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AU Optronics planning 10-inch, A4 touchscreen epaper

AU Optronics planning 10-inch, A4 touchscreen epaper

The scaling up of business partnerships in the approach to the launch of Plastic Logic's eponymous ebook reader, together with the sell-out success of the Amazon Kindle DX certainly seems to suggest that there's a market out there for large-scale e-paper devices, and that's a segment manufacturer AU Optronics seem keen to capitalize on.  According to CEO LJ Chen, the company is ramping up to produce 10-inch and A4 (8 x 11 inch) sized e-paper panels.

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Plastic Logic sign “exclusive eBookstore” agreement with Barnes & Noble

Plastic Logic sign “exclusive eBookstore” agreement with Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble and Plastic Logic have announced a partnership which will see the publishing house become the "exclusive eBookstore provider" for the 8.5 x 11 inch super-skinny ebook device.  Set to arrive in early 2010, the Plastic Logic reader will have wireless access to the Barnes & Noble download store, which they're calling the largest selection of ebooks available in one place.

 

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Kindle copy to launch in China by end of year

Kindle copy to launch in China by end of year

You have to admire Peking University's Founder Group: when asked about any connection between their ebook device, shown here, and Amazon's Kindle 2, they bravely told those at the Digital Publishing Fair in Tokyo that "it has nothing to do with the Kindle."  Unfortunately they also seem a little confused about their own hardware specifications; asked about the E Ink panel size, and they said it was "unclear".  Happily Tech-On!'s Takuya Otani had brought a ruler, and found it to be a Kindle-like 6-inches.

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Rupert Murdoch denies color ebook reader plans; News Corp “neutral” on platforms

Rupert Murdoch denies color ebook reader plans; News Corp “neutral” on platforms

Despite speculation back in April that Rupert Murdoch's News Corp were investing in a color ebook reader device, the outspoken CEO has this week denied that it is the case.  Instead, Murdoch told interviewers on his own Fox Business channel, News Corp would be looking to be platform agnostic, distributing its content across any device from which subscription fees can be claimed.

According to Murdoch, the news organization has been talking with major ebook reader manufacturers including Sony, Fujitsu and Samsung about their device plans.  He suggests that large-scale penetration of the market won't occur for another one to two years.

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Amazon Kindle 2 drops to $299

Amazon Kindle 2 drops to $299

Amazon have slashed $60 off the price of their Amazon Kindle 2 ebook reader, pulling the device to $299 for the first time.  The move is being seen as a response to a growing number of ebook reader rivals, though admittedly none have the same wireless distribution network in place that Amazon have organized.

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