Rumors have swirled for some time about the fact that Facebook might be developing a Flipboard-style news reader. Now, a report from re/code suggests that the social network might launch such a service, called Paper, this month.
Google Reader is on its deathbed, slated to meet its end on July 1st. Its demise has been looming in the distance for a while, so this should come as no surprise. And while this is certainly a time of mourning, there's the unseemly business of finding a replacement. Here's a list of platform agnostic alternatives…
According to a report from AllThingsD, lack of customers wasn't the only reason Google Reader will meet its untimely end on July 1st. It was also, for Google, a potential source of bungling that it wasn't worth shoring up.
Do you remember when everybody was worried what Apple's iBookstore meant for apps like Amazon's Kindle? The undercurrent of dread Apple would kneecap competing ebook stores the way it does iTunes competitors? Well, those fears may have come true. Updated.
When Japan does something, the rest of the world usually follows—so we could see ereaders get even more popular. Three years since Sony ceased selling Readers in Japan due to low demand, they're flogging 'em again. [Bloomberg]
Barnes & Noble's touchscreen Nook Color—a reading-centric, 7-inch Android tablet with full color books, magazines, newspapers and apps is well, surprisingly good. It might be the best Android tablet yet, even. Update: Video!
vBookz, the somewhat useful text-to-speech iPad app we've covered before, is now iPhone-ready. It doesn't appear that many of our quibbles with the app have been rectified since we examined vBookz's previous iteration, but the robotic narrator is now pocketable.
A few months back Sony demonstrated their ultra-thin flexible OLED panel, which was thinner than a human hair, and could be wrapped around a pencil. While not as visually impressive, their flexible e-paper at least has a chance of launching.
Amazon's reader behemoth is about to get a little more behemoth-y, as Best Buy will begin selling Kindles this fall. With the devices already selling out, we can only imagine what the nation's largest electronics retailer will do for sales. [CrunchGear]
If you're interested in Borders' Kobo or Aluratek ebook readers, then you're in luck: The two have had their prices dropped by $20 and are now available for $129 and $99.99 respectively.
Rumor is that there's a new batch of Sony Readers coming soon: The PRS-350 and the PRS-650. They are described as being under 10mm thick and all-around better than previous models.
It may have taken longer than expected, but a replacement for the Kindle 2 has arrived. The addition of Wi-Fi and an aggressive $139 starting price make the new eReader a formidable upgrade.