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Kindles Old and New

Older Kindle (left) New Kindle (right)

Deja Vu?

They look identical, but the newer Kindle, on the right of the image, is subtly more refined than its elder sibling on the left.  The incredibly lightweight electronic book reader from Amazon, with its paper-like unlit screen and display that uses ink particles for a realistic and easy-to-read look, has had an update.

What’s New?

The features include:

  • Just £69 from Amazon.co.uk
  • Only 170 grams in weight
  • More advanced electronic ink display (see below)
  • 15% faster page turns
  • One month battery life (I can vouch for this on the older model)
  • Space for 1,400 books
  • Over 1,000,000 books in the UK Kindle Store (many of which are available free, such as the classics)
  • Free wireless delivery allowing you to purchase and read within seconds (less than ten seconds in my experience)

The New Display

These images show the old and new electronic ink displays in extreme close-up (excuse the dust on my older model).  The new display has much smoother fonts.  Up close like this, you can see that the newer Kindle has a less pixelated appearance to the lettering.  You can’t see the pixels on either model, but the new one is definitely clearer.  The paper background is also whiter, giving higher contrast and making it easier to read.

Kindle Font Old

Old Kindle Display

Kindle Font New

New Kindle Display

Page Turns

The other noticeable difference is the page turn speed.  Flicking through the dictionary on both devices at once to find a page for the close-ups, the page turns on the new model are noticeably faster.  The older model changes through a black screen before displaying the new page.  The newer model morphs more quickly from the text of one page to the text of the next.

Ideal Christmas Present

Any avid reader will easily make the transition to the Kindle from paper books, even if they are sceptical at first.  The sheer ease with which you can carry several books with you on holiday or on a long journey makes the Kindle a must-have for readers.  With its affordable price, it’s sure to be on many a Christmas list again this year.  The new Kindle gets a CDW Gold Award for making a brilliant device that little bit better.

Yesterday saw ARCHOS release it’s new 7 inch colour eReader, called the 70d.

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With a vibrant colour screen and all the features you’d expect in a premium eReader, including adjustable font sizes, a low power-consumption backlit screen, and support for a wide range of open and DRM protected formats, the ARCHOS 70d already packs a punch. However, the ARCHOS 70d is much, more than just an eReader.

The high-resolution colour display is equally adept with720P HD video playback and displaying album covers from the on-board MP3 music player.With room for over a thousand eBooks or 20 movies in a device that’s the same size as a standard paperback book, the only choice facing an ARCHOS 70d user is whether to read a book or flip the device to watch a widescreen movie.

Features

- Low consumption backlit, 7 inch colour screen and adjustable font sizes

- Wide range of formats (Adobe DRM protected EPUB and PDF) for downloading free and paid for eBooks from popular bookstores

- HD video playbook with support for multiple formats including MPEG-4, AVI, MOV

- MP3 music playback and JPEG photo playback

- G sensor for auto-screen rotation

- 4GB internal storage with expandable microSD card slot (upto 16GB)

- 11mm thick and 280g in weight

- Drag and drop capability, allowingeasytransfer of files from a PC via USB

Specifications

Internal Storage 4GB internal memory +microSDslot to extend memory (up to 16 GB* cards)
Display characteristics 7”(17.8 cm) Color TFT – 800 x 480 pixels – 16:9 ratio – Anti-glare surface
Text Formats1 PDF, EPUB (including Adobe DRM PDF and EPUB protected ebooks), TXT, FB2.
Music Playback2 MP3
Photo Playback3 JPEG, BMP, GIF
Video Playback3 MPEG-4 AVI,FLV, MPG, RM, RMVB, FLV, MP4, DAT, VOB, MKV, MOV (up to HD 720p)
Other G sensor for auto screen-rotation
Battery4 2100 mAH
Dimensions & weight Dimensions: 175 mm x 125 mm x 11 mm
Weight: 280 grams
Compatibility Windows®, Mac® or Linux in mass storage mode
Computer Interface USB 2.0 High Speed
Package includes ARCHOS 70d eReader, micro USB cable for charging and file transfer, Quick Start Guide

It’s available now for £59.99, so if you are after a cheap, colour eReader this might suit you.

