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Sony Reader for iOS hits App Store

Sony Reader for iOS hits App Store

Sony has launched a version of its Reader ebook app for iOS, taking on Apple's iBooks and Amazon's Kindle with its first ebook software for the iPhone and iPad. The free app promises the same reading experience as on Sony's standalone Reader hardware, with access to the cloud-based Reader library to download previous purchases.

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Kobo Glo and Mini ereaders headed for Japan

Kobo Glo and Mini ereaders headed for Japan

Kobo has announced that two of its ereaders are slated for release in Japan: the Kobo Glo and the Kobo Mini. As its name suggests, the Kobo Glo features a glowing display, while the Mini is said to be "the world's smallest full-featured eReader." The Kobo Glo is currently available for pre-order, while the Mini won't be available for a bit longer.

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Kindle hits Japan: Paperwhite, Fire & Fire HD plus Japanese-language ebooks

Kindle hits Japan: Paperwhite, Fire & Fire HD plus Japanese-language ebooks

Amazon has launched the Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD, and Kindle Paperwhite in Japan, alongside a new Japanese-language Kindle Store. Over 50,000 Japanese-language ebooks, plus over 15,000 manga titles, pad out the Amazon.co.jp Kindle Store, the company says, alongside English books as well, for a total of over 1m titles when the electronic store opens its virtual doors on Thursday.

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Amazon confirms zero Kindle hardware profit

Amazon confirms zero Kindle hardware profit

Amazon makes no profit on its Kindle hardware sales, CEO Jeff Bezos has confirmed, with the ereaders and Kindle Fire tablets sold "at our cost" so as to promote ebook, video, and music downloads. The online retailer has long been tight-lipped on its pricing strategy around Kindle, with ongoing rumors that the hardware was sold with minimum profit in mind or, even, at a loss. That's not quite the case, Bezos told the BBC.

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Kindle Paperwhite preorders open for October 25 UK, France & Germany release

Kindle Paperwhite preorders open for October 25 UK, France & Germany release

Amazon's Kindle Paperwhite has gone up for preorder in the UK, Germany, and France, with both WiFi-only and 3G versions of the illuminated ereader making their debut outside of the US. Shipping from October 25, the new ereader uses E Ink's latest e-paper display complete with a front-lighting system which makes the Kindle's screen visible in low-light conditions without the glare of a traditional LCD or AMOLED tablet.

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