Yes, Barnes & Noble's update their 'old' Nook with as they call a "substantial" firmware improvement. That means that it keeps on the market and the Nook color will not replace the black and white. Listen what Trade The Trend say about the improvement.
And, if you want to know what the fuzz is all about, below you can see the result:
The update contains:
* Sync current reading position across devices. Sync across all NOOK eReaders and devices enabled with NOOK software and apps, including iPad, iPhone/iPod touch, Android smartphones and PC.
* Customize folders and group content for My B&N Library. The My Shelves feature enables users to organize B&N Libraries by a particular subject or theme, on easy-to-organize, easily-accessible Shelves.
* Password protection option for purchases made on a NOOK device. Customers can require their Barnes & Noble account password be entered before NOOK authorizes any content download (purchases, samples and free books). This is a helpful feature customers requested for NOOKs that are shared among family members, students in a class and company employees).
* Pass code security for the NOOK. Customers can configure NOOK to lock the screen after a certain number of minutes and then require a pass code to unlock it. The pass code security feature will activate each time the NOOK does powers on, awakens form Sleep Mode.
* Faster page turns. Customers can enjoy a 50% faster turn rate than the previous version.
* Improved search functionality that includes My Documents (side-loaded content) in the results.
* Additional battery and other performance enhancements
It’s the sort of introductory chapter you should have seen coming when Google announced they had published a book online.
Written using HTML5, the e-book has interactive pages you can flip using your mouse, its tech-heavy content laced with child-friendly cartoons that make it fun to flip through — for the first 10 pages.
While the book contains some useful reminders (e.g. always use the latest app) and an interesting condensed history of everything from Cascading Style Sheets to plug-ins, it leaves readers asking: Weren’t we meant to be flipping through more than a nursery guide to the Internet by now?
After all, it was only May of this year when Google announced plans to launch Google Editions, the e-book platform set to shake up the publishing industry. Unlike its competitors, Google Editions would allow customers to access their purchases from anywhere. Through bypassing downloads, e-book users would no longer be chained to their Kindles, but could peruse digitalized novels from any device with a web browser.
Six months later, instead of an e-book interface with the 400,000 to 600,000 books we were promised, we’ve got a guide to the web.
So, what happened to the grand plans?
“The real answer is, we’ll launch the service when it’s ready,” Google spokeswoman Jeannie Hornung told CNET. “We definitely have plans to launch later this year.”
Online speculation is divided over whether 20 Things I Learned About Browsers and the Web is a sign of Google e-book plans coming to fruition or merely a pet project of a Google insider.
Readers agree on one thing: the book clearly showcases the accessibility of books published using HTML 5 – and that itself may be its main goal.
HTML5 is an emerging web standard that allows developers to offer richer graphics and multimedia with improved security, but requires users to upgrade to the latest version of most web browsers.
And while there is no promise of Google Editions being launched before the Christmas rush, it seems the project has not been forgotten.
We guess, there will be huge demand, because all of a sudden we see them everywhere, the waterproof case for your ereader. For every size there is a suitable case. Examples are thes AquaClip around the COOLER and the DryCase Folio for an iPad or Kindle. We are wondering who is using these cases? Are they helpfull?
By the way, prices range from US$ 5 to even over $ 60.
If you wondered, whether you can use your Amazon Kindle ebooks on an iPad, here is the answer.
The Kindle app is optimized for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, giving users the ability to read Kindle books on a beautiful, easy-to-use interface. You’ll have access to over 725,000* books in the Kindle Store, including best sellers and new releases. Amazon Whispersync automatically syncs your last page read, bookmarks, notes, and highlights across devices (including Kindle), so you can pick up where you left off on another device.
Get the best reading experience available on your iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad:
• Shop the Kindle Store for over 725,000* Kindle books, including New Releases and 107 of 111 New York Times Best Sellers. Over 550,000* of these books are $9.99 or less, including 73 New York Times Best Sellers.
• Choose from thousands of free classics, such as Pride and Prejudice or The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.
• Get free book samples – read the first chapter free before you decide to buy.
• Customize your reading experience by choosing the background color, font size, and either portrait or landscape format.
• Instant dictionary word lookup with 250,000 entries and definitions. Tap and hold a word to view the definition. Use the Google and Wikipedia links to get more information.
• Search inside the book to find a character, topic, or section you want to revisit.
• Simply tap on either side of the screen or flick to turn pages.
• You can also read your Kindle books on your Kindle, Kindle DX, PC, Mac, Android phone, and BlackBerry. Our Whispersync technology syncs your last page read, notes, bookmarks, and highlights across devices, so you can pick up where you left off.
* Selection and price of books in the Kindle Store may vary by country.
Decision point is the upcoming book of former president George W Bush. Bush started writing his memoir on janurary with the research help from the former White House speech writer Chris Michel. Crown Publishers the Publisher of the book decision points set 09th November as the release date for the George bush book.
