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This will probably raise red flags across the publishing industry, but it is certainly a coup for Amazon.com and its Kindle e-book reader. Steven Covey is Amazon.com's 13th-highest top-selling author overall, and Amazon.com now has "electronic exclusivity" to two of his best-sellers.The e-book versions of Stephen Covey's bestselling books, "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" and "Principle-Centered Leadership," are now available exclusively (for a year) in the Amazon Kindle Store. They are both available for $7.99.In doing so, Covey has moved the rights of the electronic versions of those books from his traditional publisher, Simon & Shuster, to RosettaBooks. The move is bound to be... Read more...
According to a report in the New York Times, Google has its sights trained squarely on the e-book market. This move would pit Google against Amazon.com, which has a big head start in the e-book market with the versions it sells for its Kindle device (pictured below). The report stated that Google had discussions with publishers at the annual BookExpo convention in New York over the weekend. Publishers might be happier with Google's pricing structure than with Amazon.com's. Amazon allows publishers set wholesale prices but then sets its own prices for consumers. Amazon sells Kindle editions of most new best sellers for $9.99, far lower than the typical $20+ at which publishers sell new hardcovers.... Read more...
Will there come a point in the near future when physical books printed on paper will be regarded as little more than an anachronism? The growing popularity of e-book platforms, such as the new Amazon Kindle 2, as well as the recent transformation of several tech magazines from physical magazine publishers to exclusively online-only entities, might be harbingers of a new era. And with today's announcement that several major book publishers will be making some of their content, such as entire novels, available for free on Scribd, "the world's largest social publishing website," another potential nail might have just be driven into the physical book-publishing world's coffin.Scribd is essentially... Read more...
Barnes & Noble appears to be making another attempt at running an e-book store, having purchased Fictionwise.com for $15.7 million. The cash deal is part of Barnes & Noble’s plan to launch its own e-book store later this year. This will be the second attempt for Barnes & Noble at selling e-books. In 2000, Barnes & Noble and Microsoft teamed up to launch an e-book store using Microsoft Reader software. Three years and at least $20 million after the launch, however, Barnes & Noble discontinued the sale of e-books. At the time, the company didn’t disclose specific reasons for stopping its e-book efforts, but a Nielsen/NetRatings analyst speculated that sales had been minimal.... Read more...
ASUS Receives World's First EU Flower Eco Certification for Computers Awarding of EU Flower Certification to N Series Notebooks Bears Testament to ASUS’ Unwavering Commitment to Preserving the Environment Taipei, Taiwan, November 22, 2008 – ASUS, a company that is as committed to environmental conservation as it is to innovation and quality, yesterday saw its sustainable computing efforts rewarded with the conferring of the world’s first EU Flower Eco Award for computers on its N50, N80, N20, and N10 notebooks. This achievement validates the eco-friendliness of ASUS’ N Series notebooks, which had already been honored with prestigious EPEAT (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool) Gold... Read more...
Acer Leads the Industry with the Introduction of the First Wireless 4G WiMAX-Enabled Notebooks for the U.S. MarketAspire 4930-6862 and Aspire 6930-6771 unveiled at first U.S. WiMAX network launch in Baltimore SAN JOSE, Calif. and BALTIMORE -- Acer America, part of the world’s third largest PC company (source: Gartner data, 2Q 2008), today unveiled its first WiMAX-enabled notebooks – Aspire 4930-6862 and Aspire 6930-6771 – in support of the nation’s first U.S. WiMAX wireless broadband network launched by XOHM in Baltimore. Demonstrating the company’s focus on delivering innovative technology solutions, the Aspire 4930-6862 and Aspire 6930-6771 are WiMAX-enabled Intel® Centrino 2-based notebooks... Read more...
Sony has been dealing with the fallout from overheating batteries for a couple of years now, so it should be used to the fire drills associated with running damage control on overheating products. That practice should come in handy, as the latest hot potato form Sony is an entire line of overheating laptops. In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Sony has issued a voluntary recall of about 73,000 units of its VAIO TZ-series notebooks that were sold in the U.S. between July 2007 and August 2008. The potentially affected models are:VGN-TZ100 seriesVGN-TZ200 seriesVGN-TZ300 seriesVGN-TZ2000 series Today's press release states:"Hazard: Irregularly positioned wires near the... Read more...
