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Sony says no plans for a color e-reader

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

According to Sony’s Fujio Noguchi, deputy president of the Digital Reading Business Division of Sony Electronics Inc., the company has no plans to introduce a color e-reader anytime soon. Apparently their new Reader is doing very well in sales, especially in Sony’s US online store, SonyStyle.

The Reader Touch Edition is the best selling device out of all of their e-readers at $299. Sony won’t take on a color e-reader until E-Ink technologies move along enough for their liking.

Teclast K3 ebook reader gets a price

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on January 28th, 2010

Now we have some more information on Teclast’s K3 ebook reader, like pricing which is $220. The K3 has a 6″ e-ink display, 4GB of internal storage, and a built-in 3D accelerator for orientating the display. It will support ebook formats like TXT, PDF, PDB, Microsoft Word, EPUB, FB2, HTML and SKT, along with standard image formats.

The 2,000mAh battery will give you up to 1,000 page turns and 20 hours of continuous audio playback. The device is just 8.9mm thick.

Colorware colors the Nook

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

You love your Nook right? But the design is pretty boring. Well now you can choose the look that you want, whether it’s a clashing color scheme or a solid. You can go as ugly as as pretty as you like. You’re the one who has to look at it.

Colorware will now bring your Nook’s exterior to life. A fresh paintjob will cost you $125. If you have the scratch, head on over to Colorware and design the Nook of your dreams.

The Kandle, an eReader light for your Kindle

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

Okay team, we need a catchy name for our new e-reader light. What’s that? Candle? Oh with a K! I love it. Our word play will take the world by storm and we shall sell ten million by Christmas alone. No one will stop us!

Yeah, that must have been the meeting. It’s compatible with all kinds of eReaders, not just the Kindle and it features double pivoting arms and a 2 LED light source. So go ahead and read in the dark. Now there’s nothing stopping you from finishing that novel.

Endless Ideas intros first WiFi-Enabled e-Book Reader

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

Endless Ideas has introduced its first WiFi-enabled e-Book reader called the BeBook Neo. The device is powered by a Freescale processor and offers a 6-inch E-ink display with a Wacom touchscreen. Some other features include 512MB of internal memory, a microSD card slot that will give you up to 16GB, USB port, 3.5mm headset jack and WiFi so you can access Google and Wikipedia.

And also a range of third-party e-Book stores is supported. It plays nice with most popular file formats. The BeBook Neo will cost you £279.99 or roughly $453. It’s available for pre-order now.

More details on the ASUS DR-570 color e-book reader

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

We have some more details on the color ASUS DR-570 e-book reader that showed up over the weekend. In addition to WiFi, 3G, and 122-hour real world battery life, you can also expect lightning quick 0.03 second page turns. In case you’re wondering that’s about 23 times faster than the Kindle and its competition.

It also sports 4GB of onboard storage with SDHC expansion, 512MB of SDRAM, and a 1,530mAh battery. That’s not all, it also has a built-in RSS reader, audio/video/Flash player, text to speech engine, and a built-in web browser. The device will hit before the end of the year. Apparently there is also online video streaming support via Amazon video on demand, 3D gaming and navigation, “One stop shopping for books, video, music,” and support for ePub, PDF, txt, MP3, MP4, and AVI content formats.

ASUS DR-570 e-reader: 6-inch OLED color screen, 122 hours of battery life

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on January 17th, 2010

Well, this one came from out of nowhere. We haven’t heard much from ASUS in the e-reader market, but according to Times Online’s InGear it’s building a 6-inch color OLED e-reader, which is currently dubbed the DR-570.

The device will play Flash video, has both WiFi and 3G, and if you believe it can last for 122 hours on a single charge under “real world conditions.” Which makes it sound like even they don’t quite believe it. The device should be released by the end of the year.

Hanvon N618 ebook reader

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

The latest ebook reader to hit the market is the new Hanvon N618 ebook reader from the WISEreader line. This one features a 6″ Vizplex e-paper display, Wi-Fi, a 3.5mm headphone jack, USB connectivity, 320MB of internal memory and an SD memory card slot.

