Amazon’s new ‘Send to Kindle…’ option

Amazon has made available new Send to Kindle desktop Windows software. It works a lot like Instapaper, but can send any file found via your Windows Explorer.

PDF features in the banner (above), but I’ve not yet seen how badly it mangles PDFs on conversion. Possibly Amazon may not try to covert at all, but rather just send PDFs ‘as found’?

You also get a ‘Send to Kindle…’ option in all “Print” dialogues, including that of your Web browser.

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Consumer Attitudes Toward E-Book Reading

A major new study, Consumer Attitudes Toward E-Book Reading. Four take-away facts…

* Market share for ebooks was 16% at the end of summer 2011.

* 51% of ebook buyers don’t buy direct from their ereader device. My guess would be that this is because a good 50% of users simply can’t figure out how to wrangle the setup of the wireless connection to their wi-fi router.

* eReader owners spend more annually on books after they get their device.

* Academic and technical books are twice as likely to be purchased for an iPad as for a Kindle.

Kindle format 8 released

The new Kindle Format 8 is here, for ebook developers and authors…

“offering a wide range of new features and enhancements – including HTML5 and CSS3 support publishers can use to format all types of books. Many of the formatting features available in word processing programs like Microsoft Word will now appear in your Kindle books, including tables, highlighting, colored text, text wrapped around images, bulleted lists, and more.”

At the moment all this whiz-bang-ery is only for the Kindle Fire tablet. But…

“in the coming months KF8 will be rolled out to our latest generation Kindle e-ink devices as well as our free Kindle reading apps.”

“Lastest generation” sounds annoyingly like the Kindle 3 ereader users won’t get support for it?