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E-reader sales drop as consumers turn to tablets

E-reader sales drop as consumers turn to tablets

When e-ink screen ereaders first hit the market, there was a mixed bag of feedback; some users loved the combination of technology and readability, others hated the slow refresh rate. Over time, the devices made a significant dent in the market, gave the ebook industry a major boost, and prompted writers to challenge traditional publishing conventions. Now it looks like the device, for better or worse, is already losing its appeal as sales numbers dip.

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The Day of the Cheap Ereaders

The Day of the Cheap Ereaders

Today is the day that you're going to want to purchase one of two ereaders if you've not already done so - and if you want one, of course: both the Nook Simple Touch and the Amazon Kindle Fire HD have had their prices slashed this morning. The oddest thing has happened - two of the biggest competitors in the ereader space have discounted one of their hero devices - imagine that! Of course the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 is not even beginning to be the same sort of tablet as the Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch when it comes down to it, but they're both on the cut - and in Amazon's case, just for today!

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Barnes & Noble slashes Nook Simple Touch price to $79

Barnes & Noble slashes Nook Simple Touch price to $79

If you're still in holiday shopping mode, Barnes & Noble has announced a price cut on its digital reading device called the Nook Simple Touch. The digital reader previously cost $99 and Barnes & Noble has now cut the price to $79. The new price went into effect on December 9 and the new price appears to be permanent.

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Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 Review

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 Review

With the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 comes the most well-rounded Amazon content delivery system you've ever held in two hands - but that's all it is. This device is being sold as exactly the device it was meant to be: the Amazon Vending Machine HD 8.9, and it takes its job seriously. If you could never bring yourself to pick up an iPad and the Apple-bound content environment that is iTunes, nor could you purchase a Nexus 7 or 10 as connected to Google Play, Amazon might be the third heat you were looking for.

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Barnes and Noble Q2 earnings show digital content grind

Barnes and Noble Q2 earnings show digital content grind

This week Barnes & Noble has made the call on their financial second quarter, citing increased spending on their Nook division to keep pace with Amazon.com and Apple. The company made it clear that as the Nook accounts for 8.5 percent of their total revenue, it wasn't going away any time soon - meanwhile same-store in-store book sales dropped over Black Friday weekend - imagine that! Barnes & Noble also reported that quarterly sales of its high-margin digital periodicals and books went up significantly.

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NOOK apps for iOS and Android updated for UK debut

NOOK apps for iOS and Android updated for UK debut

Barnes & Noble's NOOK apps for iPhone, iPad, and Android have been updated, adding broader language support and arriving in the UK download stores for the first time. The new apps - v3.3 - add British English, French, Italian, German, and Spanish language features, along with iPhone 5 support and VoiceOver functionality with Apple's accessibility tools; there's also screen magnification on iOS devices.

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Barnes & Noble Nook HD Review

Barnes & Noble Nook HD Review

The popular bookseller Barnes & Noble surely have a great pair of tablets on their hands, but they are rarely mentioned while talking about budget friendly tablets. With a strong focus on e-readers and digital content the Nook HD puts up a great fight against the competition. With the iPad mini selling like crazy, the Nexus 7 popular in the Android world, and the Kindle Fire HD does their new Nook HD stand on its own? Read on to find out our thoughts on this impressive 7-inch HD tablet that doubles as the perfect reader.

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