How long before Kindles are free? Not long now…

Paying for your Kindle? That’s so 2011. It’s just a hunch at the moment, but I think that it won’t be too long before you can pick up a basic Kindle for free. Well the hardware will be free anyhow funded by the subscription you pay to a publisher or vouchers for books/films/music etc

In fact it is kind of already happening. Walbllog has this story http://wallblog.co.uk/2012/01/09/free-e-readers-with-a-subscription-to-the-ny… on how you can now get a free Nook (the Barnes & Noble Kindle rival) if you subscribe to the digital edition of the New York Times.

Customers who purchase a one-year Nook subscription to The New York Times at $19.99 a month will receive a top-rated Nook Simple Touch for free (usually $99) or a 7 inch Nook Color for just $99 (usually $199).

Of course Amazon is in a much stronger position with the Kindle than B&N are with the Nook, and to start giving away ereaders for nothing won’t go down well with the millions who paid cash for them this Christmas. However surely it is a matter of time now before we see deals like this dropping all over the place.

Spend £100 on ebooks and get a free Kindle, or a Kindle Fire for £100. It can’t be too far away.

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Tech Digest and Shiny Shiny break traffic records in December

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Happy New Year everyone. I hope 2012 is as great as it looks it might be.

Shiny Media ended 2011 on a very big high. Tech Digest’s traffic was amazing smashing its previous best figure for page impressions by over 200,000.

Meanwhile Shiny Shiny posted its best traffic figures for three years.

Shiny also ended the year by launching Connectedhealthstore.com an innovative new site which looks at the burgeoning digital health market.