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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 becomes official, goes up for pre-order

Kindle Paperwhite 2 becomes official, goes up for pre-order

Earlier today the next-generation Kindle Paperwhite was posted briefly on Amazon's website, only to be pulled a short while later. Now it is time for its official unveiling, with Amazon sending out a press release containing the details, some of which we already saw this morning, as well as more information about the Goodreads integration and FreeTime functionality.

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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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Kobo Arc 7, 7HD, and 10HD tablets unveiled with Tegra inside

Kobo Arc 7, 7HD, and 10HD tablets unveiled with Tegra inside

Kobo, maker of eReading devices, rolled out a limited edition Aura HD ereader earlier this year, and a couple months later had a different device appear in an FCC filing. As of today, the company's lineup has been expanded with three new tablets, two of which harbor Tegra processors, as well as an Aura e-ink reader which may have been the device we saw surface back in July.

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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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E Ink Holdings sales drop could spell tablet takeover

E Ink Holdings sales drop could spell tablet takeover

While consumer electronics sales hit peaks and valleys, when a manufacturer like E Ink Holdings reports a significant loss, it’s time to stop and pay attention. The display manufacturer reported a 46% decline in sales over the past year, with a net loss totalling $33.6 million to boot.

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B&N NOOK Simple Touch with Glowlight replacement rumored amid cuts

B&N NOOK Simple Touch with Glowlight replacement rumored amid cuts

Barnes & Noble has slashed the price of its NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight ereader, trimming the illuminated e-paper slate to under $100, and prompting speculation that a successor might be close at hand. The NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight is now $99 through B&N's official store, down from the $119 the company had been charging for almost a year.

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Kobo N514 ereader images surface showing new device

Kobo N514 ereader images surface showing new device

Kobo debuted its limited edition Aura HD ebook reader back in April, and we got our hands on it shortly after. Now a new device from the company has surfaced in a batch of leaked images, and though we don't know the final name of it yet, it is similar in design to the Aura from the front. While not much is known about it, some details have surfaced via an FCC filing.

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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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NOOK HD gets another price slash as B&N tries to shed stock

NOOK HD gets another price slash as B&N tries to shed stock

Barnes & Noble has again slashed NOOK prices in the UK, following its admission last month that it is clearing stock of the ereading tablets after deciding to instead license out the brand in future rather than build its own models. The NOOK HD will be offered from £99 for the 8GB model (or £129 for the 16GB version), £30 cheaper than B&N's last promotion.

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NOOK tablets on death row as B&N shifts to third-party brand licensing

NOOK tablets on death row as B&N shifts to third-party brand licensing

Barnes & Noble saw NOOK sales plummet 34-percent in the last quarter, and will turn instead to licensing the NOOK brand to future ereading tablets so as to minimize its losses, the company has confirmed. B&N will continue to make the NOOK Simple Touch and Glowlight models in-house, but the eventual replacements to the NOOK HD and HD+ will be the handiwork of other companies, with NOOK branding simply applied later.

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Stephen King shuns ebooks

Stephen King shuns ebooks

Stephen King is shunning ebooks in favor of traditional print runs for his new novel, Joyland, the outspoken author has revealed, confirming he has "no plans for a digital version." King - whose new book is released in the US from June 4, though as a printed title only - specifically retained the digital publication rights so that physical copies could be prioritized.

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