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iPad And Kindle Make BoingBoing’s 2010 Gift Guide

Tech blog BoingBoing posted their Gift Guide 2010 this week and it includes eReaders and tablets.

The Kindle, the iPad and the Samsung Tab all made the list, which also includes a number of gadgets and playful geek toys. The Kindle was selected for its, “Reading on the go. Cool hacks.” The iPad, because it is “Magical.” And the Samsung Tab, for those who prefer Android based systems to Apple.

If an eReader is on your shopping list, don’t just stop at the Kindle. Check out our Holiday Gift Guide to eReaders to see a wide selection of what is on the market.

NEXT Is New Puzzle Game For Kindle

Game developer Mobigloo has launched a new puzzle matching game for Kindle called NEXT.

Kindle’s game collection has been growing slowly since Amazon invited developers to create games for the Kindle earlier this year.

The NEXT game is a puzzle game on a board filled with tiles. The game’s description explains how it works: “The objective of the game is to clear all the pieces off the game board. Game pieces disappear when they are matched with, and touch, other game pieces with the same symbol. Your job is to move the game pieces around the game board to make this happen. Clearing the board allows you to move the next level.”

The game is available in the Kindle store for $2.99.

Amazon Introduces Kindle Book Giving

Just in time for the holidays, Amazon has launched the ability to digitally give Kindle Books as gifts to anyone with an e-mail address.

Kobo announced a similar service yesterday, which begins in early December. To give a Kindle Book as a gift, customers can choose a book in the Kindle Store and select “Give as a Gift” and then send it to their friend via e-mail.

The e-mails are delivered instantly and the recipient can redeem the gift in the Kindle Store. Unlike Amazon’s service, the Kobo gift giving option lets givers schedule their gift delivery to create surprises.

The Kindle Books can be read on Kindle devices, as well as through any of Kindle’s reading apps. For more information, follow this link.

DODOcase Brings Book Binding To The Kindle

Shopping for an eReader for a holiday gift? Don’t forget to pick up a case too. DODOcase has a new line of cases for the new generation of Kindles that are reminiscent of print books.

The cases are pretty cool. They are handmade by artisans in San Francisco that use a book binding process to create each one. The DODOcase for the Kindle is available in the original red lining for $49.95 or $54.95 for all other color linings including sky blue, dark blue, charcoal, pink and green. DODOcase also has iPad covers ranging from $59.95- $64.95.

Craig Dalton, co founder and President of DODOcase had this statement: “With a focus on preserving traditional bookbinding, we’ve come full circle with the DODOcase for the Kindle. It’s important to us that we support a device that is so synonymous with books and backed by so many reading enthusiasts, and now with the DODOcase the Kindle can be the ‘book’ it is, inside and out!”

Vook Comes To Kindle

Interactive digital publisher Vook is now available through the Kindle store. The publisher, who just celebrated its one-year anniversary released Anne Rice’s The Master of Rampling Gate through the Kindle app last week.

The publisher has many titles available through Apple’s App Store, but this is the publisher’s first title available through Kindle.

The Vook blog has more: “Each new distribution channel enables us to share more great stories with more people – and we are continually working to expand on to new platforms so that soon everyone will be able to share in this exciting (r)evolution of the written word.”

Via Teleread.

Triple Town Game Launches On Kindle

Kindle has a new puzzle game called Triple Town. The game was created especially for the Kindle by independent game developer Spry Fox. It is now available in the Kindle store.

In Triple Town, players try to match game pieces in order to build a city. To play strategically, players must plan a few moves ahead and win the race against time.

The game is available for $2.99 and can be purchased on a Kindle device or on Amazon’s website.

David Edery, co-founder, Spry Fox had this statement: “We built Triple Town from the ground up for the Kindle device. We think Kindle customers will enjoy this original and unusually deep puzzle game, which can be played for minutes or hours at a time.”

iPads Are Helping Kindle eBook Sales

The growth of the iPad is helping Kindle eBooks sales, according to new research from Cowen and Co.

The LA Times reports: “Turns out the iPad has actually helped Amazon. Not only are sales of the Kindle device expected to grow 140% this year to nearly 5 million units from 2009, but digital book sales via the Kindle store are on track to grow 195% to $701 million in 2010, according to Cowen and Co., which released a report Monday on the digital book market.”

Interestingly, according to the report, one in five people who buy eBooks from the Kindle store do not own a Kindle. The report also found that among readers who read more than 25 books a year, 44% prefer using Kindle on the iPad, while 47% prefer iBooks.

Apple’s iPad Is Coming To Walmart

Apple is gearing up to push iPads this holiday season by stocking up on the popular devices in big box retail stores. The iPad is going to go on sale at Walmart this season, and according to reports, it could be any day now.

Wired reports: “Leaked emails and photos from eagle-eyed customers reveal that Apple’s overachieving tablet is just about to colonize shelf space nationwide. The intercepted email shows inventory information and reveals that Walmart will stock all six iPad models at standard prices, along with Apple’s Bluetooth keyboard, the Camera Connection Kit, iPad charger, dock and case.”

Amazon is also taking this retail strategy. They already sell Kindles in Target and will begin selling Kindles in Staples and BestBuy this fall.

Are Kindle Covers Weighing Them Down?

With the light and airy design of the new Kindle and other eReaders entering the market, there is no reason that an eReader should be weighing you down. But adding a case to your Kindle can change all of this.

Today in a Kindle forum on Amazon, one Kindle user expressed discontent with covers.  TravelCat posted: “I really love my new Kindle and have a envelope style case for it. Has anyone noticed how heavy the Kindle becomes with some of the lovely leather cases (with or without lights)? The Kindle’s weight is just about perfect. . . . don’t want to add 14 ounces to it when I’m reading. Has anyone seen a lightweight Kindle cover? I’m starting to think that it’s just too early after the release for most places to have the covers. Maybe I need to wait closer to Christmas?”

It’s true many of the covers listed on Amazon weigh in at almost a pound, adding extra weight to the device. Have you found a light-weight cover that protects your eReader well?

Format eBooks For Kindle With Calibre : Top Stories Of Summer

Want to read ePUB files on your Kindle? Just use Calibre. The free open-source eBook library management software lets you format eBooks from soures like Google Books and Project Gutenberg to be read on your Kindle.

All you’ve got to do is download Calibre, drag and drop your EPub eBook into the Calibre library, highlight the eBook you want to convert, set the output dropdown on the right to “MOBI,” then click “Convert eBook.” You can drag and drop the Mobi eBook into your Kindle’s documents folder and enjoy the read.

Welcome to our Top 15 Stories of Summer, a roundup of our most popular summer stories for readers who spent the summer on their yachts or at their beach houses, away from the publishing world.

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