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NOOK Audiobooks released to make Android speak

NOOK Audiobooks released to make Android speak

This morning Barnes & Noble's NOOK family expanded with an app that'll turn the audio on with books. The NOOK Audiobooks App is the first "no-commitment" app from Barnes & Noble to offer audiobooks for both Android smartphones and tablets - that means no subscription costs or anything - and it'll be released by the ned of this week. This release will not be limited to any one brand of Android smartphone or tablet, while Barnes & Noble will continue to offer their Samsung Galaxy Tab NOOK devices through the future.

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Kindle gets Word Wise and Family Sharing update

Kindle gets Word Wise and Family Sharing update

Ebooks aren't the only thing Amazon's Kindle ereaders can get wirelessly, with the big online retailer pushing out new features to give extra insight into tricky words along with Family Library ebook sharing. Hitting the Kindle Voyage, $79 Kindle, and Kindle Paperwhite automatically over the next few weeks, the updated firmware enables Word Wise among other new tech, floating definitions over trickier words so that children and non-native-speakers can get a head-start on understanding without having to tap through to the regular dictionary.

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Now Barnes & Noble has a 10.1-inch Samsung Nook tablet

Now Barnes & Noble has a 10.1-inch Samsung Nook tablet

Samsung's latest Nook-branded iteration on its Android tablet line-up has been announced, with Barnes & Noble putting the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook 10.1 up for sale in-store. Following the existing 7-inch Galaxy Tab 4 Nook, released back in August, the new version has - unsurprisingly - a bigger, 10.1-inch HD display, but also introduces a new Nook Software update which improves the UI, as well as promising a better overall shopping experience. Existing Samsung Nook tablet owners shouldn't worry, however, as Samsung has something for them, too.

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Kindle Voyage starts shipping (but prepare for a wait)

Kindle Voyage starts shipping (but prepare for a wait)

In the market for a new ereader? Amazon's hoping you'll opt for a Kindle Voyage, with the 300dpi digital book we reviewed yesterday beginning to ship to pre-order customers, alongside its new tablet siblings, the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 and the Fire HD Kids Edition. Voyage is, as we ourselves found, certainly Amazon's best E Ink Kindle to-date, but that technology also comes with a hefty price tag attached.

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Kindle Voyage Review: Ereader Royalty

Kindle Voyage Review: Ereader Royalty

The ebook didn’t kill the paperback, and Amazon is counting on the fact that not only hasn’t the tablet killed the ereader, but that there’s still room for a premium model in the shape of the Kindle Voyage. Fronted by an incredible e-paper display, Amazon’s smartest screen illumination system to-date, and a bevy of software enhancements focused on readers, it’s certainly shaping up to be a great home for your digital 50 Shades. In a world of free Kindle apps and $249 iPads, however, the Kindle Voyage needs to do more than just pack in the pixels in order to justify its existence.

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Kobo to exit tablet market, sticking around with an app

Kobo to exit tablet market, sticking around with an app

There are a lot of Android tablets on the market. It’s a dizzying array of screens, processors, manufacturers, and price. One OEM is bowing out of the race, and will instead focus on a segment the tablet was unable to kill off entirely: eReaders. Kobo has announced they are focussing their efforts on the digital book, as well as software. The move toward eReaders aligns Kobo with their true passion, which is digital reading. Their software keeps them at home on the tablet you already own.

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Kindle Voyage is its most advanced ereader, says Amazon

Kindle Voyage is its most advanced ereader, says Amazon

Though most of the products introduced by Amazon today fall into the tablet category, the Internet retailer has also unveiled a proper ereader, the Kindle Voyage. Amazon is hailing the Voyage as its "most advanced" ereader, and joining it is the less expensive new Kindle with touch functionality.

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Kindle Voyage leaks: 8mm thick and 300 ppi screen

Kindle Voyage leaks: 8mm thick and 300 ppi screen

Amazon is apparently readying a new ebook reader, with the Kindle Voyage seemingly set to replace or at least upgrade the Kindle Paperwhite very soon. The new model is yet to be officially announced, but premature listings on several of Amazon's regional sites have given an early glimpse of the details, including new controls for page-turning.

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Kobo Aura H2O ereader makes your digital books waterproof

Kobo Aura H2O ereader makes your digital books waterproof

Kobo has taken the wraps off its newest traditional ereader, the Aura H2O. As its name suggests, the newest e-ink device from the company is waterproof, setting it apart from some of its similarly-designed brethren. The device is supposed to be the first of its kind, and unshackles readers so they can enjoy their digital books poolside or in the tub.

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Study shows reading on Kindle is less effective than paperback

Study shows reading on Kindle is less effective than paperback

Ereaders and the growing number of textbooks available in digital form have transformed the way students study, and with them come many perks: digital books are often cheaper than their physical counterparts, and an entire semester's materials can be toted around on a single light tablet. The perks may end there, however, according to a recent study.

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B&N’s Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook hits stores today

B&N’s Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook hits stores today

Barnes & Noble could quite keep its own secret about the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook, so all we needed to know was how much the ebook-centric tablet would cost and when we could buy it. That's all been confirmed this morning, with B&N announcing the Android slate will show up in stores today, priced at $179.

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Icarus Illumina HD totes Android 4.2 and Amazon’s Kindle app

Icarus Illumina HD totes Android 4.2 and Amazon’s Kindle app

If you're in the market for an ordinary (read: non-tablet) ereader, but you're looking for something other than Amazon's own offering, ICARUS has launched a solid compromise: the Illumina HD. With the Illumina HD comes Android 4.2 and the Amazon app, giving it the best of both worlds.

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