The E-Reader Space Lights Up

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The e-reader space continues to heat up: This time it's Barnes & Noble that's throwing down the gauntlet. Its Nook Simple Touch device will now be released with "GlowLight," a new feature that allows the device to be more easily read in low-light situations. While nifty, this shouldn't be read into as a game-changer in the war with Amazon.com's Kindle devices. For one thing, it's expected that Amazon will be releasing its own version in the future. Secondly, the DOJ's recent ruling against Apple will likely push the price of e-books back to where they were when Amazon had a stranglehold on the market: $9.99. Quite simply, Barnes & Noble can't compete at those prices.

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  • Report this Comment On April 19, 2012, at 12:45 PM, leonhart03 wrote:

    Only fools can truly see the dark side of everything... doom and gloom for everyone except Amazon!

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