e-readers

  • Amazon’s Small Gamble

    Amazon’s Small Gamble

    The news that Amazon’s tablet was real was a great scoop, but not quite a shock to the industry. Bezos all but confirmed it months ago, and supply-line leaks had it coming in late summer, which was optimistic but not far off; the Fire will be arriving on Wednesday. One question I always had, though, was how Amazon would justify putting out this device when they’ve spent so long… Read More

  • Microsoft Reader E-Book System Comes To Its Conclusion

    Microsoft Reader E-Book System Comes To Its Conclusion

    Microsoft is officially putting their MS Reader system to bed. First made available in 2000, before e-ink readers were more than a twinkle in some materials researcher’s eye, the application was intended for the consumption of e-books on LCD screens, using Microsoft’s ClearType font smoothing and a relatively compact, familiar format. The .lit filetype and Reader application have… Read More

  • Pew: Adoption Of E-Readers Doubles In 6 Months, Bigger Than Tablets

    Pew: Adoption Of E-Readers Doubles In 6 Months, Bigger Than Tablets

    A new Pew research survey of U.S. adults conducted in May, 2011 shows that ownership of electronic readers such as the Amazon Kindle or The Barnes & Noble Nook is now at 12 percent. The ownership of e-readers doubled from six months prior when it was 6 percent. The adoption of e-readers continues to outpace tablets such as the iPad and Motorola Xoom. Only 8 percent of respondents said… Read More

  • Weekend Giveaway: A Kobo eReader Touch (And Some Gift Cards)

    Weekend Giveaway: A Kobo eReader Touch (And Some Gift Cards)


    Update: It’s over! Congrats to all the winners – emails have been sent. Thanks for entering, everyone, your bookcases are all very interesting. If you’re curious about the new generation of touchable e-readers, now’s your chance to pick one up just for being a CrunchGear reader. Kobo has been generous enough to donate one of their new eReader Touch Editions for us to… Read More

  • Kobo eReader Touch Edition Tour

    Review: Kobo eReader Touch Edition


    Short version: Superficially similar to the new Nook, but the Kobo is perhaps even simpler, and the form factor is slightly more book-like. If you don’t need 3G or the other perks of the Kindle ecosystem, and just want a straightforward e-book reading device, this Kobo could be a good match. Read More

  • New Nook Gets Early Availability

    New Nook Gets Early Availability

    We just posted our hands-on with the new touchscreen Nook e-reader, and we’ll have a full review in a couple days — but if you can’t wait (or don’t care what we think), B&N has actually started selling the things ahead of schedule. Pre-orders have shipped, online orders are shipping now, and devices will be in-store on Thursday and in stock on Monday. Thinking… Read More

  • Kobo Touch Vs. New Nook In Specs

    Kobo Touch Vs. New Nook In Specs

    We’ll soon have both of these new e-reader devices for review, but a quick comparison seems in order since they’re so similar on paper. Both are going to be available in early June, and both promise a frills-free touchable reading experience. How do they differ? Let’s run down the specs and see what happens. Read More

  • Amazon, Please Do Not Make The Kindle Touchscreen

    Amazon, Please Do Not Make The Kindle Touchscreen

    I’m a big fan of my Kindle DX. It’s literally my favorite gadget. I love the form factor, the large screen, the relatively good battery life and the keyboard. Amazon could eliminate any of those items and my love would still be just as strong. The Kindle DX is perfect in my eyes. It’s so perfect that just the thought of Amazon ditching the buttons in favor of a touchscreen… Read More

  • Kobo Introduces New Touchscreen E-Reader, Drops Original Model To $100

    Kobo Introduces New Touchscreen E-Reader, Drops Original Model To $100

    Kobo launched as a Borders-based alternative to the Kindle hegemony, and while their e-reader was perfectly decent, I wouldn’t say it was feature-competitive with Amazon’s latest. They’ve announced today a new device that may not match the Kindle (or its rumored tablet successor) on all fronts, but it’s at least distinct and definitely worth looking at. Yes, a… Read More

