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Amazon set to launch tablets in August or September?

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has practically confirmed that the company is working on tablets. The only question is when we’ll finally see them. Now it seems Amazon may be gearing up to launch the tablets in August or September, according to the Taiwanese news site Digitimes.

Barnes & Noble’s new $139 Nook is simple, touch-friendly

Just a month after releasing a major update to the Nook Color, Barnes & Noble announced today a smaller, more simplified version of the original black-and-white Nook. At $139, the device will compete better with the Amazon Kindle, which retails for the same price with its Wi-Fi only version, and the just-released $129 touch-enabled Kobo e-reader.

Nook Color gets Android tablet update with apps, Flash and more

Nook Color owners are in for a treat today, as Barnes & Noble has finally rolled out its long-awaited update that will transform the e-reader into an Android tablet with apps, Flash and a slew of other new features.

Amazon teams up with Overdrive for Kindle library lending

Amazon’s Kindle e-reader will finally play nice with libraries. The company announced today that it will debut a Kindle library lending feature later this year with participation from more than 11,000 US public libraries.

New York Times launches digital subscriptions: Are e-readers an afterthought?

After announcing its new digital subscription plan a couple of weeks ago and launching the plan in Canada, The New York Times is now expanding its paywall to readers everywhere. The strategy is very device focused (you have to purchase a mobile or tablet app; you can’t buy website access on its own), but there’s one class of device that’s curiously absent — e-readers like Amazon.com’s Kindle and Barnes & Noble’s Nook.

Interest in iPad 2 far outstrips interest in rival tablets

The iPad 2 is far outrunning its rivals in terms of worldwide awareness, according to Google Trends. As you can see from the chart below, people are Googling the iPad 2 far more than they are the Motorola Xoom or the Samsung Galaxy Tab. The same holds true for rivals such as the Amazon Kindle, the HP TouchPad, and the RIM PlayBook.

Forrester: iPad 2’s biggest challenger is an Amazon tablet

Market research firm Forrester isn’t putting too much stock in the hype surrounding upcoming Android 3.0 tablets. Instead, the company believes that Amazon is best suited to take on the iPad when it decides to enter the tablet arena.

Get your Kindle on at AT&T stores starting March 6

AT&T has joined the ranks of Staples, BestBuy, and Target and will start selling Amazon’s Kindle e-reader. Beginning March 6, shoppers keen on getting a hands-on experience with the device can hit an AT&T store nationwide.

Barnes & Noble to discontinue Nook 3G?

Barnes and Noble will discontinue the Nook 3G, according to “hard evidence from within B&N” collected by Engadget. Stores have been told to refrain from filling bulk orders, the site reports.

Can book retailer Borders survive without its own e-reader?

Book and media retailer Borders announced today that it will hold off on paying some publishers in order to buy time and reorganize its debt amid a year of weak sales in its brick and mortar stores in the era of digital distribution.

Amazon turns on Kindle ebook lending

As promised back in October, Amazon has just introduced the ability to lend Kindle ebooks, opening up a world of opportunity for Kindle users.

Amazon’s new Kindle is its best-selling product of all time

Amazon still isn’t talking Kindle numbers, but at least we know its e-reader is a smashing success. The company announced this morning that its third-generation Kindle is its best-selling product ever, surpassing the final Harry Potter book.

Amazon’s Kindle sales to surpass 8M this year?

We knew that Amazon was making a killing with its $139 third-generation Kindles, but since the retailer doesn’t discuss Kindle sales numbers, it’s always been unclear just how well it’s doing.

Could Google make Web-based books free?

Books have long stood apart from the rest of the media world, run by an oddball clutch of publishers, distributors and retailers whose practices have little in common with other traditional media formats, let alone new media. But as books head into the cloud, driven by players like Amazon.com and Google, they stand to be transformed by advertising and social networks.

Amazon debuts Kindle for the Web on heels of Google eBooks

Signaling renewed competition in the e-reading space, Amazon today debuted a web-based extension to their existing Kindle platform with a new product called Kindle for the Web, which is nearly identical to a product Google announced yesterday dubbed Google eBooks, which is also a cloud-based ebookstore and reading webapp that lives within the browser.

Google launches ebook store with world’s largest library of titles

Is this the end of Amazon’s ebook reign? Google is launching its new open ebook store today, simply called Google eBooks, with over 3 million titles, in a bid to take on the ebook world dominated by Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Apple.