There are now two versions of Kindle Fire available from amazon.co.uk and a new Kindle e-reader:
- Kindle Fire HD, an advanced tablet with a customised HD display, very fast Wi-Fi connection and an exclusive Dolby audio. It has 11 hours of battery life and up to 16GB of storage space. Not too shabby and long awaited in the UK.
- Kindle Fire, this device has been the number 1 best selling product on amazon.com for the last year and has been introduced to the UK with a faster processor, double the memory and a longer battery life. This and the HD version can be used for movies and TV show accessible through amazon.co.uk or Lovefilm.com an Amazon company serving the UK
- The new Kindle e-Reader is small, lightweight and you can now turn pages even faster than before, but the main advantage is that is now on sale for only £69 pounds
That is the good news for anyone that likes the Kindle format for their eBooks, now you can upgrade and get the latest technology or perhaps get the latest Kindle devices as a present for Christmas.
eBook Author News
There is also some good news for writers and authors of eBooks, there is a new feature on the Kindle Touch and Kindle Fire called ‘About the Author’. This means that anyone that has bought your book will be able to click on your biography and see a complete list of your books.
This is a very big incentive to go to ‘Author Central’ and make sure you have an up to date profile and, even more importantly, an up to date list of all the books you have published. Also if you publish any new books and claim them through author central, the ‘About the Author’ will be updated on all the Kindles that have your books downloaded. So your fans will know directly through their Kindles that you have published a new book and can purchase it immediately if they so desire.
Amazon’s marketing Tidbit of the Month, as stated in their KDP newsletter, is that authors should also have their very own website. This is so that as an author you can maximise exposure and build your credibility as an author. Another benefit is that your own personal website gives you the opportunity to direct search engines such as Google, Bing etc. to the information they need to help your name come up when people are searching either for you or for the subject of your book. Your own website also gives you the opportunity to link to your books and profile wherever you have them, another benefit highlighted by Amazon. I quote:
“Also, be sure to include links to and from your Amazon Author Central page, your personal website and your book’s detail page, all of these links tell search engines that your book is relevant to people searching either for you or the content of your book.”
Of course another way to do this is to use the facilities on a site like this one, where authors get their own author and book pages or posts. Nice to know we are doing exactly what Amazon recommends