We’ve been anticipating the nook for about a month-and-a-half now, even since Barnes & Noble announced the nook back in October. Seeing a potential, real competitor to the Amazon Kindle sporting both an e-ink screen alongside a capacitive color LCD touchscreen just about made us drool. Oh, and it runs Google Android too, so, there’s that whole thing. Well, we’ve finally got the Barnes & Noble nook into our hands, and we’ve done some testing, some reading, and some playing, all in the spirit of letting you know how the nook stands on its own, and how it compares to the Amazon Kindle. We think we’ve done that, and we invite you to continue reading for the full Gear Live nook review.
With all the hoopla over the new Kindle DX, we think it is nice that someone has come up with a Braille E-Book. Translation of a 500 page book can double the thickness of the tome, so designers Seon-Keun Park, Byung-Min Woo, Sun-Hye Woo and Jin-Sun Park use EAP technology to change the surface pattern via electromagnetic signals. This is still a prototype but maybe Amazon can make it its next hot product.
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It seems that Wikipedia is entering the real world, beginning in Germany. The company is planning to publish a hardcover copy of the Internet tome to be named “The One-Volume Wikipedia Encyclopedia.” It will be composed of 50,000 of the 740,000 most searched terms. The first volume, which will be printed in September, may be a hint of things to come, as well as a new chapter in how to make money for Wikipedia. Remember to uncap your red pen to anonymously update and edit the book on its first read-through.
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Since the odds are slim to none that you can give a Kindle for Christmas, you may be able to opt for the Sony Reader, which has taken advantage of the situation and is offering 100 Classics from its Connect e-store. Simply purchase the device before January 31, have the recipient set up an account, and she/he will be credited for the amount. As a nice side note, the Reader is only $279.99 with free shipping, so that makes it a savings of $100.00 over the Kindle. You may not be able to access the Wall St. Journal, but since each Classic costs merely $2.00 apiece, that’s a lot of Shakespeare for the money.
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There are only about 3 weeks left until All Hallows Eve, so if you want to get adventurous this year be sure to check out the Special Halloween Edition from the editors of “Make” and “Craft ” for the holiday. Inside, you’ll learn how to make flaming LED skulls, laser jack-’o-lanterns, and mechanical ghoulies. You can also find makeup and a recipe for blood-spurting wounds as well as DIY coffins, tombstones, and decorations. All this (and a trip or two to Radio Shack) is available for $9.99.
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We really like this gadget, if only because it’s so cool-looking, in that straight-out-of-“Minority Report” kinda way. It’s the Over-Ear Book Light, and you guessed it, it clips to your ear and shines a beam of light on whatever you’re reading. Now you can continue to enjoy whatever “Harry Potter” book you’re up to without disturbing your bedmate or fellow passenger—and look tres-cool at the same time. The Over-Ear doesn’t emit heat, yet provides 100,000 hours of light, which you’ll certainly need if you’re reading a JK Rowling book. Requires one AAA battery for 25 hours of use. Available for $25 USD.
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