Just last week, Barnes & Nobles unveiled an all-new NOOK e-reader featuring a 6-inch touch-enabled E-ink display that replaced all navigation controls except for one simple home button. The new e-reader was touted to be lighter, smaller, and possess at least double the battery life when compared to Amazon's Kindle.
Amazon and B&N are taking pot-shots at each other this week, each competing on whose ereader lasts longest. As ereaders gain in popularity and become more mainstream, too, I'm increasingly asked which model I'd go for and, more often, whether I'd pay extra for those with integrated 3G or save my money and opt for WiFi-only instead. Funnily enough, my stance on 3G ereaders is the complete opposite of my thoughts on 3G tablets.
The aftermath of the new Barnes & Noble NOOK being announced has seen the ebook retailer locked in a battery life battle with arch rival Amazon, as the two firms spar over whose ereader lasts longer. Having seen B&N launch the touchscreen NOOK with the claim it would run for up to two months on a single charge, Amazon tweaked its own Kindle battery life estimates to match based on the presumed usage equation: wireless off and 30 minutes of use a day, or half what it had originally accounted for with the Kindle figures. Turns out, though, B&N is using no such sum, and reckons the new NOOK has demonstrably more stamina.
Barnes & Noble has outed its latest ereader, an all-new B&N NOOK, complete with a touch-enabled display and a 6-inch E Ink Pearl e-paper screen. The new NOOK weighs in at a mere 7.5oz - the third-gen Kindle is 8.5oz in comparison - and the new display apparently has 80-percent less flashing as it refreshes than the dual-display original NOOK.
Cloud services are a big deal today for a lot of consumers and companies that sell tech. Storing things on the cloud has a lot of promise to allow documents and files to be shared easily, and it makes for easy streaming of your own digital content including movies and video to any device wherever you might be. Amazon has its own cloud service that helps provide services to users of the Kindle and it seems Barnes & Noble wants some of that action too.
Barnes & Noble's NOOKcolor turned out to be surprising success among those not only looking for an ereader but a bargain Android tablet as well, and with its latest firmware update B&N was all too pleased to enable the iPad-rivaling functionality. Now, the company has quietly revealed it will be launching a new ereader on May 24, according to an 8-K SEC filing.
E-books have become increasingly popular with the adoption of eReaders such as the Amazon Kindle and the Barnes & Noble NOOK, with even library lending of e-books on the rise. Stepping up from eReaders we get full on tablets that add another level of full color touchscreen interactivity. But up until now, e-books have remained just static digital versions of the original. That's about to change.
The Google Books app for iOS devices has just been updated with several new features including landscape viewing mode optimized for iPads. The app still lags behind apps for Amazon's Kindle, Apple's iBooks, and the Barnes & Noble Nook, but this new update shows more effort.
First Kindle users, now NOOK owners. Never wishing to be outdone by Amazon, Barnes & Noble has secured complimentary New York Times paywall access to those who already subscribe to the paper on their ereader. A date for the access is yet to be confirmed, and users will be contacted by email with more details.
Once Amazon decided to let Kindle users lend out books, it was only a matter of time until services sprung up to open up lending to the wider world. Lendle was one of those services, but now Amazon has pulled the plug on them. Today, Lendle's website states: "Amazon has revoked Lendle’s API access. Unfortunately, Lendle is unavailable indefinitely. We will do everything we can to restore service soon."