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CNET video briefly compares tablets, Kindle as holiday gifts
November 22, 2011 | 11:37 pm

CNET has a 3-minute video that bills itself as a “Buyer’s Guide” for tablets and e-readers, though it primarily focuses on tablets, and mostly the more expensive tablets—the iPad, the Galaxy S, and Sony’s Android tablet (which I hadn’t heard of before). It paints this trio of $499 tablets as the main attraction for buyers this holiday season, then spends a little time discussing the Amazon Kindle and Kindle Fire as alternatives. In the video, CNET’s Donald Bell refers to the Kindle Fire as a “good enough product”—essentially a device that will work well as an e-reader and...

Boy saves allowance for whole year, helps buy brother Kindle for Christmas
December 27, 2010 | 10:36 pm

From Reddit comes the heartwarming story of a 27-year-old man whose 13-year-old brother saved his allowance all year to chip in (with other members of the family) toward buying him a Kindle for Christmas. The 13-year-old is the only child of the family who still lives with his parents, and since his father suffered congestive heart failure and has to remain bedridden most of the time, the boy has to do most of the work around the house. The family has gone through financial hard time since then, due to medical bills. Money has obviously been...

Nook e-reader servers apparently go down for Christmas…again
December 26, 2010 | 7:18 pm

Last year at this time, I posted a story on a contrast between Kindle and Nook’s successes or failures over the holiday: Kindle sold more e-books than printed books on Christmas day, and the Nook’s servers collapsed for 24 hours. Now TeleReader Karen Mallinger posts: And yet, it has happened again. A year to the day. Servers down for 2 days now. Cannot download books, account locked up. An hour on hold waiting for Customer Service. I will be spending Monday taking back my Nook and purchasing a Kindle. To fall prey to the same...

UK News Corp papers issue promotional Christmas Day iPad editions
December 26, 2010 | 2:44 pm

Robert Andrews at PaidContent has a brief piece on News Corp’s UK papers The Times and The Sun getting excited about using the iPad to “break with a century-old British tradition of not publishing an edition on Christmas Day,” in the hope of catching the attention of Christmas recipients of new iPads. But these iPad editions were, Andrews points out, little more than self-promotion vehicles, containing largely Christmas stuff and editorials about how awesome the iPad and paywalls are. What little news content they did contain was often outdated by the newspaper websites, which were updated throughout the day...

The Night Before Christmas appbooks
December 23, 2010 | 7:15 am

nightbeforeOn The Literary Platform, Dean Johnson of appbook developer Brandwidth takes a look at four different appbook interpretations of a holiday classic, Clement C. Moore’s poem “’Twas the Night Before Christmas”. While he finds a number of things to dislike about each of them (one rates 6/10, two 7/10, and one 8/10), he notes interesting contrasts in the approach each developer has taken. They have all interpreted the text and illustrations in different ways, with different capabilities. I find this to be one of the better arguments in favor of a vibrant and widely-available public domain—the freedom to...

Christmas disappointments: Are books the new clothes?
December 22, 2010 | 12:18 am

This YouTube video has been making the rounds of the book and e-book blogs lately, so far be it from me not to join the crowd. In it, a three-year-old is nonplused at opening a Christmas present and discovering it contains not toys but books. His parents explain in a comment that this was essentially the boy’s first Christmas where he was old enough to understand what was going on, and Christmas’s presentation in the media gave him a fairly lopsided picture of what you’re “supposed” to get for Christmas. He does like books, he just wasn’t expecting...

iPad in demand this Christmas; new iPad 2 features rumored
November 27, 2010 | 2:14 pm

It probably doesn’t come as a surprise that the iPad is going to be very popular this holiday season. eWeek reports that a Nielsen survey ranks the iPad as a very popular wishlist item for kids. 31% of kids aged 6-12 expressed a strong interest in owning one in the next six months, compared to 29% for an iPod Touch. It was also popular with kids 13 and older, coming in at 18% just behind smartphones at 19%—beating out Blu-ray players (17%), e-readers or Nintendo Wiis (15%), PlayStation 3 (13%) and iPod Touch (11%). More kids...

Wired posts tablet shopping guide
November 25, 2010 | 6:58 pm

And speaking of Christmas gifts, Wired has a guide to what to look for when buying a tablet computer. The article notes that, even though Apple is still the frontrunner, enough tablets have emerged to offer credible alternatives, and offers a number of areas in which to compare each model to decide which one is best for you (or whoever the gift’s recipient will be). One important area of consideration is the type, size, resolution, and dot pitch of screen, which can be important for readability. You should also consider wireless connections, because for media-rich applications it is important...

E-readers make great gifts, says USA Today
November 25, 2010 | 6:41 pm

USA Today has an article pointing out that e-book readers make gifts because even the “single-purpose” ones like the Kindle or Nook can be used for more than just reading e-books. It mentions keeping track of recipes by using Calibre to reformat clipped text into e-book formats and syncing it to your device; using the built-in web to access calendar, Wikipedia, and other information sources; and playing games. This is pretty obvious to us, but perhaps people who don’t pay as much attention to e-book readers don’t realize what is possible with them. Of course, less-dedicated devices such as...

Barnes & Noble lists ‘refurbished’ Nooks for $99.99, $119.99 on eBay for rest of year
November 25, 2010 | 5:54 pm

Nate the Great at The Digital Reader notes that one of his readers reported that Barnes and Noble listed refurbished Wi-Fi Nooks on eBay for $79.99 today; it sold 3,590 of them at that price before the listing ended, but has relisted them for $99.99 (and the 3G + WiFi Nook for $119.99) for the next 26 days (or, presumably, until they run out). The $79.99 price went Amazon’s Black Friday $89.99 2G Kindle refurb deal one better, and the entire-holiday-season length of the deal certainly beats Amazon’s one-day-only offer. Take that, Jeff Bezos! I wonder if Amazon will...

Quick notes: Christmas e-readers
November 18, 2010 | 10:15 am

With Black Friday coming up, EBookNewser has written out a holiday gift guide to e-readers that is definitely worth a look. It lists, prices, and blurbs almost all of the e-readers currently on the market, plus the iPad. (It does leave out the Sharper Image Literati, however, and also the iPod Touch.) Speaking of Christmas e-readers, UK retailer Waterstone’s has dropped the price of its Elonex 500EB color e-reader by 20% to £79.99 ($127.24), barely a month after it first went on sale, making it the cheapest color e-book device in the UK. The cheapest UK e-book device overall...

E-readers expected to be popular gift this Christmas; iPads, not so much
November 15, 2010 | 9:14 pm

kindle-most-wished-for-giftThe New York Times suggests that this is going to be the “tipping point” holiday season for e-book readers. Though Kindles have been hot Christmas gifts over the last couple of years, this is the first season that e-readers are going to be widely available for under $150 (and indeed, under $100 in some cases). This means, in turn, that a lot more e-books are going to be sold to read on those e-readers. The NYT article has figures from various sources suggesting that over ten million e-book readers will be in circulation by the end of the year,...