  • Sony's New Color E-Paper Screen Shows That We're Not Quite There Yet

    Sony's New Color E-Paper Screen Shows That We're Not Quite There Yet

    There’s no denying that the latest cool displays are making important advances. But that doesn’t mean they’re quite ready for prime time. Take the flexible, 13.3″ color e-paper being shown by Sony over at SID right now. Without a doubt it’s cool stuff, but be honest — would you buy something using it? Not just yet. Read More

  • Readius Foldable E-Reader To Be Resurrected

    Readius Foldable E-Reader To Be Resurrected

    Remember the Readius, an e-reader with a foldable screen? Vaguely? The last we heard of this device was back in 2008, so we were pretty sure it was kaput, but apparently the company has been bought and the project funded. The device may actually live to see daylight! Read More

  • New Nook Incoming? Barnes And Noble Sure Thinks So

    New Nook Incoming? Barnes And Noble Sure Thinks So

    This is a bit odd: I don’t recall anyone leaking any new devices via SEC filings before. I’m know it’s happened in financial reports and so on. But this little document is pretty clear: “In a meeting with investor analysts on May 4, 2011, Barnes & Noble, Inc. (the “Company”) indicated it expects to make an announcement on May 24, 2011 regarding the launch… Read More

  • E Ink Shows Off More Flexible, Crunchable Screens

    E Ink Shows Off More Flexible, Crunchable Screens

    It seems like everybody and their dog is trying to get a flexible display out there. TDK, Sony, LG, HP, and most recently Bridgestone are all going nuts trying to make this happen E Ink is no exception, and although they’re not planning on putting out a successor to their Pearl screen this year, they aren’t standing still, either. Check out these videos. Read More

  • No Improved Displays This Year, Says E Ink

    No Improved Displays This Year, Says E Ink

    One of the main features of the latest version of the Kindle was its new “Pearl” E Ink screen. It offered better contrast, faster response, and so on. And since we’ve gotten so used to new stuff being given to us every year, I guess we all just kind of expected there would be another new E Ink screen this year, along with a new wave of e-readers using it. Unfortunately… Read More

  • Kindle Gets Honeycomb'd In New Update

    Kindle Gets Honeycomb'd In New Update


    One of the main complaints about Honeycomb is the lack of apps that are legitimately tailored to its ecosystem. Amazon’s Kindle app, available on a number of platforms, is only just now making the leap to Honeycomb with an improved layout and so on. Good news for people who already have a few books bought through Kindle, but want to read them on their new Honeycomb tablet. I doubt there… Read More

  • E-Books See Triple Digit Growth As Paper Book Sales Dive

    E-Books See Triple Digit Growth As Paper Book Sales Dive

    A report from the Association of American Publishers reveals that e-books sales experienced “powerful continuing growth” as they colorfully put it, and paper books of all types dipped, compared to the same period (January-February) from last year. This isn’t surprising news, mainly because it isn’t news — and even if it were, it’s just history repeating… Read More

  • Nook Confirms April Update, New Applications

    Nook Confirms April Update, New Applications

    Looks like HSN wasn’t lying when they said the Nook Color would be getting an update next month. Of course, they continue to lie about the price of the device ($500, HSN? Really?), but that’s a whole other thing. Read More

  • Video: Tactile Feedback Device For E-Readers

    Video: Tactile Feedback Device For E-Readers

    While there are quite a few e-readers on the market right now, printed books still have a totally different “feel” to them. Enter the “Paranga”, a device that’s supposed to add tactile feedback to the experience when reading e-books. Read More

  • Good For Them: Halifax Library Refuses To Carry DRM-Limited HarperCollins E-Books

    Good For Them: Halifax Library Refuses To Carry DRM-Limited HarperCollins E-Books

    You might have heard by now of the senseless idea of HarperCollins’s that their e-books should only be able to be lent 26 times by libraries before “expiring.” Not the smartest PR move I’ve seen. But I’d just like to congratulate Halifax’s public library system for opting not to acquire any of these restricted titles for their collection. Many other… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: NookColor For $199, Until 3PM ET

    CrunchDeals: NookColor For $199, Until 3PM ET

    The NookColor is one of Barnes and Noble’s entrants to the e-reader market and is considered to be up there with the Kindle. It launched the last half of 2010 with a $249 price tag, but with this amazing CrunchDeal, you can have it for 20% off, or $199. If you’re unfamiliar with the NookColor, or want to learn more, check out John Biggs’ review. Read More