Posts Tagged ‘Amazon Kindle’
Tuesday, January 29th, 2013
CopyTele, Inc. (“CTI”) (OTCBB: COPY) has filed a lawsuit in the Federal District Court for the Northern District of California against AU Optronics Corp. and E Ink Holdings, alleging an elaborate scheme to steal valuable, patented display technologies developed by CopyTele, and used in many popular consumer electronics devices.
CTI develops and acquires patented technologies for the purposes of patent monetization and patent assertion.
The lawsuit, alleging breach of contract, fraud, conspiracy to monopolize, unfair business practices, antitrust, and other anti-competitive acts, seeks punitive and treble damages. CTI also filed a separate patent infringement lawsuit in the Federal District Court for the Northern District of California against E Ink.
Company says it has the reources to “fight back.”
Robert Berman, CTI’s president and CEO stated, “This is a case about two, multi-billion dollar foreign companies, conspiring to steal valuable, patented technologies from a small U.S. company, with the intention of causing significant financial hardship so that CTI could not protect itself and fight back. CTI now has the resources and expertise necessary to ensure that AUO and E Ink are held accountable for their transgressions.”
Berman, who previously ran Acacia Research Corporation and has a successful track record of taking on large companies on behalf of small inventors, joined CTI as president and CEO in October.
AU Optronics successfully sued previously
CTI is represented in the lawsuits by San Francisco based Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, who together with the U.S. Justice Department, recently lead antitrust and unfair competition actions against AU Optronics, resulting in criminal fines of $500 million, civil settlements of $199.5 million, and Federal prison sentences for several top AUO officials.
AU Optronics is based in Taiwan and is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of flat panel displays for televisions, computers, and tablets, including Apple’s iPad.
E Ink, also based in Taiwan, is the world’s largest supplier of electrophoretic displays including displays for e-Reader products such as Amazon’s Kindle, and Barnes and Noble’s Nook.
Friday, April 13th, 2012
Over 13 million UK searches were conducted online for consumer electronics in February with Amazon’s ‘Kindle’ and Research In Motion’s ‘Blackberry’ attracting more queries than those for Apple ‘iPhone 4s’.
This is according to the latest research from leading independent digital marketing agency, Greenlight.
Although not on the market yet, there were 450,000 searches for the term ‘iPhone 5′ compared to 368,000 for ‘iPhone 4s’.
Greenlight’s research ‘Brown Goods Sector Report – Issue 11′ profiled UK search behaviour covering audio & accessories, cameras and camcorders, PCs, laptops & tablets, phones & accessories and TVs & DVD players.
This it did via analysis of online search-related data sourced from Hydra’s One Platform, a leading provider of SaaS tools for digital marketers.
Some key findings from Greenlight’s report reveal:
• In February, more than 7 million searches were made for PC & laptop terms which accounted for a 54% share of overall searches.
• Searches pertaining to phones & mobile accessories were also popular, accounting for a 26% share.
• ‘Kindle’ was the most queried consumer electronics term, attracting 823,000 searches. Blackberry followed with 673,000.
• The keyword ‘iPod’ was searched for 301,000 times, accounting for 25% of all searches made for the Audio & accessories subsector.
• In the Phones & accessories subsector, O2 achieved a 34% share of visibility as did Vodafone, in natural search. This they achieved through attaining high ranking in the search engine results pages for the high volume search terms ‘iPhone 4′ and ‘Blackberry’, respectively.
• Apple was the most visible website across the board in Greenlight’s natural search league table, achieving a 50% share of voice.
• Amazon UK was the most visible advertiser in the paid media space, achieving a 44% share of visibility.
Thursday, January 12th, 2012
A Kindle Fire tablet computer
Amazon seems intent upon further disrupting the already roiling publishing industry and is apparently succeeding.
The Kindle Owners’ Lending Library is off to a strong start: customers borrowed 295,000 Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) Select titles in December alone, and KDP Select has helped grow total library selection to over 75,000 books.
KDP lets authors publish their works directly through Amazon rather than first going through traditional print publishers and a number of them are making much better money than likely via traditional means.
We’re about to finish the first book we borrowed from the Kindle Lending Library. Amazon Prime members can borrow a book a month. A word of warning – many of the KDP select titles suffer from relatively amateurish writing and poor editing, judging from the samples we’ve read and comments we see online. Some, however, are entertaining reads, if not exactly great literature.
In any event, it is providing authors with another route to publication and profits.
With the $500,000 December fund, KDP authors have earned $1.70 per borrow.
In response to strong customer adoption of the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library (as well as seasonal, post-holiday use of new Kindles), Amazon.com, Inc. has added a $200,000 bonus to the January KDP Select fund, raising the total pool from $500,000 to $700,000.
