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DoCoMo Sharp SH-07C e-Book Reader

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on November 8th, 2010

The Sharp SH-07C e-Book reader is now available in Japan via DoCoMo’s network. The device weighs in at 240 grams and the 3G e-Book reader features a 5.5-inch color LCD with a 1024×600 resolution.

Some other features include 32GB of internal storage space and support for the new XMDF eBook format. Sadly, we don;t have any info on pricing or availability yet. When we hear something, we’ll let you know.

Hanvon wants to take E Ink to a new level by adding some color

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on November 8th, 2010

Thanks to E-ink we can enjoy a near ‘book-like’ experience on an electronic medium that also saves on battery life. E Ink technology is evolving like anything else and now Hanvon is getting ready to announce a product that will feature a color E Ink device. This device will be the first with this new type of display. Don’t get your hopes up for videos though. It’ll be more like a first gen color display that can run animations but no video.

The device will come with a large 9.638-inch touchscreen display and be available with Wi-Fi and 3G. It’s due to hit shelves sometime in March of next year and would be priced at around $440.

Entourage launches Pocket eDGe dual-touchscreen tablet

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on October 31st, 2010

Entourage has launched its Pocket eDGE dual touchscreen tablet, which incorporates a monochrome 6-inch Wacom Penabled E ink panel on the left and a 7-inch color resistive touchscreen display on the right. It’s running Android 1.6 as well as Embedded Linux and the trackball on the right has now been replaced by an optical touchpad.

The Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g enabled device includes 3GB of on-board storage, a 2-megapixel camera capable of capturing video, a USB port, and a microSD slot. It comes pre-loaded with apps including a web browser, Documents to Go, email, journal, music player, notepad, camera, camcorder, audio recorder, calculator, calendar, contacts, dictionary, file explorer, You Tube, and a reader app.

Barnes & Noble Nook Color announced

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on October 26th, 2010

Barnes & Noble just announced its all-new Nook Color, an Android tablet with a 7-inch color touchscreen. B&N is calling it a hybrid of e-reader and tablet, and it even sports a full-on tablet-style UI, along with Facebook and Twitter integration.

Other features include built-in WiFi (802.11b/g/n) and 8GB of storage, but no 3G. The price is $249. For that price you get a decent screen thanks to the “VividView,” 16 million color, 1024 x 600 IPS display. Not sure how we feel about that corner handle though.

Nook for kids coming soon

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on October 25th, 2010

Barnes & Noble will soon be rolling out Nook Kids, a collection of e-books aimed at young readers by offering over 12,000 titles to start with. Most of those will be “enhanced,” like Jamberry, with stuff like a page that shows blueberries that kids can pop.

It’s yet another thing you’ll need to buy for your kids. Damn expensive buggers. You could be living in a castle right this minute playing chess with real human pieces if it weren’t for those whiny little trolls. Oh well, what can you do? Get them Nook kids, that’s what.

New Nook is Android-based, full-color

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on October 22nd, 2010

Looks like the rumored Nook color e-reader from Barnes & Noble will be Android-powered and scheduled for an October 26th release. It will have a $249 price point. We aren’t sure what kind of color display this model will feature.

Hopefully one that can be viewed under direct sunlight. And we wouldn’t mind the ability to display video. If that date is correct then we will know soon. Stay tuned. You’ll get more info when we have it.

Pandigital Novel Personal e-book Reader with Wi-Fi

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on October 18th, 2010

Pandigital has introduced their latest Personal eReader in the Pandigital Novel series. This eReader sports a 6-inch ePaper electrophoretic display with an 800 x 600 pixel resolution and an integrated Barnes & Noble eBook store, which gives you direct access to over one million eBooks, newspapers and magazines.

The device is powered by a Lithium-ion battery, rechargeable through an AC adapter or a USB port. The battery delivers up to 6,000 page turns. The Pandigital Novel Personal supports PDF and EPUB file formats, 2GB of internal storage space, built-in Wi-Fi connectivity and a web browser.

FCC approves Literati Color e-book Reader

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on October 1st, 2010

You might remember the Literati color e-book reader from back in August. Well, the FCC has finally approved the device, so it should be available in the US market very soon.

