55 Facts About Amazon Kindle


Amazon Kindle is a series of e-readers designed and marketed by Amazon.

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All Amazon Kindle devices integrate with Amazon Kindle Store content and, as of March 2018, the store had over six million e-books available in the United States.

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However, the Amazon Kindle e-reader has always been a single-purpose device for reading rather than being multipurpose hardware that might create distractions while reading.

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Amazon Kindle has a cloud reader to allow users to read e-books using modern web browsers.

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On February 10,2009, Amazon announced the Kindle 2, the second-generation Kindle.

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On October 7,2009, Amazon announced an international version of the Kindle 2 with the ability to download e-books wirelessly.

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The international Amazon Kindle 2 is physically the same as the US -only Amazon Kindle 2, although it uses a different mobile network standard.

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The Amazon Kindle Keyboard has a 6-inch screen with a resolution of 600x800.

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One of these, the Amazon Kindle Wi-Fi, was initially priced at $139 and connects to the Internet via Wi-Fi networks.

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The other version, called the Amazon Kindle 3G, was priced at $189 and includes both 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity.

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The Amazon Kindle Keyboard is available in two colors: classic white and graphite.

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Fourth-generation Amazon Kindle was significantly less expensive and features a slight reduction in weight and size, with a reduced battery life and storage capacity, compared to the Amazon Kindle 3.

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The latter version is capable of connecting via 3G to the Amazon Kindle Store, downloading books and periodicals, and accessing Wikipedia.

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Amazon Kindle announced in March 2012 that the device would be available in the UK, Germany, France, Spain and Italy on April 27,2012.

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The Amazon Kindle has a black bezel, differing from the Amazon Kindle 4 which was available in silver-grey, and has better display contrast.

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The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite lacks physical buttons for page turning and does not perform auto-hyphenation.

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The official Amazon Kindle leather cover for the Paperwhite 2 is the same item as was used for the original Paperwhite.

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Amazon Kindle Voyage was released on November 4,2014, in the US It has a 6-inch, 300 ppi E Ink Carta HD display, which was the highest resolution and contrast available in e-readers, as of 2014, with six LEDs with an adaptive light sensor that can automatically illuminate the screen depending on the environment.

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Third-iteration Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, marketed as the "All-New Amazon Kindle Paperwhite" and colloquially referred to as the Paperwhite 3 and Paperwhite 2015, was released on June 30,2015, in the US.

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Paperwhite 3 is the first e-reader to include the Bookerly font, a new font designed by Amazon Kindle, and includes updated formatting functions such as hyphenation and improved spacing.

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The official Amazon Kindle leather cover for the Paperwhite 3 is the same item as was used with the previous two Paperwhite devices.

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On June 30,2016, Amazon Kindle released a white version of the Paperwhite 3 worldwide; the only thing different about this version is the color of the shell.

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Amazon's upgrade of the standard Kindle was released on June 22,2016, in both black and white colors.

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The Amazon Kindle 8 is the first Amazon Kindle to use Bluetooth that can support VoiceView screen reader software for the visually impaired.

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Amazon released the second-iteration Kindle Oasis, marketed as the "All-New Kindle Oasis" and colloquially referred to as the Oasis 2, on October 31,2017.

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The Oasis 2 is the first Amazon Kindle to be IPX8 rated so it is water-resistant up to two meters for up to 60 minutes, and first to be able to change the background black and the text to white.

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Amazon Kindle has stated that some Qi chargers are incompatible and recommends using an Amazon Kindle charging dock.

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In May 2016, Amazon released the official Kindle Audio Adapter for reading e-books aloud via a text-to-speech system for the blind and visually impaired.

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Amazon Kindle contains experimental features such a web browser that uses NetFront based on WebKit.

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Amazon Kindle's operating system updates are designed to be received wirelessly and installed automatically during a period in sleep mode in which Wi-Fi is turned on.

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The Amazon Kindle operating system uses the Linux kernel with a Java app for reading e-books.

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The Amazon Kindle 2 added the ability to play the Audible Enhanced format.

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In late April 2022, Amazon announced that Send-to-Kindle will support EPUB, beginning in late 2022.

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On July 18,2011, Amazon began a program that allows college students to rent Kindle textbooks from three different publishers for a fixed period of time.

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Content for the Kindle can be purchased online and downloaded wirelessly in some countries, using either standard Wi-Fi or Amazon's 3G "Whispernet" network.

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In 2013, Amazon has expressed no interest in releasing a separate Kindle application for Linux systems; the Cloud Reader can be used on supported browsers in Linux.

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In June 2016, Amazon released the Page Flip feature to its Kindle applications that debuted on its e-readers a few years previously.

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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.

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On January 21,2010, Amazon announced the release of its Kindle Development Kit.

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In October 2014, Amazon announced that the Voyage and future e-readers would not support active content because most users prefer to use apps on their smartphones and tablets, but the Paperwhite first-iteration and earlier Kindles would continue to support active content.

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In January 2011, Amazon announced that digital books were outselling their traditional print counterparts for the first time ever on its site, with an average of 115 Kindle editions being sold for every 100 paperback editions.

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In December 2011, Amazon announced that customers had purchased "well over" one million Kindles per week since the end of November 2011; this includes all available Kindle models and the Kindle Fire tablet.

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On July 17,2009, Amazon Kindle withdrew from sale two e-books by George Orwell, Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four, refunding the purchase price to those who had bought them, and remotely deleted these titles from purchasers' devices without warning using a backdoor after discovering that the publisher lacked rights to publish these books.

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Bruguier argued that Amazon Kindle had violated its terms of service by remotely deleting the copy of Nineteen Eighty-Four he purchased, in the process preventing him from accessing annotations he had written.

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On September 4,2009, Amazon Kindle offered all affected users a choice of restoring of the deleted e-books or receiving an Amazon Kindle gift certificate or check for $US30.

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In December 2010, Amazon Kindle removed three e-books written by Selena Kitt, along with works by several other self-published erotic fiction authors, for "offensive" content regarding consensual incest that violated Amazon Kindle's publishing guidelines.

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Kitt stated her opinion this Amazon Kindle policy was selectively applied to some books but not others that feature similar themes.

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For what Amazon Kindle describes as "a brief period of time", the books were unavailable for redownload by users who had already purchased them.

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In October 2012, Amazon suspended the account of a Norwegian woman who purchased her Kindle in the United Kingdom, and the company deleted every e-book on her Kindle.

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Amazon Kindle claimed that she had violated their terms of service but did not specify what she had done wrong.

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Computer programmer Richard Stallman criticized the Kindle, citing Kindle terms of service which can censor users, which require the user's identification, and that can have a negative effect on independent book distributors; he cited reported restrictions on Kindle users, as well the ability for Amazon to delete e-books and update software without the users' permission.

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Since 2012, Amazon has sold e-books in China and later began selling the Kindle e-book readers from 2013 onwards.

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In 2022, Amazon announced it had stopped selling its Kindles to distributors in China and stated the online bookstore service would shut down in China on June 30,2023.

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Only the Amazon Kindle 10 had remained available for sale while other models like the Paperwhite, Oasis and Kids Edition had become out of stock.

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In June 2022, Amazon announced that it will shut down its Kindle bookstore in China and starting July 2023 Kindle users can no longer purchase online books in the country.

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