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If you've managed to resist upgrading to the NOOKcolor, and your trusty NOOK is still getting you by, you're in luck. Barnes & Noble has just released a new firmware update that makes the device feel like an entirely new e-reader. B&N calls the version 1.5 update its "largest-ever," and it supports both the NOOK 3G and NOOK Wi-Fi. It's a major overhaul, which adds sync for reading positions across devices. This means that your page position while reading on the NOOK will be maintained when you open the book up from a NOOK app on your iPhone, etc. Also, custom folders have been added, as well as a My Shelves feature that enables users to organize B&N Libraries by a particular subject... Read more...
enTourage Systems. Heard that name? They were early to the whole "tablet party" that has emerged in 2010, and they remain a company with a truly unique product in the midst of numerous efforts that simply look just like each other. The Dualbook already made a splash in the industry, but as with most any "portable" device these days, smaller enough never truly is. The company is today issuing the world's smallest Dualbook, the Pocket eDGe. This new handheld retains the same form factor as the larger Dualbook, but it's obviously meant for tighter spaces and more on-the-go consumers. It's described as a multi-purpose, Wi-Fi enabled devices that weighs just 24oz., and it uses a hinged LCD, and a... Read more...
Just as Hanvon introduced a new color E-Reader today, Sony is telling the world that they can now purchase another standard monochrome version. The Sony Reader Daily Edition is now on sale in-stores and online, and this is arguably Sony's most notable entrant into the competitive field. The Reader Daily Edition is equipped with both Wi-Fi and 3G, and like the new Reader Pocket Edition and Reader Touch Edition, this unit also has a touch panel. The 7" screen provides access to Sony's Reader Store most of the U.S. via Wi-Fi or 3G, and it also provides basic Web browsing functionality via Wi-Fi and pre-loaded, reading-based URLs, including: Google.com, Wikipedia.org, Twitter.com, Facebook.com, cnbc.com... Read more...
E-readers have been around some time, and that market has had a long while to mature. In fact, many e-reader companies are now ditching the original E Ink e-paper that is still used on the Kindle in order to use an LCD. Why? Color and fast-motion video. Consumers are demanding more from their portable devices these days, and when units like the iPad and NOOKcolor can both be used as an e-reader as well as a video playback device and gaming handheld...well, it makes the e-paper units look rather limited in scope. There's little doubt that e-paper is superior for readability. It reacts the best under direct sunlight, drains the least amount of battery life and is more gentle on the eyes. But that's... Read more...
Yesterday, Barnes & Noble announced its new color-screen Nook e-reader known as the NOOKcolor. Recognizing that parents often use electronic devices to entertain their kids as well as themselves, Barnes & Noble also announced NOOK kids, which will make its debut on the new NOOKcolor. NOOK kids will offer nearly 12,000 popular children’s picture and chapter books in a digital format. Initially, NOOK kids will launch with more than 130 digital picture books. Barnes & Noble plans to double that number by the end of the year. Thanks to Barnes & Noble’s AliveTouch technology, kids can interact with words and pictures on the page. The technology can also read some stories... Read more...
Barnes & Noble announced last week that they would be holding a special event in the middle of New York City this week, and all eyes were situated on a potential color version of the NOOK e-reader. The event is underway today, and a color-screen NOOK is exactly what we have. B&N is simply calling this the Nook Color. The Nook Color offers a compelling feature set, but it shies away from the E-paper technology that B&N relied on in the past. In fact, we're beginning to wonder if the end isn't near for E Ink. The Kindle continues to use it, but with consumers demanding fast motion video playback, it looks like the LCD may once again rise. E Ink was at first used for its battery saving... Read more...
If it's true that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Barnes and Noble should be blushing all kinds of red. That's because Amazon has made the decision to let Kindle users lend books to other Kindle device and Kindle app users, a feature Barnes and Noble's Nook had since Day 1. "Later this year, we will be introducing lending for Kindle, a new feature that lets you loan your Kindle books to other Kindle device or Kindle app users," Amazon announced in a blog post. "Each book can be lent once for a loan period of 14-days and the lender cannot read the book during the loan period. Additionally, not all e-books will be lendable - this is solely up to the publisher or rights holder,... Read more...
