eBook Bargains: Top Tips for Black Friday

The biggest and most frantic holiday sales season is upon us, and everyone is strategizing ways to score the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. Over the Black Friday weekend, some of the most lucrative bargains of the entire year will be up for grabs. That includes products for e-book readers, so here are some timely tips to help make your bargain hunting more successful.

Under the Radar Deals

Some of the best bargains of all will be found by savvy shoppers who buy before the actual official Black Friday kick-off. That’s because retailers have, in recent years, expanded the traditional one day sale into weeks of promotions and special offerings.

But keep an eye out for these lesser-known sales that occur both before and after Black Friday weekend. They may fly under the radar, but they still represent once-a-year savings opportunities if you’re in the market for e-books, an e-reader gadget or related products and accessories.

Amazon Giveaways

Already Amazon is doing a gigantic special giveaway promotion. Every day leading up to Black Friday, prizes will be awarded to those people who have the Amazon app. There is absolutely no purchase necessary, and you can download the app just by going to “amazon.com/app” from your mobile browser.

Fans of e-books are winning some great goodies, too. Recent prizes included MacBook Pro, Dell Chromebook, and Google Pixelbook computers as well as the new Apple iPad Pro. Snag one of those devices and you can enjoy built-in e-book reading capability, plus a host of other awesome features.

Amazon Price Changes

Staying on top of such pricing for the items you have on your shopping list can help immensely. That’s particularly true for Amazon. Most experts believe, based on previous years, that at one time or another every single Kindle model will be discounted during the Black Friday sales season.

Because Amazon is not only the world’s biggest bookstore but also the planet’s most popular retailer, it pays to stay informed about what’s happening there. One of the most convenient and portable ways to do that is to download the Amazon App. Once you have the free app, you can be instantly notified about Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals.

Resources to Help Monitor Black Friday Sales

Another good resource for tracking price changes at online retailers including Amazon is the website Honey.  It’s also possible to track changes in prices on Amazon UK through the UK-based website CamelCamelCamel.

Two of the other biggest retailers participating in Black Friday markdowns are Walmart and Best Buy, which both sell e-readers and other devices used as e-readers. Visit their websites to see the latest news on bargains and sales. Or you can visit Best Black Friday, a website that collects Black Friday advertisements from multiple big box stores and displays them on its home page.

Barnes &Noble Unveils a New Nook

Barnes & Noble has nearly fallen off the map in recent years in terms of its e-reader products, despite the fact that it still has a large and popular chain of brick and mortar bookstores. But now it’s getting back in the game, introducing a brand new 10.1-inch Nook Tablet.

The full HD display is more than 10 inches large, with 1920 x 1200 pixels, and the battery offers more than eight hours of reading, web browsing, or video watching on a single charge. Other notable features include Wi-Fi  connectivity, front and rear cameras, and 32 gigs of memory with the ability to upgrade with up to 256 more gigs. The new Nook will be available for pre-sale online until it goes on official sale in November 14th, for $129.

10.1-Inch Nook Sale & Cookbook Bundle

But you may want to wait until after the official release date, because starting on November 22 and running through December 26, the Nook version 10.1 will be available for a special holiday sales price of  $119.99.

During that same time period, Barnes & Noble is offering a cookbook bundle promotion. Customers can purchase the Nook 10.1 with a charging dock for $159.99, and receive $50 worth of Good Housekeeping eCookbooks with hundreds of delicious recipes, while supplies last (total value of $214.94).

3 New E-Readers Hit the Market Just in Time for Black Friday

If you are in the market for a new e-reader, or an upgraded version of your favorite one, manufacturers have some good news. Three of the biggest makers of e-readers, Apple, Amazon, and Kobo, have recently released significantly upgraded versions of some of the most popular models ever made.

They also timed it so that the new gadgets will be flying off the shelves during the holiday shopping season. Anyone shopping for an e-reader, especially a more top-of-the-line model, will want to check out these three newbies.

A Waterproof Paperwhite

The super-popular Kindle Paperwhite just got the biggest redesign in its decade-long history. Now it’s more portable than ever, with twice as much storage memory and longer battery life. The device, priced at $129.99, weighs a mere six ounces with a glare-free 6-inch screen and stronger battery. The paper has a very realistic and elegant look, almost like fine parchment.

That visual aesthetic with e-ink and e-paper has always been a big feature of Kindle Paperwhite devices. But now they have another feature that competes directly with Kobo’s best products and was previously only found on Kindle’s high-priced Oasis. The newest Paperwhite is fully waterproof. It’s not just water resistant, but actually meets the strict IPX8 rating for protection against being submerged in about five feet of water, for as long as 60 minutes.

The iPad Goes Pro

Apple’s iPad products started off small and limited in functionality when they were first created. They weren’t powerful enough to replace laptops, but were a bit too costly to compete with most tablets. That has all changed with the new Apple iPad Pro, which is the ultimate dream machine in terms of iPad products. Although it is pricey, starting at about $800 for the smaller version, it is a high-value device that’s worth every penny to someone who like iPad’s features and versatility. The iPad Pro will easily replace many laptops and tablets, while fulfilling their roles and going far beyond.

