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Late Night iPad Reading Could Keep You Up at Night

The iPad could be causing restless nights for many who use it to read e-books before lights out. According to the Los Angeles Times, the light that's emitted from the iPad's screen inhibits the release of melatonin, a chemical that tells your body to wind down for the evening. This holds true for any device that emits unnatural light -- be it a TV or a cell phone. But Frisca Yan-Go, director of th...

Tracking the Life of an E-Book Puts Kindle Reading in the Cloud

The Kindle is rapidly changing how we read. However, as Paul Lamere points out on his blog, book publishers and even Amazon aren't taking a close enough look at how e-readers are changing the industry. Ironically, the data is right in front of their faces, too, thanks to the Kindle software's Whispersync feature. For the reader, Whispersync is an electronic bookmark. It keeps track of where ...

Design Concepts: Gadgets for the Visually Impaired

The Web is teeming with the unrealized ideas of both students and established designers who set out to produce astonishing renderings and prototypes for unusual products. Unfortunately, due to the lack of time, money, or technology, many of those products never progress from the planning stages to the mass market. But that doesn't mean we can't salivate over them, nevertheless. According to th...

Microsoft Courier Details Leaked, iPad Looks on in Envy

Share We briefly mentioned Microsoft's Courier tablet concept back in September, but more details about the would-be iPad-killer have finally leaked. While the design seem to have moved into a less "pie-in-the-sky" direction, the demo videos and mock-ups are still quite impressive. We now know that the dual-screened electronic journal will be less than an inch thick, and that each screen ...

Barnes and Noble Nook Finally in Stock, Still Not That Compelling

While the Kindle has been met with nearly universal (and, at least in this writer's opinion, undeserved) praise, its most visible competitor -- the Nook -- has been dogged by issues including a generally lukewarm reception and an almost complete lack of availability. Well, Barnes and Noble has finally ramped up production and removed the "out of stock" label on its Web site. Just in time for V...

Apple, HarperCollins in e-Book Talks, iPhone OS 4.0 and iLife Getting Updated?

While many of the details about Apple's release of its rumored tablet device have remained shrouded in a miasma of mystery, The Wall Street Journal reports that the company is in talks with one major book distributor about a potential e-book partnership for the product. According to sources close to the negotiations, Apple and HarperCollins Publishers are currently hammering out the details of ...

Taxpayers Buy Kindles for Cincinnati Mayor and Council Members

Despite the opportunity to save a truckload of money, some Cincinnati City Council members aren't too thrilled about their paper documents going digital. According to Cincinnati.com, the city will provide its mayor and city council with Kindle DXs, with which they will view and read government-related documents. Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls, who came up with the plan, says it isn't a ploy to get a...

Apple Tablet Rumors Point to Mysterious 'iSlate'

People have been speculating about a so-called Apple 'Tablet' e-reader for years, so, as Wired stated way back in 2007, "Someone will eventually get the timing right." While those long-standing rumors have remained, a new wave of seemingly legitimate conjecture seems to indicate that the mythical creation might actually become a reality during 2010. Multiple, reliable sources are claiming, desp...

Kindle Books Outsell Physical Ones, Printing Presses Weep

Readers, we had our doubts. Sure, we've been covering the Kindle (and its e-reader spawn) ever since it first debuted, but the paper apologists among us didn't foresee the pixel trumping the pulp any time soon. Yet on Christmas Day, it happened: Amazon sold more Kindle books than physical ones. Ring the death knell for the printing press. We can imagine that the majority of these digitally down...

A Very Special Holiday E-Reader Roundup

A reader writes: I'm looking to buy my slightly tech-phobic wife a digital book reader for Christmas, and may pick one up for myself as well. The most popular one seems to be the Amazon Kindle, but I've also seen new models by half a dozen other companies and don't really know what I should be looking for. So make my life easier, just tell me what to get! Dear Reader: Let us first say that ...

Mag+ Concept Shows a Full-Bodied Future for Magazines

E-readers may be a hot gift this year, but the devices are still very much underdeveloped. Most can only display text and images in black and white, and page load time pales in comparison to modern computers, hand-held devices, or (gasp) even paper-based books. Though text-based articles are increasingly readable on many modern smartphones, magazine-type content, marked by expansive layouts mi...

Barnes & Noble Nook E-Reader Reviewed, Yawns Abound

We've seen the Barnes & Noble Nook in the news quite a bit lately -- and not necessarily for the right reasons, either, after its pre-holiday release was postponed to a decidedly post-holiday January 11th. A few lucky pre-orderers will get their Nooks today, but very few have had enough time with the gadgets to write reviews. The results? Positive, but not exactly a perfect machine. While ...

Gift Guide: Barnes & Noble Nook eBook Reader

Earth Lover, Best Under $500 Barnes & Noble Nook eBook Reader With the endless flow of eReaders hitting the streets every few hours now, the market has gotten thick real quick. The Kindle is obviously the iPod of the bunch so far, but we think Barnes & Noble's Nook is a real contender for the title. It's gorgeous, fun to use, extremely versatile, small enough for a big pocket (7.7 x...

Schools Shun Kindle Due to Lack of Accessibility to the Blind

Despite a function on the Kindle that reads text aloud, two universities and an advocacy group for the visually impaired adopted a staunch anti-Kindle stance Wednesday. According to an Associated Press report, the University of Wisconsin - Madison and Syracuse University won't invest in more electronic readers for college students because the audio feature is too difficult for a visually impaired ...

New Kindle DX to Be Given to College Students for Textbooks

Amazon is hosting a press event in New York City on Wednesday, which means there's a new Kindle on the way. Our colleagues over at Engadget dug up some spy photos and basic specs of the new device, which is being called the Kindle DX. Improvements over the current Kindle 2 include a larger, 9.7-inch display, a built-in PDF reader, and the ability to add annotations (as well as notes, as before)....