The iPad 3G comes out this afternoon, and CNet reports that Apple Stores are actually closing for an hour from 4 to 5 p.m. to prepare for the launch. If anyone picks one up, we’d like to hear from you!
PC World has a 6-page article comparing the iPad to “everything else”. E-book and magazine reading makes up a considerable part of that comparison. The article says that the iPad definitely has the advantage as an e-reader, but that magazine publishers have yet to “create products that take full advantage of the iPad’s display and interface.”
Remember the suggestions that Amazon could use demographic information from its Kindle to show us what readers are doing? Amazon actually has started doing some of that. Snarkmarket links to a collection of the most highlighted passages from Kindle e-books. Interesting stuff.
Erotica e-book publisher Circlet Press (don’t visit this site from work!) is hoping to raise $5,000 to issue a printed book, by selling e-books on CD-ROMs. For $50, one gets a CD-ROM contains 20 e-books, or for $100 27 e-books and a T-shirt. The e-books are provided in PDF and HTML formats (which presumably means they’re also DRM-free). The sale only lasts until May 15th.
E-book reader OEM Qsida says that its BenQ e-book reader sold 10,000 units in the second quarter, and it expects the figure to rise to 400,000 per year. Those are some pretty big expectations, given that even the Kindle supposedly only sold three million units last year.
The WePad Android tablet from German manufacturer Neofonie has been shown off to German journalists. EnGadget has the details, complete with link to 25-minute video of the event.
Consumers in Europe and Canada can now, if they so desire, own a Joo Joo tablet. Fusion Garage promises a “robust software update” soon to fix a number of the problems that have so far been reported about the device. It is still unclear whether it could easily or satisfactorily be used to read e-books.