E-Book wars escalate: Amazon strikes back with cheaper 9.7 inch DX-Kindle Graphite…


Kindle kicks iPADS axx six ways to Sunday if reading is your application of choice. E-ink lets you read OUTSIDE, and the free built in wireless access is best in show baby. And now the DX, the 9.7 inch screen version is cheaper, faster, better contrast, and global network access capable, yeah baby. $379- we have pre-ordered and will review as soon as we get our hands on it!!! *Estimated shipping date July 12, 2010*


Amazon.com is launching an updated version of its high-end Kindle electronic reader and cutting the price in a move to address the threat from Apple’s iPad tablet computer.

Amazon’s new Kindle DX, which sports a higher-quality 9.7-inch screen, will sell for $379, down from $489, and have free 3G wireless connection with no monthly bills or annual contracts, the company said.

It was the second price cut for Amazon in as many weeks. Responding to the threat from the iPad, Amazon cut the Kindle with a 6-inch screen to $189, hours after book-selling rival Barnes & Noble Inc lowered the price on its “Nook” to $199. Both had cost $259….

This is IMO the way to go for textbooks too…

July 1, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , . Detective Stories, Entertainment, Fantasy, Fiction, media, Mystery, Popular Culture, Sci Fi, Suspense. Comments off.

A Drop of True Blood – 01 – Eric & Pam

mini-episode 1-

Ch 1 of Charlaine Harris’ 10th Southern Vampire- Sookie Stackhouse novel – Dead in the Family available on Charlaine’s webpage here

Penguin is still refusing to allow AMZN to sell the Kindle version for the 9.99 ebook price,and the book releases Tuesday- I am waiting it out! AMZN IS selling the hardcover for that 9.99 EBook price so Penguin is seeing it selling  for that price anyway, just let us fans have the dratted EBook version!

May 1, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Charlaine Harris, Entertainment, Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Popular Culture, Supernatural, Suspense, True Blood, Urban Fantasy. Comments off.

Update: Video added; ‘LendMe’ allows nook owners to share books; Barnes & Noble reveals ‘The Nook’ e-reader…

Courtesy of zune186


Update 2: WSJ: 4:41 p.m. They’ve announced “LendMe” technology, allowing Nook users to share “from Nook to Nook.”

Update: WSJ is live blogging the B & N announcement event now!

Ooohh!!! Sweeeet!!! Me likey!


Our previous post on the potential Kindle slayer here. We LOVE our Kindle, but the lend feature suggested here is a HUGE plus! It sounds like it has the e-ink which I love (no glare from a backlit display) AND a color touch pad on the bottom instead of the keys..not sure how I feel about that pad over key thing for something I use constantly like my Kindle. But then I am not an iPhone user but as a readaholic I am their target audience, or maybe not, maybe they are going for the iPhone users who panned Kindle as ‘not kewl enuff’..hey the real book sale money is in we readers baby don’t forget it B&N! Now all Americans need are jobs so we can afford these lovely devices…You know what they need to give us? A scanning device so we can upload our libraries to our digital readers, I would pay beaucoup bucks for that baby!


..The Barnes & Noble e-reader will be called the “Nook,” and will retail for $259, according to reports by both The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times….B&N, which has scheduled a press conference on Tuesday in New York to announce the e-reader, apparently began circulating ads this week to announce the device, The Times reported.


Pictures and details of Barnes and Noble’s forthcoming e-book reader have leaked, and it is hot, both inside and out. It will be on sale next Tuesday.

..The reader, named the “Nook,” looks a lot like Amazon’s white plastic e-book, only instead of the chiclet-keyboard there is a color multitouch screen, to be used as a keyboard or to browse books, cover-flow style. The machine runs Google’s Android OS, will have wireless capability from an unspecified carrier and comes in at the same $260 as the now rather old-fashioned-looking Kindle.

But it’s the details of the Barnes & Noble service itself that have us really interested. Gizmodo, which first broke the leaked images, has information that B&N will be discounting titles heavily in their electronic format, which is as is should be (no paper, printing or shipping costs). The Nook will also be able to get books from the Google Books Project.

And over at the Wall Street Journal, somebody got a peek at an at ad set to run in The New York Times this coming Sunday. The ad features the line “Lend eBooks to friends,” and this has the potential to destroy the Kindle model. One of the biggest problems with e-books is that you can’t lend or re-sell them. If B&N is selling e-books cheaper than the paper versions, then the resale issue is moot. And lending, even if your friends need a Nook, too, takes away the other big advantage of paper…

October 20, 2009. Tags: , , , , , . Education, English Literature, Entertainment, Fiction, Popular Culture. 2 comments.

Barnes n Noble Kindleslayer?

ohhhh pretty!

Sneak Peek of BnN;'s ebook reader from Gizmodo

Sneak Peek of B&N's ebook reader from Gizmodo

h/t Instapundit! Exclusive from gizmodo. Word is it will have access to all the books Google is uploading also!

And here is the date for the big reveal:


October 14, 2009. Tags: , , , . Entertainment, Fiction, Popular Culture. 1 comment.

Update 2: Jeff Bezos apologizes and says it will NOT happen again!…Life imitates Art imitating life, or something like that, AMZN deletes Orwell’s 1984 from Kindles…

Update 2: and here is why I love me some Amazon and am a shareholder to boot, JEFF BEZOS:

Initial post: Jul 23, 2009 12:16 PM PDT
Jeffrey P. Bezos says:

This is an apology for the way we previously handled illegally sold copies of 1984 and other novels on Kindle. Our “solution” to the problem was stupid, thoughtless, and painfully out of line with our principles. It is wholly self-inflicted, and we deserve the criticism we’ve received. We will use the scar tissue from this painful mistake to help make better decisions going forward, ones that match our mission.

With deep apology to our customers,

Jeff Bezos
Founder & CEO


July 18, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Entertainment, Fantasy, Fiction, Heavy Metal, Horror, Music, Popular Culture, Uncategorized. Comments off.

New Kindle for College Texts to be unveiled Wednesday…

I’m jealous, I LOVE my first generation Kindle don’t get me wrong, but I want more memory and battery life too!

Here is the review of the first Kindle which I LOVE MADLY:

OMG!!!! ASU is getting them??!! What!! Okay I am going back for a PhD in…something…something needing a Kindle….


..new version of its Kindle e-book reader with a larger screen and other features designed to appeal to periodical and academic textbook publishers…

…Amazon has worked out a deal with several textbook publishers to make their materials available for the device, Mr. Gonick added. The new device will also feature a more fully functional Web browser, he said. The Kindle’s current model, which debuted in February, includes a Web browser that is classified as “experimental.”

Five other universities are involved in the Kindle project, according to people briefed on the matter. They are Pace, Princeton, Reed, Darden School at the University of Virginia, and Arizona State.

..A larger-screen Kindle would enable textbook publishers to better display the charts and graphs that aren’t particularly well suited to the current device, which has a screen that measures just six inches diagonally. But digitizing academic books could also hurt the thriving market for used textbooks on college campuses.


Man these kids have it good…I want one dammit :0)

Kindle 2 Review:

May 5, 2009. Tags: , , , , , . Popular Culture, Uncategorized. 1 comment.

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