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Amazon’s Kindle Owners Lending Library Tops 100,000 Titles

Last month, Amazon justified readers with more reasons to pay $79 a year for an Amazon Prime Subscription. The company announced that its Kindle Lending Library has topped more than 100,000 titles.

The Kindle Lending Library is available on a Kindle device for Amazon Prime subscribers. It allows the users to borrow up to one book for free per month from its catalog without any due date. Amazon informed that the choices has grown more than 20 times since it was launched in November 2011 with around 5,000 titles. The organization also bragged that over a third of the top 20 Kindle Best Sellers and more than 100 New York Times best-sellers are available in the library, such as Nobody by Creston Mapes, The Walk by Lee Goldberg, and Abducted by Theresa Ragan.

At launch, the Kindle Lending Library only involved selections from larger publishing houses, but in December, it extended the program to self-published books from Kindle Direct Publishing. Amazon said users have borrowed more than a million of these titles from independent authors.

Amazon allows self-published authors to submit anything from a single book to an entire series. Those that have participated in the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library have earned a total of $1.8 million from the KDP royalty fund, Amazon said.

For more on Amazon’s Kindle devices, see PCMag’s full reviews of the Amazon Kindle Fire (slideshow below), Amazon Kindle Touch 3G, and the original Amazon Kindle, now available for $79.

Source: pcmag

Nokia’s 41MP 808 PureView wins best-in-show at Mobile World Congress

The 41-megapixel camera on Nokia’s 808 PureView not only astounded the audience at the Mobile World Congress this week, it also landed Nokia the “Best New Mobile Handset, Device or Tablet at Mobile World Congress 2012” award.

A committee of judges opted the PureView as their top device of the show–likely not just because it is a smartphone everyone will choose for (it’s still running a dated OS), but it is because it is the only device to truly surprise us at Mobile World Congress. HTC’s One series phone was close in competition. Other devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 and Asus PadFone, were also on the short-list for the award.

Nokia EVP of smart devices Jo Harlow said to the Nokia Conversations blog,

It’s a fantastic award because it signifies that consumer experience counts.It’s about tech, but it’s about how tech is used to make a consumer have a fantastic experience. … These are first signals that we are executing against our strategy.That we’re back. That we’re bringing great products to our consumers — and that this is just the beginning. There’s lot more to come.

The PureView camera technology on the Nokia 808 is more than just hype. A Nokia engineer explained to us how the camera gets such killer shots, and the company has also put some excellent sample shots online at Flickr.

Thankfully, Nokia has said it intends to bring the PureView technology to future phones, so you can expect to see killer cameras in some Windows Phone devices from Nokia within the next few years.

source: venturebeat

Samsung’s Galaxy S III may rock a 4.8″ screen, ceramic back

At this point, Samsung’s Galaxy S III is beginning to feel like the next iPhone — at least when it comes to rumors. The recent report categorizes the mobile with a 4.8- inch screen, comparatively 0.2 inches larger than Google’s Galaxy Nexus. It do features a luxurious ceramic back, the sources states the mobile site Boy Genius Report. The mega size screen will be much flabbergasting, especially given how much Samsung is trying to push the 5.3 inch Galaxy Note as a smartphone. And the addition of better rear material would certainly help to improve Samsung’s building quality.

Samsung’s Galaxy S line has acquired more fans since it was launched initially, inspite of its flimsiness and plasticky. Even the Samsung-built Galaxy Nexus suffers from cheap feeling plastic rear. A ceramic back would feel better in the hand and be more durable than plastic. This is give a entire different look for Samsung, in a way to differentiate the Galaxy S III from Apple’s all-glass iPhone 4(S) design. At this point, the Galaxy S III is expected to sport a quad-core processor (a given, after all the quad-core phones at Mobile World Congress), better cameras, and may end up being just 7 millimeters thick. BGR also reports that the Galaxy S III may launch in over 50 markets simultaneously, which echoes HTC’s goal to launch its new HTC One phones worldwide in April.

source: venturebeat