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Amazon to Debut New Kindle Fire, E-Readers

Matthew Staver/Bloomberg via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Amazon is holding an event Thursday in Santa Monica, Calif., where the Seattle-based company is expected to launch its new Kindle e-readers and Kindle Fire tablet.  An ad, which aired Wednesday night, showed the new Kindle e-reader and new Fire.

Late last week, Amazon announced that it was sold out of the Kindle Fire.  In other words, it stopped making the popular tablet because a new one was on the way.

"Kindle Fire is sold out, but we have an exciting roadmap ahead.  We will continue to offer our customers the best hardware, the best prices, the best customer service, the best cross-platform interoperability and the best content ecosystem," Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said in a statement last week.

Amazon's Kindle Fire became one of the world's best-selling tablets last year.  It runs a version of Android that has been revamped by Amazon to be centered on media consumption, including the books, music, and video services Amazon sells.  The next version of the Fire has been rumored to have a faster processor and an updated design. There have also been rumors that Amazon might release a larger 10-inch tablet this week.

The Kindle Fire spurred a new market of affordable, 7-inch tablets. Google, in partnership with Asus, released the Nexus 7 in June for $199, and it quickly became popular. Apple is also rumored to be planning a smaller version of the iPad -- the so-called iPad Mini -- in October.  But other companies, such as Sony, have said they don't plan to play in this lower-end space.

Amazon is also expected to update its Kindle e-readers to compete with Barnes & Noble's Nook With Glowlight.  The technology site The Verge reported that a new Kindle with a "Paper White" display was coming and it was shown in the TV ad that aired on Wednesday.

The location of Amazon's event has also been the stuff of rumor.  While the company usually holds its annual event in New York City, it is holding Thursday's event near Hollywood.  

Many believe Amazon will announce new partnerships with studios and talk more about video content.  Others think Amazon could release a set-top box for your TV, similar to Apple's TV or the Roku box, that would be centered on streaming video.  Others have said Amazon might use the event to launch a phone.

Either way, we will find out soon enough -- the event begins at 10:30 a.m. PT.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


E-book Readers May Read More, Pay Less

Amazon(NEW YORK) -- Apple and five of the biggest U.S. publishers are accused of colluding to raise the price of electronic books for e-readers including iPad, Kindle and Nook.

The Wall Street Journal reported the Justice Department has warned it plans to sue Apple, Penguin Group, Simon & Schuster, Hachette Book Group, Macmillan and HarperCollins. But people familiar with the matter told the paper a settlement may be in the works for some of the publishers, which could lead to cheaper e-books.

Though the devices cost hundreds of dollars, many e-books are cheaper than the traditional paper versions.

The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins, published by Scholastic, is $5.51 for the Kindle and $5.51 for a paperback version on Amazon.  The book is $8.49 on the Nook.

Moneyball, by Michael Lewis, published by W. W. Norton & Company, is $8.29 on the Kindle, $9.72 in paperback through Amazon with a list price of $15.95. Barnes and Noble’s Nook version is $8.29.

But not all e-books are a big savings over the dead tree version. Ken Follett’s 865-page Fall of Giants is $18.99 on Amazon for the Kindle yet the hardcover version is $20.63.  Lone Wolf: A Novel, by Jodi Picoult is $14.99 on Kindle but $15.99 in hardcover.

The iPad 2 retails for $399 while the new iPad announced this week starts at $499. Amazon’s Kindle starts at $79 while the Nook retails for $99.

About 28 percent of U.S. adults, or three in ten, use an electronic reader device, according to a survey by Harris Interactive released this week. That’s almost double the 15 percent who said they used the device last summer. In the most recent survey, 72 percent said they do not use a device, down from the 85 percent who did not last summer.

Almost three-quarters of e-reader users are reading six or more books in an average year. Among those who are currently using an e-reader, 29 percent say they typically read more than 20 books in an average year, while 21 percent  say they read between 11 and 20 books and 24 read between 6 and 10 books.

Three in five non e-reader users are reading five or fewer books on average in a year. Among those who do not use that device, 18 percent typically reads no books in an average year, 19 percent typically read between one and two books and 21 percent typically reads between three and five books.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Black Friday Weekend Shopping Guide: What to Buy and When

Tom Pennington/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Black Friday shopping bonanza is well under way. Last year, an estimated four percent of people who were surveyed said they would be buying a tablet in the run-up to the holidays. This year, that number has grown to 15 percent.

