The Future of eBooks

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Spring Design’s Alex Reader

If you think that the E Ink screen on the Kindle look like a wet newspaper, you’re not alone.  Inventor and technology futurist Ray Kurzweil thought the same thing. So the man who developed optical character recognition and voice recognition came up with Blio, a digital book software program that promises to put those gray-scale displays to shame.

 

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Sprint and Skiff To Unveil Speediest and Thinnest eReader at CES

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Skiff Reader

2010 will definitely be a year to fancy some of the best and more improved e-book readers. Come CES and we’ll be head-on with a newly developed Skiff reader. Based on the service provider Sprint’s wireless service, the device measures only a quarter of an inch thick and is almost 11.5-inches diagonally. That’s a really big display for your content, which is displayed at 1,200 x 1,600 pixels resolution.

 

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Kindle Most Gifted Item in Amazon’s History; e-Books Outsell Physical Tomes On Xmas Day

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We’re still not about say the e-book reader industry has branched out beyond the infancy stage, but one of its flagship products certainly has reason to celebrate. Amazon has announced it’s hit some pretty big milestones with the Kindle. The two bullet points it’s currently touting loudest is that the reader has become “the most gifted item” in the company’s history — quite an achievement given the size of the online retailer, but what’s missing here is any quantitative sales data to give us even a ballpark of the number of units sold….

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How The Nook Stacks Up To Kindle

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Nook

An early hint that Barnes & Noble’s brand-new Nook electronic reader is flashier than the Amazon Kindle comes when you first turn on the devices. On Kindle, you’re welcomed by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. On the upstart Nook, an introduction is written by humor columnist Dave Barry. “Congratulations on your new Nook! We’re sure it will give you many years of trouble-free enjoyment until next week, when we come out with a newer version.”Barnes & Noble doesn’t need to introduce a newer Nook quite that fast, though the first version does feel unfinished and sluggish. Still, it has enormous upside and novel features.

 

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LG Debuts A Solar-Powered eBook

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LG’s solar-powered e-book

If we were stuck on a desert island with only one book, this recently unveiled solar e-book would be at the top of our list! Designed by LG Display, the sleek reader features a wafer-fin photovoltaic cell that provides it with a steady stream of solar energy. Whereas most e-books run the risk of losing juice mid-sentence through your next novel, this solar reader’s omnipresent energy source makes it a winning design in our book.

 

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Asus To Launch Inexpensive Dual Screen eBook

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If the final version of the device has a foldable spine, it will open like a traditional book and close so it can be read in tablet form

The world of ebooks is about to start a new chapter with the arrival of the cheapest digital reader on the market. Asus, one of the world’s biggest consumer electronics businesses, confirmed last week that it is planning to shake up the market in the same way it did when it launched the first netbook — the low-cost alternative to the laptop.

 

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