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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.

Google eBookstore launches with new eBook Reader for Android

Google has launched its much-anticipated Google eBookstore, complete with an ereader app for Android (and one for iOS too). Users will be able to choose from more than three million titles - including hundreds of thousands for sale - made up of public domain classics and brand new bestsellers. If you don't have an Android 2.1+ or iOS device, you can use Google's eBooks Web Reader for cloud-based ereading in the browser. The Google eBookstore is initially only available in the US.

Sony Reader Coming to Android in December

Reading on your mobile device is becoming more and more popular as we enter the digital age. Currently there are many eReader options available for Android devices but Sony is now going to enter the eBook market with their "Reader" application.

Barnes and Noble Releases “Love of Reading” TV Ad Spot for NOOKcolor

Bookstore Barnes and Noble release today their first big television advertisement for NOOKcolor, a device they're promoting as a device in which they've inserted what they say is "All [they] know about reading." It's all in there! Experience millions of books like never before (including video content inside recipes which, just so you know, wont be available until at least Q1 of next year. Relax with the magazines you love whenever and wherever, share with the ladies sitting next to you getting a perm, and read books to your kids (or have them read to them by the device!)

PocketBook IQ EBookReader Hands-On and Video Review

Looks like Nathan from TheEBookReader has his claws dug in deep on a sweet little number by the name of PocketBook IQ, an Android based tablet/ereader that runs Android 2.0 and will be able to upgrade eventually to 2.2. First, and maybe most important, he lets us know that this particular ereader allows you to install 3rd party apps out of the box, which rocks. On the other hand, this PocketBook IQ does not have direct access to Android Market, which means you'll have to take another couple of steps to get Google-approved applications.

Sharp announces 2 new Android Ereader tablets, named Galapagos

Sharp has officially announced 2 new eReader tablets that it has been working on. The 2 tablets, one “mobile” and one “home”, short for small and big, are code named Galapagos. This is not only the bizarre name of the hardware but also Sharp’s new eBook ecosystem. The home model is a 10.8-inch LCD with a resolution of 1366 x 800, while the mobile version is only 5.5 inches with a 1024 x 600 resolution display. Video demonstration after the cut.

Laputa bringing realistic eBook reading to Android

Ebooks are becoming more and more popular as we move even further into the all digital age. While many argue the experience of reading an actual physical book is far greater than reading it on a mobile device or Kindle, many people have an extensive library of books they like to read and it’s a hassle to carry them around. Solving this, a new eBooks app Laputa, is trying to bring the experience of reading an actual book to Android devices featuring page turning animations and a colorful shelf-like user interface similar to that of Apple’s popular iBooks.
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