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Could there be new hope for print newspaper lovers? Consumer electronics company LG will launch a plastic electronic paper display (EPD) in Europe this April, Mashable reported.

The EPD is 6 inches in size, 0.7 mm thick, scratch-resistant and has a resolution of 1024 x 768, the article said. And, unlike technologies that use glass screens, such as tablets and e-books, LG's e-paper can be bent up to 40 degrees from the center, the article said.

According to Extreme Tech, the display uses e-ink, the technology used in e-readers such as Kindle and Nook. Using e-ink is especially beneficial to manufacturers, the article said.

“Unlike flexible OLED displays, which have been around for a while, e-ink displays are cheap to produce and can run for months on a small battery,” the article said.

ComputerWorld reported in November that both LG and Samsung debuted prototypes of flexible displays at an FPD International event in Japan. While LG’s e-paper used e-ink, which relies on surrounding light, Samsung’s version used OLED, a technology in which pixels generate light when charged, the article said.

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Gianna Walton

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2012-03-29 17:03

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Amazon presented today the update for its Kindle for Android app, allowing readers to access more than 100 and magazines, Editor & Publisher revealed.

"Amazon has long offered access to newspaper and magazine content via its Kindle hardware devices, but this is the first time that functionality has been extended to third-party gadgets," explained Mashable.

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Emma Goodman

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2010-12-20 10:54

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Amazon announced on Monday that it would give publishers as much as 70 percent of the revenues it collects from selling newspapers and magazines through its Kindle store, The New York Times reported.

The royalty increase will take effect on December 1 and will be calculated on the retail price minus the delivery costs, The Associated Press reported. However, to qualify for it, "publications must be able to be read on all Kindle devices and applications built for devices such as Apple's iPhone and the Blackberry," Agence France-Presse explained.

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Emma Goodman

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2010-11-10 11:11

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Kobo, the eReader device backed by Indigo Books & Music, Borders, REDgroup Retail, Cheung Kong Holdings, and other leaders in technology and retail, announced it will offer newspaper and magazine subscriptions.

The selection includes "dozens of top U.S. and Canadian publications", according to the company, WebProNews reported.

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Emma Goodman

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2010-10-28 11:18

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The e-reader trend originally started with the Kindle, and it has continued to dominate the market. Since Apple released its potentially game-changing iPad, Amazon has been scrambling to keep up with its competitor. "The iPad has a touch screen, color, prettier software, audio and video playback, 100,000 apps," writes the New York Times. "For the Kindle, with its six-inch monochrome nontouch screen, the iPad was your basic (full-color) nightmare." With the price range comparable, the Kindle became the digital underdog overnight.

Technology is all about who can make the fastest, smallest, most bang-for-your-buck device in the market. That is exactly Kindle's strategy to survive in the marketplace. This week Amazon announced its newest version of the e-reader, the "Kindle 3." Amazon decreased the body size of the device by 21%, yet the six-inch screen remains the same size. The new Kindle weights only 8.5 ounces, which is a third the iPad's weight. Additionally Amazon lowered the price to from $400 to $140. For clients whose main objective is to use the device for reading, buying a Kindle seems an easier decision than purchasing a $500 iPad.

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Stefanie Chernow

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2010-08-27 15:07

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Amazon's 3rd generation Kindle will be shipped to buyers starting August 27. Smaller, lighter and faster, the Kindle has been designed to reduce chances of digital intrusions on the reading experience.

With storage capacity for 3,500 Books, a month of battery life, free 3G wireless, built-in Wi-Fi support, Text-to-Speech, and an "integrated, retractable reading light that lets you read comfortably anytime, anywhere," the new Kindle is good news, and for $189 or $139 without 3G, it comes cheaper than many of its peers.

What does this mean for news industry? The new Kindle seems similar in functionality to the previous versions, and still operates using E Ink. According to Geoffrey Fowler of the Wall Street Journal, Jeff Bezos, Amazon CEO, "takes pains to distinguish the Kindle from the iPad, saying the company is committed to making a single-purpose piece of consumer electronics...intentionally left off some potential whiz-bang features from the new Kindle, like color and touch-screen controls, that would have introduced compromises to the reading experience such as glare."

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Dawn Osakue

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2010-07-29 12:38

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Following the iPad's big splash into the tablet market this spring, today Amazon cut the price of its e-reader, the Kindle, while Barnes & Noble reduced the price of its Nook.

Both e-readers previously sold for US$259. Now, the Nook's pricetag is $199 and the Kindle is $189; Barnes & Noble has also launched a Wi-Fi-only Nook for $149. Comparatively, the iPad's lowest-priced version is $499.

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See also Nintendo 3D game device to support digital newspapers and magazines

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Emma Goodman

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2010-06-23 11:07

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If you thought Apple's iPad was ahead in the battle of the tablets, think again: Google is not only said to be building an edgy tablet but also just purchased BumpTop, a Toronto-based startup that specializes in 3-D multitouch technology.

BumpTop's technology would represent an innovative addition to Google's tablet's repertoire: the ability for users to to toss files and programs around, stack them, and even hang them on tiny digital walls. GigaOm reports that this kind of three-dimensional, multitouch user interface would be a "dramatic departure from the typical 2-D app/icon approach" and present an innovative alternative to Apple's design. This technology could also transform user experience with the product.
Last month, a number of reports about the Google tablet sprung up across the Internet. In April, The Huffington Post called the Google device, which will run the Android operating system and seeks to be very much like a computer, an "iPad killer." At the time, The New York Times also reported that people with knowledge of the project said Google had been experimenting with some publishers to explore the delivery of books, magazines, and other content on a tablet.

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Maria Conde

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2010-05-04 17:22

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Writing for paidContent, Benedict Evans recently wrote an analysis of why he believes iPad won't replace printed newspapers.


In light of the media crisis, Steve Jobs and other media moguls have marketed the iPad as the news industries savoir. Despite better than expected sales of the iPad upon its release in the US, Evans notes that the product only really appeals to individuals at the top of the media food chain

The iPad, with its $500 price, renders the product unaffordable for the general public. Much like the iPhone, the iPad works around the app store and the device itself is marketed on the idea that news outlets will be able to charge consumers for applications. This, however, is not what has happened. Evan points out that the most widely downloaded news applications are those offered free of charge.


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Robert Eisenhart

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2010-04-19 18:52

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It was back in January that Steve Jobs took the stage at a San Francisco event and told hundreds of excited Apple enthusiasts to hold the Internet in their hands.

After a three-month wait, on April 3rd, Apple fans were finally able to not only hold the Internet, but also the future of computing in their hands.

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