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Kobo e-reader available at ten Fairmont hotel properties

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on August 11th, 2010

We’ve seen iPads available when checking into hotels before and now it’s Kobo’s turn. The e-reader company has landed a deal with Fairmont that will put e-book readers into the hands of select guests at select properties.

Fairmont Gold-level guests that are members of the President’s Club will be able to try a Kobo during their stay free of charge. Each one is loaded with a variety of fiction, non-fiction and drama titles. When the device is returned, patrons will be given a $2 off coupon for Random House titles.

iRiver Cover Story now available in China

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

The e-reader market just keeps getting flooded with new gear. Looks like several Chinese online magazines like Sohu.com and 21.cn.com have started selling the iRiver Cover Story. This eReader features a 3.5-inch touchscreen, e-paper and supports ePub, PDF, FM2, TXT, HWP, DOB, PPT, XLS, MP3 and WMA file formats.

The device measures just 126mm x 162.8mm × 9.5mm. Some other features include a mini USB port, 2GB of internal memory and an SD/SDHC card reader for storage expansion.

Netronix PocketBook 602 e-book Reader hits the FCC

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on August 5th, 2010

The Netronix PocketBook 602 e-book reader has been approved by the FCC, like a freshly born child smacked on the butt and sent on it’s way. That means that this eReader will be available in the US market very soon.

The device features a 6-inch e-Ink display with a 532MHz Freescale ARM11 processor, optional Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 3G/3.5G wireless data and a customized Linux OS. The Netronix PocketBook 602 also supports PDF, ePUB, FB2, HTML, TXT, PRC, MOBI, RTF, DOC, JPG, and MP3 file formats. It looks pretty good in black.

Foxit kills eSlick ebook reader

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on August 4th, 2010

Life is hard for dedicated e-readers these days, what with the iPad and other devices giving you so much more. And so Foxit is throwing in the towel. The company just announced that it’s killing its eSlick e-reader. Instead the company will focus on licensing its ebook software to other companies.

It didn’t help matters that the eSlick hasn’t received an update since it arrived in December 2008. It has been stuck at $199 as well, while other e-readers have been more competitive. RIP eSlick.

Barnes & Noble introduces NOOKstudy Reading Platform

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on July 13th, 2010

Barnes & Noble has announced the NOOKstudy online reading and study platform for students. The program allows students to manage eBooks and notes all in one place. Users will be able to access their textbooks, lecture notes, slides, images etc all from one place, which should make their college lives easier.

The best part is that students won’t have to carry those heavy textbooks around like they used to. It might save their aching backs. NOOKstudy is compatible with both Macs and Windows PCs, and is already being used in research institutions. Pretty nice.

Borders launches its own Kobo-powered eBook store

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on July 7th, 2010

Here’s yet another choice of eBook store for you to use. Borders has launched its own Kobo-powered eBook store. The bookstore should offer pretty much the same selection as the existing Kobobooks site, though Borders might throw in some special pricing and promotions.

Borders will also be launching its own versions of the Kobo eBook app, which will be available for the iPhone, BlackBerry and Android. Amazon and Barnes & Noble pretty much own the eBook market, with Borders currently targeting a 17 percent market share.

Sony cuts e-reader prices

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on July 5th, 2010

Sony is helping to heat up the e-book reader price wars. It has now dropped the prices on its three current models. The Pocket Edition was $169 and is now $149, while the Touch Edition drops from $199 to $169, and the 3G Daily Edition is now $299 from $349.

It should be noted that this still leaves Sony a bit behind the competition: the Pocket Edition lacks WiFi unlike the similarly-priced Nook and the Daily Edition will be hard to sell even at $299.

Barnes and Noble Nook firmware version 1.4 now available

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on June 21st, 2010

Barnes and Noble has been very busy indeed. Nook owners will want to get this newly released update quickly. Version 1.4 has some important fixes.

Those fixes include the “go to page” feature, an extra large font size for those hard of seeing, and support for AT&T WiFi. Yep, you read that right, free WiFi at AT&T hotspots. The Nook firmware version 1.4 update is available right now.

