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Nook Color unofficially gets Android 3.0 Honeycomb (AWESOME)

First it was Ubuntu, now Honeycomb, the latest version of Android designed for tablets, has been ported to the Nook Color. What is especially amazing about this port is the fact that Android 3.0 Honeycomb emulator was just realized yesterday.  xda-developers has a thread going on the subject; the current port is said to be really slow and mostly broken.  The developer says he plans on working on graphics acceleration to improve performance over the weekend.

UPDATE: The promised graphics acceleration is complete. Video of it in action below.

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Nook Color update: pinch-to-zoom browsing, improved WiFi connectivity

Color TouchscreenBarnes and Nobles released a minor software update for the Nook Color, Version 1.1.0.
Nook Color Version 1.1.0 update contains enhancements to improve the overall performance, including:
  • Improved performance of Wi-Fi connectivity, Home and Shop.
  • Ability to pinch and zoom in browser.
  • Enhanced reading experience for magazines and children’s books.
  • Access helpful NOOK color related information and support tips on the new default browser home page.
  • Reduce mistyped passwords with “show password” option during registration and Wi-Fi set up.
  • Easily identify NOOK kids Read To Me™ books with a new text banner next to the titles in Shop.
  • General bug fixes and performance improvements.
The software update is available immediately via a manual download on their site (here). And will also be delivered via an automatic download for devices connected to Wi-Fi, over the next few days. More info at the link.

Kindle books overtake paperbacks

July 19 of last year was the day that Amazon’s eBook sales overtook the sales of hardcover books. Half a year later eBook sales overtook the sale of paperbacks. According to Amazon’s latest earnings report, “Kindle books have now overtaken paperback books as the most popular format on Amazon.com.” The company had originally said this would happen by Q2 of 2011, but it clearly happened a lot earlier.

Amazon also sold through $12.95 billion worth of goods, representing the company’s first $10 billion quarter.

Press Release below:

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Amazon Launches Its Collection Of Short Works, Kindle Singles

Today, Amazon has finally released  Kindle Singes. In October, Amazon announced it Kindle Singles which are basically short stories and digital pamphlets. In Amazon’s words, Kindle Singles are “twice the length of a New Yorker feature or as much as a few chapters of a typical book” and generally 5,000 to 30,000 words (roughly 30 to 90 pages). They’re shorter works not forced into the expected size of a regular novel making them more affordable, prices range from between $0.99 and $4.99. At this time, there are only 22 singles which is rather low.

Engadget: B&N to discontinue Nook 3G, lack of demand

According to Engadget, Barnes and Noble plans to discontinue the 3G version of the eInk Nook. Citing a lack of interests in the 3G model as more consumers are buying the WiFi-only version. Compared to the Kindle 3, it has less memory and shorter battery life, but it does have a user-replaced battery and a microSD card slot. The 3G model is currently priced at $199, the WiFi model costs $50 less.

Kindle iOS app receives major updates

Kindle for iPhone

Amazon posted a major update to its free Kindle app for the iPad and iPhone. The 2.5 update adds the ability to take advantage of iOS 4’s multitasking abilities and a few minor improvements.

You can now drag compatible files to the Kindle app via iTunes, when your iOS device is connected to a Mac or PC.

One of the less-known features of iOS 4’s multitasking is the ability for apps to continue downloading even after they’ve been closed. According to Amazon, Kindle 2.5 will finish downloading your books even if you switch to a different app.

Other minor changes to the app include support for better image zooming and a new book indicator. The app’s icon has also been changed to emphasize the word Kindle and remove the word Amazon.

The Kindle app lets iOS users read Kindle books and shop at the Kindle Store, which contains over 775,000 titles. The app also includes a built-in dictionary, search features, and customizable background color and font size. Kindle requires iOS 3.0 or later.

Remove DRM from Your Kindle Ebooks

Instructions from Gizmodo:

Too Smart Guys created the video above (the tutorial portion starting at 2:05), demonstrating how to remove DRM from Kindle ebooks that you legally purchased. To get started, you need the following:

Note: the Python scripts are currently down but Too Smart Guys have been kind enough to provide a torrent you can use to download the files instead.

Once you’ve got all of that installed and ready, open up the unswindle.py script. You may be required to browse to python.exe in order to run it, but either way the goal is to run it with Python. After an extended moment, the Kindle for PC application will launch. You’ll find your Kindle books in Archived Items. Open one up and then quit the Kindle for PC app. At this point you should be prompted to save the DRM-free ebook. Pick a location, and you’re all set.

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