e-readers

  • Barnes & Noble Moves Away From Bookstores For UK Nook Launch: John Lewis Dept Store Named First Partner

    Barnes & Noble Moves Away From Bookstores For UK Nook Launch: John Lewis Dept Store Named First Partner

    More developments on Barnes & Noble’s plans to launch its Nook devices in the UK, the first market outside of the U.S. to see the e-readers and tablets: today the company has announced that it will sell the devices via John Lewis, a retail heaven for the UK’s middle class, but not a bookstore. The 37-store chain, which markets itself with the tagline “never knowingly… Read More

  • 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

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