Amazon has rolled out a line of personalized Kindle accessories in time for the holidays, allowing users to customize device covers with photos or graphics. For no additional cost, customers can use their photo or access an image from Amazon's library to design a cover for Kindle Fire tablets and Kindle Paperwhite or Touch e-readers.
Amazon has launched Matchmaker, which offers Kindle users a discounted audio version of e-books they have purchased. Buyers can listen on mobile devices using the Audible application. Amazon's Whispersync technology lets users listen to a book, then read the e-book where they left off.
Amazon began selling Kindle e-readers and e-books on its websites in Italy and Spain, with tens of thousands of titles in Spanish and Italian. Combined, the stores boast 900,000 works in multiple languages, the company said.
Kobo will launch the $99 Kobo Touch With Offers in time for the holidays. The ad-supported e-reader aims to compete with Amazon's Kindle Touch With Special Offers and Barnes & Noble's Nook Simple Touch, which also cost $99.