Apple Allows iBooks Customers to Give the Gift of Reading

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Just in time for the holiday season, Apple has made some changes to the iBooks service for iOS and OS X to allow customers to now gift a book to family, friends, and loved ones. Gifting a specific book title is new for the iBookstore, a feature that has been a staple on rival Amazon’s […]

Amazon Resurrects Huge Kindle DX E-Reader From the Dead

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After having discontinued its large 9.7-inch Kindle DX e-reader in October 2012, Amazon is now bringing back the hardware that’s unchanged from its release since 2009. It’s unclear why Amazon is quietly re-introducing the tablet in 2013; the company so far has not issued a statement or press release, only to allow the Kindle DX […]

News Corp’s Amplify Edu Tablet Designed for the Classroom

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News Corporation had partnered with Asus to launch its education-centric Amplify tablet that’s designed to be a complete ecosystem for use inside and out of the classroom environment. Unlike various solutions offered before that are apps-based and is centered around a textbook experience, Amplify is built on Google’s Android operating system and seems to be […]

iBooks 3.0 Leaks Hints at iPad Mini’s E-Book Focus

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Apple’s been long rumored to focus its much anticipated 7.85-inch iPad Mini on the e-book segment to grow its tablet market share and compete with lower cost Android slates, like Google’s Nexus 7 and Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD. Now, a listing for an iBooks title comes with requirements specifications from Apple inside the company’s iTunes […]

Google Play Books Android Update Brings More Features

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For those who have been using Google Play Books as their dedicated e-book reading application on Android smartphones and tablets due to integration with the e-books catalog on the Play Store, there is some good news. The Play Books app has been updated with a host of new features, allowing Android users to have the […]

‘The Daily’ Trimming One-Third of Staff

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Tablet-centric publication ‘The Daily,’ operated by News Corporation, is now laying off as many as one-third of its workers. According to All Things D, which is also owned by News Corporation, editorial and sports departments are taking the biggest hits along with the design and production department. That translates to as many as fifty people being […]

Barnes & Noble to Bring NFC to Nook

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Barnes & Noble CEO confessed that the near field communications (NFC) radio will start making an appearance on the company’s future Nook tablet and e-readers, but did not give a definitive timeline on when that would happen. News of the NFC on the Nook follows the company’s announcement earlier this week that Microsoft had made […]

Apple to Announce ‘GarageBand for E-Books’ at Event

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Apple may introduce new tools and publishing standards for e-books through its iBookstore as part of the company’s media event slated for January 19th in New York City. While the event is speculated to center around the education and textbook industry, Apple has been coy in its media announcement and invitation and not much information […]

Amazon Prime Customers Get 1 Free Book ‘Rental’ Per Month With Membership

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Ahead of availability of the company’s first Android Kindle Fire tablet, Amazon is wooing customers to join its Prime membership program by adding a new feature for avid readers. In addition to long-time favorite features of the Prime program–such as free two-day shipping and access to free streaming video from Amazon’s on-demand library of movies […]

Amazon Kindle 4 Review: Nice Update at a Great Price

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Amazon’s new $79 Kindle 4 brings reading eBooks to a lot more people thanks to a nice smaller design and a great price. The upgrade cuts a few features like audio and a physical keyboard in order to hit that price and slim it down. Most people won’t miss them. The smaller, lightweight design makes […]

Amazon Launches the Kindle Touch for $99

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At their long-awaited tablet announcement, Amazon unveiled their new Amazon Kindle Touch. The Touch is a touch e-ink book reader for $99 with no keyboard, but rather an infrared touch screen which allows you to quickly turn pages and interact with your eBooks or periodicals on-screen instead of the old buttons the current generation device includes. […]

Amazon Working on Netflix Model for Digital Books

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So far, digital books, or e-books, are only available to users on an a la carte basis, meaning that they pay per book title. However, that may change if Amazon can sway publishers into allowing users to rent books utilizing a premium subscription model similar to what Netflix employs for movies and TV shows. There […]

Sony to Refresh Reader Lineup of E-Ink E-Readers Next Month

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A new generation of e-ink-based Sony Reader devices are expected to be introduced next month according to the Bloomberg. In an interview, Sony vice president of digital reading told the publication that the company will introduce new software and hardware in August. The plan is that the e-readers will be made available to customers before […]

The Most Immersive, Visually Stunning iPad App is a Book

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A new interactive book from Moonbot Studios–led by former Pixar designer–is the most stunning, beautifully crafted app released for the iPad to date. Called ‘The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore,’ the app is available for $4.99 through Apple’s App Store, and takes users through video clips, sounds, animations, interactive games, and amusement. The […]