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Amazon’s Kindle Drops in Price to $189

Amazon’s Kindle Drops in Price to $189

It's the season for price drops, it seems. Right on the heels of Barnes & Noble announcing the 3G-capable nook would get a price drop (with the addition of a new, WiFi-only model), Amazon has followed suit. That's right, the prodigal eReader that, for all intents and purposes, started the digital book reading phenomenon, has finally made a price drop happen. What once was $259, is now only $189.

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How to Save the E-Reader

How to Save the E-Reader

Does the e-reader need saving? If Amazon, Barnes & Noble and the like have sold plenty of units, the category is still facing some tough competition and it lacks a compelling reason to exist. Apple has fired the first shots in the consumer tablet war, but I think e-reader devices can easily survive if they avoid that fight altogether.

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B&N 3G/WiFi nook price slashed to $199.99

B&N 3G/WiFi nook price slashed to $199.99

Like the idea of a cut-price Barnes & Noble nook but unwilling to give up 3G connectivity and settle for the $150 WiFi-only version?  As well as the new, entry-level model, Best Buy has also announced a price cut for the original nook, which brings it down from a Kindle-matching $259 to just $199.99.

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Acer LumiRead ereader: WiFi, ISBN scanner & QWERTY

Acer LumiRead ereader: WiFi, ISBN scanner & QWERTY

Acer's mysterious Android tablet may have stolen the show, but their new LumiRead ereader is worth consideration too.  Packing a 6-inch monochrome E Ink display and a Kindle-style QWERTY keyboard, the LumiRead has WiFi - and 3G in a future model - together with an ISBN scanner that can be used to keep a wish-list of titles for future purchase.

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Barnes & Noble BN eReader for iPad released

Barnes & Noble BN eReader for iPad released

Barnes & Noble have released their BN eReader for iPad app, and they're describing it as the most easily used and customizable of all such software on the tablet.  A free download [iTunes link], the B&N app synchronizes with the company's nook dedicated ereader as well as their PC client.  The iPad version doesn't support in-app purchases at this stage, but you can use LendMe to share (some) titles with others for limited periods.

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Pandigital Novel ereader packs B&N eBookstore access, Android & WiFi

Pandigital Novel ereader packs B&N eBookstore access, Android & WiFi

Pandigital may be better known on these pages for their digital photo frames, but the company have another use for a 7-inch LCD: an ereader.  The Pandigital Novel eschews E Ink for a full color touchscreen LCD display, Android OS and WiFi b/g/n, the latter being used for wireless connection to Barnes & Noble's eBookstore.

That means support not only for purchasing ebooks, newspapers and magazines, but use of B&N's LendMe functionality that allows readers to share texts for up to 14 days.  LendMe will work with B&N's PC/Mac ereader clients and, we're presuming, the company's own nook ereader.  Meanwhile there's also multimedia support, including MP3, AAC and WAV audio, JPEG, BMP, PNG and GIF images and MPEG4 video; content can be saved to the 1GB of internal memory or to an SD or MMC memory card.

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Barnes & Noble PubIt! self-publishing ebook service due Summer 2010

Barnes & Noble PubIt! self-publishing ebook service due Summer 2010

Barnes & Noble have announced PubIt!, a way for independent publishers and authors to create their own ebook content for the B&N ebook store, and the company's response to the Kindle Digital Text platform.  Full royalty details for B&N PubIt! are yet to be confirmed, but ebooks produced via the system will be DRM encrypted and available not only on the nook but the retailer's PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone and BlackBerry clients.

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Google Editions Could Lead eBook Industry With Access to Over 4 Million Titles

Google Editions Could Lead eBook Industry With Access to Over 4 Million Titles

There's no doubt that, out of any company on the planet, that when Google gets involved with something, they go big. Even things like Google Buzz, which may not seem all that big now, we can be sure that Google is trying to figure out a way to make it bigger. Now, with Google Editions, it seems that just a simple announcement last week wasn't good enough. Now they want all of the people involved in the eReader/eBook market to start really worrying about the Mountain View's company emergence into the market.

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B&N nook v1.3 released: browser, games & Read In Store

B&N nook v1.3 released: browser, games & Read In Store

Barnes & Noble have announced a new firmware version for their dual-screen nook ebook reader.  nook firmware v1.3 adds a new (beta) web browser, which uses the E Ink display for content and the touchscreen color LCD for navigation, together with faster page-turns, speedier ebook opening and some new games.  Meanwhile the Read In Store feature - which allows nook owners to preview entire ebooks while connected to B&N store WiFi - has now been activated.

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Barnes & Noble Launches New nook Advertising Campaign

Barnes & Noble Launches New nook Advertising Campaign

The Apple iPad is apparently a pretty good eReader. And, it has a pretty impressive (if still ultimately lacking) book store under its belt, so why wouldn't the two other mainstays in the eReader department be changing things up? We already heard that the Amazon Kindle is heading to Target, so now it's about time for Barnes & Noble to step things up. And, if we have to wait for that nook 2, we can deal with some new advertising, if we have to.

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Barnes & Noble nook Lite Will Supposedly Feature WiFi Only

Barnes & Noble nook Lite Will Supposedly Feature WiFi Only

The Barnes and Noble nook has been available (mostly) for a few months now, so why shouldn't the rumors about what's coming next start up? Seems perfectly natural to us. And, after we reviewed the original and gave it a few high praises, we're just as interested as anyone else to hear about whatever it is that Barnes and Noble may be cooking up in the technological ovens.

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Barnes & Noble nook arrives at Best Buy April 18th

Barnes & Noble nook arrives at Best Buy April 18th

It comes as little surprise, but Best Buy have announced that - as of April 18th - they will be offering the Barnes & Noble nook in their retail stores.  The nook will be priced at $259.99, and be sold alongside B&N ebook gift cards for those wanting to give the dual-display ereader as a present (or if they're unwilling or unable to use their credit card).

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