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Rupert Murdoch denies color ebook reader plans; News Corp “neutral” on platforms

Despite speculation back in April that Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp were investing in a color ebook reader device, the outspoken CEO has this week denied that it is the case.  Instead, Murdoch told interviewers on his own Fox Business channel, News Corp would be looking to be platform agnostic, distributing its content across any device from which subscription fees can be claimed.

According to Murdoch, the news organization has been talking with major ebook reader manufacturers including Sony, Fujitsu and Samsung about their device plans.  He suggests that large-scale penetration of the market won’t occur for another one to two years.

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Amazon Kindle 2 drops to $299

Amazon Kindle 2 drops to $299

Amazon have slashed $60 off the price of their Amazon Kindle 2 ebook reader, pulling the device to $299 for the first time.  The move is being seen as a response to a growing number of ebook reader rivals, though admittedly none have the same wireless distribution network in place that Amazon have organized.

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Bookeen Cybook Opus ebook reader shows up in wild

Bookeen Cybook Opus ebook reader shows up in wild

Bookeen have been showing off their upcoming 5-inch ebook, the Cybook Opus, and it's being met with favor by the e-ink obsessives over at MobileRead.  They describe the 150g ebook reader as "positively gorgeous" with excellent ergonomics; the screen doesn't look half bad either, a 200dpi 600 x 800 pixel panel with auto-rotation courtesy of an integrated accelerometer.

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Amazon Kindle DX sold out: 4-6 week delay

We may not have been entirely convinced by the Kindle DX, but it looks like there’s no shortage of would-be buyers still interested in the large-scale ebook reader.  Amazon are currently warning of 4-6 week delays for the Kindle DX, which they blame on “heavy customer demand”.

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Amazon Kindle DX teardown

Amazon Kindle DX teardown

When we reviewed the Kindle DX yesterday, we stopped short at ripping the ebook reader apart; after all, Amazon want it back, and probably in one piece.  RapidRepair have had no such qualms, however, and promptly set to their own Kindle DX with a screwdriver.

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Amazon Kindle DX Review

Amazon Kindle DX Review

Amazon's Kindle DX was announced back at the beginning of May, but it's taken until now for the first of the oversized ebook readers to reach buyers' hands.  The Kindle DX begins shipping this week, promising more E Ink real estate, more memory, and more file-type support on top of the Kindle 2's existing Whispernet wireless and other features.  Is bigger necessarily better?  SlashGear put on our reading glasses and set to finding out.

The differences between the Kindle 2 and the new Kindle DX are obvious: a 9.7-inch E Ink monochrome display dominates the front panel, offering around 2.5x the space of the smaller ebook reader and squashing the QWERTY keyboard into tic-tac tininess at the bottom.  Amazon has obviously worked hard to minimize the screen's impact on the overall chassis, with mixed results.  It's a scant 0.02-inches thicker than the Kindle 2, at 0.38-inches, with a metal back-plate lending stiffness, but the left-side page controls have been dropped.

Make sure to click through for the full review, photo gallery and unboxing/walkthrough video of the Amazon Kindle DX.

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Foxit eSlick Reader e-ink video demo at Computex

Foxit eSlick Reader e-ink video demo at Computex

Foxit brought their eSlick Reader along to Computex last week, and they're still positioning it as a more flexible, cheaper alternative to the Amazon Kindle 2.  Priced at $259.99, the 6-inch ebook reader lacks wireless connectivity but, as jkkmobile's hands-on video shows, it's a compact and highly-portable device.

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Samsung demo Hybrid e-ink video display

Samsung demo Hybrid e-ink video display

Pixel Qi's 3Qi display may be drawing attention right now, but Mary Lou Jepsen should stay on her toes: Samsung's LCD arm have been demonstrating a 10.2-inch color e-paper display that's capable of showing video.  The panel, which was shown at the recent SID expo, incorporates both e-ink and LCD technology, switching between "memory mode" and "dynamic mode" pixels.

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IAC & Netronix E-Book readers: touchscreens, WiMAX, EVDO & HSPA

IAC & Netronix E-Book readers: touchscreens, WiMAX, EVDO & HSPA

The Amazon Kindle may be sitting pretty as the best-known ebook reader out there right now, but all that could change if some of the new breed of e-ink devices have their way.  Computex 2009 has seen a few new designs introduced, often packing various wireless technologies and/or touchscreens.  IAC stacks up the wireless, with WiMAX, EVDO and WiFi, while Netronix has been showing multiple sizes from 6-inches through to 9.7-inches.

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iRex promise color ebook reader in 2011: 3x brighter than rivals

E-reader manufacturer iRex have announced [pdf link] that they intend to have a color, writable ebook reader on the market by 2011.  The device, which is currently unnamed, will use a system of  subtractive color mixing which, according to iRex, results in three times the brightness of existing additive color electrophoretic displays. 

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Pixel Qi 3Qi prototype gets video demo

Pixel Qi 3Qi prototype gets video demo

It may look like a slightly washed-out standard netbook screen, but this is actually one of Pixel Qi's amazing 3Qi indoor/outdoor/e-ink panel prototypes being shown at Computex.  As well as being usable as a standard LCD display, the 3Qi panel can be flipped into a monochrome e-ink mode that's incredibly power-frugal and very easy to read even in direct sunlight.

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Amazon Kindle DX shipping June 10th: first come, first served

Amazon have confirmed that the Kindle DX ebook reader will begin shipping on June 10th.  Available to preorder since its announcement back in May, the Kindle DX features a larger, 9.7-inch E Ink display than the Kindle 2, and retails for $489.

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