The book seens to highlight the major decisions bush made in his personal life as well as during his presidency. The fact that the Decision Points going to cover some contreversial decisions bush made during his presidency made many of the politicial think tank to raise their eyebrows. Decision point may answer any controversy including War on Iraq. The book already received great reception from media and will go to be the best seller of the year 2010.
We have waited a long time for Fujitsu. They have so much knowledge in house, but never seem to be enthousiastic about the ereader market. Well, something has changed. Out of nowhere they pop-up with something new. Watch the video!
Read-an-ebook did compare e-Ink and LCD before. Both, e-Ink and LCD have their advantages and their disadvantages. Technology is moving. The major reason, why LCD was still the best to choose, was because it was is color. But now there is color e-Ink!
While there are plenty of eBook readers on the market, almost all of them have black-and-white displays. Chinese company Hanvon Technology , based in Beijing, wants to change that. The company has unveiled the first tablet with a color E Ink screen at the FPD International 2010 trade show in Tokyo.
According to the New York Times, 90 percent of the eBook readers on the market use monochrome display technology from the company E Ink. Hanvon will be the first company to showcase E Ink's color capabilities. E Ink's color screen is made by fitting the original black-and-white display with a color filter.
Last month, Barnes and Noble announced the Nook color, but the 7-inch screen uses LCD technology, similar to what is used in televisions and computer screens. Like many tablets on the market, Apple's iPad also uses LCD technology.
The benefits of using E Ink as opposed to LCD are that E Ink uses less battery power and can be read in direct sunlight without glare. According to the Times article, the color E Ink that will be featured on Hanvon's e-reader isn't the same quality as LCD technology on, say, an iPad, however. The colors aren't as vivid, and appear to be more muted, and the screen can't support video. This is why Amazon, for example, hasn't yet embraced color E Ink on its Kindle e-reader.
"I'm convinced that a lot of times it takes one company to prove the market," Sriram K. Peruvemba, a vice president for E Ink, told the Times.
The iPad has been available in China since Sept. 17 2010. Hanvon's new eBook reader will go on sale in China in March 2011 for around $440. Hanvon president Liu Yingjian said the product, fitted with a 9.68-inch color screen and Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity, might be sold in the U.S. later. Hanvon, the number one eBook reader outfitter in China, sells some products in the U.S., both online and through electronics retailer Fry's.
While Barnes & Noble recently announced the color Nook and the Apple iPad has a color screen, both devices use LCD, the technology found in televisions and monitors. E-Ink screens have two advantages over LCD — they use far less battery power and they are readable in the glare of direct sunlight.
The new color E-Ink display, while an important technological breakthrough, is not as sharp and colorful as LCD. Moreover, E Ink cannot handle full-motion video. At best, it can show simple animations.
All books of Amazon.com are availablle via Read-an-ebook.com. But once in a while we like to give you a little bit more detailed information about an ebook. In this case, Happy Ever After from Nora Roberts. Nora Roberts is the #1 bestselling author of more than 190 novels. She is also the author of the bestselling futuristic suspense series written under the pen name J. D. Robb. She is indisputably the most celebrated and beloved women's fiction writer today. Nora lives in Maryland where she was born in Silver Spring, as the youngest of five children. After a school career that included some time in Catholic school and the disciplines of nuns, she married young and settled in Keedysville, Maryland.
She worked briefly as a legal secretary. "I could type fast but couldn’t spell, I was the worst legal secretary ever," she says now. After her sons were born she stayed home and tried every craft that came along. A blizzard in February 1979 forced her hand to try another creative outlet. She was snowed in with a three and six year old with no kindergarten respite in sight and a dwindling supply of chocolate.
Born into a family of readers, Nora had never known a time that she wasn’t reading or making up stories. During the now-famous blizzard, she pulled out a pencil and notebook and began to write down one of those stories. It was there that a career was born. Several manuscripts and rejections later, her first book, Irish Thoroughbred, was published by Silhouette in 1981.
Nora met her second husband, Bruce Wilder, when she hired him to build bookshelves. They were married in July 1985. Since that time, they’ve expanded their home, traveled the world and opened a bookstore together.
Through the years, Nora has always been surrounded by men. Not only was she the youngest in her family, but she was also the only girl. She has raised two sons. Having spent her life surrounded by men, Ms. Roberts has a fairly good view of the workings of the male mind, which is a constant delight to her readers. It was, she’s been quoted as saying, a choice between figuring men out or running away screaming.
As wedding planner for Vows, Parker Brown manages to make every wedding the perfect day for her clients. From demanding brides to feuding guests to last-minute menu changes, Parker can handle anything and anyone with aplomb. Nothing and no one rattles her, until Malcomb Kavanaugh unexpectedly kisses her one day after helping her fix a flat tire. At first, Parker dismisses the kiss as just another twist to Malcomb’s always flirtatious nature, but as it turns out, the sexy auto mechanic really is interested in starting something with Parker. Somehow, though, the whole idea of a serious romantic relationship with Malcomb is enough to rattle her. Roberts, the reigning Queen of Romance, brings her Bride Quartet series to a splendidly satisfying conclusion with another deliciously sexy and delightfully humorous contemporary romance that perfectly celebrates the importance of love, friendship, and family in any woman’s life. --John Charles
Dreams are realized in the eagerly-awaited fourth novel in Nora Roberts's Bride Quartet.
