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Amazon clearing tablet inventory

Amazon clearing tablet inventory

It appears that Amazon may be feeling the heat of the Nexus 7 wave - or perhaps even the oncoming Apple iPad mini - as they place essentially their entire Kindle collection on sale for back-to-school. Though many of the sales have halted here on the morning after a super-sale weekend, Amazon did have the Kindle DX up for 29% off (that's $110!) and cases, speaker docks, sleeves of all kinds, and more. This could mean several things, but what we're banking on is this: a whole new model - or models - coming on quick.

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Next-gen E-Ink Kindle could get illuminated screen

Next-gen E-Ink Kindle could get illuminated screen

Amazon's next-gen e-ink Kindle may come with a front-lit screen, according to TechCrunch, which claims to have caught a glimpse of an early prototype. The e-ink display offers a more comfortable paper-like reading experience, but like paper it can only be read during the day or in well-lit conditions.

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Harry Potter series now available as ebooks

Harry Potter series now available as ebooks

If you’ve been wanting to read the Harry Potter novels on a Kindle or mobile device, then so far you’ve been out of luck. J. K. Rowling last year that ebooks of the Potter series would be available via Pottermore, promising an October launch for the service. While it didn’t make that date, it has officially launched today.

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Kobo’s $315 million acquisition by Rakuten closes

Kobo’s $315 million acquisition by Rakuten closes

The $315 million acquisition of Kobo by Japan's Rakuten, announced back in November, has now successfully closed. All outstanding shares of Kobo owned by founding company Indigo Books & Music will go to Rakuten, while Kobo's management team will remain with the company and stay headquartered in Toronto.

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Barnes & Noble Q2 earnings reveal Nook Tablet as its fastest selling device

Barnes & Noble Q2 earnings reveal Nook Tablet as its fastest selling device

Barnes & Noble issued its fiscal Q2 2012 earnings report today, revealing its Nook line of products to be a $220 million business, while its latest Nook Tablet has become the company's fastest selling device to date. However, even with the success of its Nook sales, the company overall faced a net loss of $6.6 million this past quarter.

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Kobo bought by Japan’s Rakuten for $315 million

Kobo bought by Japan’s Rakuten for $315 million

The Kobo e-reader, which currently competes with Amazon's Kindle and the Barnes & Noble Nook, may be getting a boost soon with new backing from Japan's version of Amazon, a large e-commerce operator called Rakuten. The Japanese company is purchasing Kobo for $315 million and intends to rapidly grow its user base around the world.

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Kindle Fire tablet sales hit 250,000 over five days

Kindle Fire tablet sales hit 250,000 over five days

According to some leaked sales data, the total number of Amazon Kindle Fire tablets sold since being launched 5 days ago is hovering just over 250,000 units. Sales may have slowed down a bit since it was last estimated to have reached almost 100,000 units on its very first day, but it's nonetheless impressive, considering how other tablet rivals have fared.

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Kindle Fire IPS display vs Kindle Touch E-Ink [Video]

Kindle Fire IPS display vs Kindle Touch E-Ink [Video]

While we won't get too crazy here we do have a few photos and video comparing the display on both the Kindle Fire and the Kindle Touch 3G. With the Kindle Fire we have a 7" IPS panel with a 1024 x 600 resolution that features great colors and exceptional viewing angles. The Kindle Touch features the popular e-ink technology we have seen before and as always it looks great for e-ink. We'll let you decide for yourself so check out the photos and video after the break.

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Amazon to unveil “Kindle Fire” tablet on Wednesday

Amazon to unveil “Kindle Fire” tablet on Wednesday

Amazon sent out invitations last week for a press event this Wednesday and although the company did not specify the agenda, all speculation pointed to the unveiling of the much anticipated Amazon tablet. TechCrunch claims that its sources have confirmed that the event will indeed be for unveiling the slate and they've also revealed some additional details.

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Amazon’s 7-inch Kindle Tablet gets handled, priced at $250 for November

Amazon’s 7-inch Kindle Tablet gets handled, priced at $250 for November

One of the two long-rumored Amazon tablets has been shown to TechCrunch for some hands-on time under the condition that no photos be revealed. This is the first time we've gotten more concrete details and specs on what the first Amazon tablet has to offer. Unfortunately, it's sounding much less like an iPad-killer and more like a super-charged Kindle ready to take on the Nook Color.

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Barnes & Noble may launch Nook Color 2 in September

Barnes & Noble may launch Nook Color 2 in September

Barnes & Noble's may be launching a second-generation Nook Color sometime in September, according to sources from the supply side. The Nook Color is one of the only e-readers to offer a simple lightweight e-reader experience as well as some tablet functionality with its color touchscreen LCD display and Android-powered interface capable of web-browsing, email, and apps.

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ViewSonic launches ViewPad 7x, 10pro, and 7e

ViewSonic launches ViewPad 7x, 10pro, and 7e

ViewSonic has made some tablet announcements of its own today at IFA 2011 with a tablet trio of varying sizes and platforms. There's a 7-inch Android 3.2 Honeycomb tablet called the ViewPad 7x, a 10-inch dual-boot Windows Oaktrail tablet PC called the ViewPad 10pro, and a budget-friendly e-reader-like tablet called the ViewPad 7e.

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