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Owen E1 e-book reader

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

E-book readers are all the rage. You may have heard a little something about them. Do you own one yet? The Owen E1 e-book reader is pretty good on features, plus it comes in black, where most others are white.

It’s just slightly smaller than the Amazon Kindle and sports a 5″ e-ink display and audio and image file support. Whether it supports color or not, we have no idea. There is also no word on pricing just yet, but the Owen E1 looks like it will be a worthy competitor when it arrives.

Nook Firmware updated to version 1.1

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on December 21st, 2009

We know that many of you still haven’t received your Nook eReader yet, but here’s some good news. The latest firmware update, version 1.1 has been released.

Calm down. There isn’t anything too exciting happening here, but if you use your Nook a lot, you’ll notice some speed improvements. The update also fixes some other issues. For instance Page updating on the display should be faster. Page numbering issues have also been fixed. And navigation on the color screen is apparently improved.

M-Edge offers up New Yorker Kindle jackets

Posted in ebooks by Shane McGlaun on December 14th, 2009

newyorkermedge-sbI have never, ever felt the need to read an issue of the New Yorker magazine. I’ve seen a few issues on the table at the various doctor’s appointments I have been to and recognize that the mag likes artsy covers. If you are a fan of the publication M-Edge is now offering a jacket for the Kindle featuring one of three cover designs.

The line is called the New Yorker Kindle Jacket and has covers called “Booktropolis,” “Book Lovers,” and “Sunday Afternoon in Central Park.” The cover of the Go! Jacket with the special artwork is 100% leather and the inside is tan microfiber.

Interead announces COOL-ER 3G e-reader

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on December 9th, 2009

Interead announces COOL-ER 3G e-readerThe COOL-ER e-reader has good looks and a decent price point, so you gotta love it. On the other hand, it lacks WiFi, which we don’t love. No one wants to use a USB cable or an SD card with this device. Luckily for all of us Interead has some changes in store for next year.

Like WiFi and deals with AT&T as well as NewspaperDirect which will grant access to over 1,300 newspapers and magazines. Now that sounds more like it.

Aluratek’s $179 Libre eBook reader

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on December 9th, 2009

Aluratek's $179 Libre eBook readerThe Libre eBook Reader PRO doesn’t have an e-Ink display, instead it has a monochrome reflective light LCD with a 2GB SD card. That sets it apart from the other recent eBook readers. And it’s only $179. The reader even boasts 24 hours of continuous use and supports MP3 and photos.

It’s only 5 inches and can handle ePub, PDF, TXT, Mobi, PRC and RTF formats. That makes it handy for those of you who download books from “non-official” sources. If you don’t download, the Libre comes with 100 “free” books as well.

Netronix developing a new eBook reader running Android

Posted in ebooks by Shane McGlaun on November 30th, 2009

netronixereaderThe eReader market is fast becoming the market that everyone wants to be in. In 2008 and even this year the netbook market has been where many manufacturers have flocked. It seems the eReader market is the next big thing.

DigiTimes reports that Netronix is developing a new eReader that will run the Android operating system. Netronix is working with Texas instruments to develop the readers and expects to ship a million units of the device in 2010.

Barnes & Noble taking gift cards for ebook purchases in December

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on November 17th, 2009

Barnes And Noble e-Book reader revealedThere have been some rumors lately that Barnes & Noble wouldn’t be accepting its own gift cards for ebook purchases, but the company now denies those claims. The company says that they will be accepting physical gift cards and online gift certificates as payment for ebooks very soon.

The cards will work on purchases made on B&N’s website and also for sales through the Nook itself. It also applies to other devices that use B&N’s eReader software. The new policy goes into effect in “mid-December.”

Readius-like ereader launching in 2010

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on November 12th, 2009

Readius-like ereader launching in 2010We’ve been waiting for this one for awhile. Remember that bendable Readius ebook reader we showed you back in January of 2008 from Polymer Vision? Sadly for this bendy device it suffered delays which then turned into bankruptcy and dashed our hopes.

Now however it’s Wistron’s turn. According to Brian Chong, head of Wistron’s product planning, a similarly designed 5-to-6 inch device with a pull-out flexible e-paper display will launch in 2010. We can’t wait to see what the finished device includes.

