E-Readers

The 13.3-inch eInk eReader-Monitor Combo

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The 13.3-inch eInk eReader-Monitor Combo

The Onyx Boox Max 2 Professional is an interesting eInk device-- one with a 13.3-inch touchscreen complete an HDMI port allowing use as a secondary display, a first according to the company.

The eReader handles 2200 x 1650 resolution with 16-level greyscale, and includes a Wacom digitiser for stylus-based input. Regular finger-based touch input is also supported. Inside are a 1.6GHz quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, and 32GB storage, wireless connectivity comes via wifi and Bluetooth, and a 3.5mm jack provides audio playback.

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Amazon Adds Waterproofing With Kindle Oasis

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Amazon Adds Waterproofing With Kindle Oasis

After 10 years of making eReaders Amazon presents a first waterproof version-- the Kindle Oasis, an update on the 2016 model featuring a larger display and an IPX8 water-resistance rating.

The Kindle Oasis has a 300ppi 7inch display equipped with 12 LEDs for more uniform front lighting. Ambient light sensors tweak the lighting according to the environment, and the display is covered with a proprietary glass Amazon says is its toughest yet. A built-in accelerometer automatically switches page orientation according to how the eReader is held.

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Graphene Makes Brigher, Bendier ePaper

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Graphene Makes Brigher, Bendier ePaper

China's Guangzhou OED Technologies presents what it claims is "the world's first graphene ePaper"-- a technology promising to be brigher and more flexible than such displays currently available on the market.

A long promised wonder material, graphene comes in layers just 0.335 nanometers thick. A conductor of heat and electricity, it allows for pliable ePaper displays with high-light transmittance. In addition, graphene ePaper is less expensive to produce, since the graphene involves cheaper carbon instead of the exotic indium metal required by regular ePaper.

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Sony Prototypes "Digital Paper" Tablet

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Sony Prototypes

While Sony occasionally dabbles in eReaders (such as the PRS-T2), its latest e-ink device does not actually aim at bookworms-- instead it goes students wanting a "digital paper" notebook replacement.

Currently in prototype form, the yet unnamed tablet features a 13.3-inch 1200x1600 e-ink touchscreen roughly the size of regular A4 paper (minus margins). It also includes a stylus, making it ideal Continue reading...

Microsoft's Next Purchase: Nook Media?

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Microsoft's Next Purchase: Nook Media?

Microsoft plans to buy the Nook Media Barnes & Noble eBook joint venture, TechCruch reports-- and is willing to cough up $1 billion for the pleasure.

Through the acquisition Microsoft will get the Nook Media digital operation (eBooks) and the Nook eReaders and tablets hardware unit, leaving the college book division to B&N.

According to TechCrunch Nook Media also plans to discontinue making Android-based tablets by end fiscal 2014, part of a transition towards an entirely app-based "3rd party partner" device retail model.

Originally part of B&N, the Nook business split from the retailer on April 2012 following a Microsoft investment worth $300m (or 16.8% of the joint venture) made in order to get Nook content on then nascent Windows 8 devices. Nook apps are currently also available on every major platform, including Android and iOS.

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Txtr "Close" to €9.90 eReader

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Txtr

Berlin-based Txtr starts shipping its low-cost eReader, the Beagle-- a bare-bones 5-inch device that transfers eBooks from Android smartphone via Bluetooth.

First announced at the 2012 Frankfurt Book Fair, the Beagle announced as an eReader costing all of €9.90 through subsidies from mobile carriers. Such plans are still not in place yet, even if if the company promises it will "announce details of Continue reading...

Kobo eReaders Go "HD"

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Kobo eReaders Go

Kobo launches what it claims is "the only premium eReader on the market" at the London Book Fair-- the Aura HD, an eReader with a 6.9-inch 1440x1080 (265ppi) resolution display.

Such resolution makes it superior to the Kindle Paperwhite's 212ppi 6-inch offering. The AuraHD is also supposedly the fastest at turning pages, thanks to a Freescale processor, and carries 4GB of internal storage.

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Imminent Collapse for eReaders?

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Imminent Collapse for eReaders?

Will eReaders go the way of the dodo within the next few years? IHS iSuppli believes exactly that, reporting the market is "in an alarmingly precipitous decline."

That the devices will collapse soon after a fairly spectacular rise might not surprise some-- not when tablets are breaking records for both customers' hearts and wallets.

According to iSuppli 2012 eReader shipments will drop by -36% to 14.9 million units, down from 23.2m in 2011, before contracting even further by -27% (to 10.9m units) in 2013 and to just 7.1m units by 2016.

If such totals are the case, no wonder the analyst describes 2011 as the peak year for eReaders. The numbers also represent a shift from growth to collapse unprecedented even in a market as notoriously volatile as CE. The eReader took consumer space by storm on 2006, with shipments growing from 1m to 10.1m (up by a factor of 10) from 2008 to 2010.

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Bookeen Reveals Front-Lit eReader

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Bookeen Reveals Front-Lit eReader

The Cybook Odyssey joins the front-lit eReader ranks with the Cybook Odyssey HD FrontLight-- a device Booken also touts as its lightest (180g) and thinnest (9.4mm) yet.

It features a 758 x 1024 (or 213 DPI) capacitative touchscreen, with HSIS (High Speed Ink System) technology promising a more comfortable reading experience even in low light conditions.

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E Ink Buys SiPix, Takes Over EPD Production

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E Ink Buys SiPix, Takes Over EPD Production

E Ink buys electronic paper display maker SiPix Technology for around $50.1 million, virtually taking over global electrophotoretic display (EPD) mass production.

According to NPD DisplaySearch, the SiPix purchase is "another sign of consolidation in the emerging display technology industry." It follows the exit of Bridgestone from the EPD industry, who gave up due to "increasing competition and Continue reading...

Amazon.co.uk Sells More eBooks than Print Books

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Amazon.co.uk Sells More eBooks than Print Books

Customers buy more digital eBooks than print books from Amazon.co.uk-- the retailer says  it sold 114 eBooks for every 100 print books during 2012 so far.

The figures follow the similar US trend, where Amazon sells more eBooks than print books since Q4 2010.

Amazon attributes its eBook success on the Kindle eReader, which launched in the UK in 2010. Kindle EU VP Jorrit Van der Meulen remarks “as Continue reading...

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