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Plastic Logic deny B&N color ebook reader in 2010

Last Friday’s news that Plastic Logic were apparently building a color ebook reader for Barnes and Noble now looks to be a little too optimistic; the company – who are on course to deliver their first, monochrome model in early 2010 – have denied that a color device is pipeline for next year.  According to Plastic Logic, the Barnes and Noble employee who seemingly announced the color ebook reader “was misinformed” and not an “authorized” spokesperson of the retailer.

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Amazon confirm International Kindle DX is coming

Having announced earlier this week that their Kindle ebook reader would be available in more than 100 countries worldwide, in the shape of a GSM version with international data roaming, Amazon have also confirmed that they plan an international Kindle DX, too.  The DX – launched in the US back in June – has a larger, 8.9-inch display than the Kindle 2, and is better suited to textbooks, magazines and other periodicals.

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Ballmer: Microsoft “are not interested in e-readers”

Ballmer: Microsoft “are not interested in e-readers”

Amazon are looking to foreign climes with the Kindle, Barnes & Noble are preparing to make a splash with both monochrome and color ebook devices, but Steve Ballmer doesn't reckon his customers care about standalone ebook readers.  Speaking to reporters in the Netherlands this week, the outspoken Microsoft CEO revealed that his company has no plans for creating a dedicated device: "We have a device for reading. It's the most popular device in the world. It's the PC."

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Barnes & Noble ebook reader imminent; Plastic Logic color version due Spring 2010 [Video]

Barnes & Noble look set to enter the ebook reader market in a big way, with rumors and revelations aplenty about not only an imminent device launch but a color model in 2010.  According to the Wall Street Journal’s sources, B&N are preparing to launch a greyscale 6-inch E-Ink device potentially as soon as November 2009, complete with a touchscreen and on-screen keyboard.  However, according to a B&N spokesperson caught on video (which you can see after the cut), next Spring will bring a Plastic Logic color ebook reader together with clients for mobile devices.

Video announcement after the cut

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Amazon to launch UK Kindle next week?

We wouldn’t crack open our piggy-banks quite yet, but theBookseller are claiming that Amazon will launch their Kindle ebook reader in the UK next week, aiming for an October launch.  According to their unnamed sources, Amazon have signed non-disclosure agreements with various publishers in advance of the announcement; “The key things they needed to tie up have been tied up,” claimed the source, “the rumours I’ve heard are all saying next week.”

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iriver Story ebook reader presales start

iriver Story ebook reader presales start

iriver's Story ebook reader has gone up for preorder, priced at the equivalent of around $281.  Set to begin shipping on October 6th, the Story has a 6-inch E-Ink display, QWERTY keyboard and an SD card slot; iriver supply a 2GB card with the device, along with a case and two free ebook downloads.

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iRex DR800SG touchscreen 3G ebook reader coming today

iRex DR800SG touchscreen 3G ebook reader coming today

From one ebook reader to another, only this time we're looking at something with much more grunt to take on Amazon's Kindle.  According to the New York Times, iRex will announce later on today that they're launching an 8.1-inch touchscreen ebook reader in the US, the iRex DR800SG, priced at $399 and packing a 3G Gobi radio from Qualcomm.  The sticker price of the iRex DR800SG will include unlimited wireless access through Verizon's network, with users able to wirelessly download ebooks from Barnes & Noble.

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Bookeen Cybook Opus compact ebook reader hits shelves

Bookeen Cybook Opus compact ebook reader hits shelves

Bookeen's Cybook Opus 5-inch ebook reader has finally gone on sale, priced at $280 from the company's official store.  The Opus is a compact 4.2 x 6 x 0.4 inches and weighs 5.3oz; however it still packs a microSD card slot, accelerometer to flip between portrait and landscape orientations, and a user-replaceable battery good for 8,000 page turns.

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Onyx Boox WiFi touchscreen ebook reader gets hands-on

We know Onyx better as a BlackBerry smartphone codename or a touchscreen cellphone prototype, but in China it’s also the name of an ebook reader manufacturer.  Engadget Chinese had a chance to play with their new product, the Boox, a WiFi-enabled touchscreen device with an internet browser as well as an ebook app.

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ASUS Eee Reader ebook device in final development; two screen sizes?

ASUS Eee Reader ebook device in final development; two screen sizes?

ASUS have revealed a few more details about their upcoming ebook reader, the tentatively-named Eee Reader.  Potentially landing in late 2009 "at the earliest", the Eee Reader will - say industry sources, in usual DigiTimes style - come in two versions with either a 6- or 9-inch monochrome touchscreen.

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iriver Story caught in wild

iriver Story caught in wild

The few live images of iriver's new ebook reader, the sensibly-named Story, whet our appetite; now German site Heise have had the chance to go hands-on with the Kindle-esque device.  Unfortunately they've also found that, right now, a WiFi-equipped model is merely "planned", while a 3G version only "conceivable" if iriver can find a suitable mobile module.

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Polymer Vision bought: new foldable ebook readers planned

Polymer Vision has reportedly been sold to an unnamed Asian company, who will restart the firms development of foldable e-ink displays.  Having declared bankruptcy back in July, Polymer Vision – whose first device, the Readius, was to be a cellphone with a large fold-out e-ink display – will now retain around 80-percent of its staff after new contracts were signed this week.

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