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July 30th

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Yes! You Can Buy a Waterproof Kindle Paperwhite

Yes! You Can Buy a Waterproof Kindle Paperwhite

If reading really is all you're in for, the Kindle Paperwhite is hands-down the best little e-reader around . But how do you improve on (near) perfection? Apparently, you waterproof the hell out of it.

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Ashley Feinberg

June 23rd

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E Ink Reports 46% Sales Drop, Expects E-Reader Shipments To Be Flat This Year

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Romain Dillet

August 16th

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Nook Should Start Looking For Buyers

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I was speaking with a friend in the CE industry a few months ago about Nook, and he mentioned an interesting bit of apocrypha. Back when the e-reader race was still an actual competition, Wal-Mart was exploring entering the space with a device of its own. Everyone they talked to in the industry recommended they just buy Nook. However, at the time, the company wasn’t for sale.

Now it probably should be.

As CEOs crumble and demand flattens for Nook hardware products, it’s clear that something needs to change. Three years ago I wrote that the Kindle won. In the intervening years I have rooted hard for Nook, and I have had excellent experiences with all of their products. The Nook Simple Touch is one of my favorite readers and I have seen no material difference between the Kindle and Nook bookstores. In short, Nook shouldn’t have to win… but now it has to lose.

As the company begins unwinding itself from the mess of competition, it should look for a partner that can put it in the remaining millions of homes that don’t have a tablet or e-reader. And that number is fast dwindling. Amazon got into millions of homes over the past few years and, one presumes (they don’t make numbers public), so did Nook. But e-readers, as standalone devices, are now niche, and I’d wager even Amazon is having a hard time selling them. However, if Nook and, say, a retail partner like Wal-Mart could get inexpensive readers in front of folks who may have missed the boat, they could still stem the tide of bad news. However, Nook would no longer be a standalone brand, stalwart against the world. It would, in effect, turn the Nook brand into a badge for OEMs to license. It would, in the end, destroy the brand even as it saves it.

I don’t want Nook to go away. While I could tell early on that it would be a hard road for Barnes & Noble and that Amazon was already a few steps ahead, it’s hard to wish ill on a company that has helped turn reading from a paper-based pursuit into an online habit. The irony is that, before all this, the e-reader helped to gut the thing that birthed the Nook in the first place. I doubt many of us have set foot in a bookstore in the past few months (or years), and that was Nook’s doing. While I don’t want to get too sentimental, it seems that this war is over, as Arnold once said to his love, “the world, which seems/ To lie before us like a land of dreams,/ So various, so beautiful, so new,/ Hath really neither joy, nor love, nor light,/ Nor certitude, nor peace, nor help for pain;/ And we are here as on a darkling plain/ Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight,/ Where ignorant armies clash by night.”


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John Biggs

July 9th

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A leaked memo suggests that Nook Simple Touch e-readers will be getting a software update next week

A leaked memo suggests that Nook Simple Touch e-readers will be getting a software update next week that equips them with a web browser and email client.

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Jamie Condliffe

May 20th

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A leaked memo suggests that Nook Simple Touch e-readers will be getting a software update next week

A leaked memo suggests that Nook Simple Touch e-readers will be getting a software update next week that equips them with a web browser and email client.

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Jamie Condliffe

May 20th

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The Updated Nook HD+ Is Still Fighting The Tablet Wars

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The Nook HD+ came out last December to mixed reviews. The device had a great screen but problematic bugs caused laggy performance and low scores. The company has come out with an updated version and we took a look.

The 9-inch Nook HD+ is a Retina-quality tablet with a very simple mission – it wants to replace the iPad in the entry-level tablet market. It runs an acceptably fast 1.5 GHz processor that powers a 1,920×1,280-pixel screen. This means images are exceptionally bright on the device and video is more than acceptable. When we first looked at the HD+ in December on Fly or Die, I gave the HD+ a fly even with its limited functionality at the time and its lack of a camera.

The B&N party line is that this device is updated and I suspect there’s a reason they are running through these with a new round of reviews. Because I didn’t write a formal review when it first came out – I was far more impressed by the Nook HD – so it’s worth revisiting this tablet.

As it stands, the Nook HD+ is primarily a “dumb tablet” with a few smart tablet features. You can run a number of apps and games and view Nook Video alongside other video from providers like Crackle and Ultraviolet. This update also improves the speaker (it’s still mono) and improves performance.

Sadly, the quirks that plagued the original HD+ are present here. When turning on the device, for example, you see a brief “scrambled” picture that suggests a problem with either the backlight or the LCD. This “fuzz” appears sometimes while moving through apps and screens but it doesn’t show itself when you’re reading a book.

In terms of absolute performance the Nook suggests solidity but not pep. Switching between screens, at least while reading, is acceptably fast and much faster than it was in the initial launch. As for general app performance I saw a bit of an improvement over the previous software iteration but nothing to write home about. The HD+ is awful in direct sunlight, so don’t even think about going outside with it. This is an indoor ereader.

I think, sadly, the 9-inch tablet market has been flattened by the phablets and 7-inchers of the world. That said, the form factor is still good for folks looking for more screen real estate or larger fonts. For those customers, the HD+ excels. It is almost half a pound lighter than the iPad and even lighter than the Kindle Fire HD 8.9-inch. At $269 it’s priced just about right and, for a brief period, you could get a Nook Simple Touch for free with purchase. That promotion is over but you do get a $50 credit from Barnes & Noble for books and content.

So here’s what worries me: the ereader world has been stagnant since the holidays and the two-for-one deal, while generous, didn’t seem to bode well for B&N. This very slightly updated HD+ is a solid piece of hardware but it’s still not quite up to, say, the standards of similarly outfitted – but not similarly priced – Android tablets. The Nexus 10, is $100 more than the HD+ and, by all metrics, a better device. The iPad with Retina display is a bit more expensive, to be sure, and may not be exactly the device the novice, ereading user is looking for. However, the performance and build quality is far superior.

So who should get an HD+? I think folks who love to read on bigger screens. While there is a plethora of video content available, that’s not the draw here. The three main draws are, in order, price, price, and price. If you’re already a Nook user and you’re looking for a bigger reader, this may be the model for you. If you’re looking for a real tablet, you may need to look elsewhere.


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John Biggs

April 16th

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The Kindle Turns 5 Today, and It’s Come a Ridiculously Long Way

Today the Kindle turns five and it's come a long, long way in that past half-decade. In case you don't remember, in 2007 the first generation Kindle had a 800 x 600 screen, 250 MB internal memory, and was the only model to ever have a microSD slot. And it launched for the low, low price of $400. Despite the pricetag, the device was wildly popular, selling out in the first few hours, and remaining out of stock until April 2008. More »


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Eric Limer

November 19th

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The Kindle Turns 5 Today, and It’s Come a Ridiculously Long Way

Today the Kindle turns five and it's come a long, long way in that past half-decade. In case you don't remember, in 2007 the first generation Kindle had a 800 x 600 screen, 250 MB internal memory, and was the only model to ever have a microSD slot. And it launched for the low, low price of $400. Despite the pricetag, the device was wildly popular, selling out in the first few hours, and remaining out of stock until April 2008. More »


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Eric Limer

November 19th

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Amazon Discontinuing the Kindle Touch

Just a week after the Kindle DX was axed, seems Amazon is trimming its product line further: evidence suggests that its Kindle Touch is to be discontinued, with the Paperwhite filling the gap. More »


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Jamie Condliffe

October 23rd

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