Items tagged with E-reader

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 is an upward bias, particularly from the new 7- and 9-inch models, which we expect to launch in mid-2012,"... 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. Image credit: techcrunch The BookPlace DB50 is designed to sync with the BookPlace store, which offers... 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, note taking, search and an advanced set of features including: Instant Definitions: Select any... 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 as we can get. "We are excited to announce “'end to Kindle' for PC, adding another convenient... 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 are now illegally obtained, presenting a growing problem for publishers, as well as Amazon,... 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 Kindle Fire is the best selling, most gifted, and most wished for product across the millions of... 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 for the much-anticipated Steve Jobs' exclusive biography, a full one-month before any other Korean... 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 information. Other than that, B&N isn't saying what it has up its sleeve, and there aren't any... Read more...
The Kindle Fire wasn't the only new product to launch during this week's Amazonfest. The company went all-out by introducing a whole slew of new products, including a $79 keyboard-less Kindle, a touchscreen-based Kindle and a renamed "Kindle Keyboard," with a lower-than-ever-before $99 starting price point. In a nutshell, Amazon finally pushed the price points on their e-readers down to a point where many folks may consider picking one up just to have one, even if they don't have a serious need for an e-reader at the moment. Impulse buys, and all that jazz. The new bottom-end Kindle lacks a keyboard, but starts at just $79 for the ad-supported model. If you need a bit more, the new Kindle Touch... 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 over 2.5 million titles via a Wi-Fi connection from Reader Store or shop from a wide range of bookstores... Read more...
A new lawsuit filed today by the law firm of Hagens, Berman, Sobol, and Shapiro alleges that a group of publishers including the Hatchette Book Group, HarperCollins, MacMillan, Penguin, and Simon & Schuster collaborated with Apple over several years to break Amazon's e-book pricing structure. The allegations are interesting in that they suggest formal cooperation between the various publishers and Apple, rather than painting the events of several years ago as the free market's solution to Amazon's attempt to dominate the market. The Price of Digital Ink Amazon's initial policy in the wake of the first-generation Kindle's enormous success was to set a flat $9.99 rate for the majority of new... Read more...
Amazon's Kindle eBook reader is only a few price cuts away from being a totally free device (slight exaggeration). The latest deal isn't a straight up price cut, per se, but an attractive offer on a refurbished model. Available now via Amazon's Warehouse Deals portal, the online retailer is selling its popular third generation Wi-Fi Kindle for $99 in refurbished form. From what we can tell, the refurbished Kindle is the regular version, not the one with Special Offers (read: ad-enabled), which makes this a killer deal, provided you have no qualms owning refurbished hardware. It ships with the USB cable only, is factory sealed, and does "not meet Amazon.com's rigorous standards as 'new'" for one... Read more...
iRiver's Story HD e-reader isn't the newest e-reader on the block; it's been around, as they say. But starting on July 17, it will be available for sale in Target stores nationwide and on Target.com, and more importantly, it will become the first e-reader integrated with the open Google eBooks platform, through which you can buy and read Google eBooks over Wi-Fi. It retails for just $139.99, which is a song compared to competing readers. It includes over-the-air access to hundreds of thousands of Google eBooks for sale and more than 3 million for free. With the Story HD you can now browse, buy and read Google eBooks with your e-reader through Wi-Fi, rather than downloading and transferring them... 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, and folks who purchased a super-cheap eReader from the start now have a great opportunity to snag a... Read more...
Has the e-reading revolution reached its natural end? Hard to say at this point, but the Kindle still feels as hot as ever, and the NOOK isn't doing too bad for itself, either. According to a new study, over 1 in 10 U.S. households has at least one e-reading device. That's actually fairly substantial. It's obviously nowhere near the amount of TVs or PCs hanging around, but for a product segment that really only hit the mainstream a few years ago, that's some serious traction. According to the survey, which was conducted in April and May by the Pew Internet and American Life Project, that number is 3x the number of households that owned an e-reader just a year ago. Despite economic hardships,... Read more...
