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Barnes & Noble ‘Nook’ e-reader out Tuesday, $259

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on October 19th, 2009

Barnes And Noble e-Book reader revealedWe’ve been waiting for more info about Barnes and Noble’s new color e-book reader and it looks like we have some. According to the Wall Street Journal, they’ve seen an upcoming ad for Barnes & Noble’s e-book reader.

It’s called the Nook. And according to the article, you can expect it to be out on Tuesday, when it will retail for $259. Interestingly, the device will let users “lend e-books to friends.” That last bit is intriguing. More tomorrow.

Spring Design’s Alex eReader rocks Android, with dual displays

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on October 19th, 2009

Spring Design's Alex eReader rocks Android, with dual displays  The Alex looks similar to the Android-powered Barnes & Noble reader, but this one 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.

Yeah, VERY similar to that Barnes and Noble reader. Spring Design claims that it’s “enlisting major content partners, and plans to release the Alex for selected strategic partners by the end of this year.” Interesting.

Plastic Logic’s Que Capacitive-Touch Ebook Reader

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on October 19th, 2009

Plastic Logic's Que Capacitive-Touch Ebook ReaderWe don’t have a ton of details on this one and the official launch won’t happen until January 7 at CES, but Plastic Logic is looking to get into the high end of the e-reader market with its upcoming QUE proReader. The device uses E Ink Vizplex tech in a shatterproof display the size of a regular piece of paper at 8.5 x 11-inches.

It also features 3G wireless capabilities thanks to AT&T and a business-minded ebook store at QUEreader.com to be powered by Barnes & Noble. And yes it has a touchscreen interface, but we aren’t sure if that means the entire display or not. The unit is “less than 1/3-inch thick,” and plays nice with PDF, Word, PowerPoint and Excel, including tools for “interacting with and managing the content,”.

Barnes And Noble e-Book reader revealed

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on October 14th, 2009

Barnes And Noble e-Book reader revealedLooks like we have some early images of Barnes and Noble’s e-book reader. As we covered before, this thing is supposedly set for a Spring 2010 release, with a color display.

Then there was word that it would not have a color screen. But it looks like there is truth to both of those rumors. Apparently the dual-panel device will feature a typical e-ink display on top with a multitouch panel underneath. Think of it as a Kindle/iPhone mashup.

Solar Cell e-Book from LG

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

Solar Cell e-Book from LGYour choice of e-reader devices continues to grow rapidly. And now LG is showing off its Solar Cell e-Book reader. The prototype has an energy conversion efficiency of about 9.6 percent. That means that it gives you an extra day’s worth of power to continue reading on that 6-inch TFT-LCD after four to five hours in the sun.

LG is working on getting that solar cell energy conversion efficiency rate to 12% by 2010 or up to 14% by 2012. Great news for bookworms, not so great if you have to read for your homework.

Barnes and Noble’s color Plastic Logic e-book reader, Spring 2010

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

Barnes and Noble's color Plastic Logic e-book reader, Spring 2010Plastic Logic’s e-book reader, all set to roll out in spring next year, will power the Barnes & Noble e-book reader application. Looks like this is basically an older model with a color display. It sounds like the B&N application will also be available for cellphones including the iPhone, BlackBerry, and Android devices.

Plastic Logic is also boasting that their next color reader is about to hit the market soon, where it will be the “first to market with a large, flexible color display”.

Disney Digital Books interact with young readers

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

Disney Digital Books interact with young readersIf you want to instill a love of reading in your child early on, this may be a good way to do so. Disney’s new range of eBooks will feature a “Disney-level experience” according to the company. These eBooks feature a “look and listen” section for beginners, where the book will be read aloud by voice actors to a soundtrack and each word will be highlighted as it is being spoken.

That should learn them kids. If your child wants to read alone and finds a word he or she doesn’t recognize, they just click on it and a voice will read it to them. It’s a great visual way for kids to learn.

IREX DR800SG e-reader

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on September 23rd, 2009

IREX DR800SG e-readerIREX is introducing its DR800SG e-reader. It may look like the Kindle, but it isn’t. The screen measures 8.1 inches diagonal and the controls are a stylus/touchscreen combo along with a control bar on the side that works sort of like a joystick. Also, the IREX renders newspapers with page layout intact, allowing readers to zoom in on articles.

