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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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Amazon Refreshes Kindle eReaders and Tablets, Adding Kids Tablet

After some leaks at their international stores, on Wednesday evening Amazon announced new ereaders and tablets, all set to ship in October. The new basic Kindle is thinner, adds a touchscreen, and sells for $79, with ads. (That's $10 more than the previous basic model, or 15 percent higher. So the people who fight to control…

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Kobo Confirms October 1 Launch of Waterproof eReader

Kobo went poolside to unveil their newest ereading device, the Kobo Aura H20, which will go on sale for $179 on October 1 in the US, Canada, the UK, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, and Spain. Kobo president Michael Tamblyn says in the release: "When we asked our customers what held them…

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eNews: Sainsbury Takes Full Control of Anobii; Nook GlowLight in the UK; and More

Sainsbury's is now the sole owner of fledgling ebookstore Anobii, the Bookseller reports, buying out Penguin Random House's 24 percent stake and Harper UK's 12 percent stake. (The company first acquired HMV's 64 percent stake in Anobii in 2012.) Sainsbury's said the move "gives it full control of the platform…

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