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App Review: Marvin e-reader app for iPad
February 4, 2013 | 12:59 pm

Move over iBooks, there's a new e-reader for iPad in town: Marvin. I heard about it from a KindleKorner reader, and it's almost enough to make me wish I'd bought an iPad Mini instead of a Nexus 7. First, the basic information. Marvin is free, for now, but their website indicates that will end at some time. It opens DRM-free EPUBs, but they say they're working on more formats. I'm hoping for MOBI to come soon. It's an iPad-only app, but an iPhone version is coming. So, why another e-book app? Because this one is just amazing. Want complete control of how your...

Kmarts experiencing high Augen interest
July 30, 2010 | 8:12 pm

augen-ereader In a related matter to Paul’s last post, I’ve just gotten off the phone again with my three local Kmart stores inquiring after the Augen devices. At the one where I used to work, it seems that they’ve gotten so many calls about it that as soon as I said nothing more than, “Electronics, please,” the customer service rep who first answered my call said, “If this is about that computer thing in the circular, we’re out of stock…” When I spoke to the electronics department anyway, the electronics associate said they had gotten maybe two of them...

Aluratek e-book reader on sale at NewEgg for $129.99
April 23, 2010 | 12:52 pm

Found on the Baen Bar e-books forum: NewEgg is offering the Aluratek “Libre” LCD e-book reader at a sale price of $129.99 (with free shipping), discounted from its “original price” of $199.99. We previously mentioned a Gadgeteer review of this unit, which seems (according to comments to that review) to be a rebadged Ectaco Jetbook. It supports PDF, TXT, FB2, EPUB, MOBI, PRC, and RTF e-book formats, and Adobe Digital Editions DRM. While it is an LCD unit rather than e-ink, the review finds it to be quite readable and without the annoying “e-ink flash.”...

Non-profit takes Kindles to the developing world
March 15, 2010 | 5:00 pm

Worldreader.org is a nonprofit organization that is making Kindle e-book readers available to the developing world. (As TechFlash says, “Kind of like One Laptop Per Child, but with Kindles.”) It is beginning its first trial in Ghana this week. Says Worldreader’s website: Just as mobile phones have leapfrogged landlines in developing countries, e-readers can deliver books instantly and for far less: many e-books are less than one-third the price of a printed book, saving trees and reaching more minds. Personally, I suspect that a netbook such as the OLPC might prove considerably more...

E-readers vs. tablets: Is it really a competition?
March 13, 2010 | 10:15 am

With the release date of the iPad nearing, and a dozen different e-ink-based e-book readers exploding onto the market, the e-book device field is more confused than ever. Are pretty color tablets going to spell the end of black-and-white e-ink readers? Not likely, says Priya Ganapati on Wired’s “Gadget Lab” blog. Ganapati notes that e-ink readers and tablets will likely serve different segments of the market with different needs and tastes. Less-expensive e-ink readers will be more suited to reading books, and will attract a somewhat older demographic, says Ganapati. More-expensive tablets will be used by...

Pocketbook 302 review: Preconceptions
March 13, 2010 | 7:15 am

pb302_4 Sometime this coming week, I should be receiving a Pocketbook 302 e-book reader to review—and Joanna, nee Ficbot, will be reviewing the smaller Pocketbook 360. We have mentioned Pocketbook a few times already; it is a Ukrainian/Taiwanese company that uses e-ink-based hardware from Netronix (the OEM that makes the Cybook, COOL-ER, and others) with its own Linux-based firmware. The 302 is Pocketbook’s most advanced model so far. It seems to be a pretty standard 6” e-ink reader (with the standard USB interface), with the addition of wifi and some apps including RSS, Sudoku, and—according to the Nate’s Ebook...