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BlackBerry’s PlayBook Tablet To Cost Under $500

Apple beware! Business Week is reporting that the PlayBook tablet computer that is coming from Research In Motion Ltd., the maker of BlackBerry, will sell for less than $500.

With the iPad starting at $499 and going up to $829, a lower priced tablet will attract buyers. The Dell Streak runs for $549.99 and the Samsung Tablet is $399 from T-Mobile.

As more models enter the marketplace, pricing should become more competitive. Business Week has more: “’There’s going to be a lot of tablets on the market so I think pricing is going to start coming down,’ said Matt Thornton, an analyst at Avian Securities LLC in Boston. Pricing the PlayBook below $500 makes sense, particularly given the initial version will only have Wi-Fi connectivity, said Thornton, who has a ‘neutral’ rating on RIM.”

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Week In Review: Kobo, Amazon, The Book Futurists

Happy weekend! Here is a roundup of this week’s eBook news:

BlackBerry-maker RIM announced its new PlayBook tablet.

A social reading Kobo app will come installed on the PlayBook.

We launched a new video series called The Book Futurists, beginning with an interview with Andrew Malkin of Zinio.

Kobo announced a $139 eReader.

Amazon launched Kindle for the Web.

Scholastic finds that kids have a growing interest in eBooks.

Ray Kurzweil’s eBook software Blio launched with glitches.

Google released an SEO Guide eBook.

Amazon released a plugin to make Kindle books in InDesign.

Lit agent Sharlene Martin released a book exclusively through Amazon’s CreateSpace.

Kobo App Will Come On BlackBerry PlayBook

Kobo’s social reading application designed for the new BlackBerry PlayBook tablet will come preloaded on the device. This is the second tablet that the Kobo eReader will come preloaded on, as Kobo is the default eReading app on the Samsung GALAXY Tab as well.

Kobo’s application is designed to make digital reading a social experience. Kobo CEO Michael Serbinis explains the social functions in a blog post: “The app will let readers Shop with a friend, read with a group, exchange passages, and discuss the book in real-time. I’m really excited about this.”

Amazon also has announced their Kindle app for the tablet, and likely Barnes & Noble and Borders will follow before the tablet comes out next year.

WattPad Announces App For PlayBook

Yesterday BlackBerry unveiled its plans for a new tablet computer called the PlayBook and since then it seems that all of the eReader app companies are getting into the action.

Kobo released a social eReading app for the new tablet, which is expected out in early 2011. Amazon announced their Kindle app for the tablet. And now eBook community site WattPad has their app ready to go.

The WattPad app for the iPad and the iPhone is often in the Top 10 free apps in the book category of the App Store. As of 2:35 PM ET today, the app is No. 7.

We’ll expect to see other tops reading apps like Barnes & Noble’s Nook app, Borders’s eReader app and Lexcycle’sStanza on there too.

Amazon To Release App For New BlackBerry Tablet

BlackBerry has come out with its new PlayBook tablet and Amazon already has an app ready for it.

Today, book retailer said that it will launch a Kindle app for the new BlackBerry PlayBook tablet computer. Like all Kindle apps, the app for the BlackBerry PlayBook will let customers access their account across platforms and read on multiple devices.

The big question that remains is will Apple release an iBookstore app on the PlayBook, since the new tablet will be a direct competitor to the iPad.

BlackBerry’s PlayBook Tablet Coming 2011

Research In Motion, the maker of BlackBerry, announced their highly anticipated tablet computer today.

The new PlayBook (which was rumored to be called the BlackPad) runs on OS and, will directly compete with Apple’s iPad. The tablet includes a 7″ LCD touchscreen with 1024 x 600 resolution, 1 GHz dual-core processor and 1 GB RAM. It has two HD cameras inside and captures video at 1080p, the standard for high def. It also supports audio and video playback, so get your enhanced eBooks ready.

Amazon and Kobo already have eReader apps ready to go on it. It won’t quite be here for Christmas. According to a press release, the “PlayBook is expected to be available in retail outlets and other channels in the United States in early 2011 with rollouts in other international markets beginning in (calendar) Q2.”

The company has yet to say how much it will cost.