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Kindle DX Isn’t Dead: Coming In Graphite w/ Lower Price

No matter how many iPads fly off the shelves, Amazon is determined to keep it’s ebook market share up. Helping them do that is a brand new Kindle DX, and price drops across the board.

The Kindle DX now sports a graphite color along with the available white, and the screen has a 50% improved contrast ratio. The best part is the price, however which has dropped to $379 (it was $489 before). The normal-sized Kindle 2 also saw a price drop from $259 to $189. The Kindle 2 is available now, and the new Kindle DX will be available July 7th.

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Android 2.2 Will Bring Flash, Kindle This Summer

Google and Adobe sure do like each other – a lot – as they are showcasing the seamless Flash experience that will be available with Android 2.2.

The update is supposed to bring 450 percent performance improvement and  amazingly crisp Flash playback. It will also give you a list of flash-enabled sites (counteracting the HTML5 list that Apple displays). Sadly, most of the websites are in mobile form, meaning you won’t be getting the whole web experience. Wait, what? Yes, it’s true.

Amazon also wants to snuggle up to Google in a move to bring Kindle app to the Android Marketplace (which has recently undergone some aesthetic design changes). They hope to bring their entire bookshelf to the Android by this summer.

Kindle for PC Hits, Mac Coming Soon, Kindle Still Worth It?

nov10amkindle356807bAmazon released their Beta version of an e-book reader for their Amazon Book Store on desktops today (in beta of course). The app is rather simple, allowing you to read all your purchased content now on your PC (with Mac versions coming soon). But if the Kindle is already on the iPhone, PC, Mac (soon), and with the Nook’s $260 price tag, is the Kindle or Kindle DX really worth the money?

Princeton Students Trash the Kindle DX

Yes, Kindle’s are great for carrying around thousands of books, because, you know, that’s hard. Yet some Princeton students are not taking kindly to the Kindle DX as part of a experimental program at the school. Here’s what on had to say:

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“I hate to sound like a Luddite, but this technology is a poor excuse of an academic tool. It’s clunky, slow and a real pain to operate. Much of my learning comes from a physical interaction with the text: bookmarks, highlights, page-tearing, sticky notes and other marks representing the importance of certain passages – not to mention margin notes, where most of my paper ideas come from and interaction with the material occurs. All these things have been lost, and if not lost they’re too slow to keep up with my thinking, and the ‘features’ have been rendered useless.”

Ouch. Sounds like Amazon has some work to do.

Barnes & Noble Challenges the Kindle & Amazon

Barnes & Noble has done it now. The big book/media seller has announced that it plans to release its OWN ebook reader. And really, I hope they win against the Kindle 2 & Amazon. Not only is the Kindle way to much, but they give the customer so few rights, like not being able to move their purchased books to other ebook devices, or allowing the publisher to yank the book from the store, and even from purchased devices. And let’s face it, Amazon overall sometimes can be way too expensive. But it’s a personal choice, so read the statement to get all the details (which happen to be better than Amazon’s) 🙂

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New York, New York – July 20, 2009 – Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS)
, the world’s largest bookseller, announced today the launch of the Barnes & Noble eBookstore, the world’s largest eBookstore, on Barnes & Noble.com, enabling customers to buy eBooks and read them on a wide range of platforms, including the iPhone and iPod touch, BlackBerry® smartphones, as well as most Windows® and Mac® laptops or full-sized desktop computers. In addition, Barnes & Noble announced that it will be the exclusive eBookstore provider on the forthcoming and much anticipated Plastic Logic eReader device.

Barnes & Noble’s launch encompasses:

· Barnes & Noble’s eBookstore offering its customers seamless access to more than 700,000 titles, including hundreds of new releases and bestsellers at only $9.99, making it the world’s largest selection of eBooks available in one place. The company expects that its selection will increase to well over one million titles within the next year, inclusive of every available eBook from every book publisher and every available eBook original, which is a fast growing marketplace. 


· More than a half-million public domain books from Google, which can be downloaded for free. Readers can discover and explore this rich treasure trove, including everything from classic works by well-known writers to long-forgotten and obscure titles that are historically much harder to access.


· An upgraded version of its eReader application, which was part of the company’s Fictionwise acquisition earlier this year. This device-agnostic eBook application supports both wireless and wired access to the new Barnes & Noble eBookstore. Millions of internet-enabled devices are currently supported by eReader, including the nation’s two leading smartphone device families from Apple and BlackBerry®, as well as most Windows® and Mac® laptops or full-sized computers.


· First-time users of the eReader will have the opportunity to download free eBooks, including titles such as Merriam-Webster’s Pocket Dictionary, Sense and Sensibility, Little Women, Last of the Mohicans, Pride and Prejudice, and Dracula. See site for further details.


· A strategic commerce and content partnership with Plastic Logic, whose eReader device is especially designed for business professionals. Barnes & Noble will power the eBookstore for the Plastic Logic eReader device. The ultra thin 8.5 x 11 inch wireless eReader is slated to debut in early 2010.


· The free, full-featured B&N Bookstore app for iPhone and iPod touch users, which is now the #1 downloaded book app in Apple’s App Store. In addition to enabling customers to easily place orders for books, movies, and CDs, the app also lets users search millions of products simply by snapping a photo. Using the iPhone’s camera, customers can snap a photo of the front cover and within seconds get product details, editorial reviews, and customer ratings – even find and reserve a copy in the nearest store. The app also includes a store locator, bestseller lists, book recommendations, and a store events calendar.

“Today marks the first phase of our digital strategy, which is rooted in the belief that readers should have access to the books in their digital library from any device, from anywhere, at any time,” said William J. Lynch, President of BN.com. “As America’s #1 bookstore and newsstand, our goal at Barnes & Noble is to build a service that revolves around the customer, enabling them to have access to hundreds of thousands of titles and read on their smartphone, PC, and many other existing and future devices. We want to make eBooks simple, accessible, affordable and convenient for everyone.”

Minor Headlines That Make You Think . . .

Seems like even the greatest of tech companies have EVIL lurking in them somewhere. Just like Amazon. They are taking 70% of profits from the subscribe-able newspapers. Does this mean the most popular of newspapers can even exist? THINK.

Even so, after all the lawsuits, it seems that Psystar is working on a Mac OSX netbook. Do these guys not get  that fact that what they’re doing is illegal??? Come on, really? THINK.

Not only that, but Trent Reznor can now sleep peacefully now that Apple has approved his app  once again. Is Apple not a consumer friendly company? Could he and all his money possibly spoken to Apple about this mistake? Guess not. Great way to handle it.

On a lighter note, AT&T might be considering a $10 decrease in iPhone plans. The price would drop from $69 to $59. How long did it take them to figure out that a lot of people can buy the iPhone, but can’t afford the plan? Say hello to the jail breakers.

Everyone Start Freaking Out: Kindle DX is Here

51quydhrntl_ss400_jpgAmazon just couldn’t resist.

They released their newest e-book reader titled the “Kindle DX” features a 9.7 inch screen, holds 3,500 books, and can read PDFs thanks to the new built in feature.

But aren’t we to expect more? How much are textbooks really going to cost? Where is the color screen? Either way, you can save the environment bigger and better than everyone else for only $479. (You read that price right.)