China Is Forecast To Be World’s Largest eReader Market By 2015

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E-readers were on display at in the Chinese pavilion at the Book Fair in Frankfurt

As makers of electronic-book readers jockey for position in the U.S., Japan and Europe, a similar but more challenging effort is unfolding in China.  World-wide, about four million electronic-book reading devices were sold last year. The number is expected to jump to 12 million in 2010 and 18 million in 2012, predicts the U.S.-based market intelligence firm iSuppli Corp.

 

 

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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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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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Kindle Gets 85% More Battery Life And PDF Support

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Amazon has announced that it has a hardware update that will boost the battery life by 85% (with wireless 3G on). That translates in about 7 days instead of 4. The battery life for the sleep mode remains unchanged. Note that the first Kindle won’t benefit from the power management update…

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Barnes & Noble’s Powerful Multi-Touch Hybrid eReader

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Barnes & Noble e-Reader

Take a Kindle, and put a multitouch screen where the keyboard and navigation buttons go, and you’ve got the Barnes & Noble e-reader.  We’re still a week away from Barnes & Noble’s big e-reader announcement, but we’ve know they’ve had something cooking for a while now. And today, our pals at Gizmodo hit the mother load: leaked shots of a forthcoming dual-screen device that is three-quarters e-ink and one-quarter (wait for it) color multitouch.

 

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Sony To Begin Selling eBooks In The Digital Standard ePub Format

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Paper books may be low tech, but no one will tell you how and where you can read them.

For many people, the problem with electronic books is that they come loaded with just those kinds of restrictions. Digital books bought today from Amazon.com, for example, can be read only on Amazon’s Kindle device or its iPhone software.

 

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Desperately clinging to the past, Newspapers struggle to preserve their legacy

Desperately clinging to the past, Newspapers struggle to preserve their legacy

Newspapers struggle to preserve their legacy

Raymond Alvarez:  The White House says there will be no bailout for newspapers.

The media has languished in the grips of depression for 15 years, shedding jobs, and losing ad dollars and subscribers. Indeed, print publishers lately are showing themselves to be yet another example of an old line business that won’t survive.

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Amazon Launches The New Kindle DX For Magazines, Newspapers and Textbooks

Launch Of The New Kindle DX For Magazines, Newspapers and Textbooks

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos with the new Kindle DX

Amazon unveiled the Kindle DX this morning, an e-reader with a 9.7 inch screen that is 2.5 times larger than the Kindle 2, which debuted earlier this year. (Pics)

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Amazon Developing Larger Screen Kindle

Amazon Developing Larger Screen Kindle

 Amazon has big plans for the Kindle

The Kindle has been a huge success. With that success, some copycats have emerged. Some of those plan to have a larger screen. So, to keep up, Amazon is planning to develop another Kindle according to the WSJ. Supposedly this comes from people who have seen a version of the device. This one would have “a larger screen”.

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FLEPia – World’s First Color e-Book Reader

FLEPia - World’s First Color e-Book Reader

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That Kindle 2 – we love it, especially for reading books without pictures. But for magazines, blogs and newspapers, color is essential, and that’s where this Fujitsu FLEPia e-book reader represents a breakthrough, towering over all the rest. Shipping in Japan April 20 (and who-knows-when to the U.S.), it’s the world’s first color e-book reader. But there’s one major drawback: It costs $1000. Ouch. And we thought the Kindle’s $359 price was too high.

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Popular Mechanics 2008 Breakthrough Awards Winners

Popular Mechanics 2008 Breakthrough Awards Winners 

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Popular Mechanics announced its picks for the 2008 Breakthrough Awards awards in what the publication called The 10 Most Brilliant Gadets of the Year. Here’s the list of international winners; you may be surprised at the gadgets on the list.

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