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Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight Is Great in Bed

Barnes & Noble(NEW YORK) -- Ever since the first E-Ink e-reader was introduced in 2004, there's been one glaring issue with the technology category -- it's still hard to read books in the dark. Why hasn't the new technology been able to replace what now seems like outdated technology -- the book light?

Now Barnes & Noble has solved that issue with its new Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight. As its name suggests, the $139 e-reader has a built-in light for helping read in the dark.

"There are a lot of issues with book lights -- you have to remember to have the light, it's not a uniform lighting experience, and none of the lights are adjustable. That's why we worked so hard on the GlowLight in our new Nook," Barnes & Noble's President of Digital Products Jamie Iannone told ABC News.

The new Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight looks similar to the current $99 Simple Touch Nook -- it has a comfortable rubberish back, an eInk, infared touchscreen so you can swipe to turn pages and tap a word to look up the meaning. But now when you hold the Nook button on the bottom of the frame the light built into the e-reader turns on to illuminate the entire page you are reading. You can also adjust the brightness with a slider on the touchscreen. (Also, the new 7-ounce GlowLight Nook is slightly lighter than the non-glowing version.)

According to Iannone, Barnes and Noble spent a considerable amount of time coming up with the patent-pending technology to make sure the entire screen lit up and was still able to be glare free and readable outside.

One of the reasons others haven't done this before has been battery life, but according to Barnes & Noble, the new Nook will last a full month with the screen turned on and two months with the screen turned off.

Part of that battery life has to do with the display. The Nook still uses E-Ink screen technology, which is black and white, to make it easy to read inside and out.

And that's what Barnes & Noble is really selling here. "Now you have a reader that you can read outdoors in very bright sun or inside in complete darkness. It is the first reader where people haven't had to compromise."

Unlike the iPad, you can read outside on the Simple Touch, and unlike the Kindle, you can read in the dark. Iannone also called out that all of Barnes & Noble's Nooks are ad-free, unlike the $79 Kindle, which has ad-based screensavers.

Barnes & Noble and Amazon continue to duke it out in the e-reader market. Barnes and Noble currently offers over 2.5 million digital books, magazines and newspapers for its Nook devices.

The new Nook will be available for pre-order Thursday for $139 and shipping in early May.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


E-book Readers May Read More, Pay Less

Amazon(NEW YORK) -- Apple and five of the biggest U.S. publishers are accused of colluding to raise the price of electronic books for e-readers including iPad, Kindle and Nook.

The Wall Street Journal reported the Justice Department has warned it plans to sue Apple, Penguin Group, Simon & Schuster, Hachette Book Group, Macmillan and HarperCollins. But people familiar with the matter told the paper a settlement may be in the works for some of the publishers, which could lead to cheaper e-books.

Though the devices cost hundreds of dollars, many e-books are cheaper than the traditional paper versions.

The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins, published by Scholastic, is $5.51 for the Kindle and $5.51 for a paperback version on Amazon.  The book is $8.49 on the Nook.

Moneyball, by Michael Lewis, published by W. W. Norton & Company, is $8.29 on the Kindle, $9.72 in paperback through Amazon with a list price of $15.95. Barnes and Noble’s Nook version is $8.29.

But not all e-books are a big savings over the dead tree version. Ken Follett’s 865-page Fall of Giants is $18.99 on Amazon for the Kindle yet the hardcover version is $20.63.  Lone Wolf: A Novel, by Jodi Picoult is $14.99 on Kindle but $15.99 in hardcover.

The iPad 2 retails for $399 while the new iPad announced this week starts at $499. Amazon’s Kindle starts at $79 while the Nook retails for $99.

About 28 percent of U.S. adults, or three in ten, use an electronic reader device, according to a survey by Harris Interactive released this week. That’s almost double the 15 percent who said they used the device last summer. In the most recent survey, 72 percent said they do not use a device, down from the 85 percent who did not last summer.

Almost three-quarters of e-reader users are reading six or more books in an average year. Among those who are currently using an e-reader, 29 percent say they typically read more than 20 books in an average year, while 21 percent  say they read between 11 and 20 books and 24 read between 6 and 10 books.

Three in five non e-reader users are reading five or fewer books on average in a year. Among those who do not use that device, 18 percent typically reads no books in an average year, 19 percent typically read between one and two books and 21 percent typically reads between three and five books.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Tablet Devices Taking Over in 2012

Amazon(WASHINGTON) -- The number of U.S. adults who own a tablet device nearly doubled after the holiday season from 10 percent to 19 percent, according to the Pew Research Center.

Measured from mid-December to mid-January, the impressive increase in tablet ownership means that approximately 29 percent of American adults now own either an e-reader or tablet device -- up from 18 percent in December.

While the increase in digital readers may make a few publishing companies nervous, at least two companies are celebrating the news. Both Amazon, which makes the Kindle Fire, and Barnes & Noble, which makes the Nook tablet, also saw a large increase in sales compared to the previous year.

According to Amazon, the company sold four times as many Kindle devices as it sold on Black Friday in 2010, in part due to the introduction of the Kindle Fire.

At Barnes & Noble, the Nook tablet saw a 70 percent increase in holiday season sales from the previous year, according to the company. As a result, Barnes & Noble is currently looking to capitalize on the digital sales by possibly spinning off the Nook division.

While success of the tablet and e-reader devices may seem like the death knell for small bookstores, the American Booksellers Association actually reported an increase in profit for independent bookstores during the holiday season, including a 15.5 percent increase in sales during the Black Friday shopping period. It remains to be seen if these customers will continue shopping in the New Year.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Google Opens eBook Service

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.) -- Google has entered the billion-dollar digital book business with Google eBooks, where users can buy electronic books, read them on most devices and store them on a digital bookshelf.

The service, the company says, “is all about choice, so you can use just about any device you own to read any book, anywhere.”

Google says all of the major publishing houses are participating, so prices are competitive.

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Barnes & Noble to Announce Color eReader?

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Is Barnes & Noble bringing color to its Nook eReader?

The company over the weekend posted a product page that featured a screen protector for a "Nook Color," according to PC World.

The page has since been removed.

A press event is scheduled for Tuesday, at which the bookseller is widely expected to announce a full color reader.

A spokesperson for Barnes & Noble declined ABC's request for comment.

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