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Sony have just announced the World’s lightest eReader with Enhanced Touchscreen. Oh, and a specially-created limited edition of Reader Wi-Fi for Harry Potter fans!

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· Hold effortlessly in one hand: just 168 grams and 8.9mm thin
· Browse and download a huge range of eBooks via Wi-Fi
· Turn pages smoothly, zoom in and out, look up in dictionary or make notes, all on advanced, high-contrast touchscreen
· Borrow eBooks directly and wirelessly from your public library
· Over one month of battery life* lets you read without recharging on holidays or trips away
· Available in three fashionable colours: red, white and black

Treat yourself to the most natural and immersive reading experience with the new Reader™ Wi-Fi® (model PRS-T1) from Sony – the world’s lightest1 15.2cm (6”) eReader that also features an enhanced touchscreen.

Now with Wi-Fi, Reader gives you the additional freedom to buy, borrow or get eBooks for free wherever there’s a wireless connection available.

From the latest releases to popular titles and classics, it’s easy to browse and download titles in seconds from a huge range of compatible bookstores and other web sites. You will also be able to purchase and download eBooks and periodicals via Wi-Fi from the rapidly-expanding catalogue available at the Reader™ Store2. What’s more, Reader Wi-Fi is the worlds’ first3 eReader that will allow you to borrow eBooks wirelessly from public libraries thanks to simple, seamless access on the device4 via an on-screen ‘Public Library’ icon.

Slipping effortlessly into a bag or pocket, Reader Wi-Fi is no bigger than a paperback book. 8.9mm thin and weighing just 168 grams it’s supremely comfortable to hold, with a gently curving profile that fits naturally in your hand.

Enjoying your favourite book is even more of a pleasure with the advanced Dual Touch screen. E Ink® Pearl electronic paper displays a clear, glare-free, high contrast image that’s easy to read for hours, even in direct sunlight.

Touch the screen to choose a book. Swipe a finger to turn the page, or zoom in and out by pinching your fingers together or apart. Tap on a word and hold to find its meaning from two built-in English language dictionaries. Words can also be translated to and from English using ten built-in translation dictionaries. You can even write notes on the page or highlight text with a finger or the supplied stylus – just like a real book.

Finding your way around the longest title is refreshingly quick and intuitive. Bookmark pages and return to them instantly, or search for particular passages and jump straight to the text you’re looking for.

While you’re reading, get extra information easily on a word or phrase with in-text access to Google™ and Wikipedia® look-ups. A simple browser also lets you download other compatible5 documents from the web via Wi-Fi for easy reading while you’re on the move.

Reader Wi-Fi handles a wide range of digital formats, including the popular EPUB eBook standard plus PDF and TXT documents. View your collection of digital photos on screen, or plug in a pair of headphones and listen to stored music tracks while you’re reading. The front cover image of your current title or a favourite photo can be displayed as a screensaver when Reader is in standby.

Fine-tune your reading experience with eight adjustable font sizes plus a choice of six font styles. Screen contrast and brightness are easily adjusted for comfortable viewing in any lighting conditions.

Its long battery life lets you read for over one month without needing a recharge (3 weeks with wireless on). Reader Wi-Fi can be used while the battery charges via USB on a connected PC, so there’s no need to interrupt your favourite book.

With a capacity of 2GB – enough to hold around 1,200 eBooks – internal memory space is easily expanded with an optional microSD card to hold tens of thousands more.

Style-matched optional accessories for your Reader include a form-fitting cover with built-in lighting arm that angles for reading at night or in dimly lit places.

Reader Wi-Fi with Pottermore download offer6

Sony’s first offer in its collaboration with J.K. Rowling’s eagerly anticipated Pottermore website (www.pottermore.com) is a specially-created limited edition of Reader Wi-Fi (PRS-T1) which includes a voucher that enables Harry Potter fans to download the first Harry Potter eBook title, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, from Pottermore. Pottermore, a unique website which builds an exciting and immersive online experience around the Harry Potter books and is the exclusive retailer of the Harry Potter digital eBooks, is partnered by Sony.

Reader Wi-Fi (model: PRS-T1) by Sony is available in Europe from October 2011, depending on country.

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