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Amazon joined by Apple in support of reselling digital content

Back in early-February we learned of an Amazon patent that would allow for the re-sale of digital goods. Specifically, the Amazon patent filing was calling for an “electronic marketplace for used digital objects.” Of course, those objects could be anything from audio and video to ebooks and maybe even apps. The key here, it now looks like this idea has gotten some additional support. Not necessarily direct support for Amazon, however support for the idea as a whole.

Amazon patent filing suggests used eBook sales are coming

A recent Amazon patent filing suggests that the company is working on a method that will allow you to sell your used ebook. And while that may seem a bit silly to use the term used in reference to something digital, this could have some perks for those who tend to read a book only once. The catch here, this is simply a patent approval and Amazon has yet to actually announce anything.

RadioShack soon selling Barnes and Noble Nook and Nook Color

Just when you thought you couldn't get a Nook at RadioShack, they come up and surprise you by carrying the Nook. They've also got the Nook Color, both of these device available very soon in most if not all of their thousands of locations across the USA and Mexico. What you need to know is that while Barnes & Noble continues to grow their eReader business, their competitors are either dying (Borders, just this past weekend, rest in peace), or re-ramping up so as to avoid the massive Nook pain. Do you own a Nook yet? Do you plan on picking one up in the near future?

Kindle ebooks on loan now at 11,000 libraries

This week the Android-powered Kindle eReader gets a massive bump as Amazon's library ebook lending scheme is initiated at over 11,000 libraries across the United States. Through this program, libraries will be offering ebooks for checkout for periods of time similar to what a normal book checkout would be. This will more than likely also boost physical library attendance as folks with the Kindle hardware will be encouraged to actually visit the locations to pick up the ebooks. This program is also working starting today on Android apps for devices of all types.

Rooted NOOKcolor Tablet gets Bluetooth, can make calls

There's a great line in the movie Apollo 13 where Gene Kranz, the flight director of the mission, says "I don't care what it's designed to do, I care what it CAN do!" That couldn't be more true for the Barnes and Noble NOOKcolor eBook reader which is turning into a pretty adaptable Android tablet. The latest hack comes from CM7 Developer "Kmoobs" who managed to bring bluetooth capability to it through CM7 Nightly for Encore which takes advantage of the hidden bluetooth capability of the NookColor's WiFi chip. The capability is turned off in the software and CM7 Nightly for Encore re-enables it.

Amazon Kindle for Android 2.0 released: Periodical support & SD saving

Amazon's Kindle for Android app has been updated to v2.0, complete with newspaper and magazine support together with "Move to SD Card" functionality enabled. The ereader app now allows access to Amazon's 100+ periodical titles, and shifts the Amazon store into the app itself rather than kicking you into the web version when you want to buy a new ebook. Meanwhile there's also support for sharing your reading progress with social networks. The UI has been tweaked, with the option to use your Android smartphone's volume keys to control page turns, and the chapter title now included in the reader status bar; there's also zoom functionality for images and graphics. Amazon Kindle for Android 2.0 is a free download in the Android Market.
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