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Barnes & Noble to release new Nook GlowLight

Barnes & Noble Inc. is releasing a new Nook e-book reader for the holidays, while it evaluates the future of tablet computers.

Nook tablets haven’t sold well amid intense competition with Apple’s iPad, Amazon’s Kindle Fire and others. Barnes & Noble had a slim 2 percent share of the worldwide tablet market in the fourth quarter of 2012, but fell off IDC’s top 5 list this year. READ FULL STORY

'Divergent' author Veronica Roth to release e-stories from Four's point-of-view

For Divergent fans that can’t get enough of Tris’s hunky love interest Four (real name, Tobias), readers won’t have to wait until the release of the third series installment or the movie to satisfy the itch. Author of the dystopian saga Veronica Roth plans to release four e-stories told from Four’s point-of-view. READ FULL STORY

'Sweet Valley High' to be released on e-reader Tuesday, see the covers now!

First the Baby-Sitters Club and now Sweet Valley High? We might just explode from a fit of teen lit nostalgia. Sweet Valley High is the latest ’80s YA series to receive an electronic makeover. The first twelve books will be available on eReaders, smartphones, and tablets Tuesday. Have identical twins Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield — the original “California gurls” — changed at all since they first hit the shelves of teens and tweens everywhere in 1983? Brainy Elizabeth and on-again-off again boyfriend Todd Wilkins are still having their ups and downs and the popular Jessica is still getting into hijincks with her frenemy Lila Fowler.

The colors on the covers may be brighter in pixel form, and the books live on to pack their addictive candy-like punch. Click through to see exclusive images of the book covers, featuring the Wakefield twins and their BFFs.  READ FULL STORY

Barnes & Noble announces its Apple and Amazon rivals Nook HD and Nook HD Plus

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Barnes & Noble deepened its inroads into the tablet market with two new devices unveiled yesterday in Manhattan: the Nook HD ($199) and Nook HD Plus ($269). In private presentations to the press, executives for the bookseller made frequent comparisons between the 7-inch Nook HD and Amazon’s Kindle Fire and the 9-inch Nook HD Plus and the iPad 3.

Both devices are available for pre-order today and will ship in November, in time for the Holiday season.

While the devices boast several tablet functions — including video, apps, e-mail, and web-browsing — representatives emphasized that reading is what B&N does best. The tablets are designed to facilitate one-handed reading better than its competitors, based on research into the average size of a woman’s hand. The devices promise to be the lightest tablets on the market; the 9-inch HD Plus weighs 20 percent less than the comparably sized iPad, and in fact is closer in weight to the 7-inch Kindle. The Plus offers 10 hours of battery life for reading and 9.5 hours for watching video. Both devices have expandable memory — up to 64 GB — but neither comes equipped with 3G, 4G, or GPS.

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Thomas Pynchon's full backlist comes to e-readers

For the first time, Thomas Pynchon’s seven novels and one short story collection will be beaming onto e-readers today. It shouldn’t be surprising that the notoriously private author is willing to embrace the digital form. After all, Wired magazine dubbed him “the paranoid poet of the information age,” as many of his works examine the fascinating and frightening effects of technology on modern culture. Plus, Pynchon probably isn’t averse to any format that allows you to buy a book without leaving the house.

Are you excited to download V., The Crying of Lot 49, Gravity’s Rainbow, Slow Learner, Vineland, Mason & Dixon, Against the Day, and Inherent Vice?

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'Harry Potter' books to be part of Kindle lending service

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Accio your Kindle over, because e-reading got a lot more magical today. Amazon.com announced that e-book editions of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series will become part of the Kindle service available to Amazon Prime subscribers. Members can download a book for free once a month.

As previously reported, this is in addition to the e-books now available for download on Pottermore, which officially launched last month.

So for those of you who still haven’t checked out Hogwarts, or for those that want to go back and digitally reread Prisoner of Azkaban, mark your calendars for June 19, when the Amazon Prime lending begins.

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Barnes and Noble launches Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight: Some first impressions

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Barnes & Noble announced its GlowLight technology today for the Nook, and the bookseller is hoping the new device will be a game-changer. Personally, I’m a happy Kindle and iPad user, but the new light feature is tempting enough for me to consider adding the Nook to my e-reader arsenal. The GlowLight addresses a major concern for me — and two out of three Americans — by making it much easier to read in bed. It takes the e-ink technology of the Kindle (and the pre-existing Nook Touch) and gives it a backlight, a combination that neither the Kindle nor the iPad have yet had in the same device. READ FULL STORY

J.K. Rowling's 'Harry Potter' e-books are finally available on Pottermore

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For many eager fans, there’s something magical about tapping a button on an e-reader and getting transported to Harry Potter’s wizarding world.

After months of delay, J.K. Rowling’s seven mega-best-selling Harry Potter books are now available in e-book form for the first time ever on her Pottermore website. The prices reflect the length of the novels; books one through three are priced at $7.99, while the four remaining tomes are $9.99. READ FULL STORY

Apple's iBooks 2 app to 'reinvent' textbooks

The annual back-to-school textbook run, which leaves students hundreds (or thousands) of dollars poorer and stooped beneath lead-weight backpacks, may be a thing of the past. Earlier today, Apple released the free iBooks 2 app for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. Unlike the original iBooks app, which sold fiction, nonfiction, and poetry titles, iBooks 2 will also offer textbooks, which will all be priced at $14.99 or less.

Apple hopes that the affordability of the textbooks will only be part of their appeal, stating that the iBooks textbook allows for increased user engagement with enhanced searchability, highlighting, note-taking, 3-D diagrams, and interactive galleries. Some of the e-textbooks will also provide questionnaires and instant flashcards of key terms.

Pearson, McGraw Hill, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt — who, combined, are responsible for 90% of textbooks sold in the U.S. — are already slated to sell their educational products through iBooks 2. Apple estimates that 1.5 million iPads are currently used in schools.

So you got a Kindle (or other e-reader) for Christmas! Here are 10 free books to fill it with

If Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos is to be believed, “many millions” of you received a Kindle product as a gift this holiday season. When I unwrapped my brand new Kindle last Christmas, I was itching to go on an e-book shopping bender. It can feel like you have every written word at your fingertips, and you want to read as much of what’s out there as you can. In the early days of Kindle ownership, I got download-happy and made some poor, money-wasting choices because buying books became so easy. If a friend recommended a title over lunch, I’d drop $12 on it on the spot without researching it first, or I’d get impatient and buy a title that someone would end up giving me a few days later.

When my e-book buying habit started getting expensive, I looked to the many free books available in the Kindle Store to feed my hungry reader. Many public domain books are classics, ones that you might want to revisit from school or others that you feel guilty for not having read. Haven’t read Anna Karenina or War and Peace? Now you can’t use the excuse that you don’t want to lug those huge tomes around. I’m ashamed to admit that somehow I’d managed to reach my twenties without having read a Dickens all the way through, so I dutifully made my way through Great Expectations and Bleak House. Even if you don’t plan on actually reading some of these free books (will I actually read my e-copy of Ulysses? Probably not), simply owning them can give you the warm fuzzies. Here are 10 books/authors that won’t cost you a penny in the Kindle store! READ FULL STORY

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