Items tagged with E-reader

Amazon's third generation Kindle recently launched, and aside from a frame that's a bit thinner, controls that are nicer, the inclusion of games and a slight user interface overhaul, it's the same as the first. The main attraction, the E Ink panel, hasn't changed all that much. It's brighter and sharper now, but it's still E Ink. It still can't display color, and it still has a page refresh that's slow enough for the naked eye to notice. So, the question is: why is E Ink technology evolving so slowly? It's moving so slowly in fact, that some people are just resorting to LCDs to get what they really want. Many use the iPad as an e-reader because it can display color and it refreshes in an instant,... Read more...
We've known from earlier reports that Amazon currently has a number of color options in the lab for what could end up being a color Kindle, but the company is steadfast is saying that such a device is still a very, very long ways out. The original Kindle was Amazon's first foray into the hardware realm, and things have definitely turned out great for them. It's a hot selling device, it has a huge amount of mind share, and it has placed Amazon atop the heap in the e-reader game. So if Amazon can do it once, why can't they do it again with something else? We aren't the only people asking that question, and now a report from The New York Times suggests that some of those asking that question are... Read more...
You've probably heard about One Laptop Per Child. It's an organization started many years ago in hopes of providing cheaper, low-end notebooks to students around the world by selling them in bulk to governments. It never really blossomed like they hoped, but the company is still around and still making machines, albeit at slightly higher-than-anticipated prices. But now, a new nonprofit company is attempting to do something similar with Amazon's Kindle. You could argue that teaching kids to read is equally as important as teaching them computer skills, but this one is a bit more tricky. And less tricky, if you think about it. Worldreader doesn't actually have to build the products that they are... Read more...
Well, that explains that, doesn't it? 24 hours after Amazon's Kindle mysteriously appeared as being "out of stock" from Amazon themselves, the company has just revealed the latest generation of Kindle. The name isn't changing (it's still called "Kindle"), but the form factor has been tweaked, a new color has been added and it's faster in use. The new Kindle will be available in both graphite and white, the former being first introduced by the new Kindle DX a few weeks ago. According to the company, the device is now 21% smaller, 15% lighter and the E Ink display shows a 50% improvement in contrast, a 20% faster page refresh and a battery life of up to one solid month with no wireless radios active.... Read more...
What's that you say, Apple's iPad and other upcoming tablets will decimate the market for eBook readers? Maybe so (probably not), but if something like that is to play out, we'd need to see some seriously low-cost tablets come to market, ones that are not only easy on the wallet, but adept at fetching and reading eBooks. It all comes down to wampum, and the less these hardware makers try to take from you, the more product they'll be able to push. We need only visit Amazon's Kindle product page for evidence of this. Remember that little price war the eBook reader makers waged with each other a few weeks ago? Amazon ended up lowering the price of its Kindle reader to $189, and as it turns out,... Read more...
Do you own a NOOK e-reader from Barnes & Noble? Do you wish you did? If you're in that second camp, and you own an Android phone using v1.6 or above, your dream has come true. For those who own smartphones and aren't interested in buying an actual e-reader in order to read digital books on, both Amazon and B&N are vying for business from e-book sales. In order to expand that portion of their businesses to as many consumers as possible, both companies have established apps on Android that allow consumers to access titles just like would if you owned the e-reader itself. B&N is follwing Amazon's app from a few weeks back, this week introducing NOOK for Android. The app can now be downloaded... Read more...
If there's one area where companies have flocked to play catch up, it's the tablet PC market. There's no doubt that the race to catch the iPad is on, but there's one other area where companies have also been flocking, albeit with less commotion. That's the e-reader market, where Amazon's Kindle still dominates and the Barnes & Noble NOOK is the next closest competitor. But a lot of smaller companies are attempting to undercut the big players with cheaper, less featured devices. Only time will tell if people really are willing to pay less for e-readers without 3G or Wi-Fi, but we suspect that Sharp won't be one of those companies who just strips their e-reader down in hopes of competing. According... Read more...
