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J K Rowling unveils Pottermore and DRM-free Harry Potter ebooks

Posted in ebooks by Reuben Drake on June 23rd, 2011

For the last few days, a “Pottermore” website by J K Rowling has been the subject of scrutiny, with speculation that a Harry Potter smartphone was coming. Well, Pottermore is actually a website set up by J K Rowling and Sony, where the author will put up some ebooks (DRM free) of the Harry Potter series for sale as well as audiobooks, which will be available in several languages.

The website will be launched in October, with registrations starting on the 31st of July.

ECS EB-850R Color e-book Reader

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on June 1st, 2011

The ECS EB-850R color e-book reader is being shown off at Computex 2011 and features an 8-inch (800 x 600) color resistive touchscreen with a Wondermedia 8650 processor, either 256MB or 512MB of RAM and up to 32GB of storage.

The device is powered by Google Android 2.2 and also features a microSDHC card reader for storage expansion, Wi-FI and optional 2G/3G. This eReader is compatible with ePUB, PDF, FB2, TXT, CHM, RTF, JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF, MP3, AAC, OGG and WAV file formats.

Kobo Unveils Touch Screen E-Reader for $130

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on May 24th, 2011

Kobo Inc. has unveiled their latest Reader Touch Edition with a 6-inch “Real Touch” E Ink touchscreen display with 16 shades of grey, Wi-Fi connectivity and access to over 2.3 million books, newspapers and magazines, including over a million free titles. You’ll be reading forever.

They claim that the device is the first international E-reader with six built-in languages- English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, and Dutch. The device features just one home button and no keyboard, so it’s all touch. You can pre-order it from Indigo, Best Buy, Wal-Mart and Borders for $129.99 and it is shipping on June 19th.

NOOK Color 1.2 update delivers E-Mail, Flash Support and 125 Apps

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on April 25th, 2011

The NOOK Color’s software was finally been updated with a bunch of new and useful features, thanks to the 1.2 update. The 1.2 update gives the NOOK Color much more potential to become a full-fledged honest to goodness tablet. The update includes a fully functioning email client, support for Adobe Flash player and Adobe Air, and you can also purchase apps.

The Nook color is sounding pretty right about now huh? There are already 125 apps, like Epicurious, Angry Birds and Pulse to name a few. The underlying Android OS has been updated to Android 2.2 (Froyo) and you can expect several system improvements, including better browser performance.

M-Edge e-Luminator Touch Light for eReaders

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on March 8th, 2011

M-Edge offers all kinds of cases and accessories for eReaders and now their latest product is a new light for your eReader called the e-Luminator Touch. It has a clip for slipping into the cases that the company makes that have universal pockets just for a light. The touch has no mechanical switch to turn it on or off and power is controlled by touching the top of the light.

M-Edge uses LED light bulbs to give you a bright light and long lasting power, which comes from a AAA battery for more than 20 hours and the light will turn itself off in an hour to conserve power. It comes in grey or white to match the Kindle and will cost you just $19.99.

Archos 70c color e-reader now up for pre-order in the states

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on February 6th, 2011

Have you been waiting for the Archos 70b color e-reader? The Android 2.1-powered ebook reader with the 7-inch 800 x 480 TFT display is now available for pre-order on JR.com. There’s no picture, but we can be pretty sure that it’s the same as the 70b.

The price is $149.99, but we don’t have a release date yet. It features a resistive touch screen, 600MHz CPU, 4GB Storage, WiFi, SD slot, and a 10-hour battery life.

Nook Color pulled from shelves temporarily

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on February 3rd, 2011

The Nook Color has apparently been pulled from store shelves, but only temporarily. The ereader is backordered at Best Buy, and the Barnes & Noble site says that the device is not shipping for two weeks. They gave no reason, but several outlets are reporting that Barnes & Noble wants to make the Nook Color hack proof.

You might remember that the Nook Color was rooted and new unofficial Android OS firmware was available to turn it into a full blown Android tablet. It’s possible that Barnes & Noble feels that custom firmware allows users to download competing e-reading apps like Kindle. But who is going to want it after they “fix” it?


