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Kobo Aura H2O is IP67-certified for reading by the pool or at the beach

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Waterproof smartphones are cool but what about a waterproof ebook reader? If reading by the pool or at the beach is your thing the Kobo Aura H2O is the one to look at. It’s the first ebook reader with IP67 certification meaning it’s dust tight and can last up to half an hour under a meter of water.

The screen is a 6.8″ Carta E Ink HD with 1,430 x 1080 pixel resolution and 265ppi density. For comparison, an Amazon Kindle Paperwhite has a 6″ 212ppi display. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook launches at $180

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook, the ebook-focused tablet by Samsung and Barnes & Noble, is available in the US today at $180 (after a $20 instant rebate). That’s the same price as the pure-Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 but Barnes & Noble claims it is throwing in $200 worth of content.

That includes bestselling books, magazines, TV shows and you even get $5 store credit. Read more »

Barnes & Noble posts a strangely excited teaser ad for the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook

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Samsung and Barnes & Noble announced the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook early this month – a 7″ Android tablet based on Samsung’s Tab 4 devices but powered by B&N software. A week ago the two companies sent out invites for the big event on August 20.

And just in case you’ve forgotten, here’s a teaser video that shows a group of people completely blown away by the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook event scheduled for August 20

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Samsung and Barnes & Noble announced a partnership that should have come to fruition in early August. However, it’s early August already and the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook is nowhere to be seen. A press invite for August 20 means things will finally get a move on later this month.

Samsung and B&N will be hosting the event at the Barnes & Noble in Union Square, New York. Read more »

New Nook GlowLight brings sharper screen with smoother page flips

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Barnes & Noble just unveiled its latest eBook reader. The Nook GlowLight brings a better display and is available now in the US and UK for $119 and £89 respectively. The device builds on the Simple Touch with GlowLight with a sharper screen and more even illumination.

In the previous generation, Amazon’s reader had the advantage when it came to even illumination. Read more »

Amazon unveils Kindle Unlimited subscription for $9.99 per month

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Amazon has made a new service official today. It’s called Kindle Unlimited and it provides all-you-can-read access to 600,000 books in the retailer’s portfolio, and it also lets you listen to thousands of audiobooks.

All of this costs $9.99 per month, hence why many people are calling it a ‘Netflix for books’. Read more »

The Midia InkPhone has an e-Ink screen, promises weeks of battery life

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Polish tech distributor Arta Tech will be selling a phone with an e-Ink screen in Europe soon called Midia InkPhone. The handset promises comfortable reading and two weeks of battery life thanks to the energy-efficient screen and 1,800mAh battery.

It features a 4.3″ Pearl e-Ink screen (like the Kinde reader screens) of 480 x 800 piexel resolution that is front illuminated. Read more »

Next-gen Kindle Paperwhite to feature 300ppi display and lighter body

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The next generation of Amazon Kindle Paperwhite e-Book reader is going to feature a 300ppi screen and a lighter shell, insider sources claim. The higher pixel density display of the next Kindle Paperwhite is also going to be complemented by enhanced typography.

In comparison, the current Paperwhite packs a 212ppi display, so the update should definitely make a difference. Moreover, there will be additional hardware improvements over the current model. Read more »

Barnes & Noble launches new Nook Glowlight

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Barnes & Noble has launched an updated version of the Nook Glowlight e-reader. Aimed to directly compete with Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite, the new Nook Glowlight is a notable improvement over its predecessor in almost every way imaginable.

For starters, the updated Nook Glowlight is lighter, tipping the scales at just 175 grams – in comparison, the Kindle Paperwhite weighs 213 grams. B&N has also managed to get rid of the annoying screen flashes that trouble other eBook readers.. Read more »

Amazon’s Kindle MatchBook now available with 70,000 books

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Amazon recently announced its new service, named Kindle MatchBook, and it has now gone live. MatchBook allows you to buy the Kindle editions of your print books for $2.99 or less.

Amazon’s new program gives you the option to purchase the Kindle edition of the print books for $2.99, $1.99, $0.99 or free of cost. Read more »

Nook Simple Touch Glowlight gets a price cut in UK, now available for £49

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Nook Simple Touch Glowlight has received a price cut in the UK and the eReader is now available for just £49 while stocks last. The Nook that comes with integrated lighting will be up for grabs across the UK, starting today.

Just as a reminder, other Nook variants are also available at a discounted price and the basic 8 GB version of the 7-inch Nook HD now costs just £79, while the 16 GB option is priced at £99. Read more »

Amazon launches next-gen Kindle Paperwhite, in the US at least

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Amazon has announced the second generation model of last year’s Kindle Paperwhite. The update focuses on improving existing features instead of introducing something dramatically new.

First of all, the display has been improved. The e-paper display now features higher contrast and improved reflectivity so text looks clearer. Amazon is also using second generation of the backlighting that they introduced with the last year’s model, which is now improved, somehow. Read more »

Amazon introduces “Kindle Matchbook” – buy cheap e-book versions of print books you already have

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Amazon has officially launched a new campaign, dubbed “Kindle Matchbook”, for its consumers. The newest introduction offers you to buy Kindle edition of print books that you had purchased from Amazon ever since it started its online bookstore.

The trick is that the deal is possible only for titles of books, whose publishers had enrolled them explicitly in the Kindle MatchBook program. At present, you can purchase over 10,000 books for $2.99, $1.99, $0.99 or free depending on the titles. Read more »

Amazon cut Kindle Fire HD 8.9 price to $250 today, LTE version now goes for $450

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If you’re a U.S. customer and want to get some of the 8.9″ Kindle Fire HD versions, today might be the best time to do it. Amazon’s deal of the deal lets you save $50 if you purchase one of the two slates today.

The $250/$450 prices are valid with a promo code, which you enter at checkout . Read more »

Amazon Appstore grows 500% YoY, has the Kindle Fire to thank for it

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The downloads in the Amazon Appstore are up 500% from last year, which makes it the fastest growing app repository around.

Of course, Amazon mostly has its aggressively priced Kindle Fire and Fire HDs to thank for that but we shouldn’t underestimate the other Android smartphones that use it daily. That free app per day promotion has certainly helped the growth, too. Read more »