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Sony Reader relaunch in Japan due December 10

Sony Reader relaunch in Japan due December 10

Sony is having a second stab at their domestic ereader market, with the WSJ reporting that as of December 10 two models from the company's latest line-up will go on sale in Japan. The Sony PRS-350 Pocket Edition and PRS-650 Touch Edition will be priced at around 20,000 yen and 25,000 yen ($239 and $299) respectively, and is in the midst of negotiations with Japanese publishers.

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Adobe tweak Webkit for interactive digital publishing [Video]

Adobe tweak Webkit for interactive digital publishing [Video]

It's been tempting for many to write Adobe off, as HTML5 gathers pace and criticisms of Flash grow louder; still, having seen what the company is doing with the Webkit engine and tweaking it for digital publishing purposes, we wouldn't speak too soon.  The company has been demonstrating a prototype text-wrapping, dynamic page layout for digital text, where words automatically reflow around call-outs and images that can be dragged about the page with a fingertip.

Video demo after the cut.

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Kindle sales rocket; ebooks outsell real books 2:1

Kindle sales rocket; ebooks outsell real books 2:1

Amazon has announced record sales for their Kindle ereader, as well as that ebook sales are exceeding hardback and paperback sales by over 2-to-1.  According to SVP Steve Kessel "it's still October and we’ve already sold more Kindle devices since launch than we did during the entire fourth quarter of last year"; that makes the Kindle the best selling product on both Amazon US and Amazon UK.

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Kindle Singles target attention-short readers

Kindle Singles target attention-short readers

Does anybody have the patience to read a full book any more?  That's obviously tongue-in-cheek, but the launch of Amazon's Kindle Singles - in-betweener texts that fall somewhere in the gap between a New Yorker feature and a full novel - does seem to suggest that the retailer is hoping to pick up would-be Kindle owners tempted by the hardware but not generally used to paging through a whole book.

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