As the public face of Vows wedding planning company, Parker Brown has an uncanny knack for fulfilling every bride's vision. She just can't see where her own life is headed. Mechanic Malcomb Kavanaugh loves figuring out how things work, and Parker is no exception. Both know that moving from minor flirtation to major hook-up is a serious step. Parker's business risks have always paid off, but now she'll have to take the chance of a lifetime with her heart...
The Kno textbook reader is a big device with a 14.1 inch (!) LCD-screen. Babur Habib and Osman Hashid, the founders of Kno explain at TC Disrupt what the device can do. Osman Hashid says, that Kno works with the four largest textbook publishers (Peasons, Cengage, McGraw-Hill and Wiley) and claims that it is possible to download 80% of all digital textbooks are available for this reader. That is fantastic!
Kno is a company that likes big screens. They have another device, one having two 14.1 inch (1440 x 900) capacitive touch screens. This is the Hummer of ereaders! Each screen has its own battery, giving the Kno 8-hours of battery life, but a hefty weight of 5.5 lbs. As a point of reference, the iPad weighs 1.5 lbs and people complain it’s too heavy. On the other hand, the Kno is so big that you’d probably lay it on a desk to use it.
The target audience is students; if Kno (the company) has its way, students will be carrying around a Kno (the device) rather than a stack of textbooks. That’s the reason for the huge screens; most textbook pages can be shown ‘full size’ on a 14″ screen. Five and a half pounds doesn’t seem so bad compared to a backpack full of paper textbooks. Read-an-ebook suggest a pair of wheels as an add-on. Students do not carry around the paper books all the time. Student use lockers for that. Anyway, besides that it is a great device. Development of devices continue rapidly. A light weighted-version will only be a matter of time.
What makes ice cubes cloudy? How do shark attacks make airplanes safer? Can a person traveling in a car at the speed of sound still hear the radio? Moreover, would they want to...?
Do you often find yourself pondering life's little conundrums? Have you ever wondered why the ocean is blue? Or why birds don't get electrocuted when perching on high-voltage power lines? Robert L. Wolke, professor emeritus of chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh and acclaimed author of What Einstein Didn't Know, understands the need to...well, understand. Now he provides more amusing explanations of such everyday phenomena as gravity (If you're in a falling elevator, will jumping at the last instant save your life?) and acoustics (Why does a whip make such a loud cracking noise?), along with amazing facts, belly-up-to-the-bar bets, and mind-blowing reality bites all with his trademark wit and wisdom.
If you shoot a bullet into the air, can it kill somebody when it comes down?
You can find out about all this and more in an astonishing compendium of the proverbial mind-boggling mysteries of the physical world we inhabit.
Arranged in a question-and-answer format and grouped by subject for browsing ease, WHAT EINSTEIN TOLD HIS BARBER is for anyone who ever pondered such things as why colors fade in sunlight, what happens to the rubber from worn-out tires, what makes red-hot objects glow red, and other scientific curiosities. Perfect for fans of Newton's Apple, Jeopardy!, and The Discovery Channel, WHAT EINSTEIN TOLD HIS BARBER also includes a glossary of important scientific buzz words and a comprehensive index.
We informed you about the Sony Reader 350 (demo) and the Sony Reader PRS 650 (here by a French grandmother) and even showed you the battle of these both. Finally we can show you the Sony Reader PRS 950 Daily Edition. Here it is. Watch the video from our friends of MobileTech!
A new name for us, Pandigital, with a 7 inch color screen tablet. They have a contract with Barnes & Noble to give you access to a million ebooks. They have two versions, a white and a black one. Built in Wi-Fi for your internet, plays music and video. Pandigital sell the 7 inch Novel for a price of USD 199. Sounds interesting. What do you think of it?
About the ebook
A bold and vital book that asks and answers the most urgent question of today: What Would Google Do? In a book that's one part prophecy, one part thought experiment, one part manifesto, and one part survival manual, internet impresario and blogging pioneer Jeff Jarvis reverse-engineers Google the fastest-growing company in history to discover forty clear and straightforward rules to manage and live by. At the same time, he illuminates the new worldview of the internet generation: how it challenges and destroys, but also opens up vast new opportunities. His findings are counterintuitive, imaginative, practical, and above all visionary, giving readers a glimpse of how everyone and everything from corporations to governments, nations to individuals must evolve in the Google era. Along the way, he looks under the hood of a car designed by its drivers, ponders a worldwide university where the students design their curriculum, envisions an airline fueled by a social network, imagines the open-source restaurant, and examines a series of industries and institutions that will soon benefit from this book's central question. The result is an astonishing, mind-opening book that, in the end, is not about Google. It's about you.