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Color E Ink displays demonstrated to Amazon and B&N

Color E Ink displays demonstrated to Amazon and B&N

E Ink-owning heavyweight PVI have apparently been showing off their latest color ereader display prototypes to Amazon and Barnes & Noble, in both 6-inch and 9.7-inch sizes, ahead of mass production in Q4 2010.  The news follows earlier comments from PVI's VP of marketing that color E Ink devices would begin shipping in Q1 2011.

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Barnes & Noble eReader for iPad promised, but will Apple approve?

Barnes & Noble eReader for iPad promised, but will Apple approve?

Apple have made no secret of the fact that they're positioning the iPad as an ideal ebook reader device, but if Barnes & Noble have their way - and if they can navigate the App Store guardians - iBooks won't be the only way to buy ebooks on the tablet.  According to the retailer's blog, a version of their free B&N eReader app - already available for the iPhone and iPod touch - is in development for the iPad, and B&N expect it to be ready at roughly the same time as the iPad itself.

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Samsung eReader Partners With Barnes and Noble, Has EmoLink

Samsung eReader Partners With Barnes and Noble, Has EmoLink

This isn't the first time we've heard about Samsung's eReader. It's one of those pieces of technology that looks just as good as it's supposed to perform, and it certainly catches our eye. The sliding function might be a bit too much for some people, but we can't help but be attracted to it. It's different, is what it is. Samsung wants you to know that their eReader is coming, and it's changed in one major way.

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B&N nook in-store availability this week; “More In Store” content launching

Now that the nook firmware v1.2 is out, Barnes & Noble's ebook reader is a whole lot more tempting.  So it's a good thing that, starting this week, the retailer is aiming to get stock of the nook into all its bricks and mortar stores; B&N tell us that as of mid-week, the majority of stores will have the nook in.

Barnes & Noble nook v1.2 firmware out: “noticeably faster”

An over-the-air update for the Barnes & Noble nook has begun to go out today, and according to at least one user with the updated firmware it leaves the ebook reader "noticeably faster" at loading pages, while the touchscreen interface "seems more responsive".  nook firmware v1.2 also improves the general UI of the ereader, with clearer indications as to which ebooks can be lent to others, and more ways to sort side-loaded documents.

Plastic Logic QUE official: wireless downloads, truVue e-magazines

Plastic Logic QUE official: wireless downloads, truVue e-magazines

Plastic Logic have officially unveiled their QUE ereader, and as expected they're heavily pushing their innovative touchscreen technology and flexible plastic e-paper.  In fact the QUE is not solely being positioned as an ebook reader; Plastic Logic have also given it email and calendar support, together with Outlook sync, and rather than clutter the all-plastic bezel with hardware controls the UI is 99-percent touch and gesture based.

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B&N nook preorders shipping in time for Christmas; new software root discovered

Barnes & Noble have been in touch to confirm that everybody who preordered a nook and was given a pre-Christmas shipping date will, indeed, get their new ebook reader in time for Christmas.  Meanwhile ongoing demand for the dual-display device means that the second batch of units won't actually begin shipping until February 1st 2010.

Nook 1.1-update enables connection to Barnes & Noble stores and performance improvements

Nook 1.1-update enables connection to Barnes & Noble stores and performance improvements

If you’ve been waiting to connect your Nook to Barnes & Noble wireless so that you can enjoy all the free browsing along with exclusive content and promotions – you can now do so after a quick over the air update with version 1.1 software. The update should also improve on core speed and performance improvements.

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Barnes & Noble nook gets working browser

Barnes & Noble nook gets working browser

The Barnes & Noble nook continues to show its true colors as a curiously hackable platform rather than a mundane ebook reader, with the artful nookDevs team now having unlocked browser functionality.  The hack follows on from Pandora streaming radio, which was added to the nook yesterday, and has allowed the nookDevs team to use Twitter, access Facebook and look at other sites.

Navigation is handled by the touchscreen, with the webpage content shown on the larger E Ink panel.  Since the nook has both WiFi and 3G, it's possible to browse even outside of your regular WiFi networks; however we imagine AT&T, who Barnes & Noble partnered with to provide the cellular coverage, won't be too pleased if nook owners begin hammering their data network.

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Barnes & Noble nook cracked open, rooted

Barnes & Noble nook cracked open, rooted

The lure of Android has brought hackers to the Barnes & Noble nook like piranhas to still-kicking meat, and it turns out there's plenty of intrigue inside the ebook reader.  Over at nookDevs they've not only stripped the device to its bare circuitboards, they've also managed to root it.

Points of note include Android seemingly being loaded onto a 2GB internal microSD card - potentially a cause of sluggish OS performance - and a Samsung S3C6410 processor that's actually capable of OpenGL ES 1.1/ 2.0 among other things.  The Android install itself, meanwhile, is a generic OS 1.5 build with some B&N customization on top

What should be interesting is how the nook gets hacked, especially given the interesting hardware.  The nookDevs contributors have already figured out a way to spoof the DNS and feed content to the nook as if it came from B&N.

[via odobooks and via Twitter]

Publishers Simon & Schuster, Hachette, announce 3-4 month delay on new ebooks

Taking a stand, however short-sighted, against buyer expectations of ebook pricing, publisher Simon & Schuster have announced that they will be delaying the release of ebook versions of around 35 new titles in 2010 for roughly four months after the hardback edition is put on sale.  The move is being echoed by the Hachette Book Group, who as of January 2010 will delay ebook release of "the vast majority" of its new titles for three to four months after the hardback version.  According to David Young, CEO of Hachette, the company is "doing this to preserve our industry," adding that he "can't sit back and watch years of building authors sold off at bargain-basement prices. It's about the future of the business."

Adobe push ePUB tools in “closed Kindle” smackdown

As the ebook wars hot up, Adobe are pulling out the stops to position themselves as the better long-term alternative to the Amazon Kindle.  The company have announced that more than 100 publishers, book retailers and libraries are using their Content Server 4 software for distributing DRM-encrypted ebooks in either PDF or ePUB format, including 17 ebook reader manufacturers.  Setting Amazon's closed AZW format as used on the Kindle in their sights, Adobe's senior business development manager for digital publishing, Nick Bogaty, is quoted as saying "customers want to decide which devices they read their e-books on ... That's in direct opposition to closed approaches like the Kindle, where you don't have alternatives"