Last week, WWE Superstars and Divas visited Langston Hughes Academy Elementary school in New Orleans, LA for the annual WrestleMania Reading Challenge event in conjunction with The Pearson Foundation and the Young Adult Library Services Association. Children in the school gathered in the gymnasium, where they were able to meet AJ Lee, Cody Rhodes, and Stephanie McMahon after learning about the We Give Books ReadMobile and how it travels the country promoting literacy. The Superstars took turns reading a book called Otis by Loren Long, about a little tractor who could.
Apple has announced a new version of iBooks this morning at its iPad mini event. iBooks 3.0 features vertical scrolling on a page, negating the need to turn pages. It also has Facebook and Twitter sharing, where you can just select a passage, and share it to one of these social networks. iBooks also supports 40 languages now as well. It's a free update, available today. Download it now.
Amazon revealed a ton of new Kindle hardware at its 2012 Kindle Press Event last week, and we've got the event here for you to check out. Get a look at the new Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Fire HD, Kindle Fire, and the entry-level $69 Kindle as introduced by Jeff Bezos. The event ran a little long, so we've condensed it down to make it easier to enjoy. All the gadget news without all the awkward pauses or drawn out demos. There was a lot of info packed into just over an hour, and we've squeezed it down to just over 25 minutes for you. Check it out for all the info on Amazon's latest e-book reader hardware, and admire Jeff Bezos doing his best to stick it to Apple and Google. Oh, and if you wanna read our play-by-play, you can check out our live coverage of Amazon's Kindle event.
We give you a first-hand look at the newly updated Amazon Kindle. The company just announced a new family of Kindle for the holidays, one of which started shipping immediately. We were able to get our hands on one of the new $79 Kindle ebook readers, and we hit you with an unboxing of the unit in this episode, along with some thoughts on the look and feel of the device.
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We talk to Michelle Warvel, the Barnes and Noble Nook User Experience and Design Lead at GDGT Seattle. Michelle talks to us about the new Nook Simple Touch Reader, the first real mainstream touchscreen e-ink ebook reader to hit the market, shows how it all works, and then tells us about how they settled on the unique shape and design of the Simple Touch Reader product. We will have more videos from the GDGT event.
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Brother’s SV-100B Document Viewer is a mere 15.5mm thick and weighs 600g. It has a 9.7-inch black and white display (1200x825) that can be viewed under direct sunlight and a miniSD card slot. A 2GB card can support up to 10,000 pages of information and its lithium-ion rechargeable battery will run up to 83 hours. At a size of 237×247×15.5 mm, Brother claims its reader has a life span of 5 years or 37 million pages.
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Tired of squinting at fine print? The Computer Magnifier mounts on your 17 or 19-inch display and gives you 2x glare-free images. Available in beige, it is priced at $109.98. The Carson E-Z Reader is even simpler. Plug the 10 ft. power cord into a wall outlet and another cord in your TV RCA input, place it over your book, newspaper or photos and the magnified image appears on the screen. The reader’s price is $109.98.
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You get to play with your iPhone or iPod touch apps all the time, so next time you go on an extended trip, instead of hearing “Are we there yet?” pass your brats the phone with one of the iKids Play titles installed. One of the applications has 5 activities that include a coloring book, stories, finger painting, reading/recording aloud and a hidden image game. The company claims that it promotes tactile, listening and motor skills, visual/spatial coordination and color recognition as will as reading. More books will be available later, and for the introductory price of $2.99 at the App Store, it is definitely worth the mini-cost.
iKids Play titles:
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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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Sony has announced that their new PRS-700 eBook will soon be available for all bookworms. Similar to their PRS-505, the Reader’s expanded memory can store about 350 digital titles and is compatible with MS-Duo and SD cards. It has a 6-inch display, weighs only about 8 oz. and can handle 7,500 pages of reading on a single battery charge. There are 5 pre-set text sizes, and the reader has a built-in LED reading light. Due out next month, the PRS-700 has a $400.00 price.
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