Items tagged with E-reader

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), Walmart (www.walmart.ca) and Borders (www.borders.com) for an MSRP of $129.99 USD and $139 CAD. It'll... Read more...
E-readers are nothing new. At this point, they're actually kind of old. And for those who have following their progress, you may remember that Microsoft was reportedly working up a "Courier" project that was eventually scraped altogether. But it seems that Microsoft may not have forgotten completely about their e-reader aspirations. While the device seen here is certainly no Courier, this e-reader prototype is definitely a looker. The University of Maryland's Nicholas Chen was seen showcasing this device recently at the CHI conference in Vancouver, and according to him, Microsoft is one of the backers. Now, this doesn't mean that Microsoft has any tangible plans to put this on the market, but... Read more...
Tablet users read too! Right? Barnes & Noble sure thinks so, as the company responsible for the Kindle's most serious competition to date (the NOOK) has just announced an updated version of the free NOOK For Android e-reading application. With the update, customers using 7" or larger tablets can access over 140 NOOK Newsstand titles, and furthermore, they'll enjoy an optimized reading experience designed to take advantage of large and extra large, high-resolution Android tablet screens. The app's available today through the Android Market, V CAST Apps, Samsung Apps, GetJar, and AppsLib, and while Honeycomb tablets are just now starting to hit the market, Android 3.0 devices are certainly... 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 cycle standpoint, getting it into Wal-mart will almost certainly revive the sales (if they're even... 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 Todd Humphrey had this to say: "We’ve seen great success working with Best Buy in Canada and... Read more...
Psst, you over there. Come closer. How would you like a brand new, never opened Kindle for $114? Yes, this is the third-generation Kindle, the letters are all in English, and no, it didn't fall off of a truck. What's that, you're still skeptical? Alright, there is a catch. In order to receive the $25 price break, you have to put up with special offers and ads, but hear Amazon out on this one. Amazon's new "Kindle with Special Offers" is the exactly the same as the regular third-generation eBook reader except that it comes with special offers and sponsored screensavers displayed on the Kindle screensaver and on the bottom of the home screen. Here are some of the special offers Amazon has on tap... Read more...
Plenty of users have rooted their Nook Color eReader with custom firmware in order to gain access to the Android Market and download applications. However, the majority of people have stuck with the official firmware that comes with the device. If you're in the latter camp and have longed for the day when you could download apps to your Nook Color, we have some good news for you. According to the HSN Website, the Nook Color will soon be getting a new app store known as the Nook Store. The HSN site doesn't provide an exact launch date, but it does provide some juicy information about what we can expect sometime in April: Barnes & Noble seems to be avoiding calling the app store the 'Nook App... Read more...
Remember Spring Design's Alex? That was an e-reader that had tons of potential just over a year ago, and today, it's no more. Proving yet again just how difficult it is to compete with giants in the industry such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble, Spring Design has decided that the Alex simply cannot keep up with the competition, and according to a spokeswoman for the company, it's being laid to rest for good. Here's the exact quote: "It's out of stock. It is our understanding that the investor stopped the money." There was no extra information given, but no more money generally means no more product. The Alex had a tough road right from launch. The company was charging $399 for an e-reader, and... Read more...
Pandigital announced a firmware update for its 7-inch Pandigital Novel line of products that will transform the eReaders into full Android tablets. In addition to apps and other typical Android tablet features, users will also get the benefits of additional file compatibility with support for DOC, DOCX, TXT, XLS, XLSX, CSV, PPT and PPTX formats. The software update will also give users an improved ability to shop and access content from Barnes & Noble’s NOOKbook Store. The firmware update is free and available immediately. Pandigital Transforms Its 7-Inch eReaders into Multimedia Open Android Tablets Pandigital Multimedia Novel Now Shipping with Open Architecture for Access to Android... Read more...
Barnes & Noble has released a small, bug significant firmware upgrade for the NOOKcolor. The new firmware fixes some bugs and adds a few new features including the ability to pinch-and-zoom from the Web browser. On its Website, Barnes & Noble provided a brief description for the update: Barnes & Noble is providing a minor update to NOOKcolor firmware that will improve NOOKcolor's Wi-Fi connectivity; improve Home and Shop performance; add the ability to pinch and zoom in browser; enhance the reading experience for magazines and children's books; add a text banner to easily identify NOOK kids Read To Me books; and other general bug fixes and performance improvements. The software update... Read more...
Times may have been tough for the corporate world in 2009, but things are definitely different now that it's 2011. A lot of companies are finishing up their 2010 earnings with Q4 announcements this week, with Amazon having a particularly great outlook. The company managed to score their first $10 billion quarter (talking about sales), with a grand total of $12.95 billion in net sales, representing a 36% leap over Q4 2009. Operating cash flow increased 6% to $3.50 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $3.29 billion for the trailing twelve months ended December 31, 2009. Free cash flow decreased 14% to $2.52 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $2.92 billion for... Read more...
