Yesterday, after the [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story255860.html"]iPad announcement[/URL], many folks Tweeted that it's the end of the line for the Amazon Kindle as if it were a fait accomplis. I'm not convinced that's true, but it does raise questions about the utility of the single-purpose device, and whether you want your eBook Reader to serve up more than just books. [B]Kindle Experience Looks Blah Now[/B] Both the Kindle and the Nook from Barnes & Noble suddenly look a little pedestrian now next to the iPad. Apple has a funny way of making other devices look second rate. It's one the company's core strengths. …

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Textbooks are among the top expenses for college students. Today Barnes and Noble launched its app to eliminate at least some of the production costs for textbooks. The company released NOOKstudy, a Web-based e-Textbook application that can bring students a 50 percent savings, according to an announcement today. [ATTACH]16370[/ATTACH]“We’re thrilled to roll out our revolutionary NOOKstudy application to provide higher education students with unprecedented freedom to access their eTextbooks and other resources on their PC or Mac anytime and anywhere to make it easy to study smarter," said Tracey Weber, executive vice president of textbooks and digital education. The computing …

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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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Amazon didn't waste a lot of time answering the challenge of the iPad. The [URL="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/04/technology/04amazon.html"]New York Times is reporting[/URL] this morning that Amazon has acquired Touchco, a touch screen company, and plans to incorporate its engineers into the Kindle division. It doesn't take a PhD in analysis to figure out that Amazon is threatened by the upcoming release of the iPad and other eBook reader competitors, which already have touch screen versions of their devices. What surprises me, is how quickly Amazon responded to the challenge. [B]Amazon Had Early Success [/B] Amazon benefited from being a big book seller and …

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The other day I walked into [URL="http://www.barnesandnoble.com/index.asp"]Barnes & Noble[/URL] in Boston, and there was the [URL="http://www.barnesandnoble.com/nook/index.asp?cds2Pid=30195"]Nook[/URL] sales desk front and center. Being a gadget geek, it screamed for me to come over and check it out, and I did not resist the siren's call. I picked up one of the two display units off of the counter and began asking questions. Although I only had a few minutes with it, my conclusion: it's a very nice device, but definitely geared toward the casual reader, more than a student or researcher, as you would expect from a Reader developed by a …

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The End.