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10 Tech Gifts Delivered In Time for Christmas

10 Tech Gifts Delivered In Time for Christmas

Still shopping for just one more Christmas gift? Nothing but calculators left in stock at your local store? You’ll have to click quickly, but with a little help from overnight delivery and the elves at FedEx and UPS, here are 10 tech gifts that can still be delivered by Friday.

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Google eBooks Store Launches With Help From Adobe, Skipping Hardware In Favor of Apps

Google eBooks Store Launches With Help From Adobe, Skipping Hardware In Favor of Apps

Google eBookstore officially launched today in the US, just in time to compete for holiday sales with Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other eBook sellers.

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New Kindle Selling Faster Thans Previous Models

New Kindle Selling Faster Thans Previous Models

Amazon has proved that readers want to use eReaders. The first two models of the Kindle sold fairly well, even at their relatively high prices. The newest Kindle is at a lower price with a better screen and battery than the previous versions, which has only helped the device’s popularity.

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Amazon Announces Third Generation Kindle

Amazon Announces Third Generation Kindle

Earlier this week, the Amazon Kindle was unavailable for order. Amazon typically doesn’t have any problem fulfilling orders for the popular eBook reader so many speculated that perhaps we were on the verge of a new Kindle. Now, just a few days later we do indeed have a new Kindle from Amazon. The new version is simply dubbed the Amazon Kindle.

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iPads Given to New Oklahoma State Students to Test Educational Use

iPads Given to New Oklahoma State Students to Test Educational Use

Back when the first Kindle launched, and especially last year with the release of the Kindle DX, there was always much speculation about how well eBooks will work in education. For years we’ve also seen a number of tablets shown off with educational uses. Now it looks like Oklahoma State University will be testing out the ecuational uses of the iPad.

Students enrolled in classes in the School of Media and Strategic Communications and the Spears School of Business will be given iPads for their classes. Those classes will use eTextbooks on the iPads in lieu of traditional dead-tree textbooks. According to the school, the ePub version of at least one class’s textbook is $100 cheaper than the paper version. Not sure how that adds up given that there’s no such thing a a used eTextbok, but it’s still quite a bit cheaper. If all the eTextbooks prove that much cheaper, the 16 GB iPad essentially pays for itself. Add in everything else the iPad can do, and it’s even better for students. {Wired Epicenter}

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Barnes & Noble Releases Nook for Android

Barnes & Noble Releases Nook for Android

With Barnes & Noble fighting Amazon for eBook dominance, and Apple and Borders/Kobo trying to get in on the action, it makes sense for B&N to follow Amazon to every platform it has a presence on. To bring everything up to Amazon, Barnes & Noble has finally launched nook for Android. The app works as you’d expect, allowing users to read all their nook eBooks on their Android devices.

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Kindle Sales Triple, Kindle eBooks Finally Outselling Hardcover Versions

Kindle Sales Triple, Kindle eBooks Finally Outselling Hardcover Versions

A few weeks ago we saw the eBook wars begin when Barnes & Noble announced the WiFi Nook and dropped the price of the standard Nook from $259 to $199. Amazon responded by dropping the Kindle 2 from $259 to $189. Obviously there’s a bit of a race to the bottom, at least in terms of pricing. It looks like that race is helping Amazon quite a bit in sales.

Without releasing exact sales numbers, Amazon has announced that since the price drop, Kindle sales have tripled. It looks like all that was holding potential buyers back from buying a Kindle was a price drop of just $70. It dips below the mental barrier of $200, and is almost in impulse buy territory in terms of gadgets. That means there’s a lot of people out there now who are willing to buy eBooks, perhaps above buying physical books. {Engadget}

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Race to Most Popular eReader is On As Amazon and Barnes & Noble Wage Price War

Race to Most Popular eReader is On As Amazon and Barnes & Noble Wage Price War

Competition for e-reading consumers’ affection sizzled on Monday as Barnes and Noble dropped the price of its Nook e-book reader 23 percent to $199 and introduced the Nook WiFi at an even bigger bargain $149, though the latter device can only be used in a WiFi environment. Amazon, whose $259 price tag for its Kindle e-reader previously matched the Nook’s cost exactly, responded by dropping the price of the Kindle to $189.

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Book Publishers Looking for Universal eBook Format

Book Publishers Looking for Universal eBook Format

Last week many companies involved in book publishing came together for the annual BookExpo America to discuss the present and future of books. One of the major points to come out of the meeting was that publishers want a single eBook format that can work across all platforms. Perhaps they haven’t yet heard of ePub. {Wired}

As it stands now, eBooks are made available through mostly proprietary book stores like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and the iBookstore. Other companies like Kobo, Sony Library and Fictionwise offer eBooks that work on their selected devices or apps, but can also work on other devices. Those stores use the ePub format, which was supposed to be the universal format. EPub is actually used by Barnes & Noble and Apple as well, though some extra Digital Rights Management (DRM) is added on top of the existing ePub DRM in those stores.

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