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.

7 Great E-Books to Read for Halloween

Halloween can be a lot more than just costumes and candy treats, when it is celebrated with the healthy habit of reading. Kids love a good ghost story, and for younger children there are wonderfully humorous Halloween tales. But there are also gripping stories for teens and even adults who want to enjoy a frightfully good read.

Here are 7 suggestions of great e-books for October and especially the spooky night of Halloween. So check out these titles and others to scare up some fun reading on the Halloween holiday. Some of them are even available right here at Free-Ebooks.net, where you can download them for free.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Washington Irvin’s classic Halloween story was first published 200 years ago. But it remains arguably the most popular Halloween story ever written. The story revolves around school teacher Ichabod Crane, who believes in ghost stories and folklore about the power of witchcraft. He is especially intrigued by the story of a headless horseman who haunts the woods near his home in Sleepy Hollow. Curiosity may have gotten the best of Crane, though, because one night he personally encounters the headless ghost.

Even Monsters Get Sick

For something less frightful for younger readers, this is a good choice. In fact, this iBook won a  Parents’ Choice Gold Award, and is free to download from iTunes. Kids get to follow along with the main character, Harry, as he tries his best to figure out what is the matter with he favorite monster. The story combines some great silly fun with some good lessons for kids.

The Little Witch

If you love Harry Potter books, then the Little Witch will probably be a big hit for you. Not only does it have the witchy element for Halloween, but it’s also filled with mythology and supernatural creatures, too. But it’s not one of the new and modern stories following in the footsteps of Harry Potter. This book was written 60 years ago, by Anna Elizabeth Bennett, who was a children’s book librarian. The key to its enduring popularity is that kids love it. This is a story of a little witch by the name of Minx who just wanted to become a normal little girl. To do that she enrolls in school and that is where the crazy adventures begin.

Count Dagmar

Do you have any vegetarians trick-or-treating at your home? If so, they might like to pause and read about Count Dagmar the vampire. Count Dagmar, unlike Count Dracula, is not a blood-sucking type of vampire. Instead, this Count happens to be a vegetarian. But in order for Count Dagmar to prepare for his big Halloween party, readers will want to help him. Kids do that by counting all the furry bats, friendly ghosts, and ridiculous monsters who inhabit this interactive e-book available from iTunes.

Goodnight Pumpkin

For children from age two to eight, it is difficult to find a more beautiful and fun bedtime story than the classic Goodnight Moon. But for Halloween the book Goodnight Pumpkin is a fantastic alternative take on the story, perfectly suited to the occasion.  This funny rhyming picture book for little ones puts a Halloween twist on the Goodnight Moon story and is a great choice to reach for every year at Halloween.

The Very First Halloween Jack-O-Lantern

Speaking of pumpkins and Halloween, here’s a little book that tells the story of how carving faces into pumpkins on Halloween got its start. Way back when, in 19th century Dublin, Ireland, there was a mean fellow by the name of Nasty Jack. He was a prankster, a bully, and a miscreant who caused trouble everywhere. Soon Jack was known throughout Ireland as the meanest person alive. But he helped inspire Jack-O-Lanterns that nice people still enjoy today.

The Haunting of Reindeer Manor

In this scary tale, a famous psychologist investigates the truth behind a haunted house that serves as a popular Halloween attraction. To dig up the facts, he arranges to sleep in the haunted Reindeer Manor house for nearly a week. Readers get to join him for this ghost-filled sleepover and find out what is really happening inside the Reindeer Manor.