Clara HD E-Reader From Kobo

E-Reader Called Clara HD From Kobo

Kobo has introduced a new e-reader called Clara HD.  It brings higher end features to a lower price point.  The Clara HD is a six inch e-reader with a sharper screen.

The Kobo Clara HD

The world today is full of gadgets.  With the presence of full-color display tablets, knowing that the e-reader is still available is quite surprising.  The e-readers are much preferred by avid readers as compared to tablets.  The e-ink display are much comfortable to the eyes than the backlit displays of tablets.  They are a welcome device for comfortable, long-term e-reading.

Rakuten announced the new Kobo e-reader called the Clara HD.  This is a 6-inch device with an HD 300 dpi screen.  It is priced at an affordable $130.

Features Of The New E-Reader

The device is equipped with the ComfortLight Pro, which evenly spreads a reading light across the screen.  It is designed to reduce the discomfort of blue light exposure during night reading.

The Clara HD can hold up to 6,000 e-books with its 8GB of storage and has weeks of battery life.  As an added feature, it syncs with the free Kobo app available for smartphones and tablets.  This will enable you to pick up your reading on another device.

Availability And Shipping Of The Clara HD

It is not yet clear when the device ships.  But it is available for pre-order now.  But according to reports, the Clara HD will ship to the U.S. sometime in June.  Readers in Canada, Turkey, the UK, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and Portugal can get their hands on the device on June 5th.  While June 1st is its schedule for shipping to readers in France.

Kobo Clara HD is the perfect companion for reading fanatics.  They can customize its features to help people read the way they prefer it.  With a crystal clear screen and the perfect lighting, the device is the best when it comes to e-book reading.

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Sony pulls the plug on its e-reader

In yet another sad news for Sony, the Japanese company has announced that production for their e-reader will cease after transferring its ebook business to Kobo.

“Final production of the current Reader model, PRS-T3, was made at the end of May,” a spokeswoman for Sony in Tokyo has written in an email. She also added that the products will be available for purchasing while stocks last and that there there no plans to manufacture more or design replacement.

Launched last year, the 6-inch PRS-T3 weighs 200 grams and has a battery life of six to eight weeks. It was make available in 20 countries except in the US.

The Japanese company was actually the first to come up with an e-reader using e-ink display that made long-time reading easier and extended the battery life. Amazon’s Kindle however eventually took over the e-reader market and since then has held its place with their huge range of ebook titles.

Earlier this year, Sony has also announced they are shedding their Vaio PC business to a Japanese investment firm as the company struggles to keep up with their restructuring efforts.

Kindle Paperwhite brings back the good old days of e-reading

Amazon’s Kindle line has been in the market since 2007 with the original e-reader having a monochrome E-Ink display. This device was primarily for e-book reading and nothing else. What was great bout that first Amazon Kindle is the great battery life and simplicity of the device.

Fast forward to 2012 where the latest Kindle Fire HD Tablet wants to put its mark on the tablet market place.

But there is the Kindle Paperwhite. This e-reader shows that Amazon still knows what an e-reader is.

The Kindle Paperwhite is a better version of the Kindle Touch, which was released last year. Unlike the Kindle Fire HD, the Kindle Paperwhite thrives for e-book reading.

It is thinner, shorter and narrower than the Kindle Touch. Unfortunately, Amazon removed the headphone jack and speakers on the Kindle Paperwhite. So say goodbye to listening to MP3s and audiobooks.

The Kindle Paperwhite has a much improved screen contrast and resolution and Amazon added illumination for better reading in poor lighting conditions. It still measure about 6 inches diagonally.

Just in time for the Holidays, the Kindle Paperwhite is a perfect gadget for you if you would only want to read and read and not do multiple things on your device.

Image Source: wired.com

The Great E-reader Roundup

By Simon Munk for Style + Tech For Men

Books have taken a backseat to e-readers in the digital era. But with a bewildering range of gadgets — from the Apple iPad to the upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook — how do you know which one offers the best story for consumers? Our head-to-head e-book bash-up will give you a great read on the situation.

Apple iPad

from $499 | Apple.com

If you’re looking for something more than just an e-reader, then read no further. Wait, we have more to tell you! It fares brilliantly on its reading assignments … if you don’t mind a little screen-glare. Any LED screen is going to fare badly compared to e-ink on that score. But the iPad is capable of so much more than its e-reader rivals. First, it’s agnostic to any bookstore. It takes in apps from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and its own iBooks resource. Second, along with being able to surf the Web, it serves up games, comics and thousands of apps. Third, in terms of raw power and storage, it’s got more on those scores than any competitor. The price is another weak point, but since it’s the most fully-featured e-reader, it’s still tough to beat.

