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e-Book Echo: Nook Sells Out; Kindle Update Coming

November 23, 2009

By James Kendrick | Sunday, November 22, 2009 | 9:44 AM CT

Our platform focus continues this fine Sunday with the e-Book Echo, our take on the week in the digital publishing world. The Barnes & Noble Nook is not due to be shipping for a few days yet, but it seems they have already run out of the initial production run. It is being reported that they have already allocated all units produced, and that holiday shoppers will have a difficult time getting their hands on the Nook. They are due to appear in retail stores on Nov. 30, so we’ll have to see if the stores have any stock on hand based on these reports.

Kindle owners are familiar with the difficulty they face managing large book libraries on the device. It can be a frustrating experience paging through a long list of books on the Kindle, and that is not a good thing for such good customers to deal with. Amazon feels your pain, and are promising an OTA update early next year to make large libraries easier to deal with. It is interesting that in this social networking age, Amazon chose to inform customers via its Kindle Facebook page.

E-book readers with color screens are getting closer to reality, with efforts by Qualcomm leading the way. Its Mirasol technology uses ambient light to power the display, and like e-Ink screens power is only needed when the page is refreshed. Qualcomm expects to see readers using the color screens start appearing in the market next year.

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