Barnes & Noble Nook Vs. Archos 5 Internet Tablet: Round Two

December 14, 2009

For research purposes only, I, um, massaged an ePub eBook edition of a newly-released Michael Jackson biography so it could be tested on Judie Lipsett’s Nook to judge its ability to handle ePub.

This is a muthah of an ePub file: over 4MBs with lots of pictures in it.

Let that sink in a moment.

This is a book about Michael frikkin Jackson, OK?

It’s not an atlas or some niche specialty book.

It’s not a forgotten book like Jack London’s The People of the Abyss.

It’s an eBook the average reader would buy!

Can you guess what the results of this challenge were?

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Wind River’s Optimized Android OS: For Tablets?

December 13, 2009

I came across this news originally in a French post.

Then I went to the Wind River site for the press release.

This is the most interesting bit:

Pre-integrated third-party software, including existing Flash® technology from Adobe, OpenCORE™ mobile multimedia software from PacketVideo, firmware over-the-air (FOTA) updating and device management software from Red Bend;

My god! They’ve baked Flash into it!

And while the video part sounds exciting on the surface, it’s not.

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She Who Measures

December 12, 2009

You have never seen anything like this before.

She Who Measures

Dir. Veljko Popović / Croatia / 2008

Are we truly free? Are our desires our own or just a construct of the society we were born in or there is a chance to escape after all?

lead animator: Marin Kovačić
lead modeler: Milivoj Popović
music and sound: Hrvoje Štefotić

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Barnes & Noble Nook Gets Trashed By Archos 5 Internet Tablet

December 11, 2009

Liza Daly is prominent in the eBook community as someone who knows the IDPF ePub spec inside and out.

She bought a Nook for testing purposes, afflicting it with ePub eBooks that are totally-compliant to the spec and which anyone is bound to encounter at some point.

The results were not good at all.

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Apple iTablet Video: Nicest Fake So Far

December 11, 2009

eGether alerted me to the latest fake Apple iTablet video.

Of course, it comes out of France.

France, the country that gave us that fine Editis video. So they have some experience under their belt when it comes to dreaming up things!

See the video and screensnap analysis after the break.

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Android OS/Archos 5 Internet Tablet Notes For Saturday November 28, 2009

November 28, 2009

I didn’t think I’d be doing another one of these so soon!

Apparently while I was busy yesterday, Archos kicked out yet another firmware update: 1.4.09. Nothing having to do with that new YouTube issue, though.

Camangi published a new image of its WebStation. Look:

Click = big

A custom skin over the Android OS. Notice that eBook is in the bottom dock as a primary function.

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Two Android Mini-Tablets: Promising NEC But Avoid Smart Q5!

November 27, 2009

Earlier this month NEC showed off three models of a possible Android device, one of which is a take-along mini tablet.

I’m swiping one photo from the Akihibara News report because this is what some touch-enabled desktop computers will — foolishly — look like:

The wedge!

Go to the report to see photos of the grab-and-go mini-tablet mockup.

After the break, I have two videos.

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Android OS/Archos 5 Internet Tablet Notes For Friday November 27, 2009

November 27, 2009

It’s been a while since I did one of these.

Archos kicked out another firmware update yesterday. Apparently they are really serious about this product.

However, with changes comes breakage — and this one is awful.

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Syntron Android Mini-Tablet: 3G, 8.9″ Screen

November 25, 2009

Companies are beginning to use YouTube to pimp their products.

I haven’t seen this make news anywhere else (according to a Google search), so you’re seeing it here first.

Its the Mirror from Syntron. It boasts an 8.9″ screen, 3G, WiFi, and a multi-windowing modification of the Android OS.

What interests me is they’ve thought about eBooks. CoverFlow:

And Vook-like thinking:

See a video after the break.

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Camangi Android Mini-Tablet: ePub Built-In

November 25, 2009

I was very, very interested in this — moreso than the five inch-screen Archos — but then I discovered it cannot play DiXV AVI videos. Such a tragedy!

On the other hand, early-bird buyers can get this for US$400.00 (with a coupon code that must be requested by November 26th). That price makes it superior to any dedicated eBook device in my mind since it’s color, interactive, and can also access the Internet. And it has a seven-inch screen too — larger than most eInk gadgets.

And today it I learned it will also have ePub capability built-in:


eBook functionality is specially featured in Camangi WebStation. Camangi WebStation supports standard EPUB and TXT format; therefore you can easily download and read almost every eBooks from an online store or read Google Books online easily. Furthermore, unlike other eBooks readers that only produce black and white images, your book reading experience will be enhanced by full color pictures within an article when applicable.

Go here to read more — click on the eBook icon.

And remember this too: eReader was just released for Android. Once Barnes & Noble does its version of that and adapts its code for a larger screen, who would need a Nook?

Previously here:

The Coming Android Mini-Tablet Flood
Barnes & Noble eReader For Android Coming?