Barnes & Noble is planning an event in New York City shortly, and many are expecting a revised NOOK to be the highlight of the show. And if true, what better time than now to strike a deal with Walmart? The NOOK has been sold in a variety of places since being introduced last year, but Walmart wasn't one of them. Amazon's Kindle has slowly rolled out to various retailers as well, leaving B&N in a position of finding more retail outlets to stock it. The NOOK and Kindle are battling for e-reader supremacy right now, and with holiday shopping dollars on the line, it's vital to get your product in front of eyes at Walmart. This week, Barnes & Noble reached an agreement with Walmart to... Read more...
If you thought that the e-reader market was saturated already, here comes another one. Pandigital, which is no stranger to the market, has just introduced a new 6" ePaper model that more closely aligns with the options offered by Barnes & Noble and Amazon. Rather than using an LCD, which tends to drain more power, this model uses an e-paper display that's more gentle when it comes to energy drain. This new model also integrates the Barnes & Noble eBookstore, a touch panel and a 600x800 screen resolution. Users who are worried about glare need not worry here; like all other e-paper rivals, this one also has a non-reflective screen so it can easily be used outdoors. It weighs 9.1 ounces... Read more...
A few weeks ago, Barnes & Noble introduced a new platform for getting content into eBook markets from people who do not have contacts at a publishing agency. Before the eBook revolution, it was practically impossible for authors to have their material published without knowing someone inside of the industry. Now, anyone can get noticed. And Borders is making that process even easier if you aren't into the PubIt! platform. The company has just launched their BookBrewer-powered service, titled "Borders - Get Published." It's a new co-branded publishing service empowers independent authors to publish and sell eBooks through the Borders eBook store as well as other eBook retailers. The system... Read more...
Interested in writing a novel? A children's book? Something else? What was once a pipe dream for many is now a reality: the publishing tools you need to get your creations out to the world are here courtesy of Barnes & Noble. Rather than having to hunt down a publisher and hope they like your work enough to put their name on it, B&N is doing for writing what the App Store did for software. PubIt! is a newly launched service that essentially acts as an App Store, but for book. Independent writers can create work, submit it for free, and have B&N convert their titles to ePUB format and then make them available for sale as an eBook. The best part is that PubIt! titles can be downloaded... Read more...
Despite the fact that Amazon and Barnes & Noble essentially have the eReader market cornered, companies are still continuing to pour out alternatives as if the market is still blooming. BenQ hasn't been known for their dabbling in the eReader market before, but considering just how many outfits are now challenging the NOOK and Kindle, why not another? The new eReader K61 is a second-generation device, complete with integrated Wi-Fi, 3G and a touch screen. The unit just went on sale in Taiwan for a little over $300 (U.S.), boasting a 6" touch panel, support for doodling, Chinese, Japanese and English-language reading capabilities, text-to-speech in Chinese and English and 200 pre-loaded books.... Read more...
Day by day, Amazon's Kindle is having to fight harder and harder to maintain its dominance in the eReader universe. The Barnes & Noble NOOK is giving it a run for its money, and now the latest Kobo is as well. It's easy to disregard eReader devices that lack any sort of wireless option; hardly anyone wants to plug an eReader into a PC just to sideload a book. But the newest Kobo has a lot going for it. It adds Wi-Fi, a faster processor and even a few color options. All for a price that's more than reasonable. According to the company, the new Kobo Wireless eReader adds WiFi connectivity, upgraded hardware with faster performance, longer battery life, and a sharper eInk screen. Kobo has also... Read more...
The e-reader market is continuing to explode, despite the fact that tablets have taken over as the major hype machine in the consumer electronics business. Kindle sales have been hotter than ever, and companies are still thinking up ways to rival both it and the iPad. Look at Sharp for example, which has just revealed two new e-reader tablets in very different sizes, both of which are likely to rival the iPad and Kindle in different ways. In conjunction with an e-Bookstore announcement, Sharp has unveiled a new 5.5" and 10.8" e-reader. The 5.5" version is designed for pockets, and it's one of the smallest e-readers we have seen to date. It has a 1024x600 screen resolution, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, a... Read more...
It's pretty obvious that Amazon and Apple are rivals at a glance. Both companies are attempting to get your hard-earned dollars on a handheld device, but each company's approach is vastly different. Amazon is selling a Kindle e-reader that does little more than read books, whereas Apple's iPad is a multifaceted tablet that's capable of doing far more than opening an iBook. Early on, the iPad's conventional LCD was widely panned as being harder to see outdoors than an E Ink display, but it was largely forgotten based on just how fluid the user interface was. In other words, it was an easy quirk to overlook. But Amazon isn't forgetting. In a new advertisement, they go directly at the iPad (or any... Read more...
