Archive for October 19th, 2010

Barnes & Noble News   1 comment

Posted at 9:45 am in Barnes and Noble,Random,Reading apps

There have been several news releases over the past couple of days from Barnes & Noble.  There is also one rather big piece of news that has so far not been forthcoming.

First of all, B&N gets a new Vice President.  Gene DeFelice will serve as Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary.  DeFelice comes to B&N from previous positions at Savvis, Inc. and Spacelabs Medical, Inc., where he held similar positions.

Barnes & Noble also announced today that it will be offering two months free membership to new participants in its Membership program.  The Membership program normally costs $25 per year to join.  B&N’s loyalty program offers members several benefits including:

In Store:

  • 40% off list price on hardcover bestsellers
  • 10% off the Barnes & Noble list price on already discounted items such as the growing Toys & Games section, Adult games, DVDs, all café items and more


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  • 10% off the Barnes & Noble list price on already discounted items such as the growing Toys & Games section, Adult games, DVDs, all café items and more

You can find more details of the Membership program at Barnes & Noble.

And finally, the best news of the lot (apologies to Mr. DeFelice) is that an important new software update is imminent for the NOOK ereader. 

In our biggest update since we launched NOOK a year ago, we will dramatically increase NOOK 3G and NOOK Wi-Fi‘s page turn speed and deliver the features and performance enhancements most-requested from all of you! 

The 1.5 update includes improved search on the device, customized B&N Library organization and password protection. It also includes the ability to sync across all NOOK and all devices enabled with our free NOOK apps, by syncing your last page read. If you forget your NOOK at home, use the NOOK app for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Android smartphone or PC to pick up where you left off. And, the next time you pick up your NOOK, the Reading Now page will be updated and ready to go.

The 1.5 update is expected to be released late in November.  B&N’s NOOK for Android app will also be getting an update, probably within a few days.  NOOK for Android v2.3 will add Go To a specific page, search within a book, view highlights and notes and delete books from the library.  The home screen will also  get an update.

This is great, but I’m wondering where NOOK 2 is?  It has been a year since the original NOOK ereader was released, and if B&N is going to release a new version in time for the holidays I would expect them to be announcing it now.  I’m thinking that NOOK 2 is going to be a no show if we don’t hear anything within the next week or two, at least for this year.  That would be a big disappointment for NOOK fans and a huge win for the Kindle as we move into the holiday shopping season.


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Written by Richard on October 19th, 2010

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Britannica Launches Image Quest   no comments

Posted at 9:10 am in Random

Britannica has announced Image Quest, a new online database of photos and images for students and teachers who need images for research, papers and projects. 

Image Quest will launch with about a million images and is expected to grow to more than two million by the year’s end.  Video collections will also be added. 

Students and teachers who need photos and other images for research, papers and projects can now find them easily and conveniently in Britannica Image Quest, a new online database from Britannica Digital Learning.

The Web site, which is now available to schools, universities and libraries, currently provides images from more than 40 of the best collections in the world, including Encyclopaedia Britannica, Dorling Kindersley, Getty, the National Portrait Gallery of London, the National Geographic Society and Oxford Scientific.

Image Quest provides easy access to high-quality photos from trustworthy sources for students of all ages on a wide range of topics. Images are organized by subject matter, and the site is fully searchable. Each image, which is cleared of copyright restrictions for educational use, includes a caption, citation and copyright information and other metadata. With all the images in one convenient place, it simplifies the search for photos because researchers don’t have to comb through multiple Web sites or worry about permission to use them.

The product has many uses. Students can turn to Image Quest for homework assignments and course projects, and teachers can use the images in lesson plans and classroom activities. It’s ideal for whiteboards, school Web sites, newsletters, newspapers and bulletins.

Britannica Image Quest is produced in collaboration with the Universal Image Group. Schools, universities and libraries interested in Britannica Image Quest can call or go to for more information. Free thirty-day trial subscriptions are available.


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eReader & Tablet News – 10/19/2010   no comments

Posted at 8:30 am in Color eReaders,Random,Tablets

Liquavista will be talking at FPD/SEP 2010 next month in Japan about the scalability and versatility of its electrowetting displays.

“We’ve chosen FPD Japan to talk about the scalability of electrowetting technology because now that the technology is on the verge of becoming available we feel that it’s critical to describe what is possible and to share this with the industry.” Said Johan Feenstra, Liquavista’s CTO & Founder.  “We’ve already proven in prototype production that we can develop a variety of displays ranging from 1.8” to 8.5” diagonal and believe there is no physical limitation to the size of screen that can be developed using electrowetting technology.”

“Demonstrating the ability to make electrowetting panels for all display applications regardless of their screen size shows the clear vision that Liquavista has of the future.”  Added Guy Demuynck, Liquavista’s CEO.  “Pairing this flexibility in size with the versatility of the technology brings a compelling proposition for any manufacturer of electronic devices, regardless of the application.  We have the manufacturer and consumer at the heart of our roadmap.  In support of the commercial delivery of our product next year, we believe it’s important to deliver screens which can be used in any device from small scale mobile displays through to large scale outdoor screens.”

It is likely to be late next year before we begin to see products utilizing a Liquavista display.

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Notion Ink is looking for a new logo and is having a design competition to find the right one.  They are offering a $1000 prize and an Adam Pixel Qi tablet (when released) for the winning design.  The contest will end soon; for details see the Notion Ink blog.

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Digitimes reports that Google has notified its partners that the Android 3.0 (Gingerbread) OS will soon be ready and that engineering samples including those pertaining to tablets should be going out in December.  This means that hopefully in H1 of next year we will see Android-based tablets that can access the Android Market out of the box.

Phandroid has a blurry photo of a phone running Android 3.0 in the wild and reports on some of the new features of the next iteration of the OS.  One of the biggest appears to be support for video chat.


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