ebooks

Free Android Kindle app coming this Summer

Amazon has confirmed that their Kindle for Android ereader app will be released this summer, offering Android device users the chance to not only read existing titles on their smartphones but to buy them and download them direct to the handset.  The new app will also use Amazon's WhisperNet technology to synchronize all copies of the ebook - whether on a dedicated Kindle, or being read on another Kindle app - up to the last-read point. Amazon currently offer versions of the Kindle app for the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and BlackBerry, together with Mac and PC versions.  However not all are integrated with the retailer's ebook store for on-device purchases.  The app itself will be a free download; you can sign up for status updates on its release here. [via SlashGear]

Barnes & Noble Nook will hit Best Buy Soon

If you’re in the market for an eReader, the Barnes &Noble Nook is the perfect choice for you. This Android powered eReader will be available for sale at Best Buy on April 18th. The Nook will cost $259.99 and will also be on sale at Barnes & Noble's website and 723 bookstores.

Alex eReader Orders Begin Today, Coming To Borders Stores Soon

After many delays, Spring Designs are finally ready to release the Alex eReader. This device gained popularity at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, but issues with e-commerce website delayed its release. You can't have an eReader without eBooks. Spring Designs has two content partners for the Alex in Google Books and Borders. Orders placed today will take up to four weeks to be delivered. Its ability to offer content in Chinese, Spanish, Russian, Korean and Hebrew is contributing to this delay.

Dual-Screen enTourage eDGe

This hybrid of a traditional e-reader and netbook can be yours. It's powered by Android and can handle internet, ebooks, games, music, videos and notes. Shipment starts within the next few weeks and comes in a variety of different colors.

Barnes and Noble Nook Violates Spring Design Alex IP, Claims Lawsuit

As we all know, nowadays many companies love suing others for any little thing they can find, but sometimes those lawsuits have a real case. Well, Spring Design, maker of the Alex, a Android-based dual-display ebook design, is claiming on a lawsuit, that the ebook reader from Barnes and Noble, the Nook, violates the Alex Intellectual Property. Will this turn out to be a real case, or just jealousy from Spring Design, we'll have to follow this closely and see where it ends. The Alex dual-display ebook design from Spring Design has grabbed a fair share of headlines. Many people even thought the Alex and the Nook from B&N were the same device, but as we all know, that's not the case. But according to Spring Design, both, the Nook and the Alex do in fact share some design DNA. Spring Design said that they had been working together with Barnes and Noble since the start of 2009 to bring the Alex design to market under the B&N brand. According to Spring Design, "Barnes & Noble misappropriated trade secrets and violated the parties’ non-disclosure agreement when it copied Alex’ features into its recently announced Nook e-book." And they apparently they have the patents - they began filing back in 2006 - to prove it. Press Release:
Spring Design Files Lawsuit against Barnes & Noble : Nook Violates Alex Intellectual Property CUPERTINO, CA – November 2, 2009 – Spring Design today filed a lawsuit to protect its Alex™ e-book intellectual property. The lawsuit asserts Barnes & Noble misappropriated trade secrets and violated the parties’ non-disclosure agreement when it copied Alex’ features into its recently announced Nook e-book. “Spring Design unfortunately had to take the appropriate action to protect its intellectual property rights,” said Spring Design Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Eric Kmiec. “We showed the Alex e-book design to Barnes & Noble in good faith with the intention of working together to provide a superior dual screen e-book to the market.” Spring Design first developed and began filing patents on its Alex e-book, an innovative dual screen, Android-based e-book back in 2006. Since the beginning of 2009 Spring and Barnes & Noble worked within a non-disclosure agreement, including many meetings, emails and conference calls with executives ranging up to the president of Barnes and Noble.com, discussing confidential information regarding the features, functionality and capabilities of Alex. Throughout, Barnes & Noble’s marketing and technical executives extolled Alex’s “innovative” features, never mentioning their use of those features until the public disclosure of the Nook. Alex, with its unique Duet Navigator™, provides the capability for interaction and navigation techniques of the two screens and furthermore utilizes the capabilities of Android to enhance the reader’s experience by supporting interactive access to the Internet for references and links. As the first in the market to offer an e-book with full Internet browsing while reading and with easy navigational control via its touch screen, Alex is well-positioned to offer the most dynamic and powerful reading device in the market. Spring Design is focused at working strategically with book store partners to jointly develop the market and revolutionize e-book with interactive multi-media open Internet access. “It is our desire to resolve this matter so that we can move forward together to expand and grow this e-book market with enriched user experience, bringing readers to a new level of reading enjoyment,” said Eric Kmiec. About Spring Design: Spring Design, founded in 2006, delivers innovative e-reader solutions and products to the e-book market, offering overall “Link Notes”, a content authoring and multi-media publishing tool as add on editions to original text. Spring Design is located in Cupertino, California with engineering offices in Taiwan and China. Spring Design pioneered its patent-pending dual screen design with Duet Navigator™ capability in 2006, and has been working with major book stores, newspapers and publishers over the last two years, sharing the vision and the capabilities of the dual screen device. Spring Design’s innovative patented technologies incorporate the seamless interaction of dual display and multi-online access in a single device, benefiting and leveraging the technology and resources of the Web to enhance the reading experience with open Internet access.

Google Book Search mobile client for Android

Google have announced mobile access for their Google Book Search service to Android-based devices, such as the T-Mobile G1.  The launch, which is also formatted for the Apple iPhone, offers 1.5 million books in the US and over half a million outside of the US that the search giant has digitized and made available online. Although the titles - which are all public domain - have been available for some time now, what's different is Google's new mobile reader client.  This portal, which can be accessed by visiting http://books.google.com/m, reformats the page layout to be more easily read on the small screen of a mobile device. Available titles include everything from general fiction, through travelogues and philosophy, to textbooks and business manuals.  Coincidentally, Amazon revealed this week that they are working on a mobile version of their ebook service, which will run on select cellphones.
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