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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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Notion Ink Adam: Pricing and more

Notion Ink Adam: Pricing and more

In part one of our Notion Ink feature, we looked at the reasons for the delay in production of the Adam slate. Happily the company didn't rest on their laurels while investor and ODM issues were ironed out. After the cut, details of hardware and software changes - including Notion Ink's take on iTunes - plans for Adam's launch and pricing for all four versions, and what's down the line in terms of follow-up hardware.

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Kobo eReader to be Handed Out to Fairmont Hotels & Resorts Guests

Kobo eReader to be Handed Out to Fairmont Hotels & Resorts Guests

When you stay at a major hotel now-a-days, you expect more than the normal amenities of yesteryear. In today's world, we expect new and shiny toys to keep us busy while we're in our rooms, or walking around the grounds. Those comfortable robes just don't cut it anymore. And if you're looking for a nice little treat, then maybe your next stay should be at a Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, as the lodging has just announced a partnership with the Canadian-based Kobo, as well as Random House to make sure that guests are well taken care of.

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Sony eyeing Android for future Reader devices?

Sony eyeing Android for future Reader devices?

Sony is apparently looking to Android for its future ereader plans, with a job listing spotted for a "senior staff software engineer (Android)" in the company's Digital Reader Business Division.  According to the job description - pulled from LinkedIn, but still in Google's cache (or you can read it in full after the cut) - the successful applicant will be involved in "developing application software for digital reading and other consumer electronic devices" based on the Android OS.

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Apple open iBookstore to self-publishers

Apple open iBookstore to self-publishers

With international outlets of Apple's iBookstore fast filling up with premium titles, amateur authors are probably wondering how they can get their works into the system too.  Apple has added book submissions to iTunes Connect, their system whereby independent musicians could add A/V content to the iTunes store, though it's not quite as straightforward as uploading a PDF and raking in the ebook revenue.

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Google About to Leap Into Online Bookstore Game This Summer

Google About to Leap Into Online Bookstore Game This Summer

Well, maybe apps aren't the next best thing. Sure, they're not going anywhere any time soon, but let's just go ahead and admit that eBooks are a hot seller this year. While Amazon made a killing off of it, with their eReader the Kindle, the iPad made some definite headway into the industry. And now that everyone and their family is getting in on the action, it's no surprise that Google wants in. And, according to The Wall Street Journal, they're jumping in head first in just a few short months.

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Fujitsu demo color ereader prototype; launch in 2010

Fujitsu demo color ereader prototype; launch in 2010

After Fujitsu began their color e-newspaper trials in Japan a year ago we've been waiting for the technology to show up in a consumer device; it now looks like that could be fast approaching.  Fujitsu Japan have been demonstrating a new prototype ereader using a color e-ink panel and with an ultra-slim chassis, that they apparently expect to reach the market sometime this year.

Hardware details for the device are unknown, and Fujitsu themselves don't seem to be saying much about its capabilities.  For their e-newspaper trial the company were looking at wireless delivery of content, and the "Link" indicator on the prototype's front panel suggests it might have its own form of wireless too.

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Spring Design Alex ships today

Spring Design Alex ships today

If you eschewed Kindle, nook and iPad last month and instead slapped down your money for Spring Design's Alex dual-display ereader, then the good news is that your new toy is expected to ship out today.  Up for preorder since March 16th, the $399 Alex runs Android and - unlike the nook - allows for full internet access over its WiFi connection.  Spring Design have also confirmed that their international multi-language versions will be made official "shortly".

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Over 300,000 iPads sold on day one; 250k iBooks downloaded

Over 300,000 iPads sold on day one; 250k iBooks downloaded

Apple have announced that they sold in excess of 300,000 iPads on the first day the tablet computer went on sale.  The figure - which is far greater than many analysts suggested might be the case - includes pre-order units delivered on Saturday April 3rd, sales in Apple's own stores, and iPads sold through the company's channel partners.  Meanwhile App Store and iBookstore use also surged.

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