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ASUS WiFi, 3G and WiMAX ebook readers confirmed from March 2010

ASUS WiFi, 3G and WiMAX ebook readers confirmed from March 2010

Further details of ASUS' upcoming ebook reader have emerged, after executives from the company apparently confirmed that WiFi, 3G and WiMAX versions will be announced before the year is out.  The ebook readers will apparently begin reaching carrier partners in the US and Europe come March 2010, with the executives claiming that prices will be "competitive" with what's on offer from Amazon and Sony.

Wistron confirmed as Polymer Vision buyer: foldable e-paper in development

Wistron confirmed as Polymer Vision buyer: foldable e-paper in development

The unnamed Asian company which acquired ailing foldable e-paper startup Polymer Vision has been outed as Wistron.  Polymer Vision declared bankruptcy back in July, and were acquired in early September; the deal is now known to have been worth €12m ($17.75m).  Integration of the two companies actually began taking place last month, but right now it's still unclear whether the Polymer Vision brand will be maintained.

Plastic Logic QUE to share shelf-space with B&N nook

Plastic Logic QUE to share shelf-space with B&N nook

Put nook and QUE together and you've got the ideal setup for a filthy pun, but you've also got Barnes and Noble's upcoming ebook device lineup.  Plastic Logic and the publisher have announced that the QUE will go on sale both in B&N retail stores and online, when it hits the market in 2010, right next to the Barnes and Noble nook announced earlier this month.

Spring Design Alex Android ebook reader gets video demo

Spring Design Alex Android ebook reader gets video demo

Spring Design's Alex dual-display ebook reader was a surprise announcement earlier this week, seemingly diving into the public eye to make some headlines before Barnes and Noble's nook grabbed all the attention.  The company have followed up their render with a jerky video of the device in action, demonstrating its smaller Android display and how you can shoot content from the web-browser up to the larger e-ink panel for easier reading.

Video demo after the cut

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Barnes and Noble nook hands-on [Video]

Barnes and Noble nook hands-on [Video]

Barnes and Noble's nook may not be the first wireless ebook reader we've seen, but with its dual displays, color touchscreen, compact form-factor and Android OS it's perhaps the most distinctive.  The nook isn't expected to launch until the end of November, but SlashGear were at the B&N launch event in NYC today.  Check out our coverage - and some first impressions - after the cut.

Updated with video after the cut

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Barnes and Noble nook gets official: $259 for dual-screen Android ebook reader

Barnes and Noble nook gets official: $259 for dual-screen Android ebook reader

Barnes and Noble have officially announced their ebook reader, the Barnes and Noble nook, complete with dual displays and free 3G and WiFi b/g wireless.  The nook has a 6-inch E Ink Vizplex E Ink display up top and a 3.5-inch color touchscreen underneath, with the whole thing based on Android and measuring 7.7 x 4.9 x 0.5-inches while tipping the scales at 11.2oz.  B&N have partnered with AT&T for the nook's 3G access, and owners will be able to use the retailer's in-store WiFi connections for free as well.

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B&N Nook ebook reader trademark unearthed, expected later today

B&N Nook ebook reader trademark unearthed, expected later today

We're ramping up to what looks like the launch of the Barnes and Noble Nook - in fact our own Vincent Nguyen is in New York today for the company's press event - and as you'd expect the ebook geeks aren't content to take the news when B&N feed it to them.  After the WSJ broke the news that the upcoming dual-display device will be, bafflingly, called Nook, our friend (and general malcontent) Mike Cane dug up the company's trademark application.

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Spring Design Alex dual-display Android ebook reader: headed for B&N?

Spring Design Alex dual-display Android ebook reader: headed for B&N?

Remember the Barnes and Noble dual-display ebook reader spotted in concept form last week?  There's obviously something in the water, as Spring Design have just announced an ebook reader, the Alex, with both a 6-inch E Ink panel and a 3.5-inch color touchscreen, based on Google's Android platform and with integrated 3G and WiFi.

The touchscreen can be used to browse the web and grab clippings, which can then be viewed on the e-ink panel.  Spring Design have also developed what they call Link Notes, a hybrid of traditional ebooks, clippings, multimedia and user notes.  As for production possibilities, the company claim to be in discussion with "selected strategic partners" and "major content" providers, with a release expected by the end of 2009.

Storage is via SD card, and there's a headphones socket and full smartphone functionality.  Spring Design call the dual-display system Duet Navigator, and as well as being used to pull up related photos, news articles, media content and more, it will also aid in annotation and searches by offering an on-screen keyboard.

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Plastic Logic QUE wireless ebook reader gets CES launch

Plastic Logic QUE wireless ebook reader gets CES launch

Plastic Logic have finally announced details about their ebook reader, which will launch as the Plastic Logic QUE at CES 2010 in January.  The QUE has the largest E Ink display among ebook readers today, as well as a touchscreen interface, and Plastic Logic are aiming it at business professionals.  QUE will be able to download ebooks from the Barnes and Noble store either via WiFi or integrated 3G (courtesy of AT&T in the US).

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