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txtr ebook reader loses WiFi; €299 pre-orders from Dec 1st

Of the flurry of ebook readers we’ve seen over the past six months or so, one of the more interesting has been the txtr, if only because it promises to embrace the open-source community with its freely-available APIs.  Unfortunately, txtr seem less open with their launch updates; the reader is supposedly launching in Germany tomorrow, but the German startup has just revealed that it won’t actually have WiFi.

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Barnes & Noble nook store availability limited; eBay prices doubling

Barnes & Noble nook store availability limited; eBay prices doubling

Hoping to pick up a Barnes and Noble nook in time for the holidays?  Don't count on it seems the message from B&N; not only have online preorders for the dual-display ebook reader sold out for December, pushing expected deliveries for orders placed now to January 4th, the company is now reducing its store roll-out.  According to B&N VP Mary Ellen Keating, only "a very limited supply, along with demo units, will be available in our highest-volume stores" as of December 7th.

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Netronix Android ebook readers in 2010, plus 3.5G models

Netronix are developing Android-based ebook readers, working with Texas Instruments to push the e-readers out in 2010, according to company chairman Arthur Lu.  Full specifications on the devices are unknown, though Lu has also said the the devices will be “able to interoperate” with both Android smartphones and embedded devices; the executive didn’t go on to explain exactly what form that interoperation might take.  Meanwhile, there’s also 3G/3.5G WWAN integration coming.

While Lu didn’t say that the Android-based devices would necessarily be the e-readers to get wireless, he did confirm that Netronix expect to release models with integrated 3G connectivity in mid-2010.

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iriver Story gets reviewed: intuitive & usable Kindle-alternative

iriver Story gets reviewed: intuitive & usable Kindle-alternative

iriver's Story has been simmering away in Korea for a few months now, but so far just how good an ebook reader it is has been a mystery.  The Register have been playing with the Story and reckon its actually a white slab of alright, actually: they rate its battery life and decent audio player, though they needed a firmware update to get the best out of it.

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Sony Reader Daily Edition up for pre-order at $400

Sony Reader Daily Edition up for pre-order at $400

We've got to admit, having played with the mirasol ebook prototype earlier today, Sony's pre-sale of their Reader Daily Edition is looking marginally less appealing.  Priced at $399.99, the Sony Reader Daily Edition has a 7-inch monochrome e-ink display, integrated 3G connectivity, and weighs 12.75oz; wireless access to Sony's ebook store is included in the sticker price.

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Qualcomm mirasol color video ebook readers to ship in 2010

Qualcomm mirasol color video ebook readers to ship in 2010

Ebook readers are arguably coming of age, but don't assume e-ink - and the push to produce color e-ink panels - have won the game quite yet. SlashGear met up with Qualcomm's mirasol team today to discuss their latest display news, and while you might remember the technology from their early 1.1-inch single-color panels, they're now showing off a 5.7-inch display capable of full color and video playback, with minimal impact on battery life. They've set themselves the target of having color ebook readers with mirasol panels on the market by the latter part of 2010, and are working with OEMs now to achieve that.

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ASUS WiFi, 3G and WiMAX ebook readers confirmed from March 2010

Further details of ASUS’ upcoming ebook reader have emerged, after executives from the company apparently confirmed that WiFi, 3G and WiMAX versions will be announced before the year is out.  The ebook readers will apparently begin reaching carrier partners in the US and Europe come March 2010, with the executives claiming that prices will be “competitive” with what’s on offer from Amazon and Sony.

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Wistron confirmed as Polymer Vision buyer: foldable e-paper in development

The unnamed Asian company which acquired ailing foldable e-paper startup Polymer Vision has been outed as Wistron.  Polymer Vision declared bankruptcy back in July, and were acquired in early September; the deal is now known to have been worth €12m ($17.75m).  Integration of the two companies actually began taking place last month, but right now it’s still unclear whether the Polymer Vision brand will be maintained.

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Plastic Logic QUE to share shelf-space with B&N nook

Put nook and QUE together and you’ve got the ideal setup for a filthy pun, but you’ve also got Barnes and Noble’s upcoming ebook device lineup.  Plastic Logic and the publisher have announced that the QUE will go on sale both in B&N retail stores and online, when it hits the market in 2010, right next to the Barnes and Noble nook announced earlier this month.

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MSI Tegra-based ebook reader planned for 2010

MSI are threatening to join the ebook reader market themselves, with company chairman Joseph Hsu revealing that they’re currently working on an NVIDIA Tegra based device.  The news comes after ASUS reiterated their ongoing ebook reader development, with the most recent news suggesting that the company has not one but two such devices in the works, offering two different screen sizes.

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Spring Design Alex Android ebook reader gets video demo

Spring Design Alex Android ebook reader gets video demo

Spring Design's Alex dual-display ebook reader was a surprise announcement earlier this week, seemingly diving into the public eye to make some headlines before Barnes and Noble's nook grabbed all the attention.  The company have followed up their render with a jerky video of the device in action, demonstrating its smaller Android display and how you can shoot content from the web-browser up to the larger e-ink panel for easier reading.

Video demo after the cut

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Barnes and Noble nook hands-on [Video]

Barnes and Noble nook hands-on [Video]

Barnes and Noble's nook may not be the first wireless ebook reader we've seen, but with its dual displays, color touchscreen, compact form-factor and Android OS it's perhaps the most distinctive.  The nook isn't expected to launch until the end of November, but SlashGear were at the B&N launch event in NYC today.  Check out our coverage - and some first impressions - after the cut.

Updated with video after the cut

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