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Amazon finally gets serious about the UK Kindle

Amazon finally gets serious about the UK Kindle

After years of pretty much ignoring the United Kingdom e-book market and then the half-hearted attempt with "allowing" UK shoppers to buy a Kindle in the UK, Amazon is now finally taking things seriously with 2 revamped versions of the Kindle for the UK market.

Offering a complete make-over, 21% smaller and 15% lighter, the new UK Kindle offers double the storage and 20% faster page turns and 50% better screen contrast with more atractive price points of £149 for the 3G version and £109 for the wifi only version.  For the 3G versions, "Free" wireless 3G will be supplied by Vodafone.

I Can't help but wondering if a little ...

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written by Ant on Thursday 29th July 2010
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US Amazon e-book sales exceed hardback

The inevitable march of the e-book continues apace with the news this week that in the US on Amazon.com, sales for e-books have outpaced those of hardback novels and the growth of e-book sales is increasing.

In a statement Amazon US said:

"over the past three months, for every 100 hardcover books Amazon.com has sold, it has sold 143 Kindle books."

At first glance this sounds pretty impressive but this is just marked against hardback books, which are in some cases considerably more expensive than the e-book equivent and the paperback format. I believe that part of this success is due to the increasing reccomended retail price of the average hardback book. When combined with a reduction in the cost to...

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written by Ant on Monday 26th July 2010
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South Arfrica's greatest export to visit UK

South Africa's greatest export (in our opinion) Lauren Beukes, hit the literary scene last year with the an ultra-smart urban science fiction novel Moxyland which showed a grim vision of a near future Cape-town. Moxyland recieved critical acclaim when first launched by Angry Robot Books in July 2009 and has been nominated for a number of awards.

This year sees the launch of her second novel, again published by the hotest newly independant publisher of scifi and fantasy - Angry Robot Books. Zoo City is released on the 1st September 2010 and Lauren Beukes is making a special trip to London in good old blighty as a very special guest of the British Science Fiction Association (BSFA) on this next Wednesday evening (28th July 2010) , she will be performing a short reading, followed b...

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written by Ant on Saturday 24th July 2010
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Titan Books site Launch

Titan Books site Launch

The 19th July 2010 marks the launch of the new website Titan Books by the distinguished publisher of Books specialises in high quality film, TV and music tie-ins, illustrated books, fiction and graphic novels.

The new site has been created by one of the UK's principal digital agencies - Zone (Penguin, Film Four and The Economist).

Featuring up to the minute news on Titan's much loved brands including The Simpsons, Supernatural, Batman, Kick-Ass and Star Wars, the site promises to be that little bit special.

Other features include exlusive interviews with artists and authors, (including...

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written by Ant on Friday 16th July 2010
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The Search for ET continues

We are all Aliens...

This Tuesday (6th July) was the 63rd anniversary of the Roswell UFO incident and even those with no interest or knowledge of UFO's or aliens have heard of Roswell, 6th July 1947. The story goes that a UFO crashed in the desert around Roswell and that the American military recovered parts of the spaceship and also alien bodies, which they performed autopsies on.

The military later called a press conference where they released photo's of a few officers holding onto what appears to be silver foil and wood, parts of a crashed military balloon. Many believe that this was a cover-up and most witness accounts tell a very different story. This controversy has continued...

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written by Ant on Friday 9th July 2010
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Tom Tom signs up Yoda

Back in May we mentioned that Tom Tom has signed up the evil Sith lord Darth Vader to voice their in car GPS systems. This month it's the turn of the 900 year old Jedi Master Yoda. Again the recording video is seriously funny stuff, check it out:

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written by Ant on Thursday 8th July 2010
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Ira Nayman wins the 2010 Swift Satire Competition

Ira Nayman wins the 2010 Swift Satire Competition

Ira Nayman, the Canadian author and journalist has won first place in the 2010 Swift Satire Competition. The winning entry was a poem set in images called "Love Amid the Construction" and featured a couple who can only find sexual satisfaction on construction sites. Can their love survive a slow-down in construction brought on by the economic downturn?

"Love Amid the Construction" will shortly be posted to the Swift Sati...

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written by Ant on Sunday 4th July 2010