Barnes & Noble sees heavy demand for Nook e-book reader

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on November 9th, 2009

Barnes And Noble e-Book reader revealedIf you want to get a Nook for this holiday season, you better get on that right away. The Nook is proving so in demand that they are pushing the second wave of pre-orders into the first week of December.

Many customers are delaying their order until they see the e-book reader in person at Barnes & Noble. Apparently display units should start arriving at the end of November, but it looks unlikely that there will be any units to sell. That means that you may have to get it sight unseen if you want delivery before the holidays. The cost is $260.

Dulin PocketBook 301+ and PocketBook 360 eReaders now available in US

Posted in ebooks by Shane McGlaun on November 9th, 2009

pocketbook360-sgMany are predicting that some of the most popular gadgets this holiday season will be eReaders. With a wealth of new devices like the Kindle, Nook and others on the market, many will find a new eReader under the tree this year. Dulin is now offering a couple new eReaders in America.

The readers are the Pocketbook 360 with a 5-inch e-ink Vizplex display and a 400Mhz Samsung processor. Memory for the device is expandable to 32GB and it comes in black or ivory colors. The PocketBook 301+ is very similar.

Spring Design sues Barnes & Noble over Nook eReader

Posted in ebooks by Shane McGlaun on November 3rd, 2009

springdesignereaderYou might recall that sweet Android-powered eBook reader from Spring Design called the Alex that we talked about last month. Spring Design has filed a suit against Barnes & Noble over its recently announced Nook eReader for alleged IP infringement.

According to Spring, it was in talks with Barnes & Noble to partner to distribute the Alex when executives at Barnes & Noble misappropriated the trade secrets and violated the non-disclosure agreements in place between the two firms. Spring claims that Barnes & Noble made no indications of using the features of the Alex reader in its own product until the Nook was officially announced.

Nokia Storyplay wooden e-reader for kids

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on November 1st, 2009

Nokia Storyplay wooden e-reader for kidsWe adults have the Kindle and the Nook, along with other e-readers. But what about the kids? It’s the kids who we want to get reading. Nokia is at least thinking about the children.

The Storyplay e-reader is a new take on storytelling and reading. It will feature Elmo from Sesame Street on a removable paper book that’s attached with magnets. The reader has two screens. One will display Elmo and his antics, while the second screen will display a live video screen. (Displaying what?)

ASUS WiFi, 3G and WiMAX ebook readers confirmed for March 2010

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on October 29th, 2009

ASUS WiFi, 3G and WiMAX ebook readers confirmed for March 2010We had heard that Asus was planning some ebook readers and now some new details have emerged. Executives from the company apparently confirmed that WiFi, 3G and WiMAX versions will be announced before the year is out. The ebook readers will apparently hit carrier partners in the US and Europe in March 2010, with prices that will be “competitive” with what’s offered from Amazon and Sony.

Previous rumors have ASUS readying two different sized readers, one with a 6-inch e-ink display while a second model will have a larger 9-inch panel. WiMax seems like overkill, but Asus apparently thinks it will sell well.

ECTACO unveils jetBook-Lite eBook reader

Posted in ebooks by Shane McGlaun on October 28th, 2009

jetbooklite-sgMost of the eBook readers on the market have a lot in common. They have the same types of screens and sell for very similar prices. The Barnes & Noble Nook has that color screen and the Kindle has 3G connectivity with both selling for $259. A new eReader from a company called ECTACO was announced today with a significantly lower price of $149.

The reader is called the jetBook-Lite and it sports a 5-inch screen and gets power from normal AA batteries rather than a rechargeable. The device can read the eReader DRM file format that Barnes & Noble uses in its online bookstore.

Bridgestone announces flexible touchscreen color e-reader

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on October 27th, 2009

Bridgestone announces flexible touchscreen color e-readerBack in April we heard that Bridgestone was getting into the e-paper biz and it looks like they are still making progress. The company’s all-color touchscreen e-book reader is based on what Bridgestone calls Quick-response Liquid Powder and is about 5.8mm thick.

It features a 13.1-inch touch-sensitive e-paper display with 4,096 colors that has a refresh rate of about 0.8 seconds. It also boasts mobile phone connectivity. The biggest news here is that the entire thing is designed to bend. Everything from the circuit board, touchscreen, and housing.