NookColor passes 650,000 subscriptions in two months

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on January 24th, 2011

Barnes and Noble has announced some interesting numbers. Since the 25th of December customers have ordered 150% more subscriptions than the total number sold over the entire previous 12 months. It amounts to a massive 650,000 in just two months.

This figure includes digital periodical subscriptions and single-issue e-magazines and e-newspapers from the NOOKnewsstand to NOOKcolor owners. Those are impressive numbers. No figures were released as to the number of NookColor devices that have been sold but the company says that sales “continue to be very strong.”

Hanvon WISEreader E920 High-Resolution e-Book Reader

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on January 9th, 2011

Hanvon is readying their first high-resolution e-Book reader, the ‘WISEreader E920′ for the already crowded mass market. The device is due to be out in June 2011 and will feature a 9.7-inch display with a 200 dpi resolution.

Other features include a microSD card slot (up to 32GB), a text-to-speech function, Chinese to English translation and a long-lasting battery good for up to 15 days in standby mode or over 10,000 pages of reading. There’s no info on pricing yet though.

Barnes & Noble claims great holiday sales thanks to Nook

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on January 3rd, 2011

Barnes & Noble hinted at the fact that the Nook may have led to a major turnaround in its business. They certainly needed it. The company said that its “comparable store sales,” or those at large stores open for more than 1.25 years, were almost double what they had expected, at 9.7 percent. So what happened? Not surprisingly, they credited sales of Nook e-readers to the overall spike and to having its best-ever single day of sales on December 23. Seems like the Nook has saved the day.

The company said that more details will be made available on January 6. The company’s paper sales have been declining, especially at retail, so they have turned more toward digital devices and Apple-style displays that push the Nook.

Read Kindle books on your hacked NOOKcolor

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

Rooting a device will allow you to install any app you want on it. It’s a pretty useful trick if you have the know-how. And now the Barnes & Noble NOOKcolor has fallen victim to this. The result is a NOOKcolor that allows you to read Kindle books. How do you like that irony?

Obviously Barnes & Noble is not happy about this. It doesn’t just stop at Amazon’s Kindle app, though. The rooting process in this case also added Gmail, YouTube and some other Android tricks to the NOOKcolor.


WikiReader gets access to 33,000 eBooks

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on December 15th, 2010

The handheld Wikireader eBook device has just gotten a bit more attractive to buyers as it has received 33,000 books to add to its library thanks to Project Gutenberg which is now available for the Wikireader.

All 33,000 books can fit onto a 4GB micro SD card that the Wikireader accepts, which means you get to carry them around without a forklift. It works similarly to Wikipedia already on the devices, allowing you to search for titles by keyword.

Nook Color to get Android 2.2 update in January

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on December 14th, 2010

The Nook Color will be getting updated to Android 2.2 in January. What does it add? Well, it turns the color eBook reader into an almost fully functioning Android tablet. How is that for an update? This update for the Nook Color will bring a re-tooled Android Market to the device, plus other features like pinch to zoom and a more traditional Android home screen.

This version of the Android Market will not be the full version, but a modified version that wont include the full apps. Android 2.2 will also bring battery improvements to the Nook Color, which should please users.

Hanvon’s color e-reader now taking pre-orders in China

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on November 11th, 2010

Remember Hanvon’s new color e-reader? It’s up for pre-order in China for the insane price of 3,500 Chinese Yuan. That’s $530. The report comes from DigiTimes. That’s pretty steep, but I guess they figure that the very first E Ink Triton-equipped device anywhere is worth a premium.

Whatever the reason you can pre-order the device if you happen to be in China and have the dough. Assuming you don’t mind paying a tablet price for an ereader.

Sony’s Reader Daily Edition now on sale with Wi-Fi and 3G

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on November 9th, 2010

Hot on the heels of Hanvon introducing a new color E-Reader, Sony is announcing that you can now purchase another monochrome version. Lucky you.

The Sony Reader Daily Edition is now on sale in-stores and online. The Reader Daily Edition has both Wi-Fi and 3G, and like the new Reader Pocket Edition and Reader Touch Edition, it also has a touch panel. The 7″ screen will give access to Sony’s Reader Store via Wi-Fi or 3G, and you can also do some basic Web browsing via Wi-Fi.