If you ever doubted the importance of digital books, here's something that may change your mind. Amazon's "Singles" have launched today, and it's not a dating service. It's a new form of book, and it could spearhead an all new category of writing. Before the advent of digital reading, writers often had to choose between making their work short enough for a magazine article or long enough to deliver the "heft" required for book marketing and distribution. That's Amazon's words, but we agree. With the launch of Singles, this allows people with shorter texts, generally between 5000 and 30000 words, to publish their work. Amazon is calling for scientists, business leaders, historians, politicians... Read more...
Are you familiar with NOOKnewsstand? If not, you're probably alone based on Barnes & Noble's most recent press release. The company's digital periodical subscription service has apparently been doing quite well, exceeding 650,000 subscriptions and single copy sales in just the first two months. The company claims that this is being driven by NOOKcolor sales, but having over 120 magazine titles in stock can't hurt either. With a dozen new titles, including O, the Oprah Magazine, Food Network Magazine, Martha Stewart Weddings, Guitar World and Consumer Reports ShopSmart;) added within the last month, NOOKnewsstand now features more than 120 top magazine and newspaper brands and offers the fastest-growing... 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 someone believes in the power of plastics. The Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies (RUSNANO)... Read more...
Is it smart to give away the very software that makes your hardware appealing? Hard to say, but Amazon has been doing it for years. The Kindle used to be the only way for consumers to shop for digital books in Amazon's eBookstore, but that soon changed. Amazon created Kindle Apps for smartphone platforms, and most recently, the iPad. This essentially lets any major smartphone (or the iPad) tap into Amazon's eBookstore without first requiring a Kindle. Of course, Amazon takes a cut out of every book that's sold through that store, so it's probably a smart move in the long run. They may lose out on a few Kindle sales, but they'll probably make up for it by putting the Kindle eBookstore into the... Read more...
A lot has changed in a year. At this point in 2010, some of the most anticipated products were e-readers coming from a variety of companies. But then the iPad happened. And consumers began to see that tablets could also be used as readers, albeit with worse battery life and with screens that aren't as viewable in the daylight. This year, there are far fewer e-readers on the docket for release, but iRiver is moving on anyway. The company's 6" Story HD e-reader is a new version of the Story, and the company is hanging their hat on a number of new advancements. The Story HD is called the world's first 6" XGA e-reader, with a full 1024x768 resolution display, representing 63.8% more pixels and faster... 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 are able to be loaned out, and just once for a period of 14 days. At least the owner doesn't have... Read more...
Whatever Amazon can do, Barnes & Noble can do better? There's a definite battle ongoing between these two companies, and as the e-reader war has played out, they have certainly risen to the top. The Kindle and the Nook are the two main e-readers that consumers think about when they think about the sector, and that's the case for a reason. The reason being...they're both selling well. Really well. Amazon recently stated that their Kindle line has outsold the newest Harry Potter release, and now Barnes & Noble has something of their own to brag about.   B&N has officially announced that the Nook line has become the company's biggest bestseller ever, and the Nook line has sold "millions"... Read more...
It seems like Christmas must be a great time to be an Amazon shareholder. Last December, the company broke all kinds of sales records at this point in the year. And this year, they're celebrating again. The newest Kindle, which is in its third iteration, has just replaced "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" as the best-selling product in Amazon's history. That's a huge milestone. Millions upon millions of those books were printed, and while Amazon certainly is not the only book retailer to sell them, we are pretty confident in saying that Amazon moved quite a few of them. Per usual, Amazon is refraining from admitting exactly how many Kindles were sold, but this gives more of an indication... Read more...
It's time to officially retire the notion that Apple's magical iPad is capable of casting a death spell on Amazon's Kindle. We're not saying the iPad isn't popular -- because it is -- but any fears that it would spell doom for the eBook reader market, and Amazon's Kindle in particular, can now be put to rest, and here's why. According to reports, Amazon is on pace to sell more than 8 million Kindle eBook readers by the end of 2010. That's more than double the number most analysts were predicting, and nearly a fourfold increase from the 2.4 million Kindles Amazon managed to unload in 2009, BusinessWeek says while citing an anonymous source "aware of the company's sales projections." This all assumes... Read more...
Google launched an online electronic bookstore in an effort to compete in the booming market that's been dominated by rival Amazon. According to Google, the Google eBookstore lets you browse and search through the largest eBook collection in the world. There are over three million titles available including some of the latest bestsellers such as James Patterson’s Cross Fire and Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom. Popular books and classics are available as well. Like many of Google's other offerings, Google eBooks is designed to be open. As a result, many devices are compatible with Google eBooks including laptops, netbooks, tablets, smartphones, and eReaders. There's also a Google eBooks... Read more...
One of the big unknowns surrounding the emerging tablet market is whether or not slates would supplant dedicated eBook readers. Following the release of Apple's iPad, it didn't take long for eBook readers to drop in price, which made the proposition of buying a $500+ tablet to read electronic books seem far less appealing, color screen be damned. Or did it? Market research firm ChangeWave surveyed 2,800 consumers and found that the two platforms -- Amazon's Kindle and Apple's iPad -- are in a heated race to finish with the largest eBook reader ownership. It's not surprising that the less expensive and very capable Kindle claims an edge, but it's not as big as you might think. According to the... Read more...
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