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Amazon Shrinks Kindle in Latest Update

Category: E-Readers
Posted: June 22, 2016 03:34PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Amazon has released an updated model of its Kindle e-reader, making it thinner and lighter without skimping on functionality. In addition to the reduction in size, Amazon changed the form factor to a "more rounded design to make it easier to hold with one hand." Amazon has also introduced a white color option for this Kindle as well as the Paperwhite, with both available for purchase today for an expected ship date of July 7. The on-board memory was doubled to provide for "speedier navigation," but the touch screen display did not receive a higher ppi upgrade. The new Kindle has an MSRP of $79.99.

Source: The Verge

Amazon Upgrades Kindle Paperwhite

Category: E-Readers
Posted: June 17, 2015 04:10PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Amazon has announced an updated version of the Kindle Paperwhite e-reader, maintaining a $119 price tag while introducing multiple improvements and new features. The pixel density of the screen has been increased from 212 pixels per inch (ppi) to 300 ppi, greatly improving readability for small text. A new font known as Bookerly is included and Amazon says it is "even more readable" even though "its more aggressive kerning and ligatures may take a bit of getting used to." The layout engine has also been updated with the addition of automatic hyphenation and improved handling of drop caps and embedded charts. The new Paperwhite is available for purchase now and begins shipping June 30.

Source: PC Mag

Sony Abandons E-Readers

Category: E-Readers
Posted: August 5, 2014 02:04PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Sony has revealed that it does not currently have any plans to develop a successor Reader model, effectively ending its efforts to successfully grab and maintain a portion of the e-reader market. The announcement comes a few months after the company made its last batch of Reader devices, the PRS-T3, outside of Japan. As such, the PRS-T3 will continue to exist as long as supplies remain within Europe. Sony Reader owners within North America can continue using Kobo for book purchases, while owners located in Japan can continue to make use of the Sony Reader Store.

Source: BBC News

First Generation Kindle Paperwhite Receives Goodreads

Category: E-Readers
Posted: March 11, 2014 09:41AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Although current generation Kindle Paperwhite users have had access to Goodreads, which is an online outlet for book readers, owners of the first generation eBook reading device have been left out. That has all changed today, as Goodreads has announced that first generation Kindle Paperwhite devices are officially supported due to popular customer demand. Owners of both models of Kindle Paperwhite, who live in the United States, Canada, and Australia, are able to use Goodreads on Kindle. A free over-the-air update that is set to roll out to Kindle Paperwhite devices will be available in the coming weeks. Users can ensure that they have Goodreads on Kindle by looking for a lowercase "g" in the right portion of the navigation bar.

Source: Goodreads Blog

Apple Facing Five-Year Anti-Competitive Ban and Other Penalties for eBook Price Fixing

Category: E-Readers
Posted: August 3, 2013 12:39PM
Author: bp9801

Last month the US Department of Justice found Apple guilty of price fixing eBooks, with Apple being the ring leader of the conspiracy. District Judge Denise Cote made the initial ruling, but Apple's punishment was to be determined at a later trial. We're still waiting on that to begin on August 9, however it seems like the Justice Department is making it known what exactly it wishes Apple to be hit with. The Justice Department and 33 US states and territories have proposed a five-year ban preventing Apple from entering into any anti-competitive deals, as well as terminate all business ties with the five publishers it conspired with.

Officials also want Apple to allow Amazon and Barnes & Noble to insert links to their own respective eBookstores so consumers can better compare prices. An outside monitor would also be used to make sure Apple's internal antitrust compliance policies are up to snuff and strong enough to prevent any possible illegal practices. Apple would also be prevented from retaliating against any eBook publisher not willing to bend to its terms.

Apple is holding sway that it did no wrong and is still looking to appeal Judge Cote's ruling last month, and is unhappy with the government's proposed penalty. It won't be long before we hear exactly how everything goes down, so be sure to keep it tuned for any updates.

Source: New York Times and NBC News

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