A week may be a long time in politics, but 18 months is an absolute aeon as far as computing is concerned. Back in October 2010 here at DaniWeb I was posing the question of whether the newest [Amazon Kindle could be an iPad killer](http://www.daniweb.com/hardware-and-software/tablets-and-mobile-devices/reviews/315078/amazon-kindle-3-better-than-the-ipad) and came to the almost inevitable conclusion that as far as reading books was concerned, then yes it was. Soon that boot could be on the other foot with ongoing rumours that an iPad Mini will be on sale in time for the seasonal rush at year end, backed up by what are claimed to …

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The whispers have been [URL="http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2009/08/leaks-begin-to-pile-up-concerning-legendary-apple-tablet.ars"]getting louder[/URL] lately that Apple will be be announcing the long-rumored Tablet next month at its September keynote. We have all learned that these rumors are [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry3626.html"]often wrong[/URL] and Apple moves at its own pace, but the idea of an Apple Tablet with a 10 inch touch-screen--effectively an iPhone with a large screen--is so intriguing that it's hard for a blogger like to me to ignore. That's why I've come up with a list of five reasons you'll want to own this baby if in fact it ever comes to fruition. [B]1. Super eBook Reader[/B] As …

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In February, 2008 I wrote a blog post called [URL="http://byronmiller.typepad.com/byronmiller/2008/02/is-apple-workin.html"]Is Apple Working on an eBook Reader: Does It Matter?[/URL] Today, I would answer my own question with "Hell yes it maters." If Apple enters the eBook market, you know it would be expensive, but it would be a desirable device, and come on, you know you would want one. At the time I wrote the original piece, you would have to excuse me if I was a bit cynical. I had been hearing we were one device away from mainstreaming eBooks for years. I had seen the [URL="http://www.sonystyle.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10551&storeId=10151&langId=-1&productId=8198552921665562069"]Sony Reader [/URL]hit …

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A lot of rumors began circulating about the possibility of a new Kindle on the horizon after the popular Kindle DX seemed to suddenly be sold out on Amazon's web site some time ago leading to the speculation that Amazon had a new version in the works. Wednesday those suspicions were confirmed as [URL="http://www.amazon.com/Wireless-Reading-Display-Graphite-Globally/dp/B002FQJT3Q/ref=sr_tr_1?ie=UTF8&s=aps&qid=1280376470&sr=8-1"]Amazon.com officially unveiled the all new Kindle[/URL] which has Amazon executives seeing a positive future for the Kindle brand. [ATTACH=right]16228[/ATTACH][URL="http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2010/07/thinner-lighter-kindle-comes-with-wi-fi-starts-at-us139/"]Reviews[/URL] have been mixed on the Kindle in the past due to slow page turning and a slow, clumsy browsing experience so one of the things that will …

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On the face of it, you would think eBook Readers would be perfect for an academic setting, but according to a [URL="http://www.engadget.com/2009/09/28/kindle-dx-called-poor-excuse-of-an-academic-tool-in-princeton/"]post on Engadget[/URL] this week, Princeton students participating in a pilot program were unhappy with the Kindle DX's feature set, particularly ones essential to students such as annotation and highlighting. Given that eBook Readers at some point will be relegated to niche devices (if they aren't already), you have to think that the academic setting would be *the* perfect niche, and that means that one of the eBook manufacturers is going to have to step up and develop a …

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Last week Amazon [URL="http://mashable.com/2009/07/17/amazon-kindle-1984/"]did something despicable[/URL]. They violated the privacy of every Kindle user when without warning they remotely deleted copies of George Orwell’s 1984 and Animal Farm from Kindle Readers. It seems that Amazon had determined these books had been purchased "illegally." (The irony of choosing these particular books goes without saying.) This set off a firestorm of protest and criticism aimed directly at Amazon and raised some very serious questions about electronic books (and electronic content) in general. If it could be deleted or even altered, what could that do to the integrity of the written word? My …

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Wow! That's a lot of e-book reader hardware units. I mean, everyone knew these things were popular after selling out so quickly straight off the bat. But 240,000 units? Who would have thought there would be such a huge demand for this kind of technology. Especially since every e-book reader I have tried, including those which incorporate the admittedly really quite gob-smackingly good e-ink display technology, has been let down by one crucial factor: content. Sure, it is great to have a few hundred books in one paperback-sized device. But only if they are a few hundred books that you …

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