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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...
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...
Sony went on quite the rampage at IFA 2011, announcing a full suite of new products. One of those is Sony's new eReader, the world's lightest in the 6" form factor. It's called, quite simply, the Reader Wi-Fi (PRS-T1). It weighs in at under 6 ounces and utilizes a 6" E-Ink Pearl V220 touch screen. It'll ship in black, red or white, and it will also be the first eReader to offer wireless connectivity to the public library system in the US and Canada via a dedicated icon on the device to allow easy and convenient borrowing of free e-books with a valid library card. Readers can access and download... Read more...
Amazon introduced a cheaper, ad-supported Kindle a few months back, but now it looks like things are being taken next-level. AT&T just announced that they'll be sponsoring the Kindle 3G. Evidently, people don't really seem to mind having ads on their Kindle in exchange for up-front savings. With this one, Amazon takes care of the monthly 3G billing (meaning it's free for you), and thanks to AT&T's sponsorship, the Kindle 3G with Special Offers will sell for $139. That's a $50 price cut from the standard $189 Kindle 3G. What's wild is that global 3G is included as well, so you can use this... Read more...
Not sold on the Kindle? If you're head over heels for the Kobo eReader Touch Edition, there's actually a good bit of good news to share. The company's continuing the update process surrounding the device, with a new v1.9.5 firmware update that allows substantial customization with new font, margin and layout options.  Below are highlights of the updates: * Personalize Your Reading Experience by Adding New Fonts: The new firmware allows users to add their own fonts easily and quickly for total personalization.  Simply create a new Font directory on the Touch Edition using your laptop,... Read more...
Ever seen one of those television commercials that convinces you that you'll be getting something "valued at" some absurdly high price. This isn't exactly one of those cases, but in a way, it's a lot like that. Barnes & Noble has just revealed that customers who bring their "old eReader" to a B&N store and "upgrade" to a NOOK will get 30 free NOOK Books. And those, apparently, are worth $315. We suspect that the values are being tweaked a bit here to benefit the cause, but it's still a tempting offer. Kindle owners who have been looking for a good reason to try the NOOK may be enticed,... Read more...
Yet another punch is being thrown in the e-reader war. With Kobo and B&N both launching new e-readers this week, Amazon just had to step in with news of their own. And they did. The company introduced an ad-supported version of the 3G Kindle, a $164 version that costs $25 less than the non-ad-supported variant. It still includes free 3G wireless in the U.S., and the form factor has remained the same, but you'll be saving the $25 in exchange for having a few ads dotted about the user experience. This follows the launch of the Wi-Fi ad-supported Kindle earlier in the month, which also launched... Read more...
On the same day that Microsoft introduced a ton of new features within the upcoming "Mango" build of Windows Phone 7, Barnes & Noble introduced something of their own: an all-new NOOK. It's a new touch-sensitive reader with improved battery life (up to 2 months on a single charge), an ultra-light frame, full touchscreen, a 6" E Ink Pearl Display, and optimized display performance that offers 80% less flashing. It comes equipped with Wi-Fi, and offers 50% more contrast than a 1st edition NOOK. It weighs just 7.48oz., and is 35% lighter and 15% thinner than the original. It'll hold up to 1,000... Read more...
Amazon and Barnes & Noble may be the current e-reader kings, but that doesn't mean that there's no room for rivals. Kobo has been giving them a (small) run for their money for years now, and today they've launched the Kobo eReader Touch Edition. This new device touts a new "Real Touch" experience, a new design, built-in Wi-Fi, and it's also the company's first international eReader, available in six languages. Starting today, the new Kobo eReader Touch Edition will be available for pre-order at leading retailers across North America including Indigo (www.indigo.ca), Best Buy (www.bestbuy.ca),... Read more...
There's no question that Barnes & Noble is just grasping for some press here, but hey, one million isn't anything to scoff at! The company has just reaching one million NOOK Apps downloads by NOOK Color customers, with the milestone being reached a week after NOOK App shopping was made available to all Color customers. Of course, Angry Birds is in there, along with a host of other popular apps, and we'd love to know what percentage of those downloads were related to the Birds. One thing to keep in mind is that all NOOK Apps are optimized for the NOOK Color's 7" touchscreen, and yes, the top... Read more...
Guess where you can find a Kindle now? Wal-mart! While Amazon sold their famed e-reader for years without any retail prescence, that has changed recently. Now, Wally World will be stocking the Kobo Wireless Reader, the NOOK and the Kindle, giving digital readers plenty of choice should they wander into a store. This is obviously a huge move for Amazon. Getting the Kindle into retail outlets will move the reader into the view of even more consumers, and sales are almost certainly going to bounce up because of it. The Kindle has been around a long time now, and while it may be maturing from a product... Read more...
The world of e-readers has grown tremendously in recent years, and there's a reason: people love them, and the Kindle and NOOK have led the charge. But a lot of smaller companies have cropped up as well, offering cheaper alternatives for those unconcerned with brand name or certain luxury features. The Kobo Wireless Reader is one of those units, and a cheaper alternative to the Kindle just got even cheaper. The Onyx version of the Kobo Wireless Reader will be available on Mother's Day for just $99 at Best Buy, and consumers can also get that price online. Kobo’s VP of business development... Read more...
We understand that a lot has happened since 2009, but if you remember the QUE e-reader that never actually shipped, this is the company that just received $700 million. Let's back up a bit, first. Plastic Logic was an up and coming company with loads of promise, and the QUE e-reader was particularly impressive. It looked unlike anything else out there at the time, and the UI was just stunning. If any new reader had a real chance to topple the Kindle and Nook, this was it. Eventually, the QUE was canceled, and Plastic Logic fell on hard times when it came to financing. But it's pretty obvious that... Read more...
One of the Nook's claim to fame when it launched was that you could lend books that you purchased to other Nook users for up to two weeks. In a way, it was just like owning a real book, which you can obviously lend to someone at will. Amazon's Kindle couldn't do that, but a new year represents the turning of a new leaf. The company has just revealed that a new lending feature has become active for Kindle users, and the terms are pretty much the same as what users are familiar with on the Nook. But there's a big catch: not all books are supported. According to Amazon, only select eligible e-books... Read more...
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