Best Buy is expanding its in-store eReader selection by announcing the addition of the Amazon Kindle to the retailer's fall lineup. Not only will Best Buy carry the Kindle, but it will also make it easier for customers to compare today's most popular eReaders by placing them side-by-side in a new display in the store. Best Buy also carriers the Barnes & Noble NOOK ebook Reader as well as the Sony Reader Touch, Pocket and Daily Editions. The new Kindle features an electronic ink screen with 50 percent better contrast. It is capable of holding up to 3,500 books. The new Kindle with built-in Wi-Fi will sell for $139.99. The Kindle 3G with free 3G wireless will retail for $189.99. The Kindle... Read more...
Sony revamped its line of Reader digital books and introduced the new Reader Pocket Edition, Reader Touch Edition and the wireless Reader Daily Edition. The new generation of Readers has been restyled and is now lighter and smaller in comparison to previous generations. All of the new Readers also have touch screens and E Ink Pearl electronic paper displays.  Other new features for the line include content zoom, adjustable contrast and brightness control, and automatic multiple page creation. Among the included dictionaries are the New Oxford American Dictionary, Oxford Dictionary of English eDictionaries, and 10 translation dictionaries in languages such as French, German, Spanish,... Read more...
Another week, another e-reader. With Kindle sales higher than ever, and the NOOK platform expanding all over the place, it's a wonder there's any room for anyone else. But then again, the e-reader market is clearly booming, and if ever there were a time to try and knock the kings from their thrones, this would be in. As tablets and UMPCs attempt to gain traction in a market currently dominated by E Ink, The Sharper Image is attempting to play the old school card with their new Literati. The device has a rather unique form factor, relying on a prominent QWERTY keypad, a color LCD display and a curved shaped that definitely reminds us of the newest generation Kindle. The color LCD will obviously... Read more...
Another day, another e-reader. Actually, it's another hour, another e-reader. There seems to be a never-ending flow of these guys, probably caused by the amazingly warm reception that Amazon's Kindle and the B&N Nook have received in North America. This particular rival, however, was made specifically for the Indian market, but the support for 15 languages also means that it's capable of being used just about anywhere. The new Wink e-reader is just the first of a number of devices on the roadmap for this India-based company called EC Media. The unit will feature a 6" display (800x600 pixels), 2GB of storage that's expandable to 16GB, Wi-Fi, built-in 3G, a 400MHz ARM9 processor, a 3.5mm headphone... Read more...
The E-reader segment has been increasing in size for years now, and with Amazon pushing a new Kindle out of the door just weeks ago, it's clear that the demand isn't done yet. PocketBook is a company that few have heard of in the mainstream sector, but that may change once IFA starts up in Germany next month. The company has revealed that it will introduce five new products at the show, all of which seem to be built by Foxconn and just branded PocketBook. The new ProBook units will generally fall into a pair of categories: the 602 and 603 will have 6" displays, while the 902 and 903 will have 9.7" displays. The group will all have 2GB of internal storage space, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and a Linux-sourced... Read more...
If you thought that the Kindle had everything wrapped up tight with a bow on top, think again. The Barnes & Noble NOOK has really taken off of late, particularly the platform. In other words, the NOOK has infiltrated a number of areas aside from the physical e-reader itself, with B&N this week announcing a new NOOK iPhone app, an overhauled iPad version and a PC version. The whole lot has been retooled with an updated user interface, and the iPad version even packs one extra special surprise: a rating systme. B&N calls the iPhone version the most personalized and easy-to-use eReading experience for iPhone and iPod touch owners, which is big talking considering that Amazon's Kindle... Read more...
In May, we learned of Pandigital's entry into the eReader market. Now, Pandigital is now offering its second Pandigital Novel eReader. The latest Pandigital Novel 7-inch Color Multimedia eReader (model PRD07T20WBL1) comes with integrated Barnes & Noble eBookstore. It also has a high-gloss black bezel and a matte touchscreen display for easy navigation. The Pandigital Novel 7-inch Color Multimedia eReader weighs 11.8 ounces and has 2GB of internal memory for storing books, periodicals, movies, music, and more. For additional storage, the device accepts SD/SDHC cards up to 32GB in size. The Barnes & Noble’s eBookstore ensures users have quick and easy access to  more than one... Read more...
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