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Barnes & Noble’s New Touchscreen NOOK Shipping Now

Barnes & Noble’s New Touchscreen NOOK Shipping Now

Just last week, Barnes & Nobles unveiled an all-new NOOK e-reader featuring a 6-inch touch-enabled E-ink display that replaced all navigation controls except for one simple home button. The new e-reader was touted to be lighter, smaller, and possess at least double the battery life when compared to Amazon's Kindle.

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3G on my Ereader, not my Tablet

3G on my Ereader, not my Tablet

Amazon and B&N are taking pot-shots at each other this week, each competing on whose ereader lasts longest. As ereaders gain in popularity and become more mainstream, too, I'm increasingly asked which model I'd go for and, more often, whether I'd pay extra for those with integrated 3G or save my money and opt for WiFi-only instead. Funnily enough, my stance on 3G ereaders is the complete opposite of my thoughts on 3G tablets.

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NOOK battery whips even recalculated Kindle insists B&N

NOOK battery whips even recalculated Kindle insists B&N

The aftermath of the new Barnes & Noble NOOK being announced has seen the ebook retailer locked in a battery life battle with arch rival Amazon, as the two firms spar over whose ereader lasts longer. Having seen B&N launch the touchscreen NOOK with the claim it would run for up to two months on a single charge, Amazon tweaked its own Kindle battery life estimates to match based on the presumed usage equation: wireless off and 30 minutes of use a day, or half what it had originally accounted for with the Kindle figures. Turns out, though, B&N is using no such sum, and reckons the new NOOK has demonstrably more stamina.

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Barnes & Noble NOOK: Smaller, touchscreen & $139 tag

Barnes & Noble NOOK: Smaller, touchscreen & $139 tag

Barnes & Noble has outed its latest ereader, an all-new B&N NOOK, complete with a touch-enabled display and a 6-inch E Ink Pearl e-paper screen. The new NOOK weighs in at a mere 7.5oz - the third-gen Kindle is 8.5oz in comparison - and the new display apparently has 80-percent less flashing as it refreshes than the dual-display original NOOK.

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Barnes & Noble hiring team for cloud service build out

Barnes & Noble hiring team for cloud service build out

Cloud services are a big deal today for a lot of consumers and companies that sell tech. Storing things on the cloud has a lot of promise to allow documents and files to be shared easily, and it makes for easy streaming of your own digital content including movies and video to any device wherever you might be. Amazon has its own cloud service that helps provide services to users of the Kindle and it seems Barnes & Noble wants some of that action too.

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Barnes & Noble confirms new ereader due May 24: NOOKcolor 3G?

Barnes & Noble confirms new ereader due May 24: NOOKcolor 3G?

Barnes & Noble's NOOKcolor turned out to be surprising success among those not only looking for an ereader but a bargain Android tablet as well, and with its latest firmware update B&N was all too pleased to enable the iPad-rivaling functionality. Now, the company has quietly revealed it will be launching a new ereader on May 24, according to an 8-K SEC filing.

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Al Gore, Ex-Apple Engineers Make First Interactive E-Book Publishing Platform, Push Pop Press

Al Gore, Ex-Apple Engineers Make First Interactive E-Book Publishing Platform, Push Pop Press

E-books have become increasingly popular with the adoption of eReaders such as the Amazon Kindle and the Barnes & Noble NOOK, with even library lending of e-books on the rise. Stepping up from eReaders we get full on tablets that add another level of full color touchscreen interactivity. But up until now, e-books have remained just static digital versions of the original. That's about to change.

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Google Books App Update Includes iPad Landscape Mode

Google Books App Update Includes iPad Landscape Mode

The Google Books app for iOS devices has just been updated with several new features including landscape viewing mode optimized for iPads. The app still lags behind apps for Amazon's Kindle, Apple's iBooks, and the Barnes & Noble Nook, but this new update shows more effort.

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B&N NOOK NY Times subscribers get to bypass paywall

B&N NOOK NY Times subscribers get to bypass paywall

First Kindle users, now NOOK owners. Never wishing to be outdone by Amazon, Barnes & Noble has secured complimentary New York Times paywall access to those who already subscribe to the paper on their ereader. A date for the access is yet to be confirmed, and users will be contacted by email with more details.

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Amazon Pulls the Plug on Lendle Lending Service

Amazon Pulls the Plug on Lendle Lending Service

Once Amazon decided to let Kindle users lend out books, it was only a matter of time until services sprung up to open up lending to the wider world. Lendle was one of those services, but now Amazon has pulled the plug on them. Today, Lendle's website states: "Amazon has revoked Lendle’s API access. Unfortunately, Lendle is unavailable indefinitely. We will do everything we can to restore service soon."

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Re-Inventing the Book in the Digital Age

Re-Inventing the Book in the Digital Age

For a while now we, at Creative Strategies, have been involved in projects within the digital reader ecosystem. We have been talking and working with both publishers and hardware OEM’s who either have a presence or want a presence in this market. E-Readers and Tablet sales combined could be between 60-70 million in 2011*.

Regardless of where we are now in the adoption cycle of e-readers and tablets one thing is now clear: the shift from analog to digital in books is happening rapidly.

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B&N settles in Spring Design ereader legal spat

B&N settles in Spring Design ereader legal spat

Spring Design may be voluntarily "phasing out" the Alex ereader but its taken a settlement offer from Barnes & Noble to end the ongoing lawsuit between the two firms. According to a B&N press release, "Spring Design will grant Barnes & Noble a non-exclusive, paid-up royalty free license for the entire portfolio of Spring Design patents and patent applications."

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