Archive for February 11th, 2011

Borders to go into Chapter 11   no comments

Posted at 9:59 pm in Borders,Random

The WSJ is reporting that Borders will likely file for Chapter 11 as soon as Monday or Tuesday.  The company has reportedly given up on its attempts to get refinancing for its debts, but may be close to obtaining debtor-in-possession financing.

Borders stock lost almost half of its remaining value today and ended at $0.25 per share.  If you have any Borders gift cards or store credits you might want to use them this weekend.


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VTech unveils tablet for children   no comments

Posted at 9:11 am in eBooks for Children,Random,Tablets

VTech, which makes the V.Reader children’s ereader, VTech-InnoPad-tablet-for-children has announced a tablet for kids.  The new device will be called the InnoTab and is expected to launch in the fall of 2011 at a price of $79.99.

The InnoTab will be designed for children aged 4-9 and will feature interactive and animated reading, learning games, creative activities and a collection of applications.  Like the V.Reader, the InnoTab will also use VTech’s ebooks-on-a-cartridge library.

Available applications include an Art Studio that offers painting and drawing with fingers or with the included stylus as well as the ability to view and edit photos.  The InnoTab will come with quite a few integrated applications such as an MP3 player, video player, calculator, calendar, notepad, clock with alarm and address book.

The InnoTab’s features include a kid-tough housing, 5-inch color LCD touchscreen, tilt-sensor for game control, microphone, USB port, SD card slot and a headphone jack.  The InnoPad will connect via USB to both Mac and PC computers.

Update 8/23/2011: The InnoTab is now available for pre-order.


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Free ebooks for Kindle & other ereaders – 2/11/2011   no comments

Posted at 8:32 am in Free eBooks,Kobo,Random

Here are a few new freebies:

Curious Folks Ask: 162 Real Answers on Amazing Inventions, Fascinating Products, and Medical Mysteries by Sherry Seethaler (4 stars/57 reviews).  Also free at Barnes & Noble.

Raising the Dead by Mara Purnhagen (3 stars/5 reviews) Children’s fiction.  Also free at Also free at Barnes & Noble and Kobo.

Emerald Green by Desiree Holt (3 stars/3 reviews) Romance, erotica.

Second Sight Dating by Marianne Stephens (no reviews yet).  Pre-order; due Feb. 14, 2011.  Romance.

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SkinIt has a couple of new promo codes if you are looking for a skin for your ereader or other device.  For Valentine’s Day you can use code BeMyValentine20 to get a 20 percent discount.  This coupon expires on Feb. 14, 2011.

Skinit has another coupon – SKINITSAVER15 – that will give you a 15 percent discount and will not expire until Jan. 1, 2012. 

Vook is having a sale on its multimedia enhanced ebooks at iTunes.  For three days only – Saturday, Feb. 12 to Monday, Feb. 14 – more than 100 Vook titles at the iTunes App Store will be available for $0.99.

Kobohas a few coupon codes: 

  • Save15hqn will get you a 15 percent discount on titles from Harlequin.
  • 35%offbook will get you a 35 percent discount on one book.
  • save25kobo will get you a 25 percent discount, unlimited use.
  • grisham15 will get you a 15 percent discount on John Grisham titles through Mar. 31, 2011.

Please note that some publishers do not allow discounts, so some of the Kobo coupons may not work for all titles.


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