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E-reader Users Surpasses Tablet Fans

Written on June 28, 2011 by Lulu

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Pew Internet Project's survey reveals that users of e-readers in America doubled to 12% starting November 2010 to May 2011.

Number of E-reader users are increasing in last six months, surpassing the tablet growth that has enjoyed a ramp-up after iPad was launched last year.

Based on a study conducted by the Pew Internet Project: The number of people in the U.S. who uses Kindle, Nook or other e-reader devices were doubled to 12% between the month of November last year to May this year. Meanwhile, tablet users increased to three percent in the same period of time from 5 percent to 8 percent.

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Barnes & Noble Invites Bookworms to a “Very Special Event”

Written on October 20, 2010 by Charles Bass

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Barnes and Noble is holding an event on October 26. What is this about? Many are speculating this might have something to so with the Nook.

It has been ages since we first saw Nook. It was first launched lastOctober 20th and started shipping December of the same year. We actually don’t know if Barnes and Noble is planning to do follow up on this. Then out of nowhere, Barnes and Noble announced that they’ll be holding an event on October 26.

Last Monday, the bookstore announced that the company is updating Nook’s firmware. Will they announce something special during the event? No one can really tell.

Nook at some point stole the spotlight from Amazon’s Kindle. But since updates are few, it gradually went out of sight.

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Sharp Invents iPad Rival

Written on August 27, 2010 by R. Cruise

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Sharp’s Katayama spoke some fierce revelations about the latest iPad competitor.

When Sharp’s President Mikio Katayama utters a word, he means it. He is known for his bold statements and recently he revealed that his company is unleashing the latest rival of iPad.

The new Sharp product seems to be a very promising device. Online sources report that this e-reader will feature color display, new XMDF file format for e-books and video and music player.

However, the biggest stir this e-reader is causing is the glasses-free 3D tech it will showcase, similar to the Nintendo 3DS.

Knowing all this, excitement starts to fill in. The gadget is due to be released late this year.

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Pandigital Presents The Novel

Written on August 19, 2010 by Aiken Lewis

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Pandigital moves aside its photo frames and makes an entrance to the e-book reader market with a sleek color-screen device that makes for almost everybody's eye candy.

The digital frame-maker partners with Barnes & Noble in presenting its Android-powered digital book device, the Pandigital Novel. A 7-inch touch-screen contraption that has full-color display, it further enhances the experience with Wi-Fi connectivity and multimedia capabilities.

Glimpsing a preview of the Novel can link the memory to a rumored smaller version of an iPad. It sharply looks like one at face value. But at a closer look, what sets apart this e-book reader from the rest is its tie-up with Barnes & Noble’s e-book store.

Despite the irresistible color feature, the sharpness level of the device can lag behind 2010 smartphones. The touch screen is not nearly as responsive as the iPad’s, even not at par with those of the new smartphones’ touch-screen interfaces. But overlooking the downside, the Novel displays 800×600-pixel resolution, which is adequate for starters. It comes in white and black hardware for less than $200. That cost can get down to $169 at stores such as J.C. Penney and Bed, Bath, & Beyond.

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Adobe’s New Publishing Software for Tablets

Written on August 02, 2010 by Charles Bass

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Adobe, makers of the famous Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Flash and Acrobat Reader has revealed that making of a software intended for tablets.

This software will soon hit the Creative Suite pack and can be downloaded to Adobe Labs. It will include tools that will bridge the gap between InDesign and interactive format softwares.

The company’s aspiration is to make it simpler for publishers to create and profit from tablet magazines like Wired’s successful iPad offering. Wired eventually used InDesign and a mixture of other products to create their masterpiece.

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