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 slagging the… 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 only been… 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 they… 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 give… 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 about… 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 pains me as deeply as… 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 touchscreen e-reader for a reasonable… 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