Publisher Hearst Corp. is intending to come out with an electronic reader for magazines and newspapers. While media group chief Kenneth Bronfin wouldn’t give out many details, he says that it is because of an investment that the company made with E Ink, the company that supplies Amazon’s Kindle and Sony’s Reader electronic ink technology. Hearst will sell the e-readers to publishers and receive a portion of the revenue. Look for the new device, which should be about the size of a standard sheet of paper, later this year.
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Just bought an e-book but not sure where you can get the best deal for content? ebook price.info allows you to search for a book by author, title or ISBN. It will then display results from sites such as ebooks.com, Amazon and ereadable. You can also find what is available by format and the site will suggest other titles by the same author. Some books even feature a synopsis. The site is really simple to use and worth checking out before you purchase.
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Fujitsu has the honor of developing the first color e-paper mobile terminal. FLEPia is thin and lightweight and has a simple to view 8-inch display with up to 260,000 colors in HD. It also has Bluetooth and high-speed wireless LAN capability. When completely charged, it provides up to 40 hrs. of usage only for re-draw. When used with a 4GB SD card, the e-book can store up to 5,000 conventional sized paperbacks which equals out to 300 pages long at 600KB per book.
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Sony is offereing its Reader users half a million public domain books. The Google optimized books are added to the 100,000 already available for the e-book. Included are such titles as “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court,” “The Awakening” and “The Letters of Jane Austen.” Google has been encoding books in the open electronic format ePub to make such titles more available to Sony and other e-book distributors.
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While Kindle 2 is finding its niche, Sony has released a special edition Reader for James Bond fans. The Ian Fleming bundle was created to mark the release of Quantum of Solace and the centenary of the author’s birth. This includes a download code which will give you Casino Royale and For Your Eyes Only, which includes the short story QOS. A special 007 embossed cover is included in the $299.99 price.
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E Ink’s AM200 Electronic Paper Display (EPD) Prototype Kit is for DIYers who want to make their own e-book. The kit includes a glass-based active matrix display with Vizplex imaging film, a Metronome Display controller and all the hardware and software needed. It supports 5, 6, 8, and 9.7-inch displays, weighs only 150 g, is a mere 7.2 mm thick and includes 2 Li-ion batteries and charger. Design your own, find an investor and you can probably give Kindle a little competition.
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iStation has unveiled their T3. It features a 4.3-inch touchscreen with 480x272 resolution, supports MP3, WMA, Ogg, FLAC, APE, AC3, and WAV audio files as well as MPEG-4, AVI, Divx, Xvid and WMV video files. The Korean made PMP also features a voice recorder, FM tuner, e-book capability, dictionary and a TV-out option. Available in 4, 8, 16 or 32GB with a SDHC expansion slot, it runs on Windows CE 5.0. At a size of 130x75.5x16mm and a weight of only 170g, there is no word yet on availability date or price.
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Belco is the latest company to unveil their netbook, the full-flash Alpha 400. It certainly is basic with its 7-inch display, 128MB RAM, 1GB internal memory, a 400MHz MIPS processor, a 10/100 MB Ethernet interface, and WiFi connectivity. It also has a SDHC memory card slot for another 32GB of storage and runs on Linux. Let’s not forget it works as an e-book, MP3 and game player and has installed business software. You can get the netbook for way-cheap. Try $169.95.
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Foxit has introduced its first e-book reader that they have dubbed the eSlick. With a mere 0.4-inch thickness and a weight of 6.4 oz., you can view PDF files or convert any printable document to PDF. The device also has a built-in MP3 Player. It comes with software, a 2GB SD card and earphones. Foxit says it will be arriving “very soon.” You can pre-order now for $229.99 and you will save $30.00.
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Plastic Logic’s black-and-white bendable plastic substrate e-newspaper is about to be sprung. Larger than the Kindle and eReader, it has a full 8.5 x 11-inch display and works by gesturing. The device can be continuously updated wirelessly and can both store and display hundreds of books, documents, and newspaper pages. It is compatible with Word, Excel and Powerpoint files as well as PDFs. Available during the first half of 2009, the price and name should be announced at the next CES.
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