They won’t come right out and say it, but a recent price cut on the Nook Tablet family can only mean one thing, Nexus 7’s are back in stock. The Barnes and Noble devices aren’t even close to being the best Android tablet option out there these days, however for those invested in the B&N platform they are still a very capable device. Additionally, if reading is going to be your primary use for a tablet, these budget devices will fit the bill quite nicely.
Publishers are more than a little squeamish about ebooks, and lending ebooks doubly so. With that in mind, it’s not really a surprise that Penguin Books has decided to pull its content from OverDrive, the lending system used by over 7,500 libraries in the U.S.. Penguin previously removed its titles, only to bring them back a few days later. This time, however, the change is looking to be permanent.
The Nook Color and its new brother The Nook Tablet have been more or less locked down in the Barnes and Noble provided interface. That says nothing of custom ROMs and the like, but for user that don’t want to go so far there is another option on the new Tablet. According to some industrious users, the web browser can be used to download apps. The process is far from perfect, but it’s better than nothing.
Over the last year, Microsoft has embarked on a crusade to secure license fees from device makers that use the Android operating system. While Google provides the Android source code for free, Microsoft claims to own patents infringed by Android. most OEMs have capitulated and payed up, but Barnes and Noble, which sells the Nook line of e-readers, has gone to court. Today, the bookseller turned tablet-pusher has asked the feds to get involved. B&N claims that regulators should investigate Microsoft for attempting to drive competition out of business.
Amazon has made small tweaks to its Kindle e-book format over the years, but now the retailer has surprised the industry again by announcing a new HTML5 version of the Kindle format called Format 8. This approach leverages a toolset that already has wide support and allows a richer experience -- perfect for magazines and comics.
Amazon has always been coy when it come to releasing sales numbers, and the case of the new Kindle Fire is no exception. But if the newest leak is to be believed, someone working for the company is a little less secretive. A spreadsheet detailing the pre-orders to this point shows some incredible numbers. In just five days, over 250,000 Kindle Fires have been ordered.
The Amazon tablet is becoming the white whale of tablets, but a report from TechCrunch may have finally shed some light on Amazon’s plans. MG Sigler claims to have used an Amazon tablet, and confirms that it is a 7-inch device running Android. However, it is totally forked version of the platform that bears little resemblance to Google’s current software.
Usually, if someone went around offering you a new Kindle for $25 under retail, you'd look at them slyly and wonder where they stole it from. But in the case of Target and Best Buy stores, they're going to be selling the cheaper Kindle starting May 3rd because it is ad-supported. On-screen ads may lower the price by $25, but will users accept that?
When the Kindle first launched, you could only pick one up from Amazon.com itself. In the last year or so, Amazon has smartly expanded into brick and mortar retail chains. Now the Kindle will be available in yet another place, AT&T Wireless stores. As you may or may not be aware, the global 3G radio in the Kindle uses AT&T's network in the US.
The Kno dual-screen tablet seemed like an odd idea with narrow appeal from the start. This device was originally supposed to ship to those with preorders late last year, but now Engadget has gotten confirmation that the Kno is indeed delayed. They didn't get much more information than that. Well, Kno did go out of their way to say everything is "going well". We would beg to differ.
The Kno is expected to be packing Nvidia Tegra 2 inside, and uses 14-inch capacitive touchscreens with a special stylus included. It is being pitched as a digital textbook reader for students. But at $899 for the cheaper dual-screen version, it's going to be a tough sell even if they get all the bugs worked out and ship it. Would you consider getting this product?