Friday, January 28, 2011 5:23PM - By Chris Weiss
Amazon has sold more e-books than paperback books for short periods in the past, but today it reports that e-books outsold paperbacks during an extended period this holiday season. Amazon didn’t expect the milestone to happen until spring, but thanks to increased e-book shopping over the holidays, it got there early.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 6:45PM - By Chris Weiss
Right on cue, Barnes & Noble launched a 7-inch color Nook, an e-reader that it’s positioning as a light tablet. The new Nook doesn’t offer any new screen technology in terms of color e-reading, so you’re stuck with the less-than-optimal LCD screen. But you will get access to advanced features like social media applications, music streaming and email. The Nook Color is based on Android and will be available as a Wi-Fi only model beginning November 19. Price is $249.
Thursday, October 21, 2010 4:03PM - By Chris Weiss
After the iPad dropped, Amazon went against speculation and focused on its core, making the Kindle smaller, lighter and less expensive. Barnes & Noble is set to take a step in the opposite direction if a CNET source is to be believed. According to the insider, Barnes & Noble plans to launch a new color touchscreen version of its Nook e-reader next Tuesday. If you’ll recall, the current version of the Nook has an e-ink screen for reading and a color touch LCD for browsing reading materials. The new model will be Android-based, so it may even support apps, though it won’t be positioned as a tablet.
Thursday, September 9, 2010 3:39PM - By Chris Weiss
You know what’s so boring that it makes me want to gnaw my own testicles? The line-for-line breakdown of Apple’s new App development guidelines. Brutal. So instead of torturing myself (and possibly you readers), I’ll leave that news to bigger blogs today and focus on something that’s instantly engaging: Amazon Kindle availability.
Okay, it’s really not more engaging at all, but it’s much shorter and simpler than Apple’s announcement and it lends way to a nice concise post.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010 4:13PM - By Chris Weiss
Last spring, Borders made a small splash at the shallow end of the e-reader pool when it introduced some cheap, barebones options–the $150 Kobo and the $120 Libre. They were two of the first big moves in the drastic price lowering of the e-reader market, and at the time were priced more than $100 lower than leading e-readers like the Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook.
Unfortunately for Borders, Amazon and B&N followed just weeks later with price drops of their own, and when you can get a smaller, redesigned Kindle or a Nook for $139 and $149 respectively, the Kobo and Libre aren’t looking so attractive.
Thursday, July 29, 2010 2:11PM - By Chris Weiss
Amazon debuted a new pair of Kindles today, and instead of taking shot directly at the iPad, it chose to focus on improving its market-leading design–at least for now.
The new Kindle moves into one-handed territory, shrinking down by nearly a quarter while maintaining the same six-inch reading area. Amazon dropped the weight down to just 8.7 ounces. The new Kindles keep the same e-ink display that true readers tend to prefer over LCDs, and Amazon claims that the new generation offers 50 percent better contrast than Kindles of old.
Thursday, July 1, 2010 3:41PM - By Chris Weiss
E-reader prices have recently been going down faster than Paris Hilton after a couple of adult beverages, and for a limited time, you can enjoy the biggest price break yet. Woot has the Amazon Kindle for a bargain-basement price of $150. If you’ll recall, Amazon recently dropped the official price of the Kindle down to $189, so without trying too hard you’ll save about 40 bucks. $35 once you get past Woot’s standard $5 shipping costs.
Woot’s price puts the Kindle at the same price as Barnes & Noble’s cheap, Wi-Fi-only model. In other words, you’ll get the Kindle’s 3G coverage for the same price.
Monday, June 21, 2010 2:54PM - By Chris Weiss
Well, that was fast, wasn’t it? Earlier today, B&N dropped the price of the standard Nook down to $199, and the very same day, Amazon has done them one better: the Kindle is now $189, down from $259. So it looks like the e-reader market is officially a little more wallet-friendly. No news of a Wi-Fi-only Amazon Kindle to compete with the $149 model that B&N introduced today, but Amazon has done a nice job of offering a 3G-equipped model that much cheaper than the Nook.
I feel bad for anyone that dropped $259 on a new Nook or Kindle within the past month or so. E-reader price wars have really heated up and promise to spark some new interest in the devices. [via CrunchGear]
Monday, June 21, 2010 1:09PM - By Chris Weiss
Isn’t competition great? Not two months ago, we saw the first of several cheap, simple e-readers that Borders will start stocking, and now Barnes & Noble is dropping prices and introducing cheaper models of its own. The standard Nook that has been on the market since last fall will drop in price from $259 to $199. If that’s not cheap enough for ya, B&N also introduced a new Wi-Fi-only model that will come in at $149. The original Nook includes both Wi-Fi and 3G.