Posts Tagged ‘eReader’

Google Launches eBookstore

Monday, December 6th, 2010

Update:The Android app is for Eclair and above only.

Google announced the opening of the new Google eBookstore this morning citing an interest in providing easier access to the world’s knowledge repositories, known as books. With three million available titles, and hundreds of thousands of those titles for sale, Google is in a prime position to run a bookstore.

Google’s ebooks are already available on a variety of devices, from netbooks, tablets, cell phones, e-readers, and computers. Google is adding a Web Reader and an Android & iPhone Reader app to the mix as well, making this bookstore quite versatile. You’ll get cloud-based access to all your books wherever you are. Google sweetens the deal by offering unlimited book storage as well.

Google’s ebook collection has already been useful to me in my educational persuits, and this new eBookstore looks like it will kick it up a notch or two. You can check out Google’s introductory video below. You can find the Google eBookstore at books.google.com/ebooks.

Nook Showcase

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

Barnes & Noble updated its Nook eReader for iPad and added an app for iPhone. It also updated the Nook branding. Now you can download the Nook for iPad, Nook for iPhone, Nook for Android, Nook Wi-Fi, Nook Wi-Fi + 3G, Nook for PC, Nook for Blackberry, and Nook for Mac

Nook shares the same features across devices:

  • Over a million titles
  • Thousands of free eBooks
  • Sample any eBooks for Free
  • Share with friends
  • Sync info across devices
  • Adjustable text styles

Nook is trying hard to compete with Amazon, and it shows. The new UI looks nice, and since it is trying to differentiate itself from the Kindle’s software, you can lend your eBooks to your friends. You can read more about Nook and browse Barnes & Noble here.

Adam Timeline and Pricing

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

Notion Ink has posted another update regarding the Adam eReader/Tablet. The post rambles quite a bit, and is a little hard to follow, but at least it confirms the pricing and launch date targets.

If all goes well, the Adam will arrive at the FCC by the second week of November. If things go great, it will head there in October. The Adam’s value is in the marketplace rather than the hardware, according to the post, so there has been an attempt to keep the pricing relatively low. There will be two versions of the two main products – a 3G and non-3G version with either an LCD or Pixel Qi screen. The Pixel Qi 3G will mark the top of the line, while the LCD Wi-Fi only will mark the bottom. The range will run from $400-$500 for the four devices.

According to the post, the countries with the most developer interest will get the earliest launch dates. Notion Ink wants to reward the people who will help bring the product success. Since it is already aiming for the FCC, one could assume there is a lot of interest in development in the US.

The post talks about how things are still in motion, and all of this information is subject to fluctuation, for better or worse. There was even some talk about an Adam 2 that will be able to set the pricing bar lower. There are a lot of skeptics out there about even the first one being launched.

If Notion Ink can pull of the Adam, it will be able to bridge the gap between tablets and eReaders. I’m not sure that there needs to be a bridge, but it might be nice to choose which screen you want to use for a book or to browse the web. There are a lot of ifs currently, so we will just have to wait and see.