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Kindle Paperwhite 2013 hands-on: refining the nighttime e-reader

Kindle Paperwhite 2013 hands-on: refining the nighttime e-reader

The team at Amazon behind the Kindle have refreshed the Kindle Paperwhite with a boost to both software and hardware, and all the way over in Berlin this week we're having another look at it. This device looks - from all outward appearances - to be the exact same model as the original. It's once you turn it on that counts - where you'll see quicker page turns, a slightly improved touchscreen, and contrast that's been improved just a smidgen.

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Kindle Paperwhite 2 makes brief appearance on Amazon

Kindle Paperwhite 2 makes brief appearance on Amazon

Amidst the launch of its new home automation store and the announcement of MatchBook, a discounted ebook program for customers who bought physical copies of certain books, Amazon seems to have another unveiling in the works, one that made its public appearance a bit early. For a brief spat of time, a next-generation Kindle Paperwhite ereader was listed on the company's website, only to be pulled a short while later.

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B&N NOOK hardware U-turn: new CEO teases “at least” one launch in 2013

B&N NOOK hardware U-turn: new CEO teases “at least” one launch in 2013

Barnes & Noble has backtracked on plans to axe internal development of new NOOK tablets, promising continued R&D into both black & white and color models, with at least one new NOOK for the holiday 2013 season. The about-face, announced during B&N's dreary quarterly results, comes after the company said back in June that it intended to focus on e-paper models itself and license out the NOOK HD brand for tablet-style versions to third party manufacturers instead. Now, B&N's new CEO Michael Huseby claims, that strategy was "interpreted incorrectly."

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Barnes & Noble CEO resigns: NOOK lead replaced

Barnes & Noble CEO resigns: NOOK lead replaced

Though the notification from the book company itself doesn't aim to be too much more than a "by the books" set of information, as it were, the resignation of Barnes & Noble CEO William Lynch appears under the surface to be at least partially due to his involvement with spearheading NOOK. With the growth of the digital reading industry, eBooks, eReaders, and the like, Lynch's involvement in the environment - and NOOK's relative failure in the face of industry-swallowers like the iPad and Google's own initiatives with pushing books to their Android devices - all seems to have been a bit too much for the company's very recent leadership setup.

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