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Monday, November 15, 2010

Kno Textbook Tablet Priced

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 02:30 AM

http://www.engadget.com/2010/11/09/...een-899-for-do/

"The company says its flagship tablet textbook is still on track for release by the end of this year -- with limited available, at least -- tagged at $899 for the original double-screen model and $599 for the single-screener."

As much as I love my Kindle, I really don't think it would work very well in the academic setting for a lot of subjects, so there is certainly room for a tablet/ebook reader specifically designed for the educational setting. In a perfect world, I'd like to see this combined with the work of one of the many open source textbook projects so the cost of the device could at least be offset by the use of free content.


Thursday, October 28, 2010

Amazon Announces eBook Lending on Kindle, Catching up with Barnes & Noble's Nook

Posted by Reid Kistler in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 05:00 PM

http://www.networkworld.com/news/20...ng.html?hpg1=bn

"One of the oldest customs of book lovers and libraries -- lending out favorite titles to friends and patrons -- is finally getting recognized in the electronic age, at least in one electronic book reader: Amazon has announced that it plans to allow users of its Kindle book reader to 'lend' electronic books to other Kindle users, based on the publisher's discretion. With this new feature, to be added to Kindle readers and software, 'you loan your Kindle books to other Kindle device or Kindle app users,' stated a blog item posted on Friday..."

If imitation is, indeed, the sincerest form of flattery, perhaps Barnes & Noble can feel good about Amazon's announcement that they plan to introduce an ebook lending feature for the Kindle later this year - presumably in time for the holiday shopping season. Barnes & Noble's Nook has made "LendMe Technology" available on their Nook since its introduction, and, based upon the brief announcement, the promised Kindle feature seems to be closely patterned after it: a 14 day lending period, during which time the lender loses access to the title. Additional details should be coming along soon, as the end of the year is not that far off. Does the ability to lend out ebooks make the Kindle more attractive than before? If you have been holding off on a purchase, is this the killer feature that will make you a buyer?


Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Can The Kindle Survive In a Tablet World?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Laptop Thoughts Articles & Resources" @ 08:00 PM

http://www.wired.com/magazine/2010/...pr_levy_kindle/

"We can read books on our phones, laptops, and tablets. So why would we throw in a dedicated e-reader like the Kindle when packing our already cramped carry-on bags? As you might expect, Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos is happy to supply an answer: angry birds."

An interesting perspective, and one that I ultimately agree with. Although the Kindle and the iPad look similar on the surface, when one weighs 1.6 pounds and the other 8.7 ounces, one lasts hours on a charge while the other lasts weeks, and one is $139 and the other is $499, you start to realize they're very different sort of devices. I'm planning on getting a Kindle this holiday season - the cheap Wi-Fi one - and am hoping I'll like it quite a bit. I love reading, but devices have never reached the price point where I was willing to take the risk of purchasing digital, DRM-protected content. I think that point has finally come...and, yeah, I'm still thinking about buying an iPad. I think I'll wait for v2 there as well...


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

eBooks Outselling Hardcovers on Amazon

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 06:30 AM

http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2010...han-hardcovers/

"Now the company has hit a more significant milestone, selling 143 e-books for every 100 hardcover books sold over the course of the second quarter. The rate is accelerating: For the past month, Amazon sold 180 e-books for every 100 hardcovers, and it sold three times as many e-books in the first six months of this year as it did in the first half of 2009."

It was expected, of course, as people become more comfortable in the digital age, that they would start favouring eBooks over the traditional paper format. While it is a milestone, hardcover books is only a stepping stone. I think the announcement would be more dramatic if eBooks were outselling paperbacks, which, to my understanding, tend to sell in much greater quantities. Of course, Kindle eBooks are still generally priced higher than their paperback counterpart, so I imagine that it will be a long time before they reach that milestone, even with the potential benefits that eBooks can offer. I think it also goes to show that while books in general could become a commodity, it demonstrates that lots of people are willing to pony up a fair chunk of change for content that is worthwhile. I am an audiobook fan myself, but when it comes to reading, I find myself just as comfortable with digital over analog. Anyone still in favour of dead trees?


Thursday, June 3, 2010

ASUS Eee Tablet - Replacing Your Standard Composition Book?

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 03:00 AM

http://www.engadget.com/2010/05/31/...sus-eee-tablet/

"Don't call it the Eee Pad, this is ASUS' Eee Tablet -- a digital notebook with a 2,450 dpi touchscreen and lickity quick 0.1 second page turns on a backlight-less TFT-LCD offering 64-levels of grey. As such, ASUS is calling its Eee Tablet one of the world's most accurate and sensitive note taking devices available."

Depending on your subject of study and your particular note taking style, a traditional computer may not be the best note taking tool for you. I'm one of those people. I tried a tablet PC for a while and really hated the software experience, plus found the price of entry too high if I'd been paying for it myself rather than my employer as part of a pilot program. This ebook reader and notepad combo could solve that problem if the OS is right and with a price somewhere between $199 and $299, I might need to check this out.


Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Jake Ludington's Audio and Video Answers eBook on Sale for $7

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Events" @ 08:44 AM

http://www.jakeludington.com/tutori...=1fI55gBuj1yTzX

"PC Audio and Video are frustrating. Over the years of writing my Digital Lifestyle newsletter I've answered hundreds of reader questions on everything from common Windows XP frustrations to specific issues in dealing with audio and video problems. Eliminating the frustrations quickly so you can get back to watching video, creating home movies, archiving your music collection or simply enjoying your computer is the primary aim of this ebook: Audio and Video Answers."

Jake Ludington is one of the most experienced digital audio/video guys I know - I go to him for answers when I'm stumped - and he's discounting his 200 page eBook from $47 down to $7 for a short time...the sale price ends on April 16th. If you'd like to expand your knowledge of digital audio and video, I'm certain this is worth your $7.


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