e-readers

  • Next Generation Of E-Ink Kindle To Sport New Front-Lit Screen

    Next Generation Of E-Ink Kindle To Sport New Front-Lit Screen

    Living in Seattle, you tend to find yourself in the company of tech people all the time. With Microsoft, Amazon, Adobe, Google, and a dozen other major companies established in the area, it’s never a surprise when you find out the guy next to you at the bar is working on Windows Phone 8 or Half-Life 3. This week, I was lucky enough to get a chance to see what Amazon has cooking for its… Read More

  • Paper Or Plastic?

    Paper Or Plastic?

    I have a confession to make: despite having reviewed a few e-readers, and having written dozens of articles about them, I’ve never really used one. I mean, I’ve used them enough to know a good one from a bad one, to understand the features, and to do a proper evaluation — but I’ve never made one part of my life, the way one makes a mobile phone or laptop part of… Read More

  • Necessary Evil? Random House Triples Prices Of Library E-Books

    Necessary Evil? Random House Triples Prices Of Library E-Books

    Random House, the world’s largest publisher of the kinds of books you and I read, has made some adjustments to the way it sells e-books to libraries. Notably, they have tripled the price of many titles. Librarians across the country are expressing their discontent. The changes were telegraphed by an announcement a month ago that suggested prices would be going up soon, and most… Read More

  • Hack Makes Nook Touch E-Ink Display Almost As Responsive As LCD

    Hack Makes Nook Touch E-Ink Display Almost As Responsive As LCD

    As you probably know, bistable or passive displays like the E-Ink ones in e-readers focus on battery life and readability rather than color and interactivity. The latest devices have been optimized for fast page refreshes and touch operation, but generally you’re still waiting a half a second or so for the screen to flip over to the next page, menu, or what have you. But that’s not… Read More

  • Kindle Sales Growing Faster Than The Nook’s

    Kindle Sales Growing Faster Than The Nook’s

    Barnes & Noble may be challenging Amazon’s dominance of the e-book world, but the Kindle sales are still growing faster than the Nook’s — at least if you connect the dots between some of the numbers included in a recently-published article by The New York Times. Read More

  • Thanks To Santa, Tablets And E-Readers Are (Almost) Everywhere

    Thanks To Santa, Tablets And E-Readers Are (Almost) Everywhere

    Ownership of tablets and e-book readers saw a big spike over the holidays — in fact, it nearly doubled in the United States, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project. The study was based on telephone surveys conducted in mid-December and January, which found that ownership of both device types nearly doubled in just a month. Now a… Read More

  • Kindle DX Gets Temporary Price Cut – But How Long Can This Jumbo E-Reader Last?

    Kindle DX Gets Temporary Price Cut – But How Long Can This Jumbo E-Reader Last?

    Amazon’s extra-large Kindle DX is available this weekend (which is to say for the next few hours) for the low, low price of $259, down from its normal $379. It’s telling that even the lowered price still seems ridiculously high, considering that smaller but more advanced models are selling for under $100. How long can this outlier live in a world dominated by cheap, pocketable… Read More

  • Kobo Touch With Offers Drops E-Reader’s Price To $99, Nook Going For $79 On Black Friday

    Kobo Touch With Offers Drops E-Reader’s Price To $99, Nook Going For $79 On Black Friday

    If you were thinking of laying out the cash for one of the new touch-based e-readers, now would be a good time. Kobo is dropping the price of its Touch e-reader device, which I reviewed here, to $99 if you’re willing to see ads when the device is sleeping. That puts it at the same price as the Nook and Kindle – except the Nook is getting a special price this Friday. Read More

  • Will The Next Wave Of E-Paper Devices Have Glowing Screens?

    Will The Next Wave Of E-Paper Devices Have Glowing Screens?

    Depending on who you talk to, the fact that you need a light to read e-paper-based e-readers like the Kindle is either a strength or a weakness. It’s become part of the branding, after all: “just like real paper!” But with increasing competition from LCD-based devices, it might be that E-Ink and its many clients will need to level the playing field. How about a… Read More

  • Amazon Throws A Minor Curveball With HTML5-Powered Kindle Format 8

    Amazon Throws A Minor Curveball With HTML5-Powered Kindle Format 8

    Amazon has announced an update to the Kindle file format integrating many HTML5 tags and CSS attributes. Many expected a concession by Amazon in the form of an EPUB-compatible upgrade, and this comes as a slight surprise — but it’s a natural evolution of the format, really, and of course everyone is already familiar with the toolset. In a way this makes Kindle formatted books… Read More

  • Kobo Pits Its Vox Against The Fire And Nook As First “Social” E-Reader

    Kobo Pits Its Vox Against The Fire And Nook As First “Social” E-Reader

    The increasing socialification (as opposed to socialization) of our everyday activities is food for thought. What is it that makes people want to share everything about every activity? Reading especially, to me, has always been more of an escape from the social sphere. Except for on the rare occasions on which I have had to read out loud, books are a way to completely disengage from the… Read More

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