VIDEO PREVIEW – Sony's new Touch and Pocket Readers

Gerald Lynch E-Books, Features, Previews, Tech Digest news Leave a Comment

Tech Digest today met up with Omar Gurhan, category manager for Sony's range of Reader devices. He talks us through their 2010 line-up in the above video, giving all the details on the latest improvements to their Touch and…

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Sony Touch and Pocket Reader ebook line-up – Hands On

Gerald Lynch E-Books, Features, Previews, Tech Digest news 12 Comments

Sony have today been showing off their updated range of ereader devices. Both the Pocket and Touch Reader devices have been given a once-over, with revamped touchscreens on both models, as well as smaller and lighter builds. Tech Digest went…

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Kindle was such a… success… Amazon is pushing ahead with Kindle 2

Gary Cutlack Computers, Intellectual Property, Internet, Peripherals, Software Leave a Comment

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It was, as everything always is, leaked on the internet a couple of weeks ago, now Amazon’s finally detailed the specs of Kindle 2 – ideal if you’re just starting to get in on the hot new book-reading scene.

Kindle 2 will feature a 25% longer battery life, according to Amazon, will turn the pages 20% quicker if you’re an amazingly impatient person for whom TIME is MONEY and you can’t waste TIME waiting for PAGES to BLOODY TURN, will be thinner and…

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Amazon's Kindle 2 takes shape, due on Feb 9?

Duncan Geere E-Books Leave a Comment

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Amazon’s Kindle e-book reader, despite its low specs, has proved a hit with consumers, particularly after Oprah Winfrey featured it on her show in November. Since then, it’s been consistently sold out, and Amazon’s product page, for a long time, has shown a wait of 11-13 weeks for the device.

Well, last night that was changed to show 4-6 weeks, and Amazon has invited journalists to an event in New York on February 9th with the Founder and CEO, Jeff Bezos, present. Leaked photos suggest that the old angular look is gone, and the new Kindle will be more rounded. It’ll also feature a much-updated e-ink display with a faster screen refresh time. If it replicates the success of the original, then we might even see it this side of the Atlantic. We can only hope.

Kindle Product Page (via NY Times, image via BGR)

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Video surfaces of the Android-based Dream G2

Duncan Geere Mobile phones Leave a Comment

The good news is that the G2 seems to exist. I suppose someone could have installed Android on a random phone and added a Google logo to the back, but it seems like quite a lot of effort for a hoax. Unfortunately it matches the previous rumours in that it has no physical keyboard, relying instead on a stylus for input (eww).

Back on the bright side, though, Google Reader, Notebook, and Docs are all present. I’d kill for a decent RSS reader that syncs with a desktop or web-based reader on a mobile phone. Lastly, at about 0:48, check out the awesome green android charger! Omg, how cute is that!

(via AndroidGuys)

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Foxit eSlick – the cheaper, lighter and not quite so good eBook reader. Have I sold it?

Daniel Sung E-Books Leave a Comment

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eBook readers tend to divide opinion and divide it in a most disproportionate way. I like them but I think I’m in the minority. Fortunately, so does Foxit which is why they’re bringing out the Foxit eSlick – not the best name and perhaps not the best product either.

The main downfall of the device is that it only supports pdf and txt files…

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BeBook eBook rEader- now available in the UK

Duncan Geere E-Books 3 Comments

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A new eBook reader has entered the UK market – the BeBook. Despite not being affiliated with the social networking site of the same name, it seems decent enough. There’s 512MB of flash memory (which should hold 1000 books or so) along with an SD card slot, a 6″ e-ink display, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a battery life of ‘7,000 page turns’.

The device will display pdf, mobi, lit, epub, html, doc, fb2, txt, ppt, prc, rtf, jpg, and mp3 files. It probably doesn’t need saying, but playing MP3s will eat up your battery life a lot quicker than just reading books and looking at documents.

If you want one, then they’re available direct from the distributor, Widget, for £230. Your BeBook will come with 150 eBooks pre-installed, and you can buy or download more from various places across the net.

BeBook (via SW)

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