“KDP Select appears to be earning authors more money in two ways. We knew customers would love having KDP Select titles in the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. But we’ve been surprised by how much paid sales of those same titles increased, even relative to the rest of KDP”
Paid sales grew rapidly
Paid KDP sales grew rapidly in December — and results show that paid sales of titles participating in KDP Select are growing even faster than other KDP titles. On top of this growth in paid sales, KDP Select authors and publishers on average are receiving an incremental 26% in December as a result of their participation in the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library.
“KDP Select appears to be earning authors more money in two ways. We knew customers would love having KDP Select titles in the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. But we’ve been surprised by how much paid sales of those same titles increased, even relative to the rest of KDP,” said Russ Grandinetti, VP of Kindle Content.
“Due to this early success and a seasonally strong January, we’re adding a $200,000 bonus to January’s KDP Select fund, growing this month’s total pool to $700,000.”
The top ten KDP Select authors earned over $70,000 in the month of December from their participation in the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, a 30% increase on top of the royalties they earned from their paid sales on the same titles in the same period.
Writer earned $8K plus in December
In total (paid sales plus their share of the loan fund), these authors saw their royalties grow an astonishing 449% month-over-month from November to December. The list of top 10 KDP Select authors includes Carolyn McCray, Rachel Yu, the Grabarchuk family and Amber Scott.
Carolyn McCray, a writer of paranormal romance novels, historical thrillers and mysteries, earned $8,250 from the KDP Select fund in December. “KDP Select truly is a career altering program,” said McCray.
“I couldn’t be happier with the tools, support and exposure it has given me. To say the trade-off of exclusivity on Amazon for the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library has been a profitable one would be a gross understatement. Participating in KDP Select has quadrupled my royalties.”
Rachel Yu is a 16-year-old author of children’s books, and she earned $6,200 from the KDP Select fund in the month of December. “It’s so cool to be part of the success of KDP Select,” said Yu. “It’s just like a library but with easier access. There’s truly no other opportunity like Amazon for self-publishing.”
The Grabarchuk family earned $6,300 from the KDP Select fund in December from their puzzle books.
“After only a month KDP Select has dramatically changed things — finally indie publishers are playing as equals with the big publishing houses in the world’s biggest eBook marketplace,” said Serhiy Grabarchuk, Co-Founder of the Grabarchuk Puzzles company.
Amber Scott is a romance writer and earned $7,650 from the KDP Select fund in December.
“Enrolling in KDP Select utterly transformed my career,” said Scott. “I’ve experienced not only a surge in royalties but a surge in readership thanks to the increased exposure. I love the chance to earn new readers through the innovation of the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. What an exciting time to be an author.”
Thursday, December 1st, 2011
The Nook Color, one of many e-readers on the market.
Continued strong growth in the dedicated eReader market, allied to an upsurge in usage across tablet devices, will push annual revenues from eBooks delivered to portable devices to $9.7 billion by 2016, up from $3.2 billion this year, according to a new report from Juniper Research.
We buy more books than anyone we know and we have shifted to buying e-books when possible, particularly for new releases. We’re running out of room for printed books, but we also love the convenience of carrying a library, not just a book with us when we travel.
The report -- Mobile Publishing: eBooks, eMagazines & eNewspapers for Smart Devices — found that the increasing demand for tablets means that these devices will account for nearly 30% of all eBook downloads by 2016.
In addition to the higher rate of tablet penetration, eBook access on these devices has already been boosted by the launch of leading brand bookstore applications, such as Apple’s iBookStore and Amazon’s Kindle.
Synchronised eBook content across multiple devices
While mobile handsets currently account for the largest share of eBook downloads, the majority of these are comprised by the Japanese manga market.
Elsewhere, smartphones are not — and are unlikely to become — a primary reading device. However, storefront operators are increasingly seeking to enable synchronised eBook content across multiple devices, thereby allowing users to continue reading text on their smartphone when their eReader/tablet is unavailable.
“Bricks and Mortar” chains embrace digital
While the transition to eCommerce and to digital content delivery has demonstrably had a negative impact on traditional “bricks and mortar” retailers, the report observed larger bookstore chains increasingly seeking to marry their digital and physical activities.
According to report author Dr Windsor Holden, “The Barnes & Noble model has been to use its own brand eReader — and its tablet application — to act as a bridge between online and in-store purchases. The other chains are picking up on that, launching their own devices, offering digital coupons to be redeemed in-store, reinforcing the relationship with the consumer.”
Other findings from the report include:
- The adoption of the EPUB3 standard should create new markets for rich media titles — enhanced eBooks — across dedicated eReaders
- Subscription pricing models are likely to proliferate amongst corporate/educational content
The mPublishing whitepaper is available to download from the Juniper website together with further details of the full report.
Tuesday, July 12th, 2011
The Story HD from Google and iRiver
Google says its first e-reader based on the Google eBooks platform is due July 17,the company reports on its blog.
