Google eBookstore launches, not as open as you think

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Amazon may have helped to jumpstart the e-book industry with its Kindle, Apple may have helped it along with iBooks. Now, search engine giant Google is putting its monumental name into the hat with the official launch of Google eBooks. It’s not like Google is new to digital books, but this is a different beast.

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Dedicated e-book readers dead? Some say not yet

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When the Amazon Kindle first hit the market, we were all amazed by its e-ink display and its ability to seamlessly integrate through WhisperNet to Amazon’s online store. And then, the iPad came along and reminded us that we most prefer multifunction devices. Does that mean the standalone e-reader is dead? No, not necessarily.

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A new $139 Kindle to kill the iPad?

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Apple’s iPad was always expected to be the Kindle Killer, but never really disrupted the Amazon’s sales of its eReading tablet. In fact Amazon sells more Kindle books than they do hardcovers, and expect that number to “surpass all paperbacks sold sometime in the next nine to twelve months” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com Founder & CEO. Kindle sales tripled in June when Amazon lowered the price to $189, we can only imagine what will happen now that the price has been reduced to $139 by simply dropping 3G and giving a Wi-Fi only version.

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Amazon to ship Kindle DX with 50% better contrast, 3G still free

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Amazon is shipping a new Kindle eReader this week to keep things fresh and interesting in the eBook market, their latest iteration is the Kindle DX. The DX offers new e-ink display technology with 50% better contrast over its predecessor, making for clearer, sharper text and images.

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Asus Eee Tablet not really a Kindle, but not quite an iPad either

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I’m not entirely sure what Asus is trying to accomplish with the Eee Tablet, but it seems to have found itself in the middle ground between a Kindle and iPad. On display at Computex Taipei 2010, the Eee Tablet is marketed as “the single device to reinvent reading and writing.” It doesn’t use the regular e-ink (slow refresh) display of the Kindle, but it’s not a full color “real” screen like the iPad either; it’s somewhere in between.

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Jeff Bezos: No color Amazon Kindle for you

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It’s probably not completely fair to compare Amazon’s Jeff Bezos with the Soup Nazi from Seinfeld, but he is withholding something from us that we may have otherwise desired. According to the Amazon head honcho himself, we should not be expecting a color version of the Kindle any time soon.

The guys at Amazon on working on something, but a color Kindle is “still some ways out,” according to Bezos. That’s too bad, because I’m sure the launch of the Apple iPad has done nothing but harm to the sales numbers on the Kindle.

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The Page: e-ink newspaper concept takes eReading to another level

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The whole e-book situation really started to get serious when the Amazon Kindle was released. It got kicked up a notch with the Apple iPad, but what about newspapers? You can read them on your iPad or Kindle, but neither formats are quite the same as what the Page concept is trying to accomplish.

Rather than use solid displays like other smartbooks, the Page makes use of flexible and foldable e-paper technology.

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Should Kindle be afraid of the $150 Kobo eReader?

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It seems that new ebook device releases are not going to slow down anytime soon, Wired is arguing that the Apple iPad will not be a Kindle killer. It’s in a different segment altogether. Instead, they’re saying that Jeff Bezos and the Amazon crew should be fearful of theKobo eReader.

As a quick refresher, Kobo is a global eBook retailer with support from Chapters/Indigo, Borders, REDGroup Retail, and Cheung Kong Holidings. It already supports the major ebook readers (and smartphones) on the market, but it seems that Kobo wants some hardware of its own.

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Live Look at Asus DR-950 Touchscreen E-Book Reader

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Sure, you could join the fold with an Amazon Kindle. Maybe you want the secondary display of the Barnes & Noble Nook. Or you can take the Taiwanese approach with the newly revealed Asus DR-950 e-book reader. Unlike many other units, this one has a touchscreen! To be fair, the Asus DR-950 is not the […]

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Amazon Kindle Development Kit to perpetuate new app store

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Amazon is contemplating a big move from Apple next week, in an attempt to keep their share of the e-book market they have released a software development kit for the Kindle e-book reader today. Developers will be able to build and eventually sell applications for the device like games, puzzles or other useful applications for a portable handheld tablet style device.

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Luxa2 Sticky Stand Strong Enough to Hold Kindle DX

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Do you remember the Luxa2 H1-Touch desktop cell phone holder that I reviewed some time back? I still have the blinging holder on my desk to this day, but its adjustable arms don’t reach far enough to accommodate larger devices like the BlackBerry Bold 9000. So, Luxa came up with a stickier solution. Instead of […]

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Skiff Reader Offers Big eBooks in Thin Package

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The original Amazon Kindle wasn’t the first ebook reader to market, but it was the one that popularized the format. Amazon went a little further it released the Kindle DX, going with a bigger screen. Going even further is the Skiff Reader with its 11.5-inch display. This doesn’t get the same integration with the online […]

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