eReader Shootout: Amazon Kindles vs. Barnes & Noble Nooks vs. Kobo Glo

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A quick comparison has been put together with some of the heaviest hitters in this space, taking a look at the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle, Kindle Keyboard, Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight, Nook Simple Touch, and Kobo Glo

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How To Increase Kindle Fire Silk Speed

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One thing is trying to improve the performance of the Silk browser, but its just mind blowing how attempting to “improve” it would cause a Fire user such grief that they would easily choose an alternative browser, like side-loaded Opera Mobile with its hardware accelerated Web page rendering. More radical ways of accelerating Web browsing experiences for the Amazon Kindle Fire could be offered by flashing an Ice Cream Sandwich based custom ROMs on Fire, thus rooting it. That is, when these ROMs would be available for public consumption.

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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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New Nook Color e-book reader on the way?

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What do you do when you’re still stuck playing second fiddle to the Kindle and the iPad is stealing your thunder? You release an updated version with more features, functions, and juicy specifications, of course! That seems to be the strategy behind the upcoming Nook Color, the official successor to the first Barnes & Noble Nook.

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SigmaTek Computer to reveal 5-inch and 7-inch eReaders at IFA

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France’s SigmaTek Computer will be launching a pair of eBook readers at IFA next month. The 5-inch and 7-inch eReaders both have TFT displays with a resolution of 800×480. Inside is a RockChip2808 CPU running 600MHz, nothing sensational and could pose a problem since this eReader is not meant for just eReading.

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Sharp set to challenge iPad with new e-reader, 3D potential

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While the Amazon Kindle is still doing reasonably well, it seems that the future of e-book readers will come with multifunction devices using color LCD displays. Sharp is continuing this trend with a pending e-reader of its own and they’re saying it’ll “rival the iPad.”

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FCC Spotting: Huawei touchscreen eReader with Wi-Fi and 3G to sport Android?

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It’s not surprising that Huawei Technologies, the largest networking and telecommunications equipment supplier in China, has entered the e-reader market. With CEO of Amazon, Jeff Bezosis, expecting e-book sales to surpass paperback sometime in the next 9 to 12 months, releasing the T62W seems to be the right move to make.

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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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Acer’s LumiRead enters e-Reader race

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The rising sun marks the end of night just as the birth of digital brings forth the death of paper. Well maybe not quite so dramatic, but eBooks are definitely changing the way we read. With more and more companies jumping on board the cost of eBook readers have been steadily decreasing, and now there is another company on the eBook wagon; Acer, with its new LumiRead to go on sale towards the end of 2010.

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Kobo’s eReader launching Saturday: An entire platform, not just a device

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Kobo launched in Dec 2009 as a division within indigo books. They later spun off and have operated as their own company. That doesn’t mean Indigo is no longer part of the picture, as a matter of fact they plan to launch the Kobo eReader Saturday May 1 across Canada. Borders in the USA is expected to also carry the eReader, but that is about a month away.

Since the beginning, Kobo was a platform. The eReader hardware only came in to the picture later on, as a way to affordably introduce people interested in the technology. Kobo eReader is already available for the Apple iPad, and they intend to release their app for other platforms like Android. Eventually making themselves known as an eReader OS for third-party devices sometime this summer.

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Kobo’s $150 eReader: First hands-on

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This is it my fellow book worms, the newest contender on the ebook shelf. Up against Sony’s Reader, the Barnes & Noble Nook, and Amazon’s Kindle, we welcome the Kobo: with a slim stylish 6-inch E Ink display to read your ebooks on and at a price no one has yet to beat.

The first time I saw E Ink I thought it was amazing. It’s almost like looking at a photo copied piece of paper, but on an electronic device. You see, E Ink has a chillingly inanimate way about it. If an LCD were to be dead, E Ink could be an LCD’s resurrected zombie.

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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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Samsung eReader with text-to-speech technology unveiled

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Samsung Electronics of America today unveiled their eReader tablet computer for the US market. With a name far less revolutionary than others, Samsung’s eReader should still give the Kindle a run for its money.

The compact portable Samsung eReader sports a 6-inch e-Ink display capable of 600×800 resolution with 8-gray scale shades. This is a more traditional eBook screen primarly to be used for newspapers, paper back novels, and simple image viewing, unlike Apple’s iPad offering more colorful, rich-media interaction for the end user.

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