The Hanvon will play nice with TXT, HTXT, HTML, PDF, DOC, XLS ebooks, JPG, PNG, BMP, GIF and TIF file formats. It also boasts handwriting recognition so you can jot down notes on your TXT ebooks. It’s just a tad expensive and costs half a grand in China. Keep in mind that this doesn’t even have an ebook store connection.

Teclast K3 Talking Portable Library

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

Too many e-readers. Do people really love them or are OEMs just all going crazy? Anyhow, Teclast, the portable media player guys, have now entered this crowded market with the K3. It supports the usual document formats and packs a 6-inch E Ink display, an MP3 / MP4 player and text-to-speech either in English or Chinese.

They call it a “Talking Portable Library”, but we are guessing that the voice leaves something to be desired. Call it a hunch.

Lexi E-book reader

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

You’ll notice that they called this one Lexi, not sexy. It is in no way sexy and could never be called sexy no matter how many beers you’ve downed while reading your favorite book. Lexi is from Audiovox/RCA, who showed her off at CES 2010.

She won’t turn very many heads in the crowded e-book reader market. She features a 6-inch display, 800 x 600 resolution, 2GB internal memory, and a battery that will last up to 7000 page turns. We doubt that it will take on the Kindle or the Nook.

Samsung intros E6 e-reader, with content from Google

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

Samsung on Wednesday demonstrated the E6 e-book reader. The 6-inch device features a wireless connection, likely Wi-Fi, to share and get your content and it also has a handwriting feature so users can doodle away. The first partner to provide content for the device will be Google, which has digitized many many popular and classic books.

The E6 should be able to compete well with Amazon’s Kindle, not to mention all of the others out there. The E6 will ship at some point later this year for $399.

Alex e-reader arrives February 22, $399

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

According to Spring Design, the dual-screen Alex e-reader will be shipping around the end of next month. February 22 in fact. The price however is a surprise. At $399, it’s about $150 higher than the Nook.

And it’s very similar to the Nook. How many users will be willing to pay that? You tell us. to refresh your memory, it sports a 6-inch display using monochrome e-ink (not color), but it also has a secondary 3.5-inch color touchscreen that lets you browse the Web.

Interead expands COOL-ER e-reader line-up, adds content

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

We already knew about Interead’s COOL-ER 3G e-book reader, but now they are announcing a new WiFi-equipped COOL-ER Connect model. Details are in short supply, but the reader will apparently have a touchscreen and weigh only 5.8 ounces.

Look for it to be available this Spring. The COOL-ER 3G is scheduled for mid-2010. Interead has also announced a new line of content for its e-book readers. Like the Coolermatic application for instance, which will let users access over 1,400 newspapers and “select websites,”. Twitter feeds as well, but with no posting.

Skiff Reader coming to a Sprint Store near you

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

I hear ya, Amazon’s Kindle DX is big. It is, but it’s not the biggest any more. The Skiff Reader is the biggest in town now at just a quarter inch thick. It features a 1600 x 1200 11.5-inch touchscreen (finger and stylus) that should be much better for magazine and newspaper layouts.

Skiff also has 4GB of on-board storage (with over 3GB available for content), SD card expansion, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Content can be loaded via a mini USB jack or through WiFi and 3G is also an option thanks to Sprint, who will sell the Skiff this year for an unknown price.

Dulin’s Books brings $350, 6-inch BOOX 60 e-reader to US

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on December 30th, 2009

E-book readers are everywhere. So much so that they will surely survive any apocalypse, which at least gives the surviving cockroaches something to pass their time with. Dulin Books has announced that they will be shipping their own e-book reader, the Boox 60 very soon.

The device will come equipped with built-in Wi-Fi and a WebKit-based browser, which will handle news, blogs and other wiki sites along with the ability to download other content. It packs a 6″ Vizplex display with touchscreen capability, and a 532MHz processor with 512MB of internal memory(Which can be expanded with a microSDHC memory card).