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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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Viewsonic VEB 620 and VEB 625 ereaders outed

Viewsonic VEB 620 and VEB 625 ereaders outed

Viewsonic have outed their own duo of ereaders, eschewing color display frippery for some good old-fashioned monochrome E Ink panels.  The Viewsonic VEB 620 and VEB 625 each have a 6-inch display - complete with touchscreen layer on the VEB 625 - together with 2GB of onboard storage and an accelerometer for automatic page rotation.

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Interpark Biscuit 3G ereader hits Korea

Interpark Biscuit 3G ereader hits Korea

Another week, another oddly named ebook reader.  Korean shopping heavyweight Interpark have announced their own entrant to the ereader market, in the shape of Biscuit.  Similar to the Amazon Kindle, though with a distinctive keyboard layout that moves the core navigation buttons to below the display rather than their more common edge positions, the Biscuit includes 3G connectivity for mobile downloads of ebooks and newspapers.

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Kobo $149 eReader and “Powered by Kobo” ebook platform announced

Kobo $149 eReader and “Powered by Kobo” ebook platform announced

Break out the bunting, there's a new e-reader in town.  Kobo have announced that they'll be taking on Amazon's Kindle, Barnes & Noble's nook and the eventually-linked-to-Borders Spring Design Alex with their own dedicated device, the Kobo eReader.  Great, aside from the fact that they've apparently just recycled a four-year-old Netronix ebook reader with a bright new case.

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Color E Ink displays demonstrated to Amazon and B&N

Color E Ink displays demonstrated to Amazon and B&N

E Ink-owning heavyweight PVI have apparently been showing off their latest color ereader display prototypes to Amazon and Barnes & Noble, in both 6-inch and 9.7-inch sizes, ahead of mass production in Q4 2010.  The news follows earlier comments from PVI's VP of marketing that color E Ink devices would begin shipping in Q1 2011.

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Teclast K9 dual-screen ereader borrows from Kindle, nook & Alex

Teclast K9 dual-screen ereader borrows from Kindle, nook & Alex

While Barnes & Noble and Spring Design hold their dual-screen ereader legal battle in the US courts, over in China they're simply getting on with "borrowing" the design concept themselves.  Spotted at the Shenzhen EREXPO ("E-Reader Expo") this week was the Teclast K9, an ereader with the buttons and controls of a Kindle but the dual-displays of a nook or Alex.

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Marvell Shows Off Android Tablet, Could Ship Later This Year

Marvell Shows Off Android Tablet, Could Ship Later This Year

Tablets are back in style, no thanks to a little thing called the iPad, and there's nothing wrong with that. Sure, there's going to be all sorts of failures out there, but at least we can hope that the majority of these slate-style mini-computers will be worth our time. Take, for example, this 10-inch tablet that Marvell was showing off at the Future of Publishing Summit on Tuesday. It's running the Android mobile Operating System, which isn't that big of a surprise, and it's got a few features that make it seem worthwhile.

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Pocketbook 360° reviewed: fastest ereader around

Pocketbook 360° reviewed: fastest ereader around

Given the number of wireless-enabled, high-aspiring ereaders we've seen promised for launch and then failing to turn up on schedule - Plastic Logic and Spring Design, we're looking at you - there are times when you wonder if you're better off with a regular ebook device that does the basics well.  One such example might be the Pocketbook 360°, a non-wireless reader around the size of a CD case and half the weight of a Kindle or nook; it may not let you download ebooks while on the move, but it does apparently boast super-fast speed and usability.

Video hands-on after the cut

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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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Pixel Qi Offers DIY Screen Replacement: Easy As Changing a Lightbulb

Pixel Qi Offers DIY Screen Replacement: Easy As Changing a Lightbulb

Do it yourself kits aren't new, and it's not even a new phase washing over the world. People have been finding ways to make things on their own for quite a long time. It's part of man's ingenuity. But some times, or maybe even more often than not, doing it yourself can be a real pain. Well, Pixel Qi wants to make it at least a little bit easier for you to replace that bland ol' LCD screen on your laptop by offering you a do it yourself kit.

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Entourage eDGe gets reviewed: double-displays but half-baked?

Entourage eDGe gets reviewed: double-displays but half-baked?

As a distinctive dual-display device (running Android no less) there's been plenty of attention on the Entourage eDGe e-reader since it was announced late last year.  Packing a separate E Ink panel with an active digitizer and a touchscreen LCD with the Android UI, Entourage bill the eDGe as the ideal education, reading and research tool.  Over at LAPTOP, however, they're not so sure; they've been reviewing the eDGe, and the end result is a feeling that it's not quite market-ready.

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