Items tagged with E-reader

The e-paper universe has largely been dominated by once giant force: E Ink. But there was another player, too. That would be SiPix Technology, and its wholly owned subsidiary SiPix Imaging. The company was founded in 1999, but soon, it won't be operating on its own any longer. E Ink has just agreed to buy shares of SiPix, enhancing its e-paper portfolio and making its stance in the market even stronger. "E Ink is committed to growing the ePaper market and the purchase of SiPix shares is part of our long term growth strategy," said Scott Liu, Chairman of E Ink Holdings. "Our goal is 'E Ink On Every... Read more...
Inconspicuously wedged into a typically tedious Q3 earnings report, Qualcomm mentioned that it was going to license its mirasol display technology and would be commercializing only a few products. Specifically, the quote from the report is as follows: With respect to QMT, we're now focusing on licensing our next-generation mirasol display technology and will directly commercialize only certain mirasol products. We believe that this strategy will better align our updated roadmap with the addressable opportunities. Reportedly, actually manufacturing the mirasol ereader screens is tough to do--The... Read more...
It's been said that patience is a virtue, but in the land of technology, it can also be a money saving tactic for those willing to wait. And wait and wait and wait. In this case, if you've always wanted a Kindle Keyboard Wi-Fi + 3G but couldn't swallow the price tag, with or without the so-called 'Special Offers' price, you're in luck. Daily Steals is selling recertified units for $80 a pop. That's an incredible value and one of the lowest prices we've seen. Yes, it's recertified (from the factory), but it also carries a 90-day warranty and ships in full retail packaging. What's more, this is the... Read more...
Microsoft sure has been making the news quite frequently, and not all of it has to do with Windows or Xbox. This week, the company is announcing a strategic partnership in a new Barnes & Noble subsidiary, which will reportedly "accelerate the transition to e-reading, which is revolutionizing the way people consume, create, share and enjoy digital content." It's interesting to think about this given that Microsoft itself killed a 'Courier' project a few years back that had the chance to eat the Kindle's lunch (let alone the Nook), but now, Microsoft is left to buddy up with companies still in... Read more...
If you had the forethought to pre-order a NOOK Simple Touch with its gently glowing screen for night or day reading, you’re in luck--Barnes and Noble said in a press release that pre-orders are shipping “over the next week”. The caveat? Supplies are limited, but if you pre-order pronto, you can still snag one in time for Mother’s Day. (PSA: Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 13th this year. Don’t forget.) If you’re quick, you might be able to pick one up in a store; they’re coming in limited quantities in early May. The press release also noted that the... Read more...
Barnes & Noble announced a new E Ink Reader that's designed for people who like to read both day and night without disturbing those around them. Using new lighting technology, the NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight makes it easy for someone to read in bed without needing to have a light nearby. The NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight combines the fastest E Ink display with an infrared touchscreen, anti-glare capabilities, and an evenly distributed and adjustable light for reading in the dark. This new NOOK is also the lightest NOOK yet and features a battery that can last for over one month on a... Read more...
Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet continue to sell like hotcakes, assuming hotcakes sell like, well, Kindle Fire devices. The point is Amazon successfully launched a 7-inch competitor to the iPad and all the also-rans in the tablet space, so if you're Amazon, what do you do for a second act? Launch a bigger version, of course. According to Pacific Crest analyst Chad Bartley, Amazon is indeed getting ready to launch a larger size Kindle Fire device, along with a refreshed 7-inch model, All Things D reports. "We are raising our 2012 sales forecasts to 14.9 million from 12.7 million. But we believe there... Read more...
Move over, 7-inch color e-readers, there’s a new guy in town--if you live in Japan, anyway. Toshiba announced a full color 7-inch (1024x600) dedicated e-reader called the BookPlace DB50, which will launch in Japan on February 10th. Word on the street is that it may make its way to U.S. shores at some point, too. Specifications include a 1GHz Freescale i.MX535 processor; 8GB of internal storage; 1GB of RAM; 7.5-hour battery life; 802.11b/g/n WLAN; Bluetooth; and dedicated Home, Menu, Back, Continue, and Volume buttons. There will also be a micro USB port, headphone jack, and a microSD slot.... Read more...
The e-reader game may have its leaders, but the war is far from over. Chegg has just come out of the woodwork in order to launch their new eTextbook Reader, providing students with a cloud-based service to access their eTextbooks on any connected device. Optimized for computers and iPads, Chegg's eTextbook Reader utilizes HTML5 to deliver a highly interactive user experience, offering access to the most relevant textbooks on any connected device. Led by recently acquired engineering team, 3D3R, the eTextbook Reader was created with the student in mind to offer easy navigation, enhanced highlighting,... Read more...
As PC users first and foremost, we can't help but sometimes feel as though we're the red-headed stepchildren of technology (with all due respect to red-headed stepchildren). We're sometimes ignored completely by exclusives that skip the PC platform, and that's why it's so rad to find out Amazon's porting its "Send to Kindle" over to the PC. Ground shaking or otherwise Earth moving? Not exactly. But hey, Amazon's Kindle infrastructure is primarily about its handheld Kindle devices, even though you can read eBooks on your PC via the Web, and we'll take any acknowledgement that PCs are still relevant... Read more...
Digital pirates in search of free reading material are turning to illicit download sites where they can obtain copyrighted eBooks free of charge. The obvious allure for eBook pirates is just like anything else -- free treasure -- but in addition to not having to fork over pieces of eight, pirates are attracted to getting their hands on copies of unreleased books. One of those books is "77 Shadow Street" by Dean Koontz, which is available to order in the U.S. but won't be released in the U.K. until January 19, 2012. According to a report in the U.K.'s Daily Mail, up to 20 percent of all eBook downloads... Read more...
Tis the season to go shopping, for someone else or on yourself, and when it comes to swank hardware electronics, it seems everyone wants a Kindle. According to Amazon, customers are purchasing Kindle devices at a rate of more than 1 million per week, and not just for the past 7 days, but for the third week in a row! It should come as no surprise that Kindle sales have been buoyed by Amazon's recently launched Kindle Fire tablet (see our review here), a comparatively low cost slate built around a heavily customized version of Android and streamlined for Amazon's own content ecosystem. In fact, the... Read more...
Wait, what? Mirasol? On a product? It's true! Qualcomm's fabeled display technology is finally being showcased on a shipping product, the Kyobo-branded e-reader. Unfortunately, it seems to be restricted to South Korea alone for the moment, but at least this serves as proof that Mirasol is more than just a figment of someone's imagination. It's designed specifically to be read and used outdoors, in bright sunlight, and the battery should last for "weeks" in typical usage. The Kyobo e-Reader includes access to Kyobo's 90,000 ebook library, notably including early rights from Korean publisher Minumsa... Read more...
Where there's smoke, there's fire. And where there's Fire, there's Amazon, which is ready to cash in on the tablet frenzy with a $200 Android device of its own. But where's Barnes & Noble? Probably huddled in a board room discussing the upcoming launch of a new Nook device unlike any other, that's where. B&N has begun inviting media and publishing bigwigs to a press event on November 7 (Monday), during which time it's believed the outfit will launch a new tablet device. "Please join us for a very special announcement," is all the invitation reads, along with the date, location, and RSVP... Read more...
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