Kindle tweets outpace Nook tweets 2 to 1

Crimson Hexagon has conducted a study that about the eReader market that charts and analyzes Twitter conversations for both the Kindle and Nook, as well as the iPad (when used as an eReader.) The conclusion of the study is, “While the Nook readers have certainly established a solid and growing position in the e-reader market during 2010, our analysis also revealed that Amazon’s Kindle is still by far the most popular e-reader on the basis of total conversation volume on Twitter.” It’s rather interesting but take the study with a grain of salt.

Looking at the daily volume of  Twitter conversation for each of the devices, Crimson Hexagon found that conversation about the Kindle far outpaces the Nook and Nook Color (1000 vs. 500 or 2 to 1). As I said above take it with a grain of salt. 1000 and 500 daily “tweets” seems extremely low.

Ubuntu ported to Nook Color

The developers at the XDA Developers Forum ported Ubuntu to the Nook Color. It’s “a little laggy” and has its errors but overall it’s solid and it works. This particular hack, was inspired by Ubuntu on a Nexus One hack. Click the link for more information and instructions on how to add Ubuntu to your Nook Color (as always, proceed at your own risks.) The Nook Color is turning out to be the perfect Android tablet for hackers that is.

M-Edge announces customized Kindle 3 cases

Something I almost missed from CES 2011… M-Edge announced MyEdge. MyEdge is a program for making personalized cases. You can create customized jackets for your Kindle 2, Kindle 3, iPad, and Nook. Basically, all you have to do is choose your device, add color and text, and then add a picture. MyEdge will officially launch in February.

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Hanvon announces E920, world’s first color eInk reader

Hanvon announced the Wisereader E920 at CES 2011. It features a 9.7-inch color eInk panel and offers a screen resolution of 1200 x 1600 (200 dpi). It has a MicroSD card slot, standby time of 15 days, and the ability to turn through 10,000 pages before needing a recharge. Now to the downsides: the E920’s colors are muted and not on par with even a mediocre LCD, refresh rates are slow, and it has the horrible resistive touchscreen or in other words you need to use the included stylus. The biggest disappointment is that China won’t be getting this eReader until May while US availability is supposed to “by June.” The E920 will cost around $500.

Software updates for older Kindles

Amazon has released a software update for all Kindles after the Kindle 1 and before the Kindle 3. So basically, all versions of the Kindle 2, Kindle DX, and Kindle DX Graphite.

This software update, 2.5.7, would primarily be a performance enhancement update. The Kindle Community forums already have reports that the Kindle seems faster to some who have tried it and that the screen contrast seems improved.

Software version 2.5.7 includes performance improvements to software version 2.5. We welcome your feedback about this latest software version.

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Kindle DX Gallery

A few images of the Kindle DX I took while I was at Staples.

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iriver Story HD eReader preview

iriver released an almost identical eReader to the current-generation Kindle. iriver claims it is the world’s highest resolution 6-inch eReader with XGA (1024 x 768) screen resolution. Because of the higher pixel density and screen resolution of the Story HD, its contrast is far better than the Kindle’s. It only has 2 GB of onboard storage but it has an SDHC card reader slot. It will also have built-in WiFi and up to three weeks of battery life. As of now, the content partner for this eReader is unknown. The iriver Story HD will be “competitively priced” and be available in May

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