Verdict: Best all-around tablet that beats most e-readers.
Rating: FIVE BOOKMARKS

Amazon Kindle

from $139 | Amazon.com

Absolutely the best e-reader on the bookshelf — that is, if you’re not looking for any bells and whistles. The Kindle boasts an exceptional 6-inch e-ink screen, as well as a reduced size and weight that bring it close to a digital paperback in portability. According to Amazon, its storage capacity has also doubled to 3,500 books. Plus, the Kindle now comes in Wi-Fi, or Wi-Fi and 3G flavors — so you can instantly buy, download and read books just about anywhere. There’s also a new experimental Web browser, but the Kindle is really best for e-reading. Its page interface is easier and more pleasurable to read than any competitor’s, and the access to the Amazon store makes your reading list almost endless.

Verdict: Just looking to read? Look no further.
Rating: FIVE BOOKMARKS

NOOKcolor

$249 | BarnesAndNoble.com

The first mainstream color e-reader makes your mandatory reading list just in time for the holidays. Barnes & Noble’s NOOKcolor features Wi-Fi, an eight-hour reading battery and a 7-inch color screen that can display not just books, but also magazines, the Web and videos. It’ll even display some Android apps. It’s more than a standard e-reader, but also a bit less than a fully-featured tablet computer. Screen-wise, it suffers the same problems as the iPad: glare and a lack of smoothness in its text display. On top of that, it struggles to reconfigure larger magazines and newspaper pages (as well as many websites that haven’t formatted for mobile viewing) to its smaller, more pocket-friendly screen. Ultimately, the NOOKcolor is good for reading books and some other things — but until B&N sorts out a proper app store to support it, it’s not as much of a multimedia marvel as some of its competitors.

Verdict: Halfway between e-reader and tablet, but not quite either.
Rating: FOUR BOOKMARKS

Blackberry PlayBook
$TBA | Us.Blackberry.com

Due out this spring, the PlayBook will be BlackBerry’s effort to produce fresher fruit than the iPad. It’s more powerful than the iPad on paper — with a 1 GHz dual-core processor, 1 GB memory and full Web support for Flash and HTML5. But it’s got a smaller, 7-inch screen and entirely new operating system software … so no existing BlackBerry apps will run on it. Even more troubling, Blackberry doesn’t have a great reputation for multimedia and user-friendly features, so it’s a bit of a leap for them to move from hardcore email and smartphones to mainstream consumer tablets. How good is it as an e-reader? We’ll have wait and see.

Verdict: The dark horse in the e-reader race, the PlayBook will have to amaze in order to gain top tablet honors.
Rating: THREE BOOKMARKS

Photo Credits: iPad, Kindle, NOOKColor, Blackberry PlayBook – Getty Images

iPad Image Courtesy of Apple Inc.

Simon Munk is an award-winning journalist that specializes in consumer technology, video games and outdoor-product coverage for men. He’s written for Stuff and Blender magazines and was launch editor in chief of Stuff Gamer.




More apologies from Amazon over deleted Kindle ebooks

It seems like Amazon isn’t done apologizing for what they did over the illegally sold copies of George Orwell’s novels and they’re doing everything they can to get back on people’s good graces.

The company is now ready with not just one or two, but three options for their peace offering: a redelivered copy of the novels, a gift certificate worth $30, or a check for $30. These were said in an email sent to Kindle owners Thursday, a copy of which was given to CNET News by a reader.

As you may all remember, the internet was all abuzz in July when Amazon remotely deleted copies of 1984 and Animal Farm from the Kindle devices of readers who purchased them. The company said the ebooks were placed in the Kindle library by a publisher who did not have legal rights to the novel. This move generated lots of angry outcries from the Kindle owners, civil libertarians and customer advocates , and even a lawsuit  filed by a student whose annotations for 1984 were deleted along with the novel.

Owners of Kindle readers whose copies of the novels were deleted can contact Amazon through kindle-response@amazon.com and ask for either another copy, a gift cert or a check.

Oh, and by the way, if you made annotations in the ebook, you’ll be glad to hear they’re returning the ebook along with your notes – so you don’t have to file a lawsuit.

Source: http://news.cnet.com/8301-30684_3-10345639-265.html

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