Nook Wi-Fi now available for $150, Nook 3G $200

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on June 21st, 2010

Great news for Nook fans. Looks like an all-white, Wi-Fi only version goes on sale today for $150. Better news is that the 3G version has also dropped by $60. That means that the classic nook is now $200. The only differences between the $150 Wi-Fi nook and the $200 3G nook are: Wi-Fi vs 3G, the Wi-Fi has a white back, the 3G has a grey back and the Wi-Fi is 11.6 ounces while the nook 3G is 12.1 ounces.

You are good to go with either, but that $200 Nook is worth it just to make sure you have perpetual, free access from anywhere. Great news!

Overpriced Pandigital novel eReader lands at Kohl’s

Posted in ebooks by Shane McGlaun on June 7th, 2010

Last month we talked about a new eReader from Pandigital called the Novel. The thing was very slick and had lots of cool features coupled with a reasonable price. We liked it well enough.

The Novel has a 7-inch color LCD and weighs about a pound. The device runs Android and has a lithium-ion battery inside for hours of use. The device measures 7.625″ x 5.5″ x 0.75″. The best part of the device was its $199.99 price tag for me.

Borders taking pre-orders on Libre eReader

Posted in ebooks by Shane McGlaun on June 2nd, 2010

We heard about the Libre eReader from Aluratek back in late 2009. The device was one of the lower priced eReaders out there at $179 when we first caught wind of the device. Borders has announced that it will now be selling the Libre.

Pre-orders are being taken now for a black version of the Libre at $119.99, making it $60 less than the original price. Other than lower rice and the black hue, the Libre is the same. It uses a 5-inch monochrome reflective light LCD.

Pandigital 7-inch e-reader with access to Barnes & Noble eBookstore

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on May 24th, 2010

Pandigital’s new 7″ e-reader boasts access to Barnes & Noble’s eBookstore and can also share content via LendMe. The Novel (that’s the name) will feature an 800 x 600 resolution touchscreen display, integrated Wi-Fi connectivity, and 1GB of internal memory that can be upgraded via an SD/MMC memory card.

Other specs include an orientation sensor, a rechargeable battery for up to 6 hours per charge, support for PDF, ePUB and HTML formats. The Android-powered device will run on an ARM 11 processor, and should retail for about $199.99.

EB710 7 inch Color eBook Reader looks interesting

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on May 16th, 2010

This EB710 7 Inch Color eBook Reader looks like it could give the iPad a run for it’s money as far as looks. It has an optional FM radio with recorder, calendar, integrated MP3 player and movie playback. Nothing yet on price or availability, but we like the design. This is what more eBook Readers should look like.

There’s also a 7.0 inch TFT display (16:9 Resolution:800*480) Built-in Li Polymer(2100mAH) Touch key and Circumgyrate five-favor key Music: Image: Movie: Text: Record: high quality,general quality FM Radio(optional).

Samsung SNE-60 eBook reader headed to the UK

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on May 12th, 2010

With the Apple iPad on the way to the UK, it perhaps isn’t the best timing for Samsung to ship its SNE-60 eBook reader to the UK, but that’s their problem. If you want an Apple alternative, the SNE-60 packs a 6-inch 600 x 800 greyscale e-ink display and measures 171 x 120 x 16mm and weighs in at 315g.

It has Wi-Fi built-in, but no 3G. The built-in memory should store 1,200 eBooks, and there’s also the SD memory card slot. Other features of the SNE-60 include support for ePub, PDF and TXT formats, a built-in dictionary, text-to-speech, and MP3 playback.

Kobo eReader available for pre-order, ships June 17th

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on May 10th, 2010

If you don’t need the power of an iPad, Kindle or Nook, than how about the Kobo eReader for $150?

It’s now available for purchase at Borders, and shipping on June 17th. It’s a no frills 6-inch E Ink slate that gets the basics right, even if it does lack 3G and has a distraction large blue button. Go on and make a purchase for Father’s day. Dad shouldn’t mind this one too much. It’s better than a tie.