Welcome to another Good e-Reader Week in Review, where we cover all of the latest news on e-Readers, Tablets, Digital Publishing and eBooks!
In the last week we have a fair ton of announcements regarding the immident launch of the Samsung Galaxy Tab. Whether you live in the USA, Canada or anywhere in the world, we have exclusive information in terms of pricing and regional availability.
We also have lots of news on the new Archos line of tablets and new digital publishing tools from Adobe.
As always, with the Good e-Reader week in review, we only cover the most essential stories that you need to know about. If you want to know more about any of our top stories, click on the title of the link to view video, pictures and the entire story.
Half the size of the original Entourage Edge which certainly makes this new dual screen e-reader a viable item now. It features dual screens, one is a E-Ink screen and one a full color screen, both of them can be interacted with via touch screen. The Entourage Pocket Edge was designed to be a students and work device, it can play music, record audio, connect via WIFI and has a great store to purchase textbooks and other ebooks form. If you are a student off to College or University, this is a must have.
Samsung Galaxy Tab News!
The hottest new Android Tablet is a serious contender to the Apple iPad. Up until now, sure lots of tablets have come out, but they lacked features that made them viable comsumber goods. Samsung is the first major company to come out with a tablet that packs all the features you need, in a small 7 inch unit.
Now for the important news; right now the Samsung Galaxy Tab is available in the UK and in Taiwan. If you live in Canada and deal with Rogers, we have leaked Rogers Wireless pricing. We also have reports that Bell Mobility in Canada will also get the Galaxy Tab on November 12th.
Finally, we also have news that although the Galaxy Tab ships with Android 2.2, it will have GingerBread and Honeycomb updates.
If you would like to read a full preview of the Samsung Galaxy Tab, click HERE.
The new Amazon Kindle 3 3G e-Reader allows people living in China to bypass the Great Firewall! You might remember hearing tons of news reports that China has blocked major internet sites such as Youtube, Facebook, Twitter and many more! They also monitor in a draconinian fashion all internet useage, many people have been arrested and many more imprisoned for simply surfing the internet and stating their opinions. Who would have thought an e-reader would allow people to connect up to the internet and allow people to visit any site? This is mainly arbitrated to the fact that Amazons internet connection with 3G is outside of mainland China.
Archos has been making tablets and devices for about a year now and just came out with their new Archos 70 tablet. A 800 x 480 pixel 7 inch capacitive multitouch screen makes up the display. The Archos 70 also includes a front and rear facing camera and runs the latest Android 2.2. However, access to the Android Market is ruled out, something that the Samsung Galaxy Tab has an edge on. Although the price is right, for only $279 you get one heck of a piece of hardware. So good infact that it was sold out in 2 days.
What does iBooks, and Calibre have in common? They both use the new Adobe Webkit open source software! We got a few preview of their new digital publishing software that allows users to take advantage of adding text and pictures. Not only that, but via touch screen, you can move the picture anywhere on the page and the text will automatically accmodate the pictures your dragging around, in real time! With the advent of HTML 5 and the growing Anti-Flash movement, Adobe is doing their best to stay relevant in web and digital ebook development.
The Tablet all geeks are looking forward to, the Notion Ink Adam out of India. It looks like this device will have pre-orders available in December, with the first units shipping mid December and early next year. We have confirmed reports in terms of the final pricing for the Notion Ink Adam, from its CEO Rohan Shravan. It seems that four versions of Adam will be launched: each will use NVIDIA’s Tegra 2, but there will be Pixel Qi and LCD models and a choice of WiFi-only or WiFi and 3G. The LCD version will cost $399 for the WiFi-only and $449 for the WIFI and 3G model, while the Pixel Qi version will cost $449 for the WiFi-only and $498 for the 3G model.
We have been reporting the last few weeks on Notion Inks company Logo, they have been soliciting the community for images to represent the company. They have selected a Winner who will receive a free Adam, and the other entrants will get mad discounts!
Many people all this year have been eagerly awaiting the Asus DR-900 and Asus DR-950, and it looks like the wait is over, at least for the DR-900. It has quietly shipped in Taiwan for $390.00. Asus has told us they plan to ship globally both models in the first Quarter of next year.
The Ultra-Expensive Toshiba Folio is shipping right now! Price wise, the Folio 100 will cost €429 for the Wi-Fi only version and €529 for the 3G enabled Folio 100 in Germany while the same in Italy will make one lighter by €399 and €499 for the Wi-Fi and 3G models respectively. Price of the Wi-Fi Folio 100 in the UK will cost £329. All prices mentioned are inclusive of all applicable local taxes. Click on the title of the story to get FULL specs and features.
Pocketbook has long been a popular company to do business with, for people outside of North America. They have released a ton of different e-readers over the last few years, and now plan to open up 2 stores starting next week, and over 60 starting next year. They plan on selling 5 different e-readers to start, and plan to intergrate their new Tablet PC soon.
And that wraps it up for another Good e-Reader week in Review! As you guys know, the holiday season is quickly approaching! If you are wanting to buy yourself, or a special someone a new e-Reader, check out our retail partner Shop e-Readers! If you live in Canada, USA, Australia or New Zealand, they have great shipping rates!
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.