Barnes & Noble releases Nook for iPhone

Recently, Barnes & Noble announced that it was rebranding its eReading software across various platforms and calling it Nook. As part of that evolution, the company has released a "next-generation" Nook for iPhone application that incorporates many of the features found in its Nook for iPad app. At the same time, it's updated Nook for iPad to include some new features, including one that allows you to rate e-books from within the app. Users had been requesting the feature, the company said.

Nook for iPhone appears to be a big improvement over the company's previous B&… Read more

Copia announces $99 color e-reader

Drafting off the news that Amazon will release a $139 Kindle, Copia has revealed that it will sell a 5-inch color e-reader this fall for $99. The device has a color LCD and will tap into Copia's upcoming community-based e-reading platform, which is now in beta testing.

I got an early look at the Copia platform last year, and while it looked impressive, we've yet to see any devices emerge from the company and we're still waiting for the platform to launch after already being delayed a few months.

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Cool-er e-reader put on ice?

Maybe you remember the Cool-er e-reader, which came in a variety of colors and got some good publicity when it launched last year. Well, it appears that Interead, the UK-based company behind the Cool-er is in the process of being liquidated, and that probably means the end of the line for the poorly named e-reader that sought to make "reading cool."

The site TeleRead reports that a Dutch site got word that someone seeking customer support from the company didn't get any and e-mailed the executives at Interead only to get a reply that the company was … Read more

Amazon drops Kindle price to $189

Amazon's response to Barnes & Noble's Nook price drop earlier Monday?

We can do that, too--only slightly better.

Yes, the e-reader pricing wars are in full swing as Amazon has trimmed the price of the Kindle from $259 to $189. In case you're keeping score, that number is a whole $10 less than what Barnes & Noble is charging for the Nook 3G (with Wi-Fi). That said, Barnes & Noble can still claim a certain victory in the affordability department with the just announced Wi-Fi-only Nook, which is available for preorder at $149 and will be out … Read more

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Links from Thursday morning's episode of Loaded:

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Barnes & Noble launches iPad app

While Amazon had its Kindle for iPad app ready in time for the launch of the iPad, Barnes & Noble decided to take its sweet time before releasing its BN eReader for iPad, which is finally available as a free download in Apple's App Store.

Like Amazon, Barnes & Noble is trying to give its customers access to its e-book store from a wide array of popular mobile devices, including the iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry, and next month, Android smartphones. Users can store content in one master digital library and shuffle content between devices.

Barnes & Noble is touting the fact that it's designed this version of its eReader app from the ground up, specifically for the iPad. It's also highlighting its e-book lending option, which lets you lend out certain e-books to friends one time for a 14-day period.

Here's a look at the key features:

Two options for displaying your library (Library Grid and Library List views) Choice of colors for text; pages (background); highlights; and links Eight typefaces and five text sizes Variety of margins and customizable spacing options LendMe feature (limited lending of certain e-books) All e-books and most periodicals purchased through the Barnes & Noble eBookstore are accessible on your iPad Built-in dictionary Google and Wikipedia integration for quick searches of terms and words

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Pandigital, B&N partner on $200 color e-reader

If you know of Pandigital, you probably know it for its photo frames. However, the company is moving into the hot e-book reader market with a device that a lot of people have been waiting for: an affordable color screen e-book reader with ties to a major bookseller.

Integrated with the Barnes & Noble's  e-book store, the Pandigital Novel is an Android-powered e-book reader that has a full color 7-inch touch-screen display, Wi-Fi connectivity, and multimedia capabilities. According to Pandigital, the reader will cost $199.99 when it ships in June.

While we're surprised to see Barnes & Noble partnering with Pandigital, but as anybody who has played around with the iPad knows, it's not a big leap from digital photo frame to e-book reader. Judging by the Novel's press shots, it looks a lot like the rumored smaller version of the iPad that some sites and analysts have been alluding to. That said, the Novel 800x600-pixel resolution display isn't as sharp as the iPad's is, and its resistive touch-screen interface--while responsive--isn't as responsive the iPad's capacitive touch-screen interface is.

An Arm 11 processor powers the Novel, which measures 7.5 inches tall by 5.5 inches wide by 0.5 inch thick and weighs 16 ounces. It has 1GB of built-in memory and has an expansion slot for SD/MMC memory cards--with support for cards up to 32GB in capacity. Pandigital rates its Novel's battery life at six hours in reading mode.  That's not a terrible battery life, but it's neither near the iPad's battery life nor the battery life of dedicated e-ink-based e-book readers, such as the Amazon Kindle, that don't have to be recharged for days or even weeks.

While the Novel has multimedia features as well as a built-in Web browser, e-mail client, calendar, and alarm, Pandigital is billing its new devices first and foremost as an e-book reader. According to the company, Novel owners will have "easy access to Barnes & Noble's expansive eBookstore catalog of more than one million eBooks, newspapers and magazines, a wide variety of free eBooks and more than half a million free classics." Novel users can also use Barnes & Noble LendMe feature that lets you share certain e-books with friends and family for 14 days; however, currently you can only lend a book out once. … Read more

Alex eReader now shipping

A few weeks ago we wrote that Spring Design's Alex eReader was going to be available two weeks after Apple's iPad was released. Well, true to its word, Spring has officially started shipping the product, which comes in a black or white finish.

As we said in our earlier post, this is one of those products that probably would have gotten a lot more attention had it managed to come out before the iPad. However, as it stands, the $399 Android-powered device--which features both a 6-inch e-ink display and a 3.5-inch, 16-bit color touch-screen LCD--has been overshadowed … Read more

Which e-readers will the iPad crush?

Now that the iPad is upon us and the reviews have started coming in, it's becoming clear that the iPad is an excellent e-reader, perhaps the best one out there. This isn't exactly a great surprise. The fact is that ever since we had an inkling that Apple would come out with a slate-style device that resembled a giant iPod Touch, we knew that it would have a profound impact on the e-book reader world. We always figured there would be a before and after shot of the market--and it wouldn't be pretty for certain companies that … Read more

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