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E-reader

A new library project in the U.S. marks the first public library to be built as an all-dig...

A new library to be opened in Bexar County, Texas, will provide visitors with a bank of e-Readers for borrowing e-books ... but books of the traditional paper variety will be glaringly absent. The project marks the first public library to be built as an all-digital service and just to make sure library-goers are in no doubt that it's the 21st century, the interior will feature a design influenced by Apple retail stores.  Read More

Which of the two glowing eReaders comes out ahead?

While Apple dominates the tablet market with its iPad, there are two big names competing for your dollars in the dedicated e-book realm: Amazon's Kindle and Barnes & Noble's Nook. Both have been around for several generations, and have closely followed each others' footsteps. This year both product lines saw a long-anticipated upgrade: backlit displays. This tech allows for easier reading in low-lit conditions, which was long the Achilles heel of e-readers. So how do Amazon's Kindle Paperwhite and Barnes & Noble's Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight stack up?  Read More

Ergo Electronics has announced three new GTi Android tablets and a very inexpensive color ...

Ergo Electronics has launched three new affordable GTi Android tablets to help cash-strapped parents treat their loved ones to some touchscreen tablet fun this holiday season. The company has also partnered with Gardners Books to release a 6-inch GoTab tablet/e-reader as an inexpensive alternative to color e-readers like the Nook Color, the Elonex 500FB or even its own GoBooks.  Read More

The Kindle Paperwhite will be available in the U.S. on October 1st

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos took to the stage today in Santa Monica to reveal several new devices, including an all-new Kindle e-reader, dubbed the “Kindle Paperwhite." The e-reader sports several upgrades over other Kindle models, such as a new built-in illumination system, capacitive touchscreen and significantly improved screen resolution.  Read More

Sony's new 6-inch touchscreen e-Reader benefits from more paper-like page turns, with impr...

Sony says that its new 6-inch touchscreen e-Reader benefits from more paper-like page turns, an E-Ink display that's been optimized for long-term, ad-free reading and a splattering of social features. The Sony Reader PRS-T2 also comes with 2GB of onboard storage (with about 1.3GB available for use after initial setup) and microSD media card expansion and includes the company's public library lending feature allows library card holders to wirelessly borrow free e-books from over 15,000 public libraries in the U.S.  Read More

Nook for Web on a laptop

Barnes & Noble has introduced Nook for Web, which lets users access new digital content as well as their previously purchased eBooks on all PC and Mac-supported Web browsers. No sign-in or software download is required for Nook for Web, which is hosted on Barnes and Noble's library sites. Now readers without a Nook eReader can browse, sample, or purchase the millions of titles in Barnes & Noble's range.  Read More

Ergo Electronics has launched two new color e-Readers at this week's London Book Fair, tog...

Reading for pleasure among today's youngsters simply cannot compete with the temptations of readily available immersive gaming, online networking and HD movie entertainment. According to a report by the Every Child a Chance Trust, shortcomings in child literacy are said to cost the taxpayer an estimated £2.5 billion (nearly US$4 billion) per year in England alone. Ergo Electronics has responded to the electronic reading needs of children by launching two new color e-Reader solutions, an Android reading app and a parent/child reading campaign at the London Book Fair, which runs from April 16 to 18 at the capital's Earls Court.  Read More

Nook Simple Touch GlowLight for reading in the dark

Barnes and Noble's (B&N) new Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight solves one of the biggest downsides of e-ink eReaders - reading in the dark. The device, which will be available in May, features a 6-inch touchscreen, which is illuminated by 8 LEDs embedded in the bezel at the top of the display screen. This creates an even, soft glow which enables the user to continue reading in low-light.  Read More

Rooting the Nook Tablet expands the slate's horizons with the addition of the Android Mark...

The Nook Tablet from Barnes and Noble offers meatier specs than Amazon's Kindle Fire for half the price of an iPad, but the selection of apps on offer for the e-reader/tablet hybrid is a bit underwhelming. Fortunately, it takes less than 30 minutes to turn a Nook into a fully-functional Honeycomb tablet with access to the Android Market.  Read More

The Kindle Touch screen uses infra-red technology, so it requires only the lightest of tou...

The Amazon Kindle Touch is quite a remarkable little machine. In many ways, it can be seen as a halfway point between the Fourth Generation Kindle e-Reader and the Kindle Fire Tablet. However, it's not simply a glorified reader, nor is it a stripped down tablet. Rather, it is another way in which Amazon is building on its lead in the e-Reader market by optimizing the reader interface and user controls. With the Kindle Touch sure to find its way under many a tree this holiday season we put the device through its paces with a hands-on review.  Read More

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