War is On! Kindle Cloud Reader to combat Apple iTunes

Apple vs AmazonOn July 26 of this year, following pressure from Apple that it would begin strenuously enforcing its 30 percent commission rate, Amazon and Barnes & Noble announced they were shutting down their in-app sales.  Customers were instead instructed to go to the Internet and buy directly from their respective websites. 

Amazon just released the new Kindle Cloud Reader for quick and easy reading right in your web browser.

There are already free Kindle apps out there, but Kindle Cloud Reader extends the popular digital book store and library to PCs and tablets that run browsers based on HTML 5. This includes Safari on iPad and desktops as well as the desktop version of Google Chrome.

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Amazon Tablet to debut in October

Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Currently not much is known about Amazon’s tablet. What is known is that it will feature a 9” – 10” touch-screen, a powerful application processor and will be based on Google Android operating system. It is expected to be released in two months.

According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, the device will be designed by one of the contract manufacturers of electronics, but its successor due in 2012 will be developed by Amazon itself.

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Review of the Google eReader, the iRiver Story HD

iRiverThe iRiver Story HD is the first e-reader to be integrated with Google’s eBookstore. Unlike the Amazon Kindle bookstore, Google’s offering is open to all publishers, retailers, and manufacturers. It can also be accessed from any device on any platform with an internet connection. You simply create a Google Account and log into it via the app or the web browser from your smartphone, tablet, or PC to access the ebooks you’ve purchased or to browse and download new ones. In this way, your Google ebooks are always synced across all your devices. However, no e-reader has yet to make accessing the Google eBookstore simple until now.

There is no… [READ THE FULL IN-DEPTH REVIEW]

Amazon Rumored to Develop a Tablet

Amazon is slated to enter the tablet market with its own Android-based tablet PC as soon as this fall or late summer, reported Digitimes.com. The article reports that Taiwan-based component makers have said the online retail giant is targeting global sales of 4 million units in 2011. 

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A New Way of Reading [USA Today feature]

Ipad as a reading device

The New Way

Brian Leung, novelist and professor of English at the University of Louisville, said that having your entire library with you wherever you go was pretty extraordinary. “It’s having all your books in your pocket, and having all your magazine subscriptions in your pocket.”

Although Leung has a strong preference for physical books, he has started to think about buying ebook versions of things he’s likely to only read once. He recently read Tina Fey’s memoir, “Bossypants,” and cited it as an example. “It’s something that I wouldn’t go back to,” Leung said.

Like Leung, some readers who would never give up physical books have started to opt for ebook versions of one-time reads. James Bickers, the morning host for WFPK, is one. “It’s largely a clutter thing,” Bickers said. “I don’t let a book into my house if I don’t think I’m going to read it more than once.”  [READ THE USA TODAY STORY]

Latest Edition of Flipboard with New Features

There’s a universe of beautiful, interesting content available via Flipboard, which just released a new edition, 1.5. Tap the ever-present red ribbon in the top right and the new Content Guide slides out, where you can search for any person, topic or blog you’re interested in, or simply browse recommended sections arranged by category. Tap Social to connect to Facebook, Twitter, Google Reader, Instagram, Flickr and now LinkedIn (more on that in a bit), and transform your feeds from those networks into a magazine. Find a source you like, and save it to your Favorites for quick access later.

NEW FEATURES
The No. 1 request heard from the Flipboard community was the ability to save more content. So now, whenever you’re flipping through a section that you love, you can… [read the FLIPBOARD BLOG]

E-Reader Adoption Crushing Tablets

E-reader ownership among U.S. adults has surged in the last six months, doubling from 6% to 12%, according to a survey released today by the Pew Research Center. That remarkable rate of adoption surpasses even tablets, which are owned by just 8% of adults 18 and older.

That’s great news for Amazon and Barnes & Noble, whose e-readers, the Kindle and Nook, are flying off shelves (e-shelves, rather). But it might also come as a surprise to consumers inundated with ads for the iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab, and Motorola Xoom that e-readers are outpacing tablets. [read the full story]