So, should you buy this weekend -- or wait until later in the season for even bigger savings? Here are some recommendations:

iPad: Buy

Apple is having a sale on the iPad and the company won’t discount it again. Other retailers may discount the popular tablet but the demand will be high, so you may lose out. And since 65 percent of people who want a tablet really want an iPad, if you’re considering it as a gift for someone else, you definitely should buy it now.

Kindle Fire: Buy

An estimated 22 percent of those who want a table want this new gadget from There has been no news of a possible discount -- and since it’s a new item, it could very well sell out. Buy it now.

Android Tablets: Wait

These tablets -- which include the Galaxy Tab -- will likely be deeply discounted. If you plan to get one, you should try to wait as long as you can for the deepest discounts.

Toys: Wait

Black Friday and the days after it are the worst times to buy toys and hot gifts for kids. The list price of the Nintendo 3DS went up everywhere by $25 dollars last week, so it was at a high price this weekend.

Brand Name TVs: Wait

Historically, the lowest prices on brand name TVs are after the New Year, but prices do soften as we get closer to Christmas. This year in particular, with no new feature that marketers can upsell -- such as 3D, or a new standard or specs that merit an upgrade -- the only lever retailers can pull people to buy is to lower prices dramatically.

While it won’t be a fire sale, expect a dog fight in the aisles as we get closer to the Super Bowl.

Discount TVs: Buy

Any of those insanely priced deals on Dynex, Westinghouse, and Insignia brands should be gobbled up before the turkey leftovers are gone.

Android Phones: Buy is having a sale on Android phones. Devices that would normally cost $200 to $250 are on sale until Monday for one cent -- with a contract.

Airfare for Christmas: Buy this coming week

The average airfare for domestic travel in the U.S. around December 25 is $433. Making your booking during the first week of December, up until the 10th, will yield the best deals -- about six percent below average. You should book before prices begin to rise again. If you booked your Christmas airline ticket in September, you paid an average of 27 percent more.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Hot Holiday Gifts Out of Stock

Photo Courtesy -- Getty Images(NEW YORK) – Procrastinators may have trouble finding last-minute gifts this holiday season, according to a Goldman Sachs study.

Some of the hottest holiday gifts are sold out at several major U.S. retailers, reports USA Today.

Shoppers may have trouble finding popular gifts like the Kindle on or the Monster High dolls at Toys "R" Us as retailers who were left with extra inventory the last two years approached this shopping season by ordering more conservatively.

The report showed that 76 percent of the hot gifts listed in the study were out of stock at Forty percent of the same items are out of stock at Amazon and Target.

About 70 percent of the products listed as sold out had been advertised as being on sale.

Copyright 2010 ABC News Radio


After Complaints, Amazon Offers Refund Over Kindle Cases

Photo Courtesy - Amazon dot com(NEW YORK) -- If Amazon's Kindle is on your wish list this year, you might want to think twice before buying the leather case the company sells to protect it. Prompted by customer complaints about the product, Amazon has offered to refund or replace the covers.

Amazon sells two versions of a leather case for its latest-generation Kindle, a version with a light ($59.99) and a version without ($34.99). Although the bulk of the Amazon reviews for the non-lighted case boast five-stars, more than one hundred customers have given the case just one star, many claiming that it causes their e-readers to freeze and crash.

"The cover looks really good. It really looks like a book, feels like a book. It is the nicest looking cover out there. It does not work well at all. My kindle keeps resetting itself. It resets 5 to 10 times a day. Sometimes when I pick up my Kindle it will reset itself 2 or 3 times when I try to read a book. When I take off the cover it works fine," wrote "Robert Brown "Mr. Bob"" from Gainesville, Fla.

When asked about the reported problems by ABC News, Amazon repeated the statement posted in its customer forum.

"There have been some forum discussions regarding the non-lighted Kindle cover, and our engineering team is looking into this. Regardless, if anyone is having any problem with an Amazon-manufactured Kindle cover, please call us at 877-453-4512 or 206-922-0844," the company said. "We will be pleased to replace it for free with a different cover or accept a return for a full refund, no matter when the cover was purchased."

Amazon declined to elaborate on the nature of the problem but, on comment boards, customers say they suspect that the metal hooks that attach the cover to the device are the culprits.

They say that the metal hooks, which conduct electricity, appear to cause the Kindle to reboot or malfunction; the hooks on the lighted version do not appear to cause the same problem.

The cover is designed to fit the latest generation Kindle, which has a 6-inch display and costs $189 (with 3G access and Wi-Fi) or $139 (for Wi-Fi only).

This holiday season, the Kindle has been a blockbuster product for Amazon, which last week told customers that it sold millions of the newest Kindle in the first 73 days of the quarter.

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