Google Play Books now available in France

Google's been hard at work getting their Play Store content to more and more locations around the world. While this isn't as easy as it sounds today they've announced one more to receive the gift of books. Google's Play Store (Android Market) Books are now available for those in France as they continue their rollout to European markets.

Kobo for Android gets better tablet support

If you're reading this and you're an avid e-book reader, odds are overwhelming that you use either the Kindle or Nook apps to do so on your Android device. But also-ran Kobo is making a case for itself with the fourth version of its Android e-reader app, available today in the Google Play Store. Like its counterparts, you don't need a Kobo device to use the app - it's good to go on any Android smartphone or tablet.

NOOK Simple Touch announced with GlowLight for $139 coming May 1st

Barnes and Noble are back with another e-reader for the world to enjoy. Many might now know this, but even the black and white e-readers run on Android. There are multiple hacks and tweaks available but today we have a brand new model to tell you about. The all new NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight. This is a front-lit display as we reported on yesterday, and will be amazing in the dark.

Nook Simple Touch update to add front-lighted screen

The Nook Simple Touch doesn't get enough love - it's a portable, long-lasting touch sensitive e-reader for a hundred bucks. Oh, and it runs Android, with an active community of ROMs and mods behind it. And according to some leaked material from manufacturer Barnes and Noble, its one weakness may soon be put to rest. The Digital Reader found a pamphlet for a new version of the Nook Simple Touch, with an integrated "Glowlight" - a front-mounted LED that lights up the black and white e-ink screen at night. These styles of screen lights used to be all the rage in the days of black and white phones and Palm Pilots.

Marvel shows off new line of Infinite augmented reality comics

By all accounts, traditional comic book stores are doing even worse than bookstores in the digital age ,which is to say, not very well at all. But a new initiative by comic giant Marvel aims to breathe some life into retail comics via the very medium that's threatening them. Their new Marvel Infinite Comics line brings a new dimension (literally) to some of the best-known superheroes in the world, via the now-familiar method of augmented reality. Marvel showed off the new comics with launch partner Aurasma as SXSW in Austin, Texas.

Toshiba BookPlace DB50 takes the color e-reader craze to Japan

7-inch Android devices that blur the lines between a "color e-reader" and "budget tablet" are all the rage here in the US, bud purpose-built models are a bit thin on the ground elsewhere. Toshiba aims to change that, at least in its home country of Japan. The BookPlace DB50 combines a unique shape with a customized version of Gingerbread to create a device purpose-built for Toshiba's proprietary bookstore, which now serves up "about 50,000" Japanese books and periodicals.

PocketBook A7 looks like an HTC Flyer, still grounded with Gingerbread

While Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich tablets are becoming more common (about time, too) there's still a market for cheap tablets, most of which run Gingerbread. The Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet testify to that. Small manufacturer PocketBook is following up their previous 701 model with the PocketBook A7, yet another contender for the "more than an e-reader, not quite a tablet" crown. The hardware itself will seem pretty familiar if you've ever seen an HTC Flyer, but features like integrated next and back butons aim it squarely at the e-reader market.

Android Community Weekly: November 27, 2011

Its been another great week of news here at Android Community, so let me sort out some of the high points for you. Most important to many, our sister site SlashGear had taken the time to extensively review both the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Android 4.0 (ice Cream Sandwich). Android 4.0 has been steadily making its way to many devices (unofficially of course) since its source hit the net, and so will CyanogenMod 9 in due time.

Kyobo eReader launches in South Korea with mirasol and Android 2.3 Gingerbread

Kyobo Book Centre has unveiled the world's first eReader based on the new mirasol display technology by Qualcomm. This color e-paper display technology will allow for an enhanced reading experience as well as offer bright colors for pictures and video and exceptional battery life. The Kyobo eReader with mirasol is on sale starting today in South Korea and will initially be targeted at education customers.
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