eReader

Android-based NOOK SimpleTouch drops to $99 on improved hardware

The Kindle portfolio is presenting a real challenge to Barnes & Noble, but they aren't taking it lying down. This morning at the NOOK event in NYC, they took a little time in between singing the praises of the Nook Tablet and telling you why you shouldn't buy a Kindle Fire to officially lower the price of their e-ink model, the Nook SimpleTouch. The 6-inch reader will drop to a price of just $99.

Marvel Comics comes to Android, makes buying Comic Books a breeze

Between Marvel Comics and DC Comics all you fans now have plenty of options here on Android. Today Marvel has dropped the official Marvel Comics app for Android and it is available right now. You get instant access to all of your favorite comics from Captain America all the way to Spiderman. The application offers a guided and animated view for reading your purchases, or the standard way of panning through pages and zooming on content. Who's ready for The Hulk?

Archos and TigerDirect build cheap, custom tablets for publishers

It was estimated in 2009 that if the New York Times sent every one of its paying subscribers a free Amazon Kindle, they would still save half the cost of physically printing and delivering the newspaper every day. It looks like Archos and TigerDirect are taking that thought experiment into the real world. They've begun a program that lets publishers customize and brand an Android tablet to their subscribers' needs, then subsidize the cost of the tablet for cheap, efficient e-reading.

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.

Amazon Kindle Android Tablet Hands-On Revealed

It appears that Amazon's future plans for a brand new line of Android tablets is very real and that tech journalist MG Siegler has gotten his hands on one this week. This device is a 7-inch tablet whose form factor is not unlike the BlackBerry PlayBook according to Siegler, and yes, indeed, it is running Android [SORT OF]. What Siegler is saying he's acting on is strict orders to not reveal anything TOO telling about the future of Amazon's tablets, but he's sure got a whole heck of a lot of information from a source that doesn't appear to want to give too much of the surprise away. No photos, no video, only the word of the man himself. Let's talk about it.

Amazon Leaks Names for Kindle Air, Wave, Earth, Water, Scribe

So we're thinking either the Wave and the Water are still in contention for the aquatic-based tablet of the future and/or they've decided to add a pen tool to the product instead of setting it aflame. Air, Water, Earth, Fire, and… Heart… are the basic elements as far as ancient storytelling goes, and if Kindle's collection of domain names continues as it has been, the likelihood of what we're assuming will be an another Android-based Kindle named after these earthly basics increases day by day. As you'll note over on our sister site SlashGear, we've been following this collection for a short while now. Kindle time approaching?

Amazon ignores Android with new Kindle Cloud Reader web-app

Amazon has launched a new web-based Kindle app, http://read.amazon.com/, using HTML5 to offer the ereading experience within the browser. However, while the app appears to be a workaround to avoid Apple's limitations on native iOS apps containing links to external stores, it seems Amazon is also leaving Android out in the cold. Attempt to access the Kindle Cloud Reader on an Android Honeycomb tablet, and you'll get the message "Your web browser isn't supported yet" and the advice to download Chrome or Safari (the desktop versions) instead. We tried in both the native Honeycomb browser and third-party alternative Opera, with no luck in either. It's a shame, since the web app is surprisingly well put together. As well as offering access to the cloud store of previously purchased titles, which can be locally downloaded to an iPad for offline reading, it has seamless integration with Amazon's Kindle store for buying new titles. The decision not to get the app up to speed with Android is somewhat curious, since Amazon is believed to have a pair of Android-based tablets of its own in the works. The company's native Android app still supports the Kindle store - Google, unlike Apple, doesn't limit links to places people can buy content - however.
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