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Kobo Aura H2O ereader makes your digital books waterproof

Kobo Aura H2O ereader makes your digital books waterproof

Kobo has taken the wraps off its newest traditional ereader, the Aura H2O. As its name suggests, the newest e-ink device from the company is waterproof, setting it apart from some of its similarly-designed brethren. The device is supposed to be the first of its kind, and unshackles readers so they can enjoy their digital books poolside or in the tub.

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Study shows reading on Kindle is less effective than paperback

Study shows reading on Kindle is less effective than paperback

Ereaders and the growing number of textbooks available in digital form have transformed the way students study, and with them come many perks: digital books are often cheaper than their physical counterparts, and an entire semester's materials can be toted around on a single light tablet. The perks may end there, however, according to a recent study.

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B&N’s Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook hits stores today

B&N’s Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook hits stores today

Barnes & Noble could quite keep its own secret about the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook, so all we needed to know was how much the ebook-centric tablet would cost and when we could buy it. That's all been confirmed this morning, with B&N announcing the Android slate will show up in stores today, priced at $179.

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Icarus Illumina HD totes Android 4.2 and Amazon’s Kindle app

Icarus Illumina HD totes Android 4.2 and Amazon’s Kindle app

If you're in the market for an ordinary (read: non-tablet) ereader, but you're looking for something other than Amazon's own offering, ICARUS has launched a solid compromise: the Illumina HD. With the Illumina HD comes Android 4.2 and the Amazon app, giving it the best of both worlds.

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B&N borrows Amazon’s playbook for Galaxy Tab 4 Nook teaser

B&N borrows Amazon’s playbook for Galaxy Tab 4 Nook teaser

Barnes & Noble wants you to know that the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook tablet is enough to get existing Nook owners excited; whether that's enough to turn the company's struggling ebook fortunes around remains to be seen. Samsung outed the new slate - which it designed itself, but which bears B&N's Nook branding - back in June, and now the bookseller is trying to build the prelaunch hype, taking a page out of Amazon's book in the process.

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NOOK GlowLight enters UK to challenge Kindle Paperwhite

NOOK GlowLight enters UK to challenge Kindle Paperwhite

Taking on once more that ereader market that is virtually dominated by Amazon's Kindle brand, Barnes & Noble is expanding the reach of its NOOK GlowLight device across the pond. Now digital book lovers in the UK will be able enjoy their favorite ebooks from a device that has been made lighter, brighter, and more spacious than other brands.

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NOOK tablet refresh this year as B&N outsources

NOOK tablet refresh this year as B&N outsources

Barnes & Noble will launch a new NOOK color tablet later in 2014, the company has confirmed, after losses from the division "narrowed significantly" in the last financial quarter thanks to ceasing development and ramping down manufacturing. Nonetheless, the division - covering NOOK hardware, digital content sales, and accessories - was still down more than half year-on-year, with revenues of $157m, and B&N will look to third-party hardware manufacturers to develop the new NOOK model.

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B&N pares back NOOK hardware team as ereader slumps [Update]

B&N pares back NOOK hardware team as ereader slumps [Update]

Barnes & Noble has made further cuts to its NOOK engineering division, taking a scythe to the hardware team responsible for its ereader in the aftermath of slumping holiday sales. Sales fell more than 60-percent over the 2013 holidays, B&N admitted last month, and has now confirmed that more staff losses have taken place, though it still insists it's committed to NOOK.

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Sony Reader Store shutting down in late March

Sony Reader Store shutting down in late March

Sony recently announced they would be selling off the VAIO brand, however it seems that is not the only change in the works. A more recent announcement deals with Sony's Reader Store, which will soon be replaced by the Kobo eBookStore. Basically, Kobo will be the content supplier for those with a Sony Reader or Sony Xperia device.

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FAA gives OK to mobile devices during entire flight

FAA gives OK to mobile devices during entire flight

Today the folks at the regulatory department for the air - the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) - have given the green light for all-flight-long mobile device use for passengers. This OK extends to airlines across the United States starting as soon as tomorrow. A note from the FAA gives few restrictions to this new allowance, suggesting that "Airplane Mode" should still be initiated on all mobile devices, and that there are still holds on being able to make or take phone calls in the air. In other words - get out your Angry Birds and keep on popping!

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Nook GlowLight unveiled with design overhaul and improved glow

Nook GlowLight unveiled with design overhaul and improved glow

It was a bit over a year ago that Barnes and Noble introduced its Simple Touch with GlowLight ereader, something that has become old news as of today as the company announced the Nook GlowLight -- no Simple Touch to be found. This ereader is said to be a complete redesign on all fronts, bringing readers both hardware changes and updates to the system's interface, as well as more seamless page flipping.

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Amazon Kindle MatchBook launches today: digitizing your paper library

Amazon Kindle MatchBook launches today: digitizing your paper library

This morning the service known as Amazon Kindle MatchBook launched with a whopping 70,000 books in its employ. This service takes a listing of books you've purchased (through Amazon) in physical form and offers them up to you in digital format for relatively low prices. Originally suggested to be hitting the books with 10,000 copies, imagine our surprise today when the service launched with seven times that amount.

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