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Barnes & Noble BN eReader for iPad released

Barnes & Noble BN eReader for iPad released

Barnes & Noble have released their BN eReader for iPad app, and they're describing it as the most easily used and customizable of all such software on the tablet.  A free download [iTunes link], the B&N app synchronizes with the company's nook dedicated ereader as well as their PC client.  The iPad version doesn't support in-app purchases at this stage, but you can use LendMe to share (some) titles with others for limited periods.

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Pandigital Novel ereader packs B&N eBookstore access, Android & WiFi

Pandigital Novel ereader packs B&N eBookstore access, Android & WiFi

Pandigital may be better known on these pages for their digital photo frames, but the company have another use for a 7-inch LCD: an ereader.  The Pandigital Novel eschews E Ink for a full color touchscreen LCD display, Android OS and WiFi b/g/n, the latter being used for wireless connection to Barnes & Noble's eBookstore.

That means support not only for purchasing ebooks, newspapers and magazines, but use of B&N's LendMe functionality that allows readers to share texts for up to 14 days.  LendMe will work with B&N's PC/Mac ereader clients and, we're presuming, the company's own nook ereader.  Meanwhile there's also multimedia support, including MP3, AAC and WAV audio, JPEG, BMP, PNG and GIF images and MPEG4 video; content can be saved to the 1GB of internal memory or to an SD or MMC memory card.

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Barnes & Noble PubIt! self-publishing ebook service due Summer 2010

Barnes & Noble PubIt! self-publishing ebook service due Summer 2010

Barnes & Noble have announced PubIt!, a way for independent publishers and authors to create their own ebook content for the B&N ebook store, and the company's response to the Kindle Digital Text platform.  Full royalty details for B&N PubIt! are yet to be confirmed, but ebooks produced via the system will be DRM encrypted and available not only on the nook but the retailer's PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone and BlackBerry clients.

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Google Editions Could Lead eBook Industry With Access to Over 4 Million Titles

Google Editions Could Lead eBook Industry With Access to Over 4 Million Titles

There's no doubt that, out of any company on the planet, that when Google gets involved with something, they go big. Even things like Google Buzz, which may not seem all that big now, we can be sure that Google is trying to figure out a way to make it bigger. Now, with Google Editions, it seems that just a simple announcement last week wasn't good enough. Now they want all of the people involved in the eReader/eBook market to start really worrying about the Mountain View's company emergence into the market.

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B&N nook v1.3 released: browser, games & Read In Store

B&N nook v1.3 released: browser, games & Read In Store

Barnes & Noble have announced a new firmware version for their dual-screen nook ebook reader.  nook firmware v1.3 adds a new (beta) web browser, which uses the E Ink display for content and the touchscreen color LCD for navigation, together with faster page-turns, speedier ebook opening and some new games.  Meanwhile the Read In Store feature - which allows nook owners to preview entire ebooks while connected to B&N store WiFi - has now been activated.

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Barnes & Noble Launches New nook Advertising Campaign

Barnes & Noble Launches New nook Advertising Campaign

The Apple iPad is apparently a pretty good eReader. And, it has a pretty impressive (if still ultimately lacking) book store under its belt, so why wouldn't the two other mainstays in the eReader department be changing things up? We already heard that the Amazon Kindle is heading to Target, so now it's about time for Barnes & Noble to step things up. And, if we have to wait for that nook 2, we can deal with some new advertising, if we have to.

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The Daily Slash: April 7th 2010

The Daily Slash: April 7th 2010

It's Wednesday. And interestingly enough, we're probably not the only ones considering today "the day before." The day before what? Well, it's the day before we get to fire up our legendary, homegrown liveblogging system again. We'll be at the iPhone OS 4.0 event, and hopefully you'll join us as we detail what's going down with the latest software update from Cupertino. Until then, we've got tonight's Daily Slash. As we go forth, we'll look into the best of the best in the R3 Media's network. And in the dredge net, we've got the most notorious eReader rumored to make a retail appearance soon, and we have Nintendo telling the world that the iPad isn't for gaming. Then we've got lightsabers that will save your from the dark. And finally, a cellphone that goes way out of its way to be ridiculous.

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Kindle for iPad & tablets detailed: screenshots, animated wallpaper, more

Kindle for iPad & tablets detailed: screenshots, animated wallpaper, more

Amazon have released early details of their upcoming Kindle app for tablets, which the bookseller is also hoping will see duty on the Apple iPad.  Screenshots of the app have been posted on the company's site, and they've apparently been demonstrating it to the NYT.  According to their report, Amazon have looked to make the Kindle experience more playful than on their standalone readers, taking advantage of the color display to add animated wallpapers and adjustable background colors.

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