Microsoft has just taken the wraps off of their new tablet being called Microsoft Surface. Along with an impressively thin 9mm thin chassis, a built-in keyboard "smart case" and more they've also just shared a little bit about their plans with stylus support and digital ink. More details below from their event live.
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.
Barnes & Noble today revealed their next generation Nook in Nook Simple Touch form, this time with a brand new feature by the name of GlowLight. What we've got here is a $139 "Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight", perhaps the longest name in gadgets today, bringing the e-ink game to a new level of readability in the dark. Several publishers had their chance to take a hands-on look with this device in New York today, some of their more pointed opinions included here below.
There's a new device coming to the world of e-readers and it's being delivered on the good ship Barnes & Noble. A bit of signage has been leaked to the public introducing a GlowLight-toting NOOK Simple Touch e-book reader, this effectively bringing an integrated frontlight to the simple e-reader market before the competition has the chance. This is a bit different from what the average tablet-owner knows as backlit, but will certainly have you reading in the dark much longer than your eyes could have otherwise stood on their own.
It's been announced this week by Samsung LCD Netherlands R & D Center (SNRC)'s Johan Feenstra that the company will begin mass production of their own next generation e-reader displays starting in 2013. Through the company that Samsung purchased specifically to make their own company bring such technology to the market, we've already had a glimpse of what was once just known as Liquavista's ElectroWetting display. This new-world e-reader-bound technology is able to not only display text and black and white images with great success and next to no power consumed, it's able to play videos and flip through pages of content without the relatively massive refresh time an e-ink display still does today.
Here at ShowStoppers our next edition of Insider Talk we are back with Sriram Peruvemba, CMO of Eink and he has an awesome color ereader for us to check out on video. This device won the CES innovation award. It is the Jetbook Color and it brings color to ereaders on a large scale. Coming in at 9.7" this tablet is more than your average eReader.
It's another battle of the e-readers, ladies and gentlemen, the same thing that's been going on for the past handful of years whenever the winter holiday season rolls around, and this year it's a battle of the prices - Kobo Touch with Offers is the newest offering, available now, from the big K, offering you their least expensive price for the cheap exchange of ads in the interim. What you get is the same great Kobo Touch e-reader you know and love (but might never have owned until now) but with advertisements on the display whenever you put it to sleep. That's how they make it so inexpensive, and that's what they're putting up for competition with the short discount of the newest generation Nook e-reader which is $79 on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
The fine folks at Bookeen have revealed that they'll be releasing an ebook reader with a 6-inch Pearl E-ink display and a lovely 800MHz Cortex A8 CPU for the masses. This device will be Bookeen's fourth ereader device, and it's expected that the display will be the same as what's proven to be ultra-successful on the Sony Reader, Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, and the Kobo, that being the Neonode zForce touchscreen. Welcome back to the pack, Bookeen!
Today Barnes & Noble have announced their newest sales partner for the NOOK Color and what's now called the NOOK Simple Touch Reader. It is Target, the superstore based right here in my home city of Minneapolis, with both versions of the NOOK now available at Target stores nationwide. This makes the NOOK one of the most widely in-store available ereaders on the circuit, currently sitting in stores at Best Buy, Books-A-Million, Fred Meyer, Office Max, P.C. Richard & Sons, Radio Shack, Staples, Target, Walmart, and of course Barnes & Noble. This addition began on October 2nd and you should start to see the tablets in stores across the USA soon.
Right on cue before another big release from Barnes & Noble in the form of a autumn release of the Nook Color 2 comes a brand new carrier for the massively popular electronic reader. This announcement contains both the original Nook which is priced currently at $139 and the Nook Color which is currently set at $249. Both devices will be available at RadioShack soon, while onlookers see this as a move toward a more broad coverage of mobile computing devices at the retail chain.