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Amazon's third generation Kindle recently launched, and aside from a frame that's a bit thinner, controls that are nicer, the inclusion of games and a slight user interface overhaul, it's the same as the first. The main attraction, the E Ink panel, hasn't changed all that much. It's brighter and sharper now, but it's still E Ink. It still can't display color, and it still has a page refresh that's slow enough for the naked eye to notice. So, the question is: why is E Ink technology evolving so slowly? It's moving so slowly in fact, that some people are just resorting to LCDs to get what they really... Read more...
Last we heard from Pandigital, the company was busy finishing up on a new connected digital photo frame designed to work with AT&T. But that was back at CES, and a lot of time has passed since then. Today, the company is venturing into another product sector, one that's crowded from top to bottom but still expanding rapidly thanks to the tablet revolution that has occurred this year. Yes, we're talking about the e-reader market, and Pandigital is hoping to bypass the need for E-Ink by relying instead on an LCD display. The new Novel e-reader doesn't get nearly the battery life of Amazon's Kindle... Read more...
It's too early to tell if this is the Eee Reader that was hinted about last autumn, but there's little doubt that Asus will be joining the quickly growing e-reader market in the near future. Amazon has started something that is showing no signs of slowing, with Plastic Logic, Spring Design and a host of other companies announcing their intentions to attempt to oust the Kindle as the go-to reader on the market. Reportedly, Asus will be introducing the DR-570 by the end of 2010, but it won't be just another one in the crowd. In fact, it just might be a game-changer. The reader will supposedly have... Read more...
Could the e-reader market possibly be any larger? Evidently so, as the booming sector just keeps booming even louder. For a society that had supposedly given up on this whole "reading" thing, there sure are a lot of companies out there vying for those eyes. While the mainstays in the bunch (Amazon, Sony and Barnes & Noble, for starters) make waves this holiday season, some newcomers are gearing up to make a splash at CES and into the new year. Aluratek is the newest rival to join the fray, and while its e-reader doesn't offer much in the way of sweeping innovation, it's still a decent offering... Read more...
Although Barnes & Noble plans to begin shipping its new $259 wireless Nook ebook reader today as planned, the demand for the product has been so strong that the company won't have any models available in-store for purchase or demonstration purposes until December 7. Originally, the nation's largest bookstore retailer said it would have the Nook in specific high-volume stores on Monday. Mary Ellen Keating, a spokeswoman for Barnes & Noble, explained: "due to high demand, we are prioritizing pre-orders so that those people who ordered before Nov. 20 will receive them for Christmas." Right... Read more...
Think that Amazon's Kindle is worried about the Barnes & Noble Nook or any of the other lesser-known ereaders hitting the market lately? Guess again. Amazon has just announced that its ereader--which is viewed as a pioneer in the sector--has shattered sales records for a single month during November. And this is being calculated prior to Black Friday/Cyber Monday. And it's during a recession.In case you aren't impressed yet, let's take a look at the numbers. The Kindle just lowered its price to $259 and introduced an International version, which has AT&T service and can roam internationally... Read more...
The e-reader revolution is in full swing--no doubt about that. Barnes & Noble, a bookstore, is turning on the pages that have kept its doors open for decades in order to sell its very own e-book reader, not to mention a Plastic Logic reader right beside it (QUE proReader). But are people really ready to start reading again? Seems that way.According to a report originating in the UK, library membership may be back on the incline now that some are offering e-books. For years now, membership at libraries has been sinking. Think about it--when's the last time your sauntered down to the local library... Read more...
Can it be? Another e-reader? Yep, afraid so. But we have to say, we're loving the variety and the competition that's surfacing long after the Kindle wrapped the market around its finger, and the all-new QUE proReader is far from traditional. In fact, it's aimed at a different market entirely than the Nook or Kindle, which are both aimed at general consumers.The proReader is aimed specifically at business users, with a size of 8.5" x 11", unlike most of the personal readers which are around 6" diagonally. The big news today, however, is that the Plastic Logic QUE proReader will be sold in Barnes... Read more...
Just when you thought the e-reader market couldn't get any wilder, it does. We've got Amazon's Kindle, Sony's Reader, Barnes & Noble's Nook, a host of other smaller devices and now this: the Entourage eDGe. The self-proclaimed "Dualbook" is sort of a e-reader/LCD book in one, with two screens that fold open and shut just like a real book.The interactive device supports doodling, note-taking and highlighting, and it will also let owners send e-mails and instant messages when they're not browsing the Internet. It'll also take pictures, record and play audio/video and--oh yeah--display e-book... Read more...
It's sort of funny. It's as if Asus read In-Stat's latest report before it even hit the presses. Who knows--maybe they did, or maybe they've just got a great pulse on the industry after sitting back and watching the likes of Amazon, Sony and numerous other Asian firms attempt to nail the whole e-book reader thing.The research firm's latest report explains that the e-book market is still growing in the US and around the globe, with the main areas for improvement being longer battery life, Internet connectivity and e-mail. Sounds pretty elementary, but by and large, today's batch of readers only... Read more...
'Tis the season to be upset - upset at Google over privacy, at least.  Actually, it's year-round, and here's yet another.On Dec. 14th, in Google Reader Help and on the Official Google Reader Blog, they posted about a new feature, which, as they put it:The short description of it is this: If any of your friends from Google Talk are using Reader and sharing items, you’ll see them listed in your sidebar under “Friends’ shared items.” Similarly, they’ll be able to see any items you’re sharing. You can hide items from any friend you don’t want to see, and you can also opt out of sharing by removing... Read more...
Amazon is preparing to offer an e-book reader and associated download service on Monday of next week. There's already been several unsuccessful attempts to bring the printed word to portable electronic devices, without the eye-tiring backlit pixels you're looking at right now, for instance.  Unlike other devices, Amazon's "Kindle" reader is concentrating on the method of delivery of the content, not as much on the unit itself. That's a relief, as it explains why the pictures of the prototype Kindle reader I saw looked as elegant as a fax machine in 1988.The Kindle is equipped with a Wi-Fi... Read more...
Google paid $3.1 billion for the online advertising company DoubleClick. Microsoft countered by buying aQuantivefor $6 billion. Wall Street thinks they're crazy.  You and I know that's cheap. Because you and I are doing most  everything online now, and if you want to talk to us, you have to talk on the internet. Why do ad buyers keep pouring money into the old media? Because ad buyers are mostly old. Television, magazines, and newspapers may be hanging on because they are more powerful media for reaching the consumers companies most want to reach. But I suspect they're hanging on for another... Read more...