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Kindle Oasis vs. Kindle Voyage vs. Kindle Paperwhite

FullSizeRenderAside from the basic entry-level Kindle e-reader, there are three additional Kindles for you to choose from: Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Voyage and Kindle Oasis. Which one should you buy? Watch my video below comparing these three models to find out.

A Conversation with David Morrell

David MorrellIt’s rare that you meet a thriller writer with a PhD, but that’s David Morrell. He perfectly mixes fact with fiction, and has an immense appreciation for and understanding of the thriller genre. Morrell is a co-founder of International Thriller Writers, and he’s the father of John J. Rambo. Without his novel First Blood, the iconic film franchise starring Sylvester Stallone wouldn’t exist.

I first met David at ThrillerFest in 2013 and have enjoyed getting to know him better over the past couple years. Below is an interview I conducted with David. We cover everything from what inspired him to become a writer to what it was like working on a novel while his son was struggling with a rare disease. After you’ve read it, please make sure to pick up a copy of David’s latest novel, Inspector of the Dead. It’s receiving rave reviews from critics and fans alike.

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A Month With Amazon’s Fire Phone

Amazon-Fire-PhoneFor the past month I’ve been using the Amazon Fire Phone. So, what’s it like? Is it better than my iPhone? And will I keep using it? Check out my video review below to learn more. In addition to my video review, I’m including photos and videos I shot with the phone, tech specs and more. If you want to buy an Amazon Fire Phone, you can do so here.

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Early Cyber Monday Deal: Kindle Fire HD And Kindle Fire HDX 7″

Kindle FireIf you’re in the market for a tablet and looking to save some money, Amazon has you covered. The company just launched a couple early Cyber Monday deals that you might want to consider:

Kindle Fire HD Deal: For a limited time only, the all-new Kindle Fire HD will be $50 Off the 16GB model, available for just $119.

Kindle Fire HDX 7” Deal: Starting now through Cyber Monday, the all new Kindle Fire HDX 7” will be $50 off all Wi-Fi models, starting at just $179.

While you’re at it, make sure to check out my reviews of the new Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″.

 

Review: New Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

kindle-paperwhite-frontBelow is my video review of the new Amazon Kindle Paperwhite. If you’re interested in buying this device, you can do so here: http://tinyurl.com/pa4fnep. Enjoy!

The Best Tablet Money Can Buy: Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″

Kindle_Fire_HDX_The_Mayday_ButtonThe Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″ is not only the best tablet ever produced by Amazon, it’s the best tablet money can buy. Below is my review of the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″, as well as seven additional videos highlighting the device’s various features. If you’d like to buy the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″, you can do so right here: http://tinyurl.com/lpc7znq.

Review

Mayday Button

Video Games 

Fire HDX 8.9″ vs. Fire HD 7″ (2012 Model) Speed Test

Origami Case

Origami Case

High-Resolution Display

Music

Reading

Amazon Unveils New Kindle Fire HDX

Kindle Fire HDXYesterday, Amazon announced its new lineup of Kindle Fire tablets. In addition to upgrading last year’s 7″ Kindle Fire and lowering its introductory price to $139, Amazon unveiled the Kindle Fire HDX, which has a higher pixel density rate than Apple’s iPad – making for an ultra-high definition viewing experience. The 16 GB, Wi-Fi model with special offers costs $229 for the 7″ version, and the most expensive 8.9″ model – with a 64 GB hard drive and an optional 4G connection – will set you back $579.

As you’ll see from the features below, the Kindle Fire HDX is significantly lighter than its predecessor and it has an exciting new feature called the “Mayday” button. This feature provides you with on-screen support, whenever you want, from a Kindle Support representative. And while you can see the rep and he or she can remotely access your device with your permission, the representative can’t see you – so no need to worry if you’re hair is sticking up and you’re still in your bathrobe while you’re being helped.

Kindle Fire HDX Features

  • Exclusive 8.9″ HDX display (2560×1600) with unsurpassed pixel density (339 PPI) and perfect color accuracy (100% sRGB) for vivid, lifelike images that go beyond standard HD
  • Breakthrough ultra-light design—weighing just 13.2oz, it’s 34% lighter than the previous generation
  • Ultra-fast 2.2GHz quad-core processor—3x more powerful than previous generation—with 2GB of RAM and Adreno 330 GPU for fast, fluid gaming and video
  • Introducing the “Mayday” button—revolutionary, on-device tech support, exclusive to Kindle Fire HDX tablets. Connect for free to an Amazon expert 24×7, 365 days a year
  • 8MP rear-facing camera with LED flash for high-resolution photos and 1080p HD video, plus a front-facing 720p HD camera for Skype video calls and more
  • Stay productive on the go with ultra-fast web browsing, built-in OfficeSuite, plus e-mail and calendar support for Gmail, Outlook, and more
  • In addition to Free Two-Day Shipping, Prime members enjoy exclusive digital benefits, including the new ability to download Prime Instant Video titles to new Kindle Fire HDX tablets

Below is a letter from Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos, that was posted to Amazon’s website the day of the announcement, as well as a video highlighting the “Mayday” feature. And stay tuned for my review of the device in the coming months.

