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[News] In E-Reader Arena, It's Just Linux vs Linux vs Linux

  • Subject: [News] In E-Reader Arena, It's Just Linux vs Linux vs Linux
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 01 Nov 2009 13:07:29 +0000
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Lessons for Nook from Zune

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| 1. The Kindle isn't a monopoly
| The Kindle, on which I was unduly harsh when 
| it first appeared, has been the most popular 
| e-reader. But it does not yet have the 
| massive market presence that the iPod did by 
| the time the first Zunes came out. (Amazon 
| has not released sales numbers, but 
| TechCrunch estimates it somewhere north of a 
| million.) This matters because lending and 
| borrowing are only attractive if you believe 
| there will be other people near by you whose 
| taste you trust to borrow from.
| The tide was clearly against the Zune by the 
| time it came out, which did not give 
| consumers confidence that there would be 
| other Zune users to get music from. In that 
| case, it was just safer to stick with the 
| leader, the iPod.



OpenInkpot: free software for e-book readers

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| OpenInkpot (or OI) intends to be a full alternative,
| free software stack for e-ink based readers. It comes
| with a "bookshelf" menu to handle your collection of
| e-books and brings the popular FBReader and Cool
| Reader to display most e-book formats, among them
| epub, fb2, txt, html, rtf, pdb, plucker and
| mobipocket. PDF files are handled by OI's own locoPDF
| and madeye is a simple viewer for images. A sound
| player application for audio books will join the OI
| software collection soon.


Libraries and Readers Wade Into Digital Lending

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| Eager to attract digitally savvy patrons and
| capitalize on the growing popularity of electronic
| readers, public libraries across the country are
| expanding collections of books that reside on servers
| rather than shelves.


Android May Power New Barnes & Noble E-Reader

,----[ Quote ]
| Reports indicate that another new e-
| reader is on the way, this time from
| Barnes & Noble.  The interesting thing -
| or at least the interesting thing that
| makes this development connect to the
| search industry - is that Barnes &
| Noble's e-reader will supposedly use
| Android as its operating system.


3G wireless eReader from Irex aims to tackle Amazon's Kindle

,----[ Quote ]
| Although the handheld reader will connect to Windows
| PCs through the USB port, its underlying platform will
| be built on Linux for "open development," he said.


eReader on Android Soon, Planned for Palm Pre Later

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| Google Android handset owners can expect eReader availability in âmid- to
| late summer,â according to TeleRead. They spoke to Scott Pendergrast of
| Fictionwise, which is owned by Barnes & Noble.

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