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What will Microsoft do with Nook?

In April, Microsoft and Barnes & Noble announced a partnership. B&N was spinning off its Nook division into NOOK Media LLC, and Microsoft was to have a hand in it. The move raised a few eyebrows as analysts and pundits speculated what the move was about. Today Barnes & Noble and Microsoft have completed the partnership. Though we still don't know much about what the two companies are up to, we do know that this is a serious investment from Microsoft: to the tune of $300 million for a 17.6 percent stake (Barnes & Noble retains the remaining shares).  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

Barnes & Noble has hopped on the HD bandwagon with the launch of the NOOK HD and HD+ (pict...

Barnes & Noble doesn't want to be left behind with Amazon announcing HD versions of its popular Kindle tablets, so it's bringing the NOOK HD and NOOK HD+ to market. The NOOK HD is Barnes & Noble's entry into the seven-inch tablet market and the HD+ is its nine-inch version.  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

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

Readerdock has developed charging speaker docks for the Kindle Fire (shown) and the B&N No...

Last week, Grace Digital announced the forthcoming release of its FireDock charging speaker dock specifically designed for Amazon's Kindle Fire. We said that this was one of the first to reach the market. Well, here's one of the others. The FireStation from Readerdock is not only going to hit the marketplace well before July, but it's a good deal cheaper too. The company has also created a dedicated speaker dock for Nook Color users called the N-Station, that's due for release at the same time.  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 new Nook Simple Touch Reader is 35 percent lighter and 15 percent thinner than the fir...

The dust hadn't even had time to settle on the announcement of the new Kobo eReader Touch Edition before Barnes & Noble (B&N) unveiled the Nook Simple Touch Reader. The new Nook has 50 percent better contrast than the previous e-Ink edition (thanks to being upgraded to the latest Pearl e-ink technology) and, like the Kobo device, its 6-inch display has been made touch sensitive with the aid of infrared technology. It's also 35 percent lighter and 15 percent thinner than the first edition Nook, and offers a best-in-class battery life.  Read More

Together with a platform update, Barnes & Noble has given the NOOK Color email, social net...

Barnes & Noble has taken the opportunity afforded by an Android OS update to bring some tablet-like functionality to its NOOK Color e-Reader. The version 1.2 firmware update brings specially-designed apps, full-featured email, enhanced browsing and new multimedia content. It's available now for free manual download but existing devices will be automatically updated via built-in 802.11n Wi-Fi over the coming weeks.  Read More

Dzdock One

Created by an 11 year old boy from Pennsylvania, USA, Dzdock One is a one-size-fits-all dock for iPhone, iPad, Kindle and other styles of tablets or smart phones. The design started off as a father son challenge, where young Dino Zaharakis’ was promised that if he could design an iPad dock and web-site to market it, he could get a phone. A big challenge for anyone, the youngster took it all the way and has successfully designed, manufactured and marketed the Dzdock One.  Read More

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