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Literati color eReader released under Sharper Image brand

A new addition to the eReaders crowd will make its way to the stores, this time under the Sharper Image brand. While unusual, it is not the first device of its kind to be distributed like this since I bough my Pandigital Novel 7 from Bed Bath and Beyond. The Literati eReader will sport a 7″ LCD display (800×480) wireless connection and a store powered by Kobo and 150 free ebooks included. The ads don’t make any reference to additional applications other than eBook reading and if they are correct, the device is rather overpriced. To be noted is the inclusion of a keyboard like the Kindle eReaders but not a touchscreen, so if an Internet Browser will ever arrive on Literati, it will probably be a bad experience.

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Barnes & Noble launches NOOK for iPhone

If for some reason you just don’t like to read eBooks on devices of a reasonable size, Barnes and Noble is happy to allow you to read them on your iPhone as well as iPod Touch. The new app is similar with the one already available on other devices as iPad, Android and even PC and synchronise the reading state between the above mentioned devices – so you can start reading at work and continue while driving ;). One feature worth mentioning that Amazon (and their Kindle platform) doesn’t offer is the ability to loan eBooks for up to two weeks right from the applications and between devices.

Deal of the Day – $109 2TB Western Digital WD Elements USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive

Amazon has the Western Digital Elements 2TB External USB 2.0 Hard Drive for $110 with free shipping. At this point, this is the lowest price available anywhere for a hard drive of this size. It has been in and out of stock through the day, so check back if it shows out of stock. Excellent Amazon reviews all around.

Deal of the Day – Refurbished Kindle 2 for only $109

Update: Out of stock already!

Boy I’m talking way too much these days about readers, readers and more readers. This is probably the best price ever for the latest Amazon Kindle model – shipped directly from Amazon’s Warehouse, you can score the new Kindle eReader for only $109 with free shipping and no taxes in most states. Now, there is for sure no more reason to postpone your eBook investment…think about it, $109 with Global 3G access for life and space for 1500 books!!!!

Kindle 1 gets its own patent, is Nook in trouble?

Today, Amazon finally got a patent (number 7,748,634) for its first Kindle design. Beside pointing out the lack of efficiency of the US Patent and Trademark Office that needs 4 years to award a patent (and in many cases even longer), what is striking in the original patent application is the mention of a dual display system, one eInk, one LCD that Amazon did not implement, but the ideea was deemed worthy by, you guessed, Barnes and Noble with their beautiful Nook. And, as a side joke, we can’t help wonder if this is why Microsoft canned Courier ;).

Here is the relevant paragraph from the patent application:

A handheld electronic device comprising: a housing; an electronic paper display disposed in the housing and having a first surface area; and a liquid crystal display (LCD) disposed in the housing proximate the electronic paper display, the LCD having a second surface area that is smaller than the first surface area of the electronic paper display.

Now, whether Amazon would decide to sue B&N for the design and patent infringement is everyone’s guess, but B&N is also in a dispute with Spring Design over the design. Since both Amazon and Spring Design cannot claim dibs for the design at the same time, the whole situation is rather interesting and we’ll be happy to watch it unfold. If you want to read the whole patent, here is the link. Enjoy!

Amazon buys Woot, Woot sells Amazon (Kindle)

As you might have heard, Amazon signed an agreement to purchase Woot, a website that appeals to our impulse buying and sells one products a day, albeit at heavily discounted prices. In a move that fits the announcement, Woot today is selling the Amazon Kindle for $149 plus $5 shipping.

Update: They are sold out already!

Amazon slashes Kindle price to $189 in response to Nook

In response to todays’s Barnes and Noble announcement for a new WiFi only Nook at $149 and $199 for the 3G version, Amazon slashes its own price for Kindle which now costs only $189. This is indeed a good day for eBook readers!

The battle has officially begun, so do not be surprised if B&N lowers the price further to match Amazon the way they did it in the past, or if one (or both) of them starts to offer free eBook readers (combined with some kind of subscription service). The larger Kindle DX remains at the same price, $489.

James Cameron’s Avatar Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack $19.99 @ Amazon

James Cameron’s Avatar Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack is now available for $19.99 at Amazon. The price dropped from 24.99 not too long ago, and they didn’t even started to ship. It will ship on April 22nd.

  • Actors: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez
  • Directors: James Cameron
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • Run Time: 162 minutes

Avatar Blu-ray/DVD Combo available on pre-order at Amazon, shipping on April 22

The first Blu-ray edition (out of several yet to come) of the most successful film in history is available on pre-order at Amazon today and it will start shipping on April 22. This is a somewhat limited edition including only the main movie, no extra footage and no features. Of course no 3D yet, so if you already have or plan to purchase a 3D set this year, you probably want to wait for the next version of this movie scheduled to release later in the year.

I have seen various reviewers around the web, ranging from ecstatic to pure hate, criticizing everything from the number of cultural cliches involved to the simplicity of characters. Regardless of your opinion on this matter, considering the explosion of theaters looking to convert to digital and 3D this year, I would put Avatar in the same category as other movies that helped to revolutionize one aspect of cinematography (The Wizard of Oz (1939) for the color revolution, the 1993 King Kong for the special effects revolution). And again, regardless of where the Oscars went, at least this movie already made history.

250GB Hard Drive for XBOX 360 finally available at Amazon for 129.99 and free shipping

Finally you can install more of your XBOX 360 games onto this big (although still not as big as we would like) 250GB Hard Drive. Amazon has it in stock for March 28th at 129.99 with free shipping.