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New Kindle Is A $290 Oasis

Exactly as previewed by Amazon's Canadian and Chinese sites, on Wednesday morning the company officially unveiled their new Kindle Oasis ereader -- premium priced, starting at $290 with ads. (Removing ads costs another $20; adding 3G is another $70.) Per our report yesterday, the new model is thinner and lighter…

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Based on Leaked Images, Kindle Returns to Ugly Roots with New Oasis

The original Kindle reader was one of the odder-looking pieces of consumer electronics, and with the new eighth-generation "top of the line" Kindle reader that Jeff Bezos tipped on Twitter last week, Amazon appears to be returning to its roots. Called the Kindle Oasis according to early posts spotted on…

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New Kindle Reader Due to be Announced Next Week

Recent Tweeter Jeff Bezos leaked himself on Monday afternoon. He wrote: "All-new, top of the line Kindle almost ready. 8th generation. Details next week." Meanwhile, Amazon Prime members are being offered $30  to $50 off the three existing Kindle devices right now.

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Nook Unveils The GlowLight Plus

Following a premature leak on their own web site a month ago, on Wednesday Nook formally launched its first new ereader in two years, the GlowLight Plus. The new 6.9-ounce device -- slightly heavier than its predecessor -- is hailed as the company's "first waterproof and dustproof device," and therefore perfect "for worry-free reading…

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Amazon Confirms Release of New Tablets, From Small $50 Unit to New 10.1-Inch Screen

As indicated by the WSJ and others, Amazon announced a number of new devices on Thursday morning. At the bottom end is a new $50, 7-inch Fire tablet. (If for some reason one is not enough, they will sell you a six-pack of tablets for $250.) In the middle is a revised…

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New Devices from Nook/Samsung and Kobo

Following Samsung's release of the Galaxy Tab S2 8-inch tablet, as expected Barnes & Noble has announced their parallel release of a Galaxy Tab S2 NOOK version. As with earlier co-branded tablets, Nook's $400 device includes an offer for free ebooks and magazines, and in-store at BN stores. Earlier in the week, Kobo announced…

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eNews: New Kindle Paperwhite, Oyster's Lumin

Amazon has refreshed its Kindle Paperwhite device, whose screen now has a 300-pixel-per-inch resolution, a new "Bookerly" font, and a $119 price. The device is available for pre-order and ships on June 30. Oyster has launched Lumin, a new feature designed to improve the quality of the in-app reading experience…

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UK Booksellers Report Good Holiday Sales (And Low Kindle eReader Sales)

Two UK bookstore chains reported encouraging holiday sales. Waterstones says print book sales were up 5 percent in December, and Foyles said same-store book sales were up 11 percent for the holiday. With 290 stores, Waterstones now expects to open a dozen or more new stores during 2015. Both booksellers…

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New Google Play Features Aim to Improve Nonfiction eBook

On Thursday morning Google Play Books introduced an update to their reading app providing "a redesigned reading experience that’s optimized for nonfiction books" with feature improvements meant "to solve the ever more challenging reference book" in digital form. Their new "skim mode" makes it easier to skim across an entire…

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Kobo Shares Examples of Reader Data Analysis

Kobo has released a white paper designed to show publishers and authors how reader data that platforms like Kobo compile "can actually help publishers unlock previously hidden equity within their publishing lists and inform decisions on which authors and franchises to invest in, which ones are running out of steam,…

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