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Sleepytime Scientists Say Our Precious Machines Should Come With a “Bedtime Mode”

Today in "Carolyn's unhealthy habits," some concerned sleep scientists have released new research on the impact light-emitting devices have on the production of melatonin.

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Barnes & Noble Gives Up on In-House Nooks, Looks for Partners for New Tablets

America's biggest bookstore chain needs a helping hand developing and building its next foray into the eReader market.

Hey, do you want to help Barnes & Noble make a color tablet that's mostly an e-reader, but also some other things? Because someone is going to have to. America's biggest book retailer is looking for a hand developing their next generation of Nook tablets, which will no longer be an in-house project going forward, the company announced today. By seeking manufacturing partners, the bookstore chain is hoping to stem its losses on the readers which have seen associated revenues drop over a third in the past year.

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First Bookless Public Library Features E-readers You Can Borrow

The Future Is Now!

Not quite sure e-readers are for you? They are a significant expense after all, and not everyone is ready to leave those delicious smelling pages behind. But you're in luck if you live near Bexar County in Texas. They're about to open the nation's first bookless public library system.

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Toys R Us Moves Into The Competitive World Of Tablets With $150 Tabeo For Kids

And So It Begins

We know Toys 'R' Us does toys - heck, it's right there in the name - but today they're venturing into uncharted territory. The retail chain will soon be selling their very own tablet created especially for kids. So instead of breaking your expensive technological device, they can break their own! 

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You Can Pre-Order The New Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight Today

Finally, the written word may have conquered all possible lighting scenarios. The new Nook Simple Touch is available for pre-order today and it has both an eInk display and a front-lighting feature dubbed "GlowLight," making it arguably the first eReader to be totally usable both in direct, glaring sunlight and also in the absence of any other light source. About time, am I right?

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Flexible E Ink Displays Now In Mass Production

E Ink devices are about to get a lot more like paper. LG has just started mass production of the first flexible, plastic E Ink displays. The flexible E Ink displays have a resolution of 1024×768 and are 6 inches diagonal, much like the Kindle and Nook. Unlike the Kindle and Nook, these flexible displays are made primary out of plastic instead of glass laminate, allowing them to be flexible as well as 30% thinner, 50% lighter, and virtually impossible to shatter.

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Pottermore Is Finally Here! Read Harry Potter EBooks For The First Time Today!

This is just like magic!

I feel like singing Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy! J.K. Rowling's best-selling Harry Potter novels are finally available for download on ereaders today. You know what that means...Harry Potter re-read! 

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Dep. of Justice May Take Apple and the 5 Biggest Publishers To Court Over Ebook Price Fixing

Inside of a dog it's too dark to read

And we were just talking about Amazon throwing its weight around to get small publishers to lower their ebook pricing even if they think it would be financially against their interests... now the US Department of Justice has warned Apple, Simon and Schuster, Hachette Book Group, the Penguin Group, Macmillan, and HarperCollins that it will be investigating them for possible violations of Anti-Trust Law in their pricing of eBooks. The case rests on the rules Apple set down for how publishers would be required to publish their books to the iPad, and some significant differences between their rules and the way publishers interact with physical retailers.

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What’s in the Graphic Novels Section of the Nook Store? Novels That are Graphic (By Which I Mean Porn)

Elsewhere on the internet

The number of times that I have been asked "Graphic novel? Is that, um, pornography?" is not insignificant. I know it's something my mother has had to explain a few times after telling people what my hobbies and interests are. But the Nook apparently has a slightly different problem. Its system that allows writers to self-publish their ebooks to its network also allows them to choose what genre their work is displayed in... apparently without much moderation. Which means that there's a ton of porn in the Graphic Novel section. Or so Sascha Segan of PC Magazine found, while trying to pick up for Eric Shanower's Oz series.

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Every Book in Skyrim is Now Available in eReader Formats

For how humongous and detailed the worlds in Elder Scrolls games tend to be, it is continually impressive that the huge, detailed worlds are filled with many long, detailed books. Elder Scrolls players tend to become obsessed with the books, collecting them and arranging them on the bookshelves in their in-game housing, to the point where users have madd mods for past iterations of the franchise installments that make the book-arranging an easier process. The problem, though, with the long, detailed in-game books are that they're long and detailed, and we have a world to explore and quests to complete. Now, however, has compiled all of the in-game Skyrim books and made them available for you to read on the go, in both Kindle and Nook formats.

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The Size of Our Devices Was Determined By The Size of the Average Sheep

That's right. Books, and everything that's been made to imitate them, owes its specific size to exactly how much skin you can get off a sheep. I know, this sounds like some weird expansion pack for Settlers of Catan, but allow us to explain.

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Geekolinks: 7/5

Amazon Cuts Kindle Price to $189

Amazon has dropped the price of a Kindle 2 by almost 30%, from $259 to $189.  This announcement comes so hot on the heels Barnes & Noble's more affordable Nook announcements that it may have left scorch marks.

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This Week in Things That Aren’t iPads: Nook “Lite” and Nook 2, Dell “Streak” Tablet?

It may interest you to know that Apple has competition in the tablet market, much in the same way that the Kindle has competition in the ereader market, much in the same way that sharks have remoras. Barnes & Noble has announced a number of updates concerning its ereader the Nook, and Engadget has gotten a hold of some leaked pictures and internal Dell announcement of a tablet computer called the Streak, in 7 and 10 inch sizes.

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