to restrict usage for children, Cloud Collections for organization and Page Flip for scanning content without losing your place, which closely matched the Paperwhite 2's software features.
The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (version 2) and Kindle Voyage feature integration with Goodreads' social network via a user interface button.

X-Ray (Amazon Kindle)

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The Touch was the first Kindle to support X-Ray, which lists the commonly used character names, locations, themes, or ideas in a book.
X-Ray is a reference tool, introduced in September 2011, that is incorporated in the Amazon Kindle Touch and later models, Kindle Fire tablets, Kindle apps for mobile platforms, Fire Phones, and Fire TVs.

Stephen King

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To promote the Kindle 2, in February 2009 author Stephen King released Ur, his then-new novella, made available exclusively through the Kindle Store.
In 2009, King published Ur, a novella written exclusively for the launch of the second-generation Amazon Kindle and available only on Amazon.com, and Throttle, a novella co-written with his son Joe Hill and released later as an audiobook titled Road Rage, which included Richard Matheson's short story "Duel".

Textbook

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It is marketed as more suitable for displaying newspaper and textbook content, includes built-in speakers, and has an accelerometer that enables users to seamlessly rotate pages between landscape and portrait orientations when the Kindle DX is turned on its side.
Their business model was to offer the open textbook free online, and then sell ancillary products that students are likely to buy if prices are reasonable - print copies, study guides, ePub, .Mobi (Kindle), PDF download, etc. Flat World Knowledge compensates its authors with royalties on these sales.

WebKit

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The Kindle also contains experimental features such a web browser that uses NetFront based on WebKit.
WebKit is also used by the BlackBerry Browser, the Tizen mobile operating systems, and a browser included with the Amazon Kindle e-book reader.

EPUB

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Kindles cannot display EPUB files but by using calibre, an EPUB or other unsupported files not listed here can be converted to one of the supported file formats.
EPUB is the most widely supported vendor-independent XML-based (as opposed to PDF) e-book format; that is, it is supported by almost all hardware readers, except for Kindle.

Mobipocket

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In addition to the document types mentioned above, this service can be used to send unprotected MOBI files to a user's Kindle library.
The Mobipocket software package was free and consisted of various publishing and reading tools for PDAs, smartphones, mobile phones, the e-readers Kindle and iLiad, and applications on devices using Symbian, Windows, Palm OS, Java ME and Psion.

Bookerly

The Paperwhite 3 is the first e-reader to include the Bookerly font, a new font designed by Amazon, and includes updated formatting functions such as hyphenation and improved spacing.
Bookerly is a serif typeface designed by Dalton Maag as an exclusive font for reading on Amazon's Kindle devices and apps.

Kindle Store

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Amazon Kindle devices enable users to browse, buy, download, and read e-books, newspapers, magazines and other digital media via wireless networking to the Kindle Store. Content from Amazon's Kindle Store is encoded in Amazon's proprietary Kindle formats (.azw, .kf8 and .kfx).
The Kindle Store is an online e-book e-commerce store operated by Amazon as part of its retail website and can be accessed from any Amazon Kindle, Fire tablet or Kindle mobile app.

NetFront

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The Kindle also contains experimental features such a web browser that uses NetFront based on WebKit.
The Amazon Kindle e-reader uses NetFront as its web browser.

Kindle Direct Publishing

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Concurrently with the release of the first Kindle device, Amazon launched Kindle Direct Publishing, used by authors and publishers to independently publish their books directly to Kindle and Kindle Apps worldwide.
Kindle Direct Publishing is Amazon.com's e-book publishing unit launched in November 2007, concurrently with the first Amazon Kindle device.

OpenDyslexic

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In February 2016, the Paperwhite 2, Paperwhite 3, Kindle 7, and Voyage received the 5.7.2 update that included a new home screen layout, an OpenDyslexic font choice, improved book recommendations and a new quick actions menu.
The typeface is currently an optional choice on many websites and formats, including Wikipedia, Instapaper, Kobo eReader, Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, a few children's books, and at least one imprint of classic literature.

Speech synthesis

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Text-to-Speech and MP3 playback are supported.

Kindle File Format

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Content from Amazon's Kindle Store is encoded in Amazon's proprietary Kindle formats (.azw, .kf8 and .kfx).
Kindle File Format is a proprietary e-book file format created by Amazon.com with the extension that can be downloaded and read on devices like smartphones, tablets, computers, or e-readers that have Amazon's Kindle app.

Audible (store)

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It supports playback of Audible audiobooks by pairing with A2DP supported external Bluetooth 4.2 speakers or headphones; the device can store up to 35 audiobooks with 8 GB or 160 audiobooks with the 32 GB model.
Technical innovation returned to center-state for the company in September 2012 when Audible launched Whispersync for Voice, an innovation that enables readers to switch seamlessly between reading a Kindle book and listening to the corresponding audiobook without losing their place.

Lendink

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Some of these conditions, such as the inability to opt out of the lendability feature, have caused some controversy.
Lendink was an e-book sharing website which allows users to connect with other users who are willing to lend a copy of a certain book, utilizing the lending functionality provided by the Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook platforms.

Calibre (software)

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Kindles cannot display EPUB files but by using calibre, an EPUB or other unsupported files not listed here can be converted to one of the supported file formats.
Mailing e-books enables, for example, sending personal documents to the Amazon Kindle family of e-readers and tablet computers.