The device has an always-on 3G connection via Verizon (Don’t worry. No subscription fees). The company has also partnered with Barnes & Noble for their e-book store, selling most new books at $9.99. No PC is required, but the syncing software is Windows only. The DR800SG should be available at Best Buy stores in October for $399.

Bookeen Cybook Opus e-reader now shipping for $280

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on September 23rd, 2009

Bookeen Cybook Opus e-reader now shipping for $280We first told you about Bookeen’s Cybus ebook reader back in may. Then it was briefly spotted in July. After that nothing. So we figured they gave up on their expensive e-book with no Wi-Fi.

Well, it’s back and now shipping. For the price, at least it looks different than other readers. The E-ink ebook reader weighs just 5.3oz and features a 5″ display, 12 font sizes, 4-level greyscale and 200 dpi and the built in accelerometer lets you auto change from portrait to landscape mode.

Asus eBook with dual-color displays for $165

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on September 7th, 2009

Asus eBook with dual-color displays for $165Here’s an interesting eBook from Asus dubbed the eee-Book, sporting two color displays that lets you flip the pages like you would on a real book. Think of it as a large Nintendo DS on it’s side. You can also browse the web on one of the displays, presumably while reading on the other.

It connects using 3G or Wifi, comes with a memory card slot and supports Skype audio/video conferencing. The price is a really nice $165. Look out Kindle! That’s about all the info we have right now, but we like what we see.

Astak 5-inch EZ Reader Pocket Pro debuts

Posted in ebooks by Shane McGlaun on August 10th, 2009

astakreader-sbEReaders are starting to really take off thanks to the Amazon Kindle. The big catch is that most of the readers on the market lack the key Kindle feature that makes it so popular, namely wireless connectivity.

Astak has announced a new 5-inch Pocket Pro eReader that will retail for $199. That sub-$200 range is thought to be the sweet spot for eReaders. The device also supports Adobe DRM PDF files along with 20 other open source formats. The 5-inch screen supports 8-levels of gray scale.

Sony PRS-300 and PRS-600 e-book readers

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

Sony PRS-300 and PRS-600 e-book readersWe now have some images and specs on a couple of new Sony e-book readers, the PRS-300 and PRS-600. The PRS-300 has a 5″ LCD display without audio output, and it will also lack a memory card slot. But you do have 440MB of storage space.

The PRS-600 is the better model, equipped with a 6″ touchscreen display along with audio output and an SD/MS memory card slot. You also get 380MB of storage space. We don’t know if they have Wi-Fi yet, which is what we really want to know.

Barnes & Noble announces eBookStore

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on July 20th, 2009

Barnes & Noble announces eBookStoreBarnes & Noble, the ginormous US book store chain has just announced its very own eBookStore. And as you might expect from a heavy literary retail hitter like B&N, they are doing things big. It already features some 700,000 eBooks. According to them, that’s the largest eBook store ever.

And you can bet that they expect that selection to grow quickly. The company also announced a partnership with Plastic Logic, which is an eBook manufacturer and says that they will be catering to every platform.

Kindle 2 Chinese knock off spotted

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

Kindle 2 Cinese knock off spottedIf you’ve been waiting with bated breath for a proper Kindle 2 knock-off, the Chinese have answered your prayers with this one that looks just like the Kindle. The device will arrive in Japan by the end of 2009, and the price tag will be around $210. The device will have a built-in cellular modem with SIM card.

The company, Peking University Founder, offered no further specs, but we would really like them to explain just what the hell their name means. Shady gadgets, shady names. I suppose they want to make you feel safe, as if the founder of Peking University endorses this thing.

Bookeen Cybook Opus ebook reader spotted in the wild

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on July 7th, 2009

Bookeen Cybook Opus ebook reader spotted in the wildBookeen was apparently showing off their pocket ebook reader, the Cybook Opus, and those who have seen it sound pretty pleased. The ebook reader has a display of 200dpi with 600 x 800 resolution and auto-rotation.

It supports file formats like ePUB and PDF, DRM or no. It comes with 1GB of internal storage that can be expanded via the microSD memory card slot. The large page-turn buttons on the side make sense, and it supports up to a dozen font sizes.