The Literati e-book reader uses Kobo’s eBook reader OS, allowing users to purchase books from the Kobo eBook store over Wi-Fi. It features a 7-inch color LCD display.

New Kobo eReader gets wireless connection, faster processor

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on September 29th, 2010

The $150 Kobo e-reader is a good value, but sadly the performance was lacking and there was no wireless connectivity. Well, now it’s back with an updated version that fixes both issues. As a bonus, it’s selling for $10 cheaper now.

The new Kobo Wireless eReader adds WiFi, enabling on-device book downloads whenever you’re in range of a hotspot. There’s also a new processor to speed it up. The device comes in your choice of three colors (black, silver, and lavender), and it’s currently up for pre-order now at Borders.

Ectaco jetBook mini is a budget-friendly e-Book Reader

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on September 15th, 2010

If you’re looking for a new e-Book reader, but need one at an affordable price, check out the jetBook mini from Ectaco. Sure, that design looks like it is made for a child, but cheapskates can’t be choosers. This baby is priced at just $99.95.

It comes equipped with a 5-inch TFT display, an SD card slot (up to 2GB), clock and date functions, adjustable font sizes, a multi-language interface and it runs on 4 AAA batteries which are included.

Sharp to release e-book reader to compete with the iPad

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on August 26th, 2010

Sharp’s President Mikio Katayama has said that their upcoming e-reader will be a rival for the Apple iPad. That’s quite a boast. Hopefully it will live up to the hype. This new device is being readied to hit the market before the year is over.

We know that this e-book reader will use a color LCD display with a new file format for e-books called XMDF. XMDF will use video and music along with basic text. It may even be 3D capable, since Sharp is behind the Nintendo 3DS display.

Sharper Image unveils Literati eReader with color LCD

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on August 25th, 2010

Sharper Image has unveiled their Literati eReader. The MerchSource-made device sports a seven-inch, 800×480 LCD to show cover art and photos in books. It also sports Wi-Fi to get online but only uses it for downloading books from Kobo’s online bookstore.

The device uses a Kindle-like keyboard below the screen and side buttons for turning pages. This model will arrive in October for $159 at stores like Best Buy, Bed, Bath & Beyond, JC Penney, Kohl’s and Macy’s.

Periscope Lighted Folio goes pink and fits Kindle 2 and Nook

Posted in ebooks by Shane McGlaun on August 24th, 2010

I have used several eReaders over the years and they are nice as long as you have light to read by. Once it gets dark you can’t read from the screen of most eReaders, unless the reader uses a LCD like the iPad. EInk displays lack a backlight.

For the eReader like the Nook or Kindle 2 if you want to read in the dark you, need a light. Periscope has announced that its Lighted Folio is now available to fit the Kindle 2 and the Barnes & Noble Nook. It has the same hideaway dual LED light to read by.

Pocketbook announces color touch screen Android e-reader

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on August 22nd, 2010

PocketBook has announced five new models that will be released at IFA in September. They include a pair of entry-level ProBook 602 and 902 models, and the ProBook 603 and 903 premium models. The 60x designated models feature 6-inch screens, while the 90x models have a bigger 9.7-inch screen.

All models have 2GB of internal storage, a Linux-based OS, and WiFi and Bluetooth. The higher-end versions also have 3G connectivity and a Wacom touchscreen. The “entertainment model” PocketBook IQ will be available in three case color options, with a 7-inch TFT color touchscreen, WiFi, Bluetooth, and Android 2.0.

Android Cruz Reader and Cruz Tablet available to pre-order

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on August 20th, 2010

The new Cruz Reader and Cruz Tablet are now ready for your pre-ordering. Shipping dates are the 8th September for the reader and 27th September for the tablet. The Cruz Reader runs Google Android as the Operating System and features built-in Wi-Fi and a full web browser, accelerometer, built-in dictionary, note pad, calendar, games, and apps. It also boasts 256 MB of internal memory as well as a 2GB SD card and comes with a battery for up to 10+ hours of use.

The Cruz Tablet features a 7” capacitive touch screen, 4 GB of internal storage, and an 8GB bundled SD card.