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B&N settles in Spring Design ereader legal spat

B&N settles in Spring Design ereader legal spat

Spring Design may be voluntarily "phasing out" the Alex ereader but its taken a settlement offer from Barnes & Noble to end the ongoing lawsuit between the two firms. According to a B&N press release, "Spring Design will grant Barnes & Noble a non-exclusive, paid-up royalty free license for the entire portfolio of Spring Design patents and patent applications."

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Spring Design “phasing out” Alex ereader

Spring Design “phasing out” Alex ereader

Spring Design has apparently confirmed that it is "phasing out" the dual-screen Alex ereader, with no replacement in sight. On sale since March 2010, the Android-based device - which has an E Ink panel on top and a color LCD touchscreen underneath - will apparently be retired over the next six months, according to an email the company sent to The Ebook Reader.

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NOOK design theft suit with Spring Design to continue

NOOK design theft suit with Spring Design to continue

Barnes & Noble's calls for the Spring Design lawsuit that claims the retailer stole design ideas to use in its original NOOK ereader have been denied, leaving the case - in which Spring Design claim misappropriated trade secrets, breach of contract and unfair competition - to continue. Spring Design allege that B&N stole ideas from their Alex ereader during a period of co-development in 2009, with a judge deciding there was "significant factual dispute" over whether the NOOK's design was influenced by ideas shared under NDA.

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Spring Design Alex Review

Spring Design Alex Review

Two screens, Android OS and ebooks a-plenty: no, not Barnes & Noble's nook, but the Spring Design Alex. Promising extra flexibility than its big-name rival and an imminent partnership with Borders, the Alex nonetheless has to deliver if it's going to live up to a whopping $399 price tag. Can it hold off not only the Kindle and nook but the iPad currently looming over the ereader market? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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Spring Design Alex ships today

Spring Design Alex ships today

If you eschewed Kindle, nook and iPad last month and instead slapped down your money for Spring Design's Alex dual-display ereader, then the good news is that your new toy is expected to ship out today.  Up for preorder since March 16th, the $399 Alex runs Android and - unlike the nook - allows for full internet access over its WiFi connection.  Spring Design have also confirmed that their international multi-language versions will be made official "shortly".

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Spring Design Alex on sale today; iPad-style 3G plans mid-year

Spring Design Alex on sale today; iPad-style 3G plans mid-year

It's been a little late in coming, but - just like we told you - as of this morning Spring Design will be taking orders for their dual-display Alex ereader. Priced at $399, the Android-based Alex has a 6-inch E Ink panel up top and a 3.5-inch color touchscreen below, together with WiFi connectivity; deliveries are expected to begin on or around April 14th 2010. We caught up with Spring Design's Eric Kmeic about the upcoming first-gen Alex and the company's plans for the subsequent 3G model, complete with some iPad-style data plans.

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Spring Design Alex on sale Tuesday March 16th?

Spring Design Alex on sale Tuesday March 16th?

From one delayed ebook reader to another, and it's now the turn of the Spring Design Alex to throw some grist into the rumor mill.  According to our tipster the company's Android-based dual display ereader - which has an E Ink panel up top and an LCD touchscreen underneath - will go on sale at the company's site come Tuesday March 16th.

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Spring Design Alex set to launch in “early spring”

Spring Design Alex set to launch in “early spring”

So come the first week of March, and Spring Design still has yet to reveal any signs of its dual screen Alex e-reader being available for pre-order, last seen at this year's Consumer Electronics Show.  The company's website has been reading "keep checking in and by the first week of March you'll be able to preorder your Alex online".

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Alex ereader preorders in early March say Spring Design

Alex ereader preorders in early March say Spring Design

Spring Design's Alex dual-screen Android ebook reader was meant to have begin presales on February 22nd, at least according to what the company told us back at CES 2010, but it seems there have been a few hiccups in the plan.  According to a new page on the company's site, preorders for the E Ink/touchscreen combo now won't be accepted until the first week of March 2010.

Spring Design Alex hands-on

Spring Design Alex hands-on

CES 2010 proved to be the half-week that ereaders tried to dominate the stage, with E Ink devices you can buy now or imminently vying for attention with next-gen screen technologies that will be video and/or color capable together with just as frugal.  One of the more distinctive models is the Spring Design Alex, a dual-screen reader with 6-inch E Ink up top and 3.5-inch capacitive LCD below.  We stopped by for a chat with Albert Teng, Spring Design's co-founder and CTO, who demonstrated the Alex on video for us together with showing us why he reckons it's better than Barnes & Noble's nook.

Video hands-on after the cut

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Borders to be eBook Seller for Spring Design Alex eReader

Borders to be eBook Seller for Spring Design Alex eReader

Borders and Spring Design has announced an agreement to feature the upcoming Borders eBook store powered by Kobo on the new dual-display Alex eReader later this year.  The new Borders-branded eBook store will allegedly offer more than two million titles.  Guess Borders was telling the truth all along when they recently denied eBook reader plans – apparently not in-house doesn’t count.

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Spring Design Alex drops February 22 for $399

Spring Design Alex drops February 22 for $399

Spring Design have announced pricing and availability details for their Alex dual-display ebook reader, and as we expected without the might of Barnes & Noble behind them it's going to come in more expensive than what you'd pay for a nook.  As of February 22nd you'll be able to order an Alex - which has a 6-inch E Ink display up top, and a 3.5-inch color touchscreen beneath - from the Spring Design site, where it will be priced at $399.

Your money does get you a few extra features that B&N deny to nook owners.  For instance, Spring Design are billing the Alex as the first ereader to offer internet access while you read, with the ability to instantly flip pages from the smaller browser display up to the larger e-ink panel for easier reading.  They've also left access to the underlying Android OS open, which means you can check email, download third-party Android apps and do pretty much everything you'd do on an Android smartphone.

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