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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...
There's no question that Barnes & Noble is just grasping for some press here, but hey, one million isn't anything to scoff at! The company has just reaching one million NOOK Apps downloads by NOOK Color customers, with the milestone being reached a week after NOOK App shopping was made available to all Color customers. Of course, Angry Birds is in there, along with a host of other popular apps, and we'd love to know what percentage of those downloads were related to the Birds. One thing to keep in mind is that all NOOK Apps are optimized for the NOOK Color's 7" touchscreen, and yes, the top five paid apps are listed: Angry Birds, Drawing Pad, Solitaire, Aces Jewel Hunt and Astraware Mahjong.... 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...
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...
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...
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...
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 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...
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...
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...
Sony posted their first real loss in over a decade last year, and they're still losing money. Why? Because of decisions like this. While many of the smaller, more nimble companies such as Acer, Asus and MSI are already making plans to follow Apple's lead and produce a tablet PC this year, Sony is still mulling the decision. There's just no killer instinct any more, and waiting around until the bandwagon has loaded up and left town isn't the way you make ends meet in the consumer electronics industry. The tablet PC market came and went years ago, but it's possible that those tablets were simply ahead of their time. Apple's iPad has sold a million units in a month, clearly proving that tablets... Read more...
The NOOK gets a serious update, the Kindle gets a serious partner in sales. Just another rosy day in the crowded e-book reader market. Up until now, Amazon's record-breaking Kindle has been sold in just one primary place: online. A virtual store with no real shelves, no real boxes and nothing for consumers to touch, see and experience. Amazon has had to rely on videos, text-based reviews and word-of-mouth in order to market their Kindle, and somehow, they've done an astounding job. Being "first to market" with a legitimate, 3G-enabled e-reader was a huge help, but still, it's sort of amazing to think about how many Kindles have been sold when it's impossible to just waltz into a Walmart and touch... Read more...
The e-book market is hotter than ever. Amazon may have really started it, but since then Sony, Spring Design and a whole host of others have joined the party. Endless Ideas has also been a player for awhile now, but it has just recently started to gain traction. The BeBook One and BeBook Mini didn't have the feature set of some of the more modern readers, but the BeBook Neo looks to change that. The Neo is the "world's first Wi-Fi e-reader with access to eBook stores worldwide," using E Ink screen technology, a powerful CPU and a battery that allows for up to 7000 page turns. It's also said to be 2.5x faster when it comes to browsing and reading, and it also has WACOM technology that allows for... Read more...
In case you haven't heard, Apple has an even planned for the 27th of this month. No one knows for sure except for those who aren't saying, but all signs are pointing the release of the oft-rumored Apple Tablet that has been whispered about for months on end now. For those still doubting that such a product exists, you should probably have a look at a fresh piece from the Wall Street Journal. According to the article, famed publishing house HarperCollins is in talks with Apple to make e-books available for the introduction "of a new tablet device from Apple." Granted, these are still just rumors from people inside, but when the WSJ reports it, there's a good chance that truth is behind it. If... Read more...
It's too early to tell if this is the Eee Reader that was hinted about last autumn, but there's little doubt that Asus will be joining the quickly growing e-reader market in the near future. Amazon has started something that is showing no signs of slowing, with Plastic Logic, Spring Design and a host of other companies announcing their intentions to attempt to oust the Kindle as the go-to reader on the market. Reportedly, Asus will be introducing the DR-570 by the end of 2010, but it won't be just another one in the crowd. In fact, it just might be a game-changer. The reader will supposedly have a 6" screen, but rather than using e-ink like every other reader out there, this one will utilize... Read more...
In recent months, Amazon has issued one press release after another to talk up the success of its Kindle ebook reader. The hype surrounding Kindle's success has helped to propel Amazon's share price upward, but some are wondering how long Amazon can continue to make headlines before it releases actual numbers to back up its claims. On December 26, Amazon claimed the Kindle was the most purchased gift in its history and that sales of electronic books from its store surpassed physical book sales on Christmas day. Half-way through December, the retailer said the Kindle had enjoyed its best monthly sales ever in that month. While both of these claims certainly sound impressive, Amazon never provided... Read more...
Each and every time that we think the e-ink and e-reader market has reached its temporary peak, we're reminded yet again exactly what "temporary" means. LG Display, a giant in the monitor and HDTV arena, has just signed a cross-licensing agreement with Taiwan's Prime View International Co., and it'll be buying up $30.5 million worth of that company's bonds. Why? In order to "tap into the fast-growing electronic paper market."Surprised? You shouldn't be.  The display market has been squeezed for years, and with thinning profit margins in the LCD monitor and television segments, there's no better place to be than a blossoming market in which competition is still scant and consumers are willing... Read more...
Remember Sony's Reader Daily Edition? Sure you do. It just went up for pre-order around a month ago, and now Sony's biggest Kindle rival finally has a shot at dethroning the king. Yes, these units have finally started to ship, but honestly it may be a bit late to take advantage of the holiday shopping crowd. The good news is that pre-orders placed through Sony's own site through December 20th should get their units before Christmas, but everyone else will likely have to wrap an IOU and hope that goes over well. It's tough to judge just how in-demand this unit will be; Barnes & Noble's Nook seems to have the buzz going its direction, with many pre-order participants having to receive a $100... Read more...
You know those hardware accessories that you never think about needing, but when you need them, you really need them? Addonics tends to make a lot of devices that fall into that category, and we're pretty certain their latest two devices fit that same bill. Today, the company has introduced new multi-Flash readers with a high-speed SATA interface, including a read-only model that is ideal for markets such as forensics.The Pocket eSATA/USB DigiDrive and the Internal SATA/USB DigiDrive are both available in a standard read/write and read-only model, with the first being a plug-and-play flash card reader that's about the same of an old school floppy drive. When connected to an eSATA port, any flash... Read more...
Sharkoon doesn't carry the same weight as a name like Logitech or Belkin in the accessories market, but it's quickly making a name for itself with its recent rash of HDD docks and LAN-USB connectors. The company's latest device, the SATA QuickPort Pro LAN, enables SATA HDDs, storage cards, USB devices, etc. LAN compatible. Basically, it's a combination of the outfit's latest two products. You can even put an internal 2.5"/3.5" hard drive into it and host it up on your local network. Basically, this allows users to connect pretty much any piece of storage media they have to their own local network, put it doesn't appear that it will shoot that information out over the Internet. This Pro version... Read more...
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