The History of Video Games … in Print

Book: The History of Video GamesWe recently received a tip for a forthcoming 2-volume set of books entitled “The History of Nintendo” which is being translated from French to English. But it led us to discover that there are more than a few books written on not just Nintendo specifically but the video gaming industry in general.

Wikipedia has a list, and there’s at least one good Listmania list on Amazon or you could do a search for “history of video games“.

Or if you would just like to read stuff online, check out DMOZ’s huge collection of links on the subject.

Wireless Page to TV Magnifier puts your books’ words up on your TV screen

wireless magnifierUse one of your home’s largest gadget, your TV, to enhance one of the most low-tech activities we all do: read. The Wireless Page to TV Magnifier is a mouse-sized gizmo that scans your books or magazines and sends the image wirelessly to your TV in real time, magnifying it up to 25x it’s actual size.

The scanner is a 655×488 pixel scanner, and there’s a wireless base that plugs into your television via an RCA video cable. This would be a great gift for a lot of people, who enjoy reading but it’s too much of a strain on their eyes.

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Price: $149.99
(Please note prices are subject to change and the listed price is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of posting)

CES 2010: Blio eReader is Free Software-Only Reader – Why It May Be Important

While we were inundated with hardware eReaders at CES, Blio took an intermediate step and made a (free) software eReader than can run on laptops, netbooks, desktops, tablets and even iPhones and iPods.

blio bookstoreDesigned in part by inventor Ray Kurzweil, the Blio is a free piece of software that you can download for your Windows machine, and that opens up and displays eBooks in full-color with options such as 3D page turning, text only mode for smaller displays, read aloud (text-to-speech), and note annotation. The Blio reader also supports audio, video and interactive media when embedded eBooks.

Blio will also be accompanied by the Blio Bookstore allowing you to add titles to your own virtual personal library that is accessible regardless of where you are or what device you’re on. The Blio Bookstore boasts over 1.2 million titles which they claim is more than any other eBookstore.

Blio reminds me a great deal of Zinio‘s excellent software reader for their electronic magazines.

Our Take
I think they’re onto something here, as well as multi-screen eReader manufacturers like Spring Design (Alex) and enTourage (eDGe), because want fewer devices, not more. Of course, peoples’ needs differ, so in my case when I travel I’m never without my laptop, so I would much rather my laptop be able to read eBooks. Blio fits the bill here.

On the other hand, my laptop is still a tad bit heavy and warm to hold open in bed, but I’m always wanting to surf the Web, but doing so in grayscale isn’t as satisfying which is why I feel those dual-screen readers are appealing and have potential. In the end, it does boil down to your own personal preferences, and you may still elect to walk around with both a laptop/netbook and a thin eReader.

CES 2010: Spring Design’s Alex – Dual-Screen E-Reader

spring design's alex ereaderSpring Design jumps into the e-book market with its Alex which is another dual-screen reader. It is yet another product running on Google’s Android OS, and features mobile browsing via WiFi and via 3G, EVDO/CDMA and GSM.

The top screen is a 6″ monochrome e-paper (e-Ink) screen while the smaller lower screen is a 3.5″ color LCD. Also included is an SD card slot, earphones and speakers.

One notable and useful feature is the ability to conserve battery life by displaying content on the EPD screen that was originally captured while surfing on the LCD screen with a simple toggle.

Update: Alex now has a release date of Feb 22, 2010 and a price of $399. [press release]

Some Book Publishers to Delay Release Dates of E-Books

Two book publishers have decided to delay the release of e-book versions of new releases coming out next year. Simon & Schuster will delay the e-book release of 35 titles by 4 months.

This is akin to the delay before the paperback version is published. This is obviously a backlash to the growing popularity of e-books, most likely in large part due to the lower price points they command. It probably won’t last long if other publishers have any success selling as many (or more) total # of books without delaying the electronic version.

via The Wall Street Journal

Kindle now with International wireless

The 6″ Amazon Kindle e-reader is now available (today) for use overseas with free wireless where available. Note that this is not the larger Kindle DX, but the same 6″ US reader with International support in over 100 countries. The Kindle store features over 350,000 titles plus magazines, blogs and worldwide newspapers.

The international version costs only $20 more than the US version, so this is the better device for US folks that travel a lot. Click the link to see the countries supported.

Here’s a quick recap of the main features: 6″ diagonal E-Ink screen, stores approx 1500 books (2GB), weighs 10.2oz, USB 2.0, battery lasts up to 4 days with wireless on.

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More info from the manufacturer
Price: $279.99
(Please note prices are subject to change and the listed price is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of posting)

Sony eBook Store gets a 500k title boost from Google

Sony announced today that they have, with Google’s contribution, added over half a million (500,000) free public domain books to their library for their eReaders. This collection consist of books whose copyright has expired, so most of these titles will have been published prior to 1932.

This brings the total number of titles in the Sony eBook Store to over 600,000 easily surpassing the 250,000 titles that the Kindle Store has.

While many see this as Google teaming up with Sony to compete with Amazon in the eReader field, I think Google probably saw this as an easy decision, choosing to go with the vendor that supported the e-book standard, EPUB. Kindle does not natively support EPUB, although it has a conversion tool that ships with the reader.

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