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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Barnes & Noble Raises the Ante With Nookcolor

Posted by Reid Kistler in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 11:30 AM

http://chicagopressrelease.com/tech...ook-e-reader-ap

"Barnes & Noble Inc. is introducing a new Nook e-reader with a color touch screen for $249 as competition in the fast-growing industry heats up ahead of the holidays. As the first full-color touch electronic reader, the Nookcolor stands apart from black-and-white competitors... [and] can be used to read books, magazines, newspapers and an expanded array of children's titles. It also takes hints from Apple Inc.'s iPad with more games, Web browsing, music streaming and its own application store. Like earlier versions, it runs on Google Inc.'s Android operating system."

Barnes & Noble appears to be sticking with the "e-reader" designation, even though the new Nookcolor appears to blur the lines between e-reader and tablet with its feature set, which includes: 7-inch color touchscreen, microUSB port, microSD card slot, Wi-Fi, and ability to play audio and video files - with sound piped through a built-in mono speaker or via a 3.5mm stereo headphone jack. In addition to promising "over 2 million" book titles (and over a million free titles!), the Nookcolor includes several games, the ability to access Pandora internet radio, and works with the same "LendMe" app that the original Nook offers. Barnes & Noble is also attempting to leverage their brick & mortar stores by offering Nook owners free Wi-Fi, special discounts, and the ability to read free books (up to an hour per day...) when visiting one of their locations. The Nookcolor can be ordered now, with deliveries expected beginning November 19. Is this a brilliant hurry-up-and-order-one / go-stand-in-line device, or an awkward jumble of e-reader and tablet?


Friday, May 28, 2010

Acer Announces Its' First Ebook Reader

Posted by Andy Dixon in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 08:00 AM

http://www.engadget.com/2010/05/27/...ebooks-enhance/

"In another reversal of plans, Acer has just announced its first e-reader device. The LumiRead will participate in the clear.fi initiative for keeping you constantly in the Acer loop, while also offering WiFi and 3G connectivity options. It looks very much like the tablet we saw teased earlier this morning, coming with a similar integrated keyboard and a smaller 6-inch E Ink display."

Acer have announced their first ebook reader including a partnership deal with Barnes and Noble giving owners access to their one million book library. It has similar looks to existing ebook readers out there on the market, a 6 inch screen, wifi, 3G and the addition of and ISBN scanner so you can scan a paperback barcode for later purchase online. There is a full press release that can be found over at the engadget site.


Thursday, May 21, 2009

COOL-ER eReader

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 03:00 AM

http://www.coolreaders.com/default.asp

"The COOL-ER uses E-InkR, a new technology that gives you a screen with a "like paper" display, replicating the experience of reading a book. Using power only for "page turns" means that a single charge lasts for 8000 pages and unlike a book, the electronic display allows you to change the text size to suit you!"

PDF support and an SD card reader are nice additions over the Kindle. On the surface, at $249 this looks like a great deal compared to the similarly sized Kindle at $359. But, I compared the 6 bestsellers listed on the front page of their Web site versus their price on Amazon.com and found that all the books were more expensive, most more than double the Amazon.com price. So, unless you don't plan on actually buying content, the Kindle will cost you less in the long run.


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