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Borders customer data transfers to Barnes & Noble, privacy concerns arise

Borders customer data transfers to Barnes & Noble, privacy concerns arise

If you were sad that Borders closed this July, and with it all of the data on which books you purchased when, you may be in luck, because Barnes & Noble owns that data now. During the bankruptcy court which saw the sales of Borders assets across the board, personal data (preferences in reading material, DVDs, music, etc) of some 45 million Borders customers included, Barnes & Noble saw the opportunity and grabbed for it, and just this last week, that court approved such a sale. What does that mean, exactly? Will they now know everything about my LIFE? Not exactly.

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Borders financial problems slow payments to publishers

Borders financial problems slow payments to publishers

I had always thought that a bookstore had to buy all the books it sells upfront. Apparently, sometimes the books are given before they are paid for and the then the publishers get their money after the sale, which is how Borders operates. Borders, the second largest bookstore in the US, has announced that its financial woes are forcing it to delay payments to its publishers.

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Aluratek Libre and Kobo eReader Finally Get a Price Drop Thanks to Borders

Aluratek Libre and Kobo eReader Finally Get a Price Drop Thanks to Borders

Back in June, things got pretty exciting in the eReader market. There were price drops happening all over the place, especially as some major players in the market started showing off new hardware at cheaper price points. And then in July, Amazon managed to throw in a new model of the Kindle into the mix, and successfully kept both models under the $200 mark. But back in June, when the price wars were getting under way, a couple eReaders were left in the dust. Primarily, the Kobo eReader and the Aluratek Libre.

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Borders eBooks app for iPad released

Borders eBooks app for iPad released

Borders' eBooks app 2.0 for the iPad has just been released, bringing yet another big-name retailer into the Apple ecosystem.  Available through the US App Store [iTunes link] though not, at present, internationally, the software allows iPad users to login to their existing Borders account, re-download any previously purchased titles, and buy a new ebook directly from the Apple tablet.

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Kobo ereader Bluetooth flaw undermines wireless use

Kobo ereader Bluetooth flaw undermines wireless use

Kobo's $150 ereader isn't expected to arrive at Borders in the US until June 17th, so hopefully that will give the manufacturer a little time to finesse the firmware.  According to one thread over at MobileRead, the Kobo's much-touted Bluetooth connectivity - allowing for short-range, cable-free transfers of ebooks to the device - has a significant flaw in that it won't update its books list after wireless use.  Ironically, the only way at present to force an update is to plug in a USB cable and unplug it.

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Kobo ereader hits Borders preorder for $150

Kobo ereader hits Borders preorder for $150

Kobo and Borders have announced that the Kobo ereader is now available for preorder, and will begin shipping from June 17th 2010.  Priced at $149.99, the Kobo lacks WiFi or 3G but does at least come with Bluetooth, for wireless transfers of ebooks from your computer to the device; those ebooks, Borders hope, come from their own selection of over 1m titles, though you can also load up any DRM-free ePub or PDF content.

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Borders to be eBook Seller for Spring Design Alex eReader

Borders to be eBook Seller for Spring Design Alex eReader

Borders and Spring Design has announced an agreement to feature the upcoming Borders eBook store powered by Kobo on the new dual-display Alex eReader later this year.  The new Borders-branded eBook store will allegedly offer more than two million titles.  Guess Borders was telling the truth all along when they recently denied eBook reader plans – apparently not in-house doesn’t count.

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