• Barnes & Noble Officially Unveils The 7-Inch Nook Tablet

    Barnes & Noble Officially Unveils The 7-Inch Nook Tablet

    In late September, Amazon unveiled a $199 tablet called the Kindle Fire. Obviously this left a massive divide in the market between the much pricier iPad 2 and the new Kindle Fire, which Barnes & Noble has this morning responded to. Ladies and gentlemen, without further ado, I’m pleased to introduce you to the Nook Tablet. Read More

  • The Future Of Books: A Dystopian Timeline

    The Future Of Books: A Dystopian Timeline

    With the launch of the Kindle Fire tomorrow, I thought it would be fun to write a little bit sci-fi and imagine what the publishing market will look like in the next ten or so years. I’m a strong proponent of the ebook and, as I’ve said again and again, I love books but they’re not going to make it past this decade, at least in most of the developed world. As we well know… Read More

  • On Wednesday, Amazon Will Unveil The “Kindle Fire”

    On Wednesday, Amazon Will Unveil The “Kindle Fire”

    Last Friday, Amazon sent out invites to a press conference being held this coming Wednesday. They didn’t give away any details in the invite, but given our scoop earlier this month, everyone assumed it was to unveil the new Kindle tablet. We can now confirm this is correct. And we know a bit more. On Wednesday morning in New York City, Amazon will unveil the Kindle Fire. Yes, this is… Read More

  • B&N Releasing Two New Nooks This Quarter

    B&N Releasing Two New Nooks This Quarter

    The ninjas at The Digital Reader have uncovered the names of two new Nook Color versions – the Encore, priced at $249, and the Acclaim, priced at $349. The Nook Touch (now called the Nook Smart Touch) will remain $139. Read More

  • RadioShack To Start Selling The Nook And Nook Accessories On October 3rd

    RadioShack To Start Selling The Nook And Nook Accessories On October 3rd

    The full line of Nook wares are hitting Radio Shack stores and beginning October 3. The Nook will join the Kindle and a dozen generic ereaders within the 3,000 Radio Shack locations and select franchises throughout the US. These stores will carry both the Nook Touch and the Nook Color along with a likely stunted line of accessories. Read More

  • Barnes & Noble Courts HTML Devs With Appcelerator Partnership

    Barnes & Noble Courts HTML Devs With Appcelerator Partnership

    Although it is free to develop for the B&N Nook Color’s homegrown version of Android, the company is courting devs who may or may not be as comfortable with the vagaries of Android development by selecting Appcelerator as a partner to help “accelerate” app development for the platform. Appcelerator makes Titanium mobile, an IDE that focuses on web devs rather than… Read More

  • Amazon’s Kindle Tablet Is Very Real. I’ve Seen It, Played With It.

    Amazon’s Kindle Tablet Is Very Real. I’ve Seen It, Played With It.

    It’s called simply the “Amazon Kindle”. But it’s not like any Kindle you’ve seen before. It displays content in full color. It has a 7-inch capacitive touch screen. And it runs Android. Rumors of Amazon making a full-fledged tablet device have persisted for a while. I believe we were one of the first to report on the possibility from a credible source — the… Read More

  • iPad Book Apps Hobbled: Only Existing Account-Holders Can Use The Apps, Google Books Booted

    iPad Book Apps Hobbled: Only Existing Account-Holders Can Use The Apps, Google Books Booted

    At the beginning of the year, Apple said it wanted 30% of everything sold through the iPad platform. You could sell almost anything – books, downloadable content, magazines, pictures of kittens – but, according to their subscription rules, everything had to go through Apple itself and you could not, in short, go out to a web page to complete the transaction. That promise –… Read More

  • B&N Now Offering 30 Free Books For Upgrading To Nook

    Got an “old” ereader you want to “upgrade?” Get yourself a Nook and B&N will throw in $315 worth of free books, 30 titles in all, including “Glory in the Fall: The Greatest Moments in World Series History, 21st Century Crossword Puzzle Dictionary, My Boyfriend Wrote a Book About Me” along with some public domain titles. There are some cook books in there… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: A $79 Refurbished B&N 3G Nook

    There’s a new Nook in town and it’s great. But that doesn’t mean the old one is now suddenly any less great than it once was, which makes this daily deal quite nice. For only $79, you can snag a refurbished 3G Nook. That’s $90 less than it’s recently lowered price. Sure, it’s not a true touchscreen (fine by me) and it doesn’t have a new e-ink screen or… Read More

  • New Nook Hacked Further, Gets Launcher, Bluetooth, And… Kindle

    Just last week we posted a video of the new Nook (which we just reviewed) running Angry Birds. Not exactly the best match for an e-paper display, but it does show that the underlying Android install is sound and functional. Further proof comes this weekend, with forum-dwelling hackers installing the ADW Launcher home screen and even the Kindle app on it. Read More

  • Weekend Giveaway: A B&N Nook

    The folks at Punchtab, eager as beavers to get their products into your hands, want to send you a new Nook. Why? They’re in love with you and you won’t accept their love, so they’re in the friend zone and you refuse to pay attention to their attempts to win your heart. It’s like 16 Candles only with start-ups. Anyway, here’s how to win. Read More

  • Review: The Barnes & Noble Nook

    Short Version: After a few days with the new Nook I was hooked. It is a pure reading experience condensed into a device the size of a paperback and with a super-crisp e-ink touchscreen. The Nook is, in short, the best e-reader from a major player I’ve used thus far and is well ahead of its competitors in terms of usability and form factor. Read More

  • Angry Birds On A Nook – No, Not A Nook Color, A Nook

    The new Nook (colloquially called the Nook Touch) runs Android underneath that crunchy black and white book interface, so Nook hacker JFreke decided to root it and see if something like Angry Birds will run. Lo and behold, it does. Very, very poorly. But it’s still awesome, in a really shabby way. Read More

  • 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

  • Hands-On With The New Nook: Watch Out, Amazon

    I have egg on my face, hands, and in my hair. Last year I called a premature end to the ereader race, stating that the Kindle was first to market and therefore in first place. I’m pleased to report that I was wrong. The new Nook is without question the best standalone Wi-Fi ereader on the market. Note that I added a few weasel words there, and if you’re looking for 3G then the… Read More

  • Amazon Fires Back With $164 Kindle 3G With Offers

    Amazon is now offering the Kindle 3G, originally $190, for $164 with “offers.” This new version integrates 3G wireless alongside Wi-Fi, something the new Nook pointedly does not have. This new version will also include offers aka advertisements, allowing you to see a bit of flimflammery with your regularly scheduled ebook. The Kindle Wi-Fi with offers costs $114, twenty dollars… Read More

  • 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

    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

  • B&N Unleashes A New Nook: Touchscreen E-Ink, 2 Month Battery, $139

    Barnes & Noble just unveiled the latest and greatest Nook ereading device at a special NYC event. It’s a simple device, really. In fact B&N stated that this revamped Nook is the easiest to use ereading device on the market. The touchscreen enabled Nook, sorry Kobo, is said not to feature any page turning latency and a battery that last up to two months, which is double the… Read More

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