Color e-ink. It's a fairly tale, of sorts. It's a technology that we know exists, and we know that many companies are working on making it into something that can be produced commercially. But today, the only e-paper that exists in the consumer realm is the black/white kind that's found on the NOOK and Kindle. For well over five years, certain companies have attempted to produce a backlight-free color version of the e-ink displays that are used today on e-readers, but it's obviously a difficult task. It's always hard to have your cake and it too (so to speak), and color e-ink is a dramatic case of exactly that. But Hewlett-Packard, a company that isn't often associated with cutting-edge display... Read more...
Velocity Micro introduced a new line of Android-based color eReaders and tablets called Cruz. The new $199 Cruz Reader offers a 7-inch touch screen display, accelerometer, support for the Borders E-book library portal application, and plenty of multimedia features. The $299Cruz Tablet has the same multimedia capabilities as the Cruz Reader but also features more built-in storage and a multi-touch screen. Finally, the new Cruz StoryPad targets kids with its touch screen, interactive content, and intuitive interface. The StoryPad runs $149. The Cruz Reader and Cruz StoryPad are expected in August while the Cruz Tablet won't be available until September 1st.  Velocity Micro Announces a Family... Read more...
Well, this was inevitable. It's clear that paper books aren't what they used to be, and it's clear that they'll never be as important and useful as they once were. The information and knowledge within their pages are still just as vital as ever, but the digital age has led to easier ways to consume that very information. The advent of the Internet, and to an extent, e-readers and tablets, has enabled consumers to read and consume text without having to check out an actual book. So, what happens to the biggest stockpiles of books? In the case of Stanford University's massive Engineering Library, most of the paper pages will be vanishing while the hard drives in the archive room will be filling... Read more...
Barnes & Noble's NOOK started as just an e-reader. It was the primary rival to Amazon's Kindle, and it offered something major that Amazon couldn't: another screen. But the lower color LCD that enables users to wade through book titles isn't the only thing. B&N can also showcase their device in their wide array of stores, and getting the device in front of faces is also a huge plus. But one thing that B&N has done that's more interesting than any of that is turn NOOK into more than a product; today, it's a brand. NOOK now stands for all-things-ebook with relation to Barnes & Noble, and if you thought that the bookseller was content just moving titles to regular consumers, think... Read more...
Last week, Amazon trimmed the price and improved the features of its flagship Kindle DX product and now it's apparently Sony's turn. As of today, the Reader Pocket Edition is $149 (down from $169), the Touch Edition is $169 (down from $199) and the Sony Daily Edition (the DX's primary competitor) is now $299, down from $349. That's quite a bit cheaper than even the Kindle DX's new pricetag of $379, and it tells us everything we need to know about Sony's position in the e-reader market:  It's losing. Look! It's the E-reader from that...from that other company! The price cuts on the Pocket Edition and the Touch Edition should keep them competitive against hardware from Barnes and Nobles' Nook... Read more...
E Ink introduced the next generation of its electronic paper display technology called Pearl. Pearl expands the capabilities of reflective displays by offering a contrast ratio that's approximately 50% greater than today's offerings. According to E Ink, Pearl enables eReaders to offer a contrast ratio typical of paperback books compared to previous generations which offered a contrast ratio typical of newspapers. The Pearl design builds on E Ink's current generation of Vizplex designs which are used in millions of eReader devices today. E Ink Announces Next Generation Display Platform E Ink expands the marketplace for electronic reading with the introduction of E Ink Pearl, the next generation,... Read more...
It was a question that a lot of people were asking, and now there's an answer. Amazon recently reduced the price of their traditional Kindle to under $200, but the large screen Kindle DX remained at its original price point. Of course, there aren't as many direct competitors to the Kindle DX, but still, the gap was growing noticeably large. Now, the company has remedied that problem, and even went a step further by revising the entire device with slightly better specifications. A price drop and improved specs? That's a two-fer we can live with. The Kindle DX was originally intended to be used as a magazine replacement or a textbook replacement, but many simply prefer the larger screen even for... Read more...
Pundits have been predicting that the iPad could seriously threaten Amazon's Kindle since Apple's slate device was first announced, but this new quirk is a first. Amazon has updated its iPhad reader software with support for a select group of books that incorporate audio and/or video material. This multimedia content isn't available on any Kindle hardware, which means Amazon opted to first support a feature on a competitor's platform rather than waiting until its own devices were ready to ship. At present there are only 13 titles available at the usual price of $9.99, including five travel books, a book on knitting, a biography of FDR, and a book about bird songs. Unsurprisingly, these titles... Read more...