Jeff Bezos - Kindle Fire HDXJeff Bezos’ Letter

Dear Customers,

It’s been just two years since we introduced Kindle Fire, and the team is innovating at unbelievable speed. Today, I’m excited to introduce you to the all-new Kindle Fire family.

These are powerhouse tablets. We added the latest graphics engine, doubled the memory, and tripled the processing power with the most advanced 2.2 GHz quad-core processor. Our HDX displays bring together exceptional pixel density (up to 339 ppi), perfect 100% sRGB color accuracy, improved brightness, and dynamic image contrast. You also get up to 11 hours of battery life—17 hours when you’re reading.

Even the largest new Kindle Fire—the 8.9″—is startlingly light. We re-imagined our design from scratch, with a new magnesium unibody and molded glass-nylon alloy. At just 13.2 ounces, it’s 34% lighter than the previous generation.

Kindle Fire HDX is packed with hundreds of updates, including new email, calendar, and productivity apps, X-Ray for Music, Second Screen, and—in addition to streaming—you can now download Prime Instant Videos and watch them offline.

indle Fire HDX also introduces the revolutionary new “Mayday” button. With a single tap, an Amazon expert will appear on your Fire HDX and can co-pilot you through any feature by drawing on your screen, walking you through how to do something yourself, or doing it for you—whatever works best. Mayday is available 24×7, 365 days a year, and it’s free.

Mayday is one of those things that really has to be seen—
check out our upcoming TV commercials.

In addition to all the above, we’re taking another step forward in our mission to make it possible for anyone to afford a Kindle Fire. The all-new Kindle Fire HD has the same display quality and processing speed of last year’s high-end models and comes in at the breakthrough price point of only $139.

We’ve worked hard to pack this much hardware, innovation, and customer obsession into these devices. We hope you enjoy the new Kindle Fires.

Thank you for being a customer,

Jeff Bezos
Founder & CEO

P.S. Our industrial design team has invented what I think are the most ingenious covers—you can learn more about the new Origami covers here.

Amazon Announces New Kindle Paperwhite

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This morning Amazon accidentally leaked information about its new Kindle Paperwhite. This resulted in a flurry of media coverage. A few hours later, Amazon officially announced the device on its homepage with a letter from Jeff Bezos (see below). I own the original Kindle Paperwhite and think it’s a wonderful device, so I’m looking forward to checking out the new model. Once I do, I’ll let you know whether or not it’s worth upgrading.

Dear Customers,

We believe in the power and importance of reading. We are passionate about books. Books convey knowledge, spread ideas, and can transport you into alternate lives and worlds. It’s why we’re working so hard to help people read more and get more out of reading.

Today we’re excited to announce another milestone in our journey—the all-new Kindle Paperwhite.

The all-new Kindle Paperwhite

The new Paperwhite is our best ever, with a new higher contrast display, the next generation of our built-in light, a powerful new processor, and the latest touchscreen technology.

We’ve also added new reading features like Page Flip—skim books page-by-page, or skip through chapters without losing your place. We’ve integrated Goodreads—the world’s largest community of book lovers—so you can connect with like-minded readers, share recommendations and decide what to read next, straight from your book. Our new Vocabulary Builder automatically compiles words you look up in the dictionary into easy-to-use flashcards. And for parents, Kindle FreeTime offers a simple, engaging new way to encourage and reward kids’ reading.

Kindle is the best-selling e-reader in the world for six years running. No one is investing on behalf of readers or pushing the boundaries of hardware, software, and content for readers like the Kindle team. We continue to invest not only in new hardware like the new Kindle Paperwhite, but also in new features and benefits that make Kindle a superior service: Kindle MatchBookKindle Owners’ Lending Library, over 400,000 books that are exclusive to the Kindle StoreKindle SinglesKindle Worlds, and many more.

We hope you enjoy the new Kindle Paperwhite. Happy reading,

Jeff Bezos
Founder & CEO

E-Book Sale: Andrew Gross – 15 Seconds

15 secondsAndrew Gross, the bestselling author who co-authored six top-selling thrillers with James Patterson, has a new novel coming out on April 2: No Way Back. If you’ve yet to read his work, you should consider picking up a copy of his last bestseller, 15 Seconds, which is on sale for only $1.99 for a limited time. Below is a video of Gross talking about the premise behind 15 Seconds.

The Da Vinci Code – Free Until March 24

Inferno & The Da Vinci CodeThis week marks the 10th anniversary of Dan Brown’s most famous novel, The Da Vinci Code. To celebrate, the book’s publisher is allowing anyone to download the entire e-book for free between March 17-24. This free e-book also contains an excerpt from Brown’s upcoming Robert Langdon novel, Inferno. This is a brilliant way to promote a new book and a golden opportunity to snap up an engaging thriller for free. Take advantage while you can.

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