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Kindle UK store opens (but Kindle still sold out)

Kindle UK store opens (but Kindle still sold out)

Amazon's third-gen Kindles are still sold out - even before the first ones ship - but that hasn't stopped the retailer opening the doors at their Kindle UK store.  As well as the Kindle 3G + WiFi and Kindle WiFi themselves, listed for £149 and £109 respectively, Amazon is now selling ebooks priced in local UK currency; previously, titles were purchased from the US Kindle store and priced in US dollars.

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Irex reborn as IRX Technologies, will focus on enterprise ereaders

Irex reborn as IRX Technologies, will focus on enterprise ereaders

Irex's demise may not be quite so clear cut; while the ereader company filed for bankruptcy back in June, Dutch financial site Fd.nl is reporting that having secured new financing they're looking to restart operations.  As of September 1st 2010 the company will relaunch as IRX Innovations, focusing on the business and enterprise market rather than the competitive consumer segment.

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Barnes & Noble up for sale; winner takes nook

Barnes & Noble up for sale; winner takes nook

Barnes & Noble has put itself up for sale, potentially handing the company's nook ebook reader into the hands of rivals such as Amazon.  The move is part of a broader strategy exploring ways to turn around its ailing share price; according to the WSJ's sources, a private equity company is most likely to pick up chain, but there's also the possibility that Amazon themselves could step in and use an acquisition to further bolster their ebook market share.

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Amazon claims 70-80% of ebook market, Apple and B&N numbers don’t “add up”

Amazon claims 70-80% of ebook market, Apple and B&N numbers don’t “add up”

Amazon's third-generation Kindle models sold out in less than a week, but the company itself doesn't sound too surprised at the high demand.  According to Ian Freed, VP in charge of the Kindle, 80-percent of ebooks they sell are to owners of physical Kindle hardware, and Amazon still reckons it has 70 to 80-percent of the ebook market, despite what rivals may claim.

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Kindle 3 quietly adds microphone: voice-control coming?

Kindle 3 quietly adds microphone: voice-control coming?

There's no shortage of headline features for Amazon's third-generation Kindles - new, lower pricing, the inclusion of WiFi, E Ink's updated Pearl display - but there are quite a few quietly tweaked additions that could promise an even more interesting future.  A Kindle World spotted the inclusion of a microphone - currently unused - together with a few other tidbits, that has already prompted some to suggest a voice-enabled Kindle could be on Amazon's roadmap.

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