Facts are facts: it's hard to rival the Kindle. Amazon's e-reader is a monolith, and even the Nook family from Barnes & Noble is having a tough time competing. But that doesn't mean that no competition exists. Kobo has just announced that their eReader Touch Edition is now available across the U.S. and Cada, and for a reasonable rate, too. It's $129.99 USD and $139.99 CDN, offering a new design, touch support and a choice of colors (black, lilac, blue and silver). As with some other high-profile reader/tablet out there, there's just a single home button to mess with, and there's also Infrared touch technology, a flicker-free touch screen experience, a 6" E Ink display, one-month of battery... Read more...
In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and a Half Geeks Dave, Iyaz and Marco discuss Micron's blisteringly fast PCIe RealSSD P320h, Microsoft's revamped Windows 8 UI demo, the Pandigital Novel 7 eReader and tablet, HP's Elitebook 8560p and exciting details regarding our "Dads and Grads" Gaming Rig Give-Away! Show Notes: 01:12 - Micron Demos PCIe RealSSD P320h, Achieves Over 3GB/s Of Sustained Throughput 06:08 - Microsoft Demos Revamped Windows 8 UI, Reveals More OS Details 09:42 - Pandigital Novel 7" Android Tablet & eReader Review 14:51 - Hewlett Packard EliteBook 8560p Notebook Review 19:45 - HotHardware's "Dads and Grads" Gaming Rig Give-Away!... Read more...
Earlier this year, Pandigital announced a firmware upgrade for its 7-inch Pandigital Novel line of products that transformed the eReaders into full Android tablets. Although the Pandigital Multimedia Novel 7-inch Android tablet doesn't have the same powerful processor or specs as some of the other tablets we've reviewed recently, its low price ($199.99 MSRP, street prices as low as $140 at the time of this writing), will certainly capture the attention of users who are looking for an eReader with added functionality for an affordable price... Pandigital Novel 7" Android Tablet & eReader Review... Read more...
Earlier this year, Pandigital announced a firmware upgrade for its 7-inch Pandigital Novel line of products that transformed the eReaders into full Android tablets. Although the Pandigital Multimedia Novel 7-inch Android tablet doesn't have the same powerful processor or specs as some of the other tablets we've reviewed recently, its low price ($199.99 MSRP, street prices as low as $140 at the time of this writing), will certainly capture the attention of users who are looking for an eReader with added functionality for an affordable price. Tablets are HOT right now, though not everyone can afford a $500+ Apple iPad, Motorola Xoom, or other high-end tablet. With the Pandigital Novel 7-inch tablet,... Read more...
Is tablet publishing really the future for publishers? It's still pretty early to say for sure, but there's no question that it's having an impact. Zinio is a major player when it comes to distribution, and now they'll be making it easier for end-users to get digital mags on Android. The company this week announced that their delivery app was now available for Android 3.0 tablets, with "thousands" of magazines being available on the handful of Honeycomb tablets scattered across the market today. At launch, more than 20,000 magazines will be available through Zinio on Android devices spanning select 2.2, 2.3 and all 3.0 Honeycomb versions, including Motorola Xoom, LG Optimus Pad, Acer Iconia Tab... 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 with a $25 savings. So, are you enticed by such offers, or will you pony up the extra for an ad-free... Read more...
Do we really need two more eReaders to choose from? Oh, of course we do! Competition's good for the soul, and Aluratek is bringing just that with the addition of the Libre Air and Libre Touch. The company has just announced two new Wi-Fi eReaders into their Libre lineup, with both of them shipping now, providing 100 free eBooks and boasting MP3 / Photo support. The Air ($119) has a 5" reflective light LCD with e-paper technology, and the absence of a backlight should make it easier on the eyes while increasing battery life. The Touch ($149), steps up to a 7" color LCD, which is more akin to a full-on tablet. In fact, it's a lot like a basic tablet. It has a 16GB microSD card and a full web browser,... Read more...
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