The iRiver Story HD, selling exclusively at Target for $139, uses Wi-Fi, but doesn’t support 3G.
Google says the device is slim and lightweight with a high-resolution e-ink screen and a QWERTY keyboard. It includes over-the-air access to hundreds of thousands of Google eBooks for sale and more than 3 million for free.
The Google blog reports: “We built the Google eBooks platform to be open to all publishers, retailers and manufacturers. Manufacturers like iriver can use Google Books APIs and services to connect their devices to the full Google eBooks catalog for out-of-the-box access to a complete ebookstore. You can also store your personal ebooks library in the cloud—picking up where you left off in any ebook you’re reading as you move from laptop to smartphone to e-reader to tablet.”
We’re dedicated users of our Amazon Wi-fi Kindle, but a host of new e-readers and tablets with e-reader functions are headed for the market and some more advanced models such as the Color Nook are already available.
We tried the Samsung Galaxy Tablet and find tablets a bit too heavy for comfortable use as handheld readers. The Color Nook has the drawback of being a read-only device. Amazon is expected to launch a new tablet device sometime this year, but its features have yet to be disclosed.
We may gang test available dedicated e-readers later this year after new models surface. Are you using an e-reader? Any preferences? Let us know in the comments.
Tuesday, June 28th, 2011
The share of adults in the United States who own an e-book reader doubled to 12 percent in May, 2011 from 6 percent in November 2010. E-readers, such as a Kindle or Nook, are portable devices designed to allow readers to download and read books and periodicals.
This is the first time since the Pew Internet Project began measuring e-reader use in April 2009 that ownership of this device has reached double digits among U.S. adults.
We have been using the Amazon Wi-Fi Kindle – the third iteration – since last year. In addition to the convenience of carrying hundreds of books around on a device that weighs about the same as a paperback (good-bye book bag), we listen to MP3 podcasts, old radio dramas, and audio books on the device. In a pinch, it’s Internet browser will let you check the news, Twitter, or other sites, but in black and white. Still we’re more pleased with this device than with many we use or have tested, from cell phones and tablets to PDAs and MP3 players.
We hear from those using a color Nook, or other e-readers that they are similarly pleased with their device. We’ll likely step up to one of the more advanced models at some point for the convenience of having additional features and a better browsing experience, but the e-Ink tech that lets you read even in full sunlight and doesn’t suck battery power is one feature we wouldn’t trade for color and zippy new bells and whistles.
Tablet growth slowing
Tablet computers—portable devices similar to e-readers but designed for more interactive web functions—have not seen the same level of growth in recent months. In May 2011, 8 percent of adults report owning a tablet computer such as an iPad, Samsung Galaxy or Motorola Xoom.
This is roughly the same percentage of adults who reported owning this kind of device in January 2011 (7%), and represents just a 3 percentage-point increase in ownership since November 2010. Prior to that, tablet ownership had been climbing relatively quickly.
Personally, we find the tablets don’t meet our needs as yet. They all weight just a bit over a pound and a half, too heavy for being easily held as a reader or used as a camera. Virtual keyboards are not the best way to get any work done other than perhaps texting or light email. Still, we know folks who love their iPads and when we reviewed the Xoom, it’s advocates were not shy about sticking up for it.
We’ve said from the beginning we suspected that we did not see the utility of tablets, despite Apple’s amazing success with the iPad.
Here’s more from the Pew study:
These findings come from a survey conducted from April 26-May 22 among 2,277 adults ages 18 and over, including surveys in English and Spanish and on landline and cell phones. The margin of error for the sample is plus or minus 2 percentage points.
Both e-book reader and tablet computer adoption levels among U.S. adults are still well below that of other tech devices that have been on the market longer. Cell phones are far and away the most popular digital device among U.S. adults today, followed by desktop and laptop computers, DVRs, and MP3 players.
There is notable overlap in e-reader and tablet computer ownership – 3% of US adults own both devices. Nine percent own an e-book reader but not a tablet, while 5% own a tablet computer but not an e-reader.
Further confirming the overall trend toward adoption of mobile devices, this survey marks the first time that laptop computers are as popular as desktop computers among U.S. adults. In November of last year, desktop ownership outpaced laptop ownership by 8 percentage points, 61 percent to 53 percent.
This changing pattern is the result of both a steady decline in the popularity of desktops and a steady increase in the popularity of laptops over time. Laptops have already overtaken desktops in popularity among adults under age 30, and appear poised to do the same among older adults.
We know many people who have shifted to working primarily on a laptop and others who never were desktop users to any great extent. Personally, though, we prefer the large desktop keyboard and our dual screen set-up for real work. Laptops are not ergonomically ideal. We find we get both hand and back strain from working on a laptop for any length of time.
We’d be willing to bet that more incidence of carpal tunnel syndrome will surface as people do significantly more work and play on their laptops.