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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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Borders Kobo Wireless eReader due November 1st for $140

Borders Kobo Wireless eReader due November 1st for $140

Borders has announced pre-orders for their latest ebook reader, the Kobo Wireless eReader.  Like the previous Kobo model, the new ereader has access to Border's 1.5m ebook titles; however it can now also browse and download them over WiFi.

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Kindle for the Web puts ebook samples in your browser

Kindle for the Web puts ebook samples in your browser

The Kindle spread continues, and hot on the heels of Amazon's pledge to put a Kindle app on the new BlackBerry PlayBook comes the news that the online retailer now has a web-based version.  Kindle for the Web doesn't allow full access to Amazon's ebooks, but you can read a book sample online rather than having to download it to your device, and it means other sites can embed those samples and even earn referral fees on subsequent ebook sales.

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iBooks self-publishing easier with ePUB iWork upgrade

iBooks self-publishing easier with ePUB iWork upgrade

Apple is quietly making a push for self-publishing authors, adding native ePUB support to the latest version of its iWork suite of office apps.  Pages 4.0.4 now allows writers to save their masterpieces as ePUB files, the same format that the company uses for its iBooks ereader app on the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.

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Third-gen Kindle fastest selling ever: shipping (early) to Mongolia

Third-gen Kindle fastest selling ever: shipping (early) to Mongolia

No great surprise, given the constantly slipping ship date for new orders, but Amazon has confirmed that the new Kindles are the fastest-selling models of the three generations.  In fact, with the first shipments only going out today, the online retailer says the ereaders are their best selling products.

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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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Sharp ereaders & ebook service coming this year; Verizon deal tipped

Sharp ereaders & ebook service coming this year; Verizon deal tipped

Sharp has announced plans to launch a Kindle rival, complete with both ebook distribution services and ereader devices.  At a press event in Japan, the company showed two prototypes, both using LCD displays rather than e-ink panels like Amazon's ereader; that will allow readers to also play audio and video content.

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iBooks v1.1.1 update adds audio/video book support

iBooks v1.1.1 update adds audio/video book support

We can't imagine Apple is quite seeing the storming sales success that Kindle is right now, but the company has just pushed out a new version of iBooks - v1.1.1 - which should help take the iPad fight to the e-ink based ereader.  That's because iBooks v1.1.1 adds support for "books that include audio and video", something currently beyond the existing Kindle.

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