Instead of investing in an exclusive e-reader device which is carried separately, many people prefer to own just one gadget that does it all. For those consumers, the iPad Pro can perform as an easily portable computerized device that does almost everything. In fact, there are more than a million apps that can run on the iPad Pro. But with available storage of up to 1 TB, just imagine how many e-books you can store on the device. The iPad Pro is available in an 11-inch or 12.9-inch version, with a blazing fast processor. But it fits into a sleek package weighing under a pound, and is the thinnest iPad ever made.

Kobo Raises the Bar

Just as Amazon introduced its waterproof Kindle Paperwhite to compete with Kobo, Kobo rolled-out another new waterproof e-reader, the Kobo Forma. Priced at $279.99, it is now the flagship model for Kobo. In fact, most experts consider it a direct competitor with Kindle’s top-of-the-line Oasis e-reader. But the Kobo Forma is actually larger than the Oasis, and it has the same type of asymmetrical architecture that gives it a thicker spine.

Kobo claims that it is more durable than the Oasis, too, because the Forma utilizes lighter, more flexible plastic instead of metal and glass. The Kobo Forma weighs less than seven ounces and boasts an 8-inch, 1,920-by-1,440 screen, 8 GB of storage, and is capable of improved PDF format support in landscape or portrait views. The device also has new page-turn buttons that can be accessed whether you are right-handed or left-handed.

A Free E-Reader Buyer’s Guide

The Free-Ebooks.net website tracks all the new versions of e-readers and writes helpful summaries of them, and then includes them in the regularly updated E-Reader Buyer’s Guide. It’s free to use, and is a very handy way to learn about all the major e-readers from Kindle, Kobo, Apple, and Nook. You can read overviews of both new and older versions of e-readers, including  full technical specs as well as the significant pros and cons of each model. Check it out before you go shopping for an e-reader, because it may save you lots of time and give you some valuable consumer insights.

Lesser-Known & European E-Readers, Plus E-Book Battery Tech News

While the most popular and well-known e-readers (like Kindle) tend to dominate the market and the headlines, there are other e-readers available. New ones are coming out all the time, and some of them have unique features or pricing. That may make them worth a look if you’re browsing or doing research before making a buying decision for your next e-reader gadget. Meanwhile researchers are hoping to create the world’s first technology to power e-readers without batteries.

The InkBook Lumos

The most recent e-book reader from InkBook, called the InkBook Lumos, may be a good choice for those who want to buy an e-reader for less than a hundred bucks. Brand new ones are currently available on Amazon for just $99, plus free shipping, which makes the Lumos a good bargain for a dedicated e-reader.

The Lumos offers a glare-free screen and an elegant, paperlike e-ink display, plus it has a front light with color temperature management technology. It’s powered by a dual-core processor and boasts up to three weeks of battery life between charges, depending on how you use it. The device measures slightly larger than six inches by four and a half inches, and weighs 14.2 ounces. There are four gigs of storage capacity, which should be plenty of storage for holding at least 5,000 titles.

InkBook e-readers support EPUB format, and are the only ones on the market today that let you utilize EPUB3 formatting, which enables right-to-left reading for languages like Hebrew and Arabic. You can use Android apps to read any book from any library on the InkBook Lumos, and it also is compatible with the popular Kindle app. That means you can use it in conjunction with that app and read any title that you download from the Kindle store.

The Storytel Reader

Another new e-reader recently made its debut in Sweden, Denmark, and Finland. The Storytel Reader gives you subscription access to a virtually unlimited number of titles. But there is one big drawback. The Storytel is currently only available in a few countries in northern Europe.

But if you happen to live in a Nordic nation, the Storytel Reader features a six inch E Ink Carta display, a high-resolution touchscreen, and page turn keys. Power comes from a 1GHZ processor, paired with 512 gigs of RAM and 8 gigs of internal storage memory. Other features include a front-lit display, a headphone jack, and good battery life. The e-reader sells for about $110.

If you visit the Storytel Reader website, you will need to translate it unless you are able to read Nordic languages. That’s because Storytel is a Swedish company, and the entire site is written for native Swedish readers.

Tolino Shine 3

Tolino Alliance is a company that has a business partnership with Kobo. So it’s not a coincidence that the new Tolino Shine 3e-book reader is very similar to the Kobo Clara HD. In fact, it is essentially a Kobo Clara HD clone, with a 6-inch front-lit screen, adjustable color temperature, and a very lightweight and sleekly portable design.

The Shine 3 is another gadget currently only available in some European countries, but if you do live there it gives you access to a large e-book library. There is a Tolino app that makes it easy to synch your books across devices and access them wherever you happen to go, via the Tolino cloud storage facility. Just continue reading from wherever you left off on your other device. The Tolino Shine 3 is priced at about $150.

Can You Imagine an E-Reader with No Battery?

It sounds far-fetched. But two major companies are working to develop a remarkable kind of electronic paper that doesn’t need battery power. E Ink, which makes great electronic e-book inks, has entered into a creative partnership with Fujitsu, the global photo film and e-book technology leader. They want to create battery-free products including  e-readers.

For now they are hoping to debut some simpler items like luggage tags, within the next year or two. But it’s not just sci-fi because wireless UHF technology, combined with e-ink, is already used in the logistics, supply chain, and manufacturing sector. The next big innovation for the e-reader world may be the introduction of e-readers that you never have to plug in or recharge.