It's becoming increasingly difficult for manufacturers to find new and unique ways to differentiate their products from that of their competitors. With price margins razor thin and many of a system's core components coming from the same suppliers, products in the same categories from different manufacturers tend to offer the same functionality, at the same price, and the products often even look similar to each other. But they might not all smell the same. When we first heard about the new line of scented notebooks from Asus, we were certain that it had to be a hoax. Wrong! Our B.S. detectors were faulty this time around--it turns out that the Asus F6 scented notebooks are, in fact, the real... Read more...
AMD Announces Revolutionary External Graphics Solution for NotebooksPortable ATI XGP™ Technology unlocks notebooks for enthusiast-class desktop graphics performance and true multimedia upgradeabilityComputex, TAIPEI — June 4, 2008 — AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced ATI XGP™ (External Graphics Platform) Technology, a new external PCI Express® (PCIe) 2.0 graphics platform, designed to deliver enthusiast-class desktop graphic performance and true multimedia upgradeability to notebooks. ATI XGP is an exclusive technology that capitalizes on PCIe 2.0 to deliver enthusiast-class graphics via a connected cable to an externally powered and cooled device. This unique innovation delivers... Read more...
WD INTRODUCES NEW FAMILY OF 7200 RPM 2.5-INCH HARD DRIVES FOR FAST NOTEBOOK SYSTEMS AND PORTABLE STORAGE DEVICESNew WD Scorpio® Black Drives Offer up to 320 GB High-performance, Low-power Storage for Space Hungry SystemsLAKE FOREST, Calif. - June 02, 2008 - Western Digital Corp. (NYSE: WDC) today announced it is now shipping its new line of WD Scorpio® Black 7200 RPM 2.5-inch SATA (Serial ATA) hard drives for high-performance notebook computers and portable storage devices. Available in capacities up to 320 GB, WD Scorpio Black hard drives are designed with ruggedness, reliability, and data-protection features that actively monitor and protect valuable data. The WD Scorpio Black family... Read more...
Hypersonic PC Unveils Avenger Notebooks, Their First 12-inch Mobile Solution that Offers High Performance without Sacrificing PortabilitySunnyvale, Calif.—May 22, 2008—OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, components, and system builds, today announced Hypersonic PC is making their solution more mobile than ever. Geared toward the enthusiast who wants their go-anywhere notebook to be powerful, the Avenger AG2 Notebook series feature unparalleled performance in a sleek, colorful, and compact 12-inch size for superb mobility. The AG2 may be small, but packs in the performance and energy-efficiency of Intel® Core™ 2... Read more...
Just yesterday, Dell unveiled some new Art Series Inspiron 1525 notebooks that feature artwork from Mike Ming Designs on theirs lids.  Although the machines hit the Dell website only yesterday, we had a chance to get our hands on a couple of the units and snap off a few pictures.As you can see, the appliques applied to the lids were vibrant.  They also seemed like they'd stand up well to typical daily abuse.  Below are a couple of photos, along with the official press release...     Downtown Art Scene Arrives on Your Laptop with New Mike Ming Designs from Dell Exclusive Dell Inspiron 1525 designs signal new personalization options attuned to youth culture and... Read more...
The continued demand for laptop memory appears to be overshadowing the need for faster graphics memory, at least according to inside sources at unnamed players in the DRAM industry:"Some DRAM makers have started allotting more capacity for commodity DRAM, especially SO-DIMMs for notebooks, the sources said.  Capacity for GDDR has started to strain amid the strategic capacity allocation, they noted.  As DRAM makers are expected to reserve capacity priority for commodity DRAM for 1-2 quarters, a price revision for GDDR is thus likely, they said.  The sources indicated that a price hike is likely to be seen from the second half of May, as some system makers are expected to completely digest their... Read more...
ULTIMATE GAMING NOTEBOOKS: NVIDIA SLI and Dual GeForce 8800M GTX GRAPHICS perfect the GAMERS’ ROAD GAME News Facts: NVIDIA has enabled the ultimate gaming notebooks with the most powerful graphics processing solution available for notebook PCs—a combination of NVIDIA SLITM technology and two NVIDIA GeForce 8800M GTX GPUs.  GeForce 8800M GTX GPUs, the world’s highest performance notebook graphics processors, are designed to deliver the best visual experience for 3D games, HD movies, and GPU-accelerated applications.  NVIDIA SLI technology allows two GPUs to work in tandem in a single notebook (or desktop PC), effectively doubling the available graphics processing capability.  The... Read more...
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