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Archives: August 2011

Hanvon E920 Now Available in China

Hanvon officially unveiled its newest ebook reader earlier this week. While there is no sign of its appearance in the US or Europe, it did just hit the market in China.

Hanvon first showed off this eBook reader at CES 2011, and it unfortunately was overshadowed by all the many tablets as well as the color E-ink model that Hanvon had on display.

The E920 is based on E-ink’s latest 9.7″ grayscale screen, and it has Wifi, a microSD card slot, and aHanvon’s new dual layer touchscreen  tech. The screen resolution is the same as on the Kindle DX (1600 × 1200), and that give it a 200dpi display.

The touchscreen is the most interesting detail here. It has the capacitive touchscreen that you might expect on a tablet, but it also has a Wacom type of touchscreen.  The second screen tech requires a stylus, and that means that while using the stylus you can rest your hand on the screen and not smudge up the document you are editing.

Hanvon plans to market this to industrial and commercial customers. Retail is 2880 yuan, which is around .$451 USD.


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It’s Official – New Sony Reader Released

Sony has just confirmed that the new Sony Reader, which had leaked over the weekend, is indeed coming soon.

The PRS-T1 is based on the latest generation Pearl E-ink screen, and it has wifi, a microSD card slot, and 2GB Flash storage. It supports all the same great annotation features as earlier Sony Readers and it adds support for over the air downloads from public libraries in the USA and Canada.

The retail for the US will be $149, and it is due out in October 2011. The retail for Europe looks to be 165 euros.

Also, when the T1 ships in October it will come bundled with a coupon for a free copy of the first Harry Potter eBook. This isn’t quite the exclusive content that some had expected, but this detail had already been leaked some time back.

Sony Tablet On Presale

Sony has launched two tablets — the Android-powered Sony Tablet S and Android-powered Sony Tablet P. They are the first tablets from the electronics company.

The Sony Tablet S is available for presale for $499. The 9.4-inch touchscreen tablet is Wi-Fi enabled and optimized for rich media entertainment. It runs a NVIDIA Tegra 2 mobile processor, and weighs just under 1.5 pounds.

The Sony Tablet P is a smaller device with two 5.5-inch screens that fold in half. It weighs under a pound and also features a NVIDIA Tegra 2 mobile processor. It runs Wi-Fi and is 4G capable exclusively through AT&T. This one is not available yet, but will be later this year.

Both models will come loaded with Android 3.1 and 3.2. Both models feature front and rear facing cameras for video recording and taking photos. The devices also support micro USB interface and SD card.


Wacom has an Inkling That You Don’t want to Give up Your Pen

Wacom unveiled its latest tablet this week and this one is mightier than the sword.

The Inkling is a digital/ink pen hybrid. Like the Apen I showed you yesterday, Inkling is designed to capture what you write while you write it. It can track both the position of your pen and it uses Wacom’s patented tech to measure how hard you press down with it. The latter should appeal to past Wacom customers; it will make it easier to switch between pen and Wacom tablet.

Virtually anyone who uses sketching to capture their creative ideas and wants to have their drawings in a digital format to e-mail, archive or further refine on their computer can benefit from Inkling. For example, artists, illustrators, or storyboarders who appreciate the convenience, speed and spontaneity of loosely sketching their ideas on paper could profit from the capabilities of Wacom’s Inkling digital sketch pen. In everyday use, a graphic designer could use Inkling to create rough concepts on paper for a new advertising campaign and then review and share these concepts on the computer with colleagues during a brainstorming meeting later that day.

Top 20 Free Book Apps of the Week

iBooks was the most popular free app in the Apple App Store this week, according to research from AppData, Inside Network’s data service that tracks app and developer leaderboards.

Explore these 20 free apps and find out what kind of literary apps succeed in this crowded marketplace. To prepare for Mediabistro’s upcoming Publishing App Expo on December 7-8, we spotlight the top grossing book apps, the top paid Android books apps and the most popular free apps every week.

Below, we’ve listed the top free iOS apps of the week–linking to App Data’s research about each individual app, including historical charts, developer information and download details. Read more

‘Shadow Falls: Badlands’ Is Free eBook Today

Shadow Falls: Badlands by Mark Yoshimoto Nemcoff is today’s free eBook of the Day.

The novel is about a killer who gets a surprise on the day of his scheduled execution. Here is more from the book’s description: “After a condemned killer wakes on the day of his hanging to find his jail cell door open and everyone in town dead, he soon realizes he is being pursued by evil spirits.”

Smashwords has the free download.

For more free eBooks, check out our Free eBook of the Day archive.

P.C. Richard to Carry the Nook

Barnes & Noble announced Wednesday that the NYC based electronics chain P.C. Richard & Son will soon carry the Nook Touch, NookColor, and accessories.

Customers will find the Nook in all 65 P.C. Richards locations, including the 5 boroughs of New York City, Long Island, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. Both the Nook Touch and the NookColor are available now on the P.C. Richards website, where you can find them listed for free shipping.

“We are excited with the opportunity of expanding our offering of eReaders and Tablets, by now offering NOOK eReading devices in all of our 65 stores,” said PC Richard & Son President, Gregg Richard.  ”In addition, our offering will include a full line of NOOK accessories and all NOOK products will also be available at We are now celebrating our 102nd year and continue to build on our foundation of providing our customers superior service; Before, During and After the Sale!”

The Nook eReaders sold at this chain will of course be tied to the B&N Nook Store, where readers will find a selection of millions of eBooks, apps, and other content for their eBook reader.

HP To Build More TouchPads

The TouchPad isn’t going away just yet. The HP tablet that didn’t do very well when it came out in April, got pulled, then became an overnight sensation during closeout sales, is back. The device, which is currently selling for $99, will have a second run.

On HP’s TheNextBench blog today, Mark_Budgell wrote: “Despite announcing an end to manufacturing webOS hardware, we have decided to produce one last run of TouchPads to meet unfulfilled demand. We don’t know exactly when these units will be available or how many we’ll get, and we can’t promise we’ll have enough for everyone. We do know that it will be at least a few weeks before you can purchase.”

The blog goes on to say that the devices will ship again in a few weeks. It seems that $99 is the right price for this tablet, at least enough to spark another production run.

60% of All German eBook Downloads are Pirated

It’s estimated that 23 million eBooks were downloaded in the past year in Germany, and over half of these eBooks were pirated.

That is the conclusion reached in a report released yesterday by the GVU, a German trade group that investigates copyright infringement. Luckily for us, this estimate of German piracy is very likely not true.

It’s based on a survey of 10 thousand German consumers. The survey was conducted by GfK, a well-known market research company. There’s nothing wrong with the survey, but there are any number of problems with the report that is based on it.

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Penguin Launches Children’s Book App

Penguin Children’s Books has released a new children’s reading book app called Me Books for the iPhone and iPad.

The app brings to life classic children’s book titles in digital form. The app is available for £.69 and comes with the Ladybird Classics title The Zoo. Readers can buy additional stories in the app including: Cinderella, Gingerbread Man, Jack and The Beanstalk and The Three Billy Goats Gruff. All of the books are available through an in-app purchase of £1.99 each. (Penguin must be paying Apple their share on this, since Apple now requires a take on in-app content purchases).

Children’s book publishers have been pushing into the app arena ever since the iPad launched in April 2010. The most recent push is from Random House, who released The Poky Little Puppy app last week — the first in the Little Golden Books’ library to be released digitally.