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 has partnered with Conde Nast to manage the magazine publisher's digital and print subscriptions, under a system that directs online subscribers to their Amazon account to order titles. After ordering, digital magazines are available immediately on Amazon's Kindle Fire and on Apple iOS and Google Android tablets and phones. Conde Nast and Amazon will collect and share data from subscribers.
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.