E-Ink's power-sipping frugality makes it an ideal partner to solar panels, and so it's hard to believe SolarFocus' SolarKindle idea hasn't been offered before. A combination case, recharging system and LED light for the Kindle ereader, the new accessory is fronted by a bank of solar cells that recharge an integrated 1,500 mAh battery pack. That battery can be used to top up your Kindle's power, turn on the flip-out LED lamp, or both.
Polaroid can't seem to find its niche these days - who can forget the odd camera-sunglasses and Lady Gaga partnership at CES last year - but it seems a tablet/ereader may be the company's next endeavor. Shots of the slate have been snuck out ahead of time to Engadget, along with the tagline of "tablet + camera" so that you don't think Polaroid has forgotten its roots.
Nintendo is reportedly not only preparing an app store for the Wii U, the company's next-gen console scheduled for launch this year, but an ebook platform for distributing game guides, digital magazines and more. The company has already approached publishers and developers about the Wii U ereader store, ForgetTheBox's source claims, and is considering offering its back-catalog of out of print "Players Guides" for titles like Super Mario World free to download to Wii U gamers.
The mirasol-toting Kyobo eReader continues to taunt us from afar, with its color e-paper display capable of video playback, though first impressions from early hands-on have proved mixed. Both TweakTown and NetbookNews grabbed some playtime in Taipei this week, coming away generally impressed with the screen refresh rates - just under 30fps, so good enough for video - though with some concerns around color quality.
eReaders like the Amazon Kindle and others are great for reading in a bright room or outdoors since they last a long time and have little glare for the user to contend with. The downside to the design is that the eReaders lack a backlight inside so if you want to read in a dark room you need an external light of some sort for the reader to be able to see the words.
Earlier this week I mentioned that Penguin was pulling its eBooks from the lending service for libraries called OverDrive. The reason for pulling the books according to the publisher was to reevaluate the terms of lending. That didn't bode well for people with Kindles that like to check out eBooks from their local library.
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.
Qualcomm still hasn't announced any plans for a mirasol-based ereader outside of the Kyobo model launched in Korea this week, so we're having to make do with vicarious enjoyment such as this live demo of the color device in question. Fresh to YouTube and apparently filmed at a display section in one of Kyobo's retail stores, the eReader looks pleasingly responsive with its 1GHz Snapdragon processor.
If you are looking for a new eReader for yourself or for someone on your holiday list and you want it to be a bit different B&N has a limited edition in store only version of the Nook Simple Touch eReader. The limited edition version is available in stores only while supplies last. The features and hardware inside the Simple Touch are the same as always.