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Another anti-Amazon champion: This time it’s Best Buy
December 16, 2013 | 10:30 am

best buyDon't worry: This is not going to turn into another pro-Amazon rant. Rather, it's to highlight a company that has bested Amazon in one discipline that accounts for all the good that Amazon has brought to writers and readers (through totally selfish motives, mind) - and in an area not directly about books and publishing. The company is Best Buy. The topic came to light in a New York Times article with a rabble-rousing headline: "Underdog Against Amazon, Best Buy Charges Ahead" by James B. Stewart. But rather than focusing on some new challenge to the Kindle, Stewart's article was focused...

New Nexus 7 to be announced today, already for sale on Best Buy website
July 24, 2013 | 7:17 am

nexus7Here’s a price listing for you to watch over the next few days. Wal-Mart has the old Nexus 7 tablet on sale, refurbished, $150 for the 16-gig version. Why watch it? Because Google is highly expected to announce the new Nexus 7 today. In fact, Best Buy already has it up for pre-order at $229 for the 16-gig, $269 for the 32-gig version. If that happens, the old one might just get even cheaper. The specs for the new one look pretty good. 1920x1200, which means it should do 1080p video. Android 4.3, so the newest of the new...

Does Amazon Have an Acquisition Hit List?
July 10, 2013 | 12:31 pm

AmazonThere's been a lot of speculation lately around Amazon's long-term strategic intentions and its overall modus operandi. David Streitfeld's New York Times blog opined that, "it has made the future of bookselling seem as if it will inevitably be owned by Amazon." Others have been very quick to pick up on the organizational and technological pincer movement that enables this market dominance, with "green marketing and business ethics success expert" Shel Horowitz, for instance, remarking that: "This is what happens when a company gains a market share bordering on monopoly—while establishing a tech and logistics infrastructure that would be very difficult for a new...

Deal Alert: HP Slate 7 Available for Just $140 ($30 Off) via HP.com and Best Buy
July 10, 2013 | 11:30 am

HP Slate 7Quick, what’s the best 7-inch Android tablet money can buy? And by “money,” I mean less than 200 bucks. Asus and Google’s Nexus 7, you say? Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD? How about HP’s Slate 7? No, the Slate 7 is not the best Android tab out there. Not even close. But it’s cheap. So cheap in fact that it makes the N7 look like a luxury product. Initially made available for $170, HP’s 7-incher goes for 30 bucks less starting today, both via the manufacturer’s official website and through Best Buy. $140 is a ridiculously low amount of cash to pay for a gadget nowadays and the...

Starting this Friday, save $20 on the Kobo Mini e-reader
January 21, 2013 | 10:30 am

Our friends over at Good E-Reader alerted us this morning to a Valentine's  Day promotion that's being planned by the good folks at Kobo: Starting this Friday, January 25, and running all the way through Valentine's Day (Thursday, February 14), the fantastic and too-small-to-be-believed Kobo Mini e-reader will be available for just $59.99—that's a full $20 off the Mini's regular retail price. According to Good E-Reader, "Patrons will ... also get a free [SnapBack] case in the color of their choice." Where can you take advantage of the deal? Unfortunately, it doesn't seem as if it'll be offered online, although I'm not...

Calling for the demise of E Ink readers is premature
January 13, 2013 | 9:30 am

By Juli Monroe I’ve been reading posts saying that “E-Ink is dead” for, well, years now. The general argument goes something like this: “People really want tablets. They don’t want a single-function device. E-ink is too slow to refresh and isn’t good for anything except reading books. And people don’t read anyway.” All of those things are true (well, except for that last one), but it misses the point. I’m active on Kindleboards, an online forum for Kindle lovers, and discussion, purchasing and love for the E Ink Kindles is alive and well. The Kindle Paperwhite was sold out through most of the holiday season,...

Why “Send To Kindle” makes Amazon better than Barnes & Noble and others
January 12, 2013 | 3:54 pm

By Juli Monroe Last week I wrote an article for one of our sister sites, GadgeTell, on ways Barnes & Noble could remain relevant with the Nook line. While I stand by everything I wrote in that article, I missed an important point. One of the reasons I stay with Amazon and my Kindle Touch is because of the “Send To Kindle” feature. Send to Kindle allows you to treat personal documents the same as Amazon content, including syncing between multiple devices. It’s easy to use. After downloading and installing the app, simply right-click on a document, and Send to Kindle will be...

Kobo in Canada: A Triumph in Marketing?
December 3, 2012 | 10:14 am

There is a great thread going on at Mobile Read on the Kobo series and their success in Canada. The poster, Scrapking, points out that Kobo was not the first reader available in Canada—that honor goes to Sony—but it has now become by far the dominant. The evidence? A glance at the flyers the big electronics chains are putting out these days. Scrapking reports: ♦ Future Shop: half-page spread, all Kobo products but one ♦ Best Buy: half-page spread, all Kobo save a lone Sony placed off to the side ♦ Staples: 'big' spread featuring all Kobo and no competitors at all ♦ The Source: two kobo mentions in main...

On Black Friday, Kindle Fire comes with a free gift card
November 22, 2012 | 1:00 pm

Amazon Kindle Fire tablet, Black FridayJon Cog of the Me and My Kindle blog gave us a very convenient heads-up yesterday about Amazon's Black Friday plans for the Kindle Fire. As he reports on his site: Amazon’s retail-store partners, like Best Buy, OfficeMax, Staples, or Office Depot, [are] reportedly not allowed to lower the actual price of the [Kindle Fire], but they’re doing the next best thing. If you purchase a Kindle Fire tablet, they’ll just give you some money back in the form of a gift card! Check out Jon's post for details on the sales being offered by the four brick-and-mortar retailers mentioned above. Of course, it's worth bearing...

Refurbished Kindles available cheap at Best Buy
August 7, 2012 | 11:53 pm

If you're currently in the market for a Kindle but happen to be on a strict budget at the same time, head on over to The Digital Reader immediately, where our friend Chris Meadows has a tip on budget-priced refurbished models currently being sold at select Best Buy locations in the United States. Chris says he tracked down a Kindle Touch 3G (with Special Offers) at a Springfield, Mo. store for just $109.99. (It was marked down from $149.99.) He also found the $79.99 base-level Kindle (also with Special Offers) for only $55.99. If you happen to know of specific Best Buy stores in your...

Kobo Vox goes in-store at Best Buy
February 15, 2012 | 1:46 pm

Images From the press release: Kobo, a global leader in eReading with over 7 million users in 170 countries worldwide, today announced the in-store availability of the Kobo Vox eReader at Best Buy stores across the United States and online at www.bestbuy.com. The Kobo Vox eReader, will be sold at Best Buy for $199 (USD), has seen strong adoption worldwide including Canada, the U.K., Germany, Australia and New Zealand.  The Kobo Vox offers a superior reading experience with access to Kobo’s eBookstore that offers over 2.5 million eBooks, of which a million available to download and read for free.  Best Buy will offer the Kobo Vox...

Black Friday e-reader roundup
November 14, 2010 | 3:24 am

black-friday-comic-2It appears this is going to be the Christmas (or at least the Black Friday) of the $99 e-reader. Apart from the $99 Nook at Best Buy we mentioned the other day (and other discounts on the Pandigital Novel ($139.99) and Sharper Image Literati ($119.99)), now the leaked Wal*Mart Black Friday circular (PDF; link may not be working by the time you read this) indicates that the Sony Digital Reader Pocket Edition (PRS300SC) will be on sale for $99 between 5 a.m. and 11 a.m. on that fateful Friday. Sears lists a Libre eBook Reader PRO for $89.99, Hastings...