It's hard to argue that more competition is better for consumers, and that's proving true once again in the growing e-reader market. For awhile, Amazon's Kindle dominated the entire space, and they pretty much ran the show. The Kindle (and subsequent revisions) were always priced rather fairly in the eyes of critics, but there's nothing like a surprise price drop to really get interest growing. In the hours following Barnes & Noble's announcement of the Wi-Fi only NOOK (and the price drop on the 3G + Wi-Fi NOOK to just $199), Amazon decided to cut the price of their Kindle (with global 3G wireless + Wi-Fi) in order to better compete. Before B&N's reveal, the Kindle was priced at $259.... Read more...
Who says Amazon will always rule the e-reader market? Barnes & Noble has been playing hardball ever since the company released the original NOOK, and now things have been stepped up a notch further. Today, the world's largest bookseller (who just so happens to sell their own e-reader) has introduced a new Wi-Fi only NOOK, and beyond that, also lowered the price on the existing Wi-Fi + 3G NOOK. Starting now, the existing NOOK (Wi-Fi + 3G) is available for just $199, which is a good bit less than what Amazon is currently charging for the Kindle. Also, the new Wi-Fi only NOOK, which is useful for those who generally only download new material when at home or in a coffee shop with free Wi-Fi... Read more...
LG Display and iRiver today announced a $5 million joint venture to develop an ebook reader. Under terms of the agreement, the two companies will establish a new company tasked with OEM development, production, and sales of the new device, which will then be sold to electronics customers who are free to slap on their own label. "The joint venture is significant in that iRiver has now secured the foundation to produce more stable and competitive products," said Mr. Jae Woo Lee, CEO of iRiver. "Once our mutual technical and manufacturing abilities start producing synergies, I am confident that our joint venture will grow into a leading global producer of e-books." As the agreement goes, LG Display... Read more...
Shipping to stores in plenty of time for Father's Day (which falls on June 20th this year), Amazon's Kindle ebook reader will be available in all Target locations starting this Sunday, June 6th, the retail chain announced this week. Target will become the first brick-and-mortar retailer to carry the Kindle. "Our guest’s response to Kindle has been overwhelmingly positive," said Mark Schindele, senior vice president, Target. "We are thrilled to bring guests nationwide this incredibly light, portable, easy-to-read product that allows them to get all the news and books they want." The Kindle in Target will carry the same $259 price tag as it does through Amazon and go toe-to-toe in the brick-and-mortar... Read more...
Without a doubt, mobile computing is making its mark over at Computex 2010. After announcing their Eee Pad tablet PC, Asus gave us a closer look at their slick looking e-Reader/e-Writer creation designed for students and mobile business professionals. The little slate's features include a 10 hour battery life, 2450 dpi touch resolution screen, pen writing and input controls, a fast screen refresh response time, 2MP camera, USB port, and a MicroSD slot. With a $199 asking price and a September release date, we came away impressed with the new gadget form Asus, but don't just take our word for it. Hit the our hands on video here to see for yourself...  We're rather curious to see how this... Read more...
The Computex trade show has begun in Taiwan, and Asus is one of the first companies out of the gate with new releases. The company that's known for starting the netbook craze has yet to really approach another craze (the e-reader), but that changed today. The EeeTablet was introduced as the company's first offering in this product category, but it's certainly unlike readers that have come before. Rather than using E-Ink like the Kindle or a backlit LCD like Pandigital's new Novel, the EeeTablet splits the difference by using a TFT-LCD that has no backlight. This means that it's still a color-free LCD (black and white images, like the Kindle), but it has a far faster refresh rate than the E-Ink... Read more...
Many could argue that the last thing the world needs is another e-book reader, but we aren't yet in that camp. Amazon's Kindle and the Barnes & Noble Nook could use the competition, and Acer is a solid name in the industry with what appears to be a solid idea of how they plan to change it up (with "it" being the e-reader market). The company has recently announced their 6" LumiRead, which is half-typical e-reader, and half-all new. The entire devices measures only a few millimeters thick, and it's outfitted with 2GB of memory for storing books and other materials. Of course, it uses a no-backlight e-ink display (rather than an LCD, like many of the cheaper e-readers that are emerging these... Read more...
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