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Bridgestone exits e-paper business entirely

Bridgestone exits e-paper business entirely

This week the folks at Bridgestone have made it clear that they and their AeroBee technology will be out of the e-paper business inside the year. This news comes at a time when tablets appear very much to be dominating the market while e-readers in general are moving toward a more colorful future. Bridgestone will instead be focusing on its "core business" to provide "maximum value" to its shareholders as well as its customers for the near future.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: April 24, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: April 24, 2012

Happy Tuesday, everyone. It's time for the evening wrap-up where we check out all the big stories that made headlines today. And we can't talk about big stories today without mentioning Apple's quarterly earnings call - Apple Q1 earnings top entire history. By comparison, everything else might be a secondary story, but there is good news for the anti-Apple (i.e., Android) crowd. The Asus Transformer TF101 gets ICS update. And if you're more interested in the latest emerging news and trends, you have to check this out - Planetary Resources asteroid mining made a reality.

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US DOJ could lose ebook price fixing lawsuit

US DOJ could lose ebook price fixing lawsuit

The US Department of Justice brought a lawsuit against Apple and ebook publishers yesterday regarding price fixing, and already three companies have settled. Hachette, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster will have to break their current contracts with Apple and negotiate new ones. While it’s indicates an early victory for the DOJ, CNET believes that the agency won’t have the same success with Apple.

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Amazon Kindle Lending Library reaches 100,000 titles

Amazon Kindle Lending Library reaches 100,000 titles

The Amazon Kindle Lending Library, which can probably best be described as Netflix for e-books, now gives subscribers an amazing 100,000 titles they can read for free. The retailer hit the skyhigh milestone after recently releasing a large update of books. It is growing to become one of the best features of Amazon Prime, and of the Kindle platform as well.

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Google cuts back e-book affiliate program

Google cuts back e-book affiliate program

Google has closed off its online affiliate program for digital books to the public, saying it just didn't pan out the way the company expected. The program attracted a lot of users but very few who actually sent through worthwhile sales. The initiative was only launched about eight months ago, in June, and now Google says it will work better if it operates as a private program with select partners.

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Apple e-textbook project code-named “Bliss,” inspired by Al Gore’s “Our Choice”

Apple e-textbook project code-named “Bliss,” inspired by Al Gore’s “Our Choice”

We've heard plenty of speculation surrounding Apple's upcoming event in New York City, where the company is expected to unveil an educational product. It's believed to be a digital textbook publishing tool or a "GarageBand for eBooks," a project that Steve Jobs himself worked on for several years before his death. And now, tips from AppleInsider reveal some more details about the project, including that it's internally code-named "Bliss."

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Kobo Circumvents Apple With HTML 5 Web App

Kobo Circumvents Apple With HTML 5 Web App

Several major e-book publisher apps, including Amazon's Kindle, Google Books, and Barnes & Noble Nook, had their store links stripped away yesterday as Apple's new in-app purchasing policy was laid down in full force. The Kobo store and e-reader was among these apps, but today announced an HTML5 web app alternative for customers to continue purchasing e-books from the Kobo store in a convenient way.

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Amazon offers up to 80% off digital textbook rentals

Amazon offers up to 80% off digital textbook rentals

Amazon has gone and done all the college students out there a solid with a new savings program for textbooks. Amazon is offering students 80% off the price of any print textbook as a digital rental on the Kindle. That means you can get your books in digital format, save a ton of loot, and hit the parents up for a new eReader with justification. The only downside I see is that you won't be able to sell your books for beer money after dropping a class.

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iRiver Story HD Review

iRiver Story HD Review

The iRiver Story HD is touted as the very first e-reader to have Google eBookstore integration. The original iRiver Story has been called an Amazon Kindle clone, but this new model affixed with “HD” to its name now sports a higher XGA (1024x768) resolution display and some unusual design tweaks. Priced to compete with the Kindle at $139, the iRiver Story HD is hitting stores July 17, but should you plan to pick one up? Continue after the cut for the full review.

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