Updates on the eReading World!

From the many new eReader model announcements to Overdrive enhancements, there’s a lot to be excited about in the eReading world these days.

This September saw announcements of new Amazon Kindles, Barnes & Noble NOOKS and kobos.  All of these eReader lines now have e-ink readers (black & white) and eReader tablets.  A growing trend, started by NOOK in April, is the introduction of eReaders that light up for low-light reading.  The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, the NOOK GlowLight and koboglo all promise to provide an eReading experience that’s easy on the eyes, but will also allow reading in the dark.

Another growing area in eReader design is the multipurpose tablet.  Both Amazon’s Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble’s Nook Color have been updated within the last several weeks adding more features including, high resolution displays and new size options (7” and 9”).  These new versions are now known as Kindle Fire HD and NOOK HD respectively.  Kobo will also be joining the tablet eReader game with their own 7” HD tablet named koboarc.  Also, it is widely rumored that Apple may introduce a smaller iPad in the near future to compete more directly with eReading tablets, both in price and form factor.  I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

In other eReading news, the new free Overdrive app will allow NOOK tablet owners to enjoy the same wireless download experience that kindle users have had.  NOOK tablet users will no longer need to download Adobe Digital Editions and connect their NOOK to a computer.  They can browse, checkout and download all from their device.

Written by Reference Librarian Stephanie.

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