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CES Dispatch: Video Peek at the Samsung eReader

mediabistro_ces10.GIFAt the Consumer Electronics Show this week, mediabistro.com’s editorial director Chris Ariens sent a video and an mini-editorial about the brand new Samsung Reader.

Here’s an excerpt (complete with a raised eyebrow about this GalleyCat editor’s choices), via eBookNewser: I know, I know. You’re getting your fill of eReaders, but mediabistro’s publishing editor Jason Boog wanted me to check out the Samsung Reader, which is expected to launch sometime in 2010. As you’ve probably read, it’s the one you can write on with a stylus. But honestly, I could write on my Palm Pilot in 1999.

“It’s heavier than others we’ve held up — including the Interead Cooler Reader — and a bit thicker too. But there’s that stylus…”

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Video Tours of eReaders at CES 2010

computercat.JPGGalleyCat readers around the world are leaning closer and closer to their computer screens today as more eReader news emerges from the Consumer Electronics Show (CES)–including GalleyCat reader Clea Simon‘s literary pet, Musetta.

This week mediabistro.com’s editorial director Chris Ariens has prowled the floor of CES, sending in video dispatches. Follow these links for more…

First of all, test drive the COOL-ER eReader, one of the most affordable devices on the market.

mediabistro_ces2010.GIFIn this video, open the two-sided eReader from Entourage.

Then, explore the Plastic Logic Que on the floor of CES.

Finally, the Morning Media Menu interviewed Time.com’s Techland blogger today, getting more intelligence from CES. Click here to listen.

Behold, the Plastic Logic Que

As you can see by that video, mediabistro’s Editorial Director Chris Ariens is cruising around the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this week, sending back exclusive footage of the eBook readers that many (but not all!) publishing types buzzing.

Here’s more from eBookNewser: “We had a chance to talk with Brent Boyer, the VP of Supply Chain at Plastic Logic today at CES 2010. Plastic Logic officially took the wraps off The Que, an eReader that will hit store shelves in April. The one we saw retails for $649 for a 4 gig device. There is also an 8 gig that will retail for $799.”

eReaders Rule the Consumer Electronics Show (CES)

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As the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) unfolds in Las Vegas, our digitally obsessed sibling eBookNewser will be covering all the new eBook readers coming out of the popular conference.

Check out the shiny new HP Slate that debuted during a CES keynote.

Ponder the implications of Samsung’s eReader that allows you to write on your eBooks.

After a week of speculation, Blio arrives on the scene–an eBook platform from futurist Ray Kurtzweil.

Finally, enTourage eDGe released a two-sided eBook reader (pictured).

Stay tuned to eBookNewser for the next two days–TVNewser managing editor Chris Ariens will be reporting live from the conference.

Two-Screen eReader Unveiled at CES

It’s been a long time since GalleyCat trotted out the phrase “Kindle Killer,” but on the opening of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) today, the word has popped up again.

Check out that video of the newly unveiled enTourage eDGe, a two-screen eReader with more functions than you can shake a stick at. Between the rumored Apple Tablet and this machine, 2010 will be remembered as the year eReaders got more complicated.

Here’s the pitch: “The enTourage eDGe is the world’s first dualbook, combining the functions of an e-reader, netbook, notepad, and audio/video recorder and player in one. It’s a comprehensive device that lets you read e-books, surf the Internet, take digital notes, send emails and instant messages, watch movies and listen to music anywhere, at any time…Get books wirelessly, move files onto your enTourage eDGe using an SD card or a USB flash drive. Use the mini-USB port to move files back and forth from a Windows, MAC, or Linux-based PC. And with a netbook built in, you can forget the limitations of other e-readers, the enTourage eDGe does it all!”

Stay tuned all week for more CES coverage from TVNewser Managing Editor Chris Ariens–he’ll be reporting live from the conference.

Well, I See By the Clock on the Wall…

Routine is a funny thing, especially on a professional level. It forces you to get up early every morning, perform a specific set of work-related tricks until the day is done, and then it’s time to get up early the next day and repeat the same process. For two years, routine has been my fall-back as I scoured for the best, relevant and occasionally bizarre bits of publishing-related news and commentary to share with GalleyCat readers.

After today, that routine will no longer exist. This is my last day here, after which Ron will take the site over as a solo act for the foreseeable future. Instead I’m creating a new routine, or perhaps an anti-routine: one with more freelance opportunities and larger projects to work on. One where I can spend more time on neglected matters: fiction-writing, my own crime fiction-centric site, or making some use of that forensic science degree after all. One with equal parts possibility and uncertainty. As to why now, the Jewish New Year – which begins tonight – probably has a lot to do with it. New Year, new beginnings, that sort of thing.

In other words: after two years, thousands of posts, scores of parties and readership that’s more than quadrupled since Ron and I took over GalleyCat in October 2005, it’s time to see what’s out there beyond the publishing industry’s idiosyncratic, mercurial and fascinating borders. I’m thrilled and scared, but risk has that effect on a person. And sad, too, because I’m going to miss so much here. When I first started, I had an amateur’s fascination with publishing. Now there’s more, but also so much I’ve still yet to learn. So most of all, thank you for being here as I tried to understand the way things work, from mergers & acquisitions (HM/Harcourt, Wottakar’s and Hachette/Time Warner Books, here’s looking at you) and bankruptcies (AMS/PGW) to more scandal-ridden fare (really, if not for James Frey, J.T. Leroy, Kaavya Viswanathan, and especially OJ and Judith Regan, there would be no GalleyCat in its current format.)

Thanks also to Elizabeth Spiers for the initial chance; Aileen Gallagher, Dorian Benkoil and Dylan Stableford for editorial support in the early innings and Rebecca Fox, Noah Davis and Chris Ariens for the same, late-in-the-game; Laurel Touby for continuing to push for breaking news and original content; my fellow bloggers-in-arms, departed and still current; and Ron, for being Adolph Green to my Betty Comden (even if I’m breaking up the act a lot sooner than they did.)

And while we’re on the team theme, had I been more tech-savvy there would have been a YouTube clip of my favorite childhood comedy duo delivering the goodbye song I reference in the subject header to open this post. But I’m not, so instead I’ll quote from the last lines:

Adieu, mon vieux, a la prochaine, goodbye till when we meet again!

Some sunny day, I suspect.