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Barnes & Noble Axes Nook Engineers

But denies report that it fired all of them

(Newser) - Barnes & Noble's Nook was already on death's door , and things look even more grim today after news broke that the company had laid off the tablet's hardware engineers. Initially, Business Insider reported that the company had fired its entire engineering staff for the product. The company...

Didn't Finish That E-Book? Your Digital Librarian Knows

New subscription services track data, feed it back to publishers

(Newser) - If you happened to pick up Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.'s The Cycles of American History in e-book form and read it in full, congratulations. You are among the 1% who made it all the way through, at least according to the digital library startup Oyster. That's one...

FAA Panel Clears Gadgets for Takeoff: Source

Gadgets, WiFi OKed for under 10K feet

(Newser) - The end is in sight for that game in which the flight attendant tells you to turn off your e-reader for takeoff like she really thinks it's going to crash the plane, and you nod solemnly and pretend to actually turn it off until she's out of sight....

Tablets May Soon Be Allowed During Takeoff, Landing

Industry group preparing report on in-flight devices

(Newser) - You may not have to switch off that iPad during takeoff much longer. Last year, the FAA established an industry group to look into the effects of in-flight gadget use; by the end of 2013, officials are hoping to announce a more easygoing approach to electronic devices like e-readers. Instead...

Nook HD Worth a Look
 Nook HD Worth a Look 
tech reviews

Nook HD Worth a Look

Barnes & Noble's 7-inch e-reader is a solid buy, say reviewers

(Newser) - Barnes & Noble's Nook HD is by no means a world-changer, but most reviewers think those in the market for a modestly priced e-reader would be well advised to give the $199 device a close look. Dig into the source links for more details, but here are some bottom...

Amazon Unveils New E-Reader, Updates 'Fire'

Jeff Bezos introduces Kindle Paperwhite

(Newser) - Amazon's got a host of new gadgets on the way. Founder Jeff Bezos today announced the Kindle Fire HD, an upgraded tablet that comes in two sizes, starting at $199, USA Today reports. "We were happy last year to have the best tablet at a certain price. This...

Why Amazon's Kindle Will Someday Be Free

Ultimately, the company wants to make money off content: Farhad Manjoo

(Newser) - Farhad Manjoo admits that his "record on predictions about Amazon is mixed at best," but he's pretty certain about this one: Sooner or later, the company will start offering its Kindle e-reader for free, he writes on Slate . Even though Amazon currently loses money on each Kindle...

Kids' E-Books Squashing the Real Thing

UK survey finds almost half of parents read to kids via e-reader

(Newser) - Kids aren't exactly picking a book off the shelf before snuggling under the covers these days. SmartMoney reports on the trend by way of the UK, where a survey found that almost a full half of parents say they now read to their kids via e-reader or tablet (or...

Microsoft Joins Barnes & Noble in E-Book War

Invests $300M in Nook-based subsidiary

(Newser) - There's a new major player in the battle for the e-book market. Microsoft is investing $300 million in a new Barnes & Noble subsidiary devoted to the bookseller's Nook e-reader plus its College division. Microsoft will have a 17.6% stake in the company (currently dubbed "Newco"...

Amazon Now Moves to Slash E-Book Prices

But DoJ suit expected to be bad news for readers in long run

(Newser) - Just after the Department of Justice launched its antitrust lawsuit against Apple and five major publishers , Amazon announced plans to slash e-book prices. But while the move is expected to cut the prices of major titles from $14.99 to $9.99 or less, analysts believe the benefit to consumers...

Unpublished Vonnegut Novella Goes to Kindle

'Basic Training' is a long-forgotten work by late author

(Newser) - A treat for fans of the late Kurt Vonnegut: When he was working in the PR department of GE in the 1940s, Vonnegut tried to pitch a novella called Basic Training to two of the big magazines of the day. The Saturday Evening Post and McCalls passed on it. The...

Harry Potter E-Books Debut
 Harry Potter E-Books Debut 

Harry Potter E-Books Debut

For sale on Pottermore website

(Newser) - Finally, e-reader users can be reunited with Harry Potter. For the first time, e-books of the entire series went on sale today on the Pottermore website, with the first three books costing $7.99 apiece and the last four $9.99 each. The books are compatible with most e-readers, but...

Barnes & Noble May Spin Off Nook
 B&N May Spin Off Nook 

B&N May Spin Off Nook

Seems to be a sign that company is struggling against Kindle

(Newser) - Trouble in Nook-ville? Barnes & Noble shares lost about a quarter of their value this morning on the surprising news that the company might spin off its Nook e-reader. B&N has poured a ton of money into the e-reader business, but the news suggests it's losing the arms...

Guess How Many Kindles We're Buying a Week?


(Newser) - Looks like there are going to be plenty of Kindles under the Christmas tree. Amazon says it has sold more than 1 million Kindle devices each week for the past three weeks. It's the first time the company has given specific sales numbers for the e-reader, notes the Christian ...

E-Books Now Pricier Than Real Books

Publishers set own prices, and set them high

(Newser) - If you're hoping Santa drops a Kindle or Nook under your tree, be forewarned: e-book bestsellers don't cost $9.99 anymore. These days, electronic tomes can cost as much or more than their print counterparts, the Wall Street Journal reports, thanks to a move from the six top...

B&N Unveils $249 Nook Tablet
 B&N Unveils $249 Nook Tablet 

B&N Unveils $249 Nook Tablet

Barnes & Noble device has more memory, better display than Kindle

(Newser) - The Nook Tablet is here, and while it won’t cost you nearly as much as an iPad, at $249 it still comes in a bit more expensive than Amazon’s Kindle Fire . Barnes & Noble unveiled the tablet in New York City today, just in time for the holiday...

6 Things Amazon's Tablet Has Over the iPad

Flash lovers, rejoice!

(Newser) - Surely you’ve heard by know that Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet isn’t an iPad killer . But it does have a few desirable traits that the iPad doesn’t. The Huffington Post lists six of them:
  • It supports Flash: Many iPad and iPhone users wish that Apple would take

Kindle Fire Price Tag: $199

Amazon's offering will be significantly cheaper than most tablets

(Newser) - Amazon is introducing its new Kindle Fire tablet in New York, but Bloomberg got some details—and Mashable got a picture—early. For one thing, the $199 price tag is lower than rumored. It will feature a 7-inch display and WiFi capability, but no 3G, camera, or microphone. A free...

Amazon.com to Announce Kindle Fire Tablet Tomorrow: TechCrunch
 Coming Tomorrow: Kindle Fire 

Coming Tomorrow: Kindle Fire

But tablet not ready to ship until second week of November

(Newser) - It’s long been rumored , and tomorrow Amazon.com’s Kindle tablet will finally be announced. The iPad competitor will be called the “Kindle Fire,” TechCrunch reports, and it will resemble BlackBerry’s PlayBook with a 7-inch backlit display. The custom version of Android it will use “...

Consumer Reports Says Barnes & Noble Nook Better e-Reader Than Amazon Kindle
 Nook Beats 
 Out Kindle 

says consumer reports

Nook Beats Out Kindle

Barnes & Noble e-reader boasts touch screen, lighter weight, two-month battery

(Newser) - If you’re looking to do some e-reading on the beach this summer, Consumer Reports is advocating something other than the Kindle for the first time: Barnes & Noble’s Simple Touch Nook finally has beat Amazon's offering. Unlike the Kindle, the Nook has a touch screen; it’s...

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