Google eBookstore Online

Google eBookstore Google’s eBookstore has opened their virtual doors with the goal of capturing some market share away from other eBookstore’s including Amazon for the Kindle, Apple’s iBooks, Barnes & Noble’s Nook and Kobo from Borders with over 3 million titles from some 4,000 publishers.

Google provides a web reader but the iOS and Android apps have been released as well allowing synchronization of your bookmarks and library.

What I like about the Google library is that you can download the book as either an ePub or PDF format. ePub is the open source ebook format. With these formats you can view and print on just about any device not to mention “loaning” books to friends.

Latest version of Amazon’s 6″ Kindle starts at just $139 Kindle 6" has a new version of the 6″ Kindle coming out soon. The new Kindle DX was released just 3 weeks ago. The price is new too – even lower, $139 for the WiFi-only model and $189 for the 3G+Wi-Fi model. Wow. Wonder when the B&N nook will get a price cut?

This model has a new E-ink display like in the Kindle DX, is lighter (8.5oz), has 2x the memory (4GB), voice navigation (say “next page”), and 21% smaller.

This latest Kindle ships in less than a month on Aug 27th.

Amazon’s newest Kindle DX is more than $100 cheaper

2010 Kindle has a new version of the Kindle DX. It’s the bigger brother of the regular Kindle.  The most obvious difference is that the Kindle DX has a 9.7″ E-ink screen while the Kindle has a 6″ display.

So what’s new in the new DX? Here’s the rundown:

  • 50% better contrast
  • can be read in direct sunlight
  • now in charcoal graphite color
  • free 3G wireless, globally too
  • battery life is now rated at 1 week with wireless on
  • And the biggest change has to be that they dropped the price to $379 (from $489)

Wow, just realized that there are now over 600,000 books in the Kindle Store. Remember when it was still at 170k? Hmm… maybe B&N needs to make a nook DX?!

Ships today (July 7 2010).

Buy now!
Price: $379
(Please note prices are subject to change and the listed price is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of posting)

My 12 Favorite Apps for the iPad that Rock! – May 2010 Edition

iPad appsIn a couple of days I will have had my iPad for an entire month. In the past four weeks, my laptop and desktop machines have seen a considerable drop in use from me as the iPad has taken over several functions I had used them for.

The apps represented in my Top 12 Favorite iPad Apps are the ones that have helped the most with this transition plus a few other iPad apps that simply have caught my fancy.

I have a feeling this list will continue to change on a weekly basis with a few exceptions (the top 4 or 5 for example).

Let’s get started with the countdown with #12…

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.

Buy now!
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)

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