Plastic Logic eReader – Kindle2, Kindle DX May Have Some Real Competiton After All!

Here’s an ereader Plastic Logic’s  planning to launch…notice they say it is designed for business reading. Hmmm!

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But that’s not all.  What make this device even more interesting is that just like the Amazon kindle, it is set to have a  wireless connection courtesy of AT&T. Wow!

Now rumorville has it that AT&T planned to announce soon  that it will support an electronic book reading device due early next year from Plastic Logic.

But as we see in video, the device displayed is for business reading. Could this mean that there is a one-two punch in the works? The device in the video similar to the Kindle DX…and another device similar to Kindle 2 dedicated to just recreational reading?

If this is the case, then we will have a total replica of the Kindle 2,  Kindle Dx phenomenon.

Well! This looks like real competition. Plastic Logic, At&T, and Barnes & Nobles seem to get it!  This is really really interesting. Let’s see how Amazon respond.

Kindle 2, Kindle DX look out!

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Do you really own those Kindles Store ebooks on your Amazon Kindle?
Recently the publisher of George Orwell’s Animal Farm and 1984 decided to withdraw their  electronic version of the book from the  Amazon Kindle.

So,  without asking any questions, Amazon wirelessly deleted the book from all Kindles and refunded purchase money to would be owners.

That’s a big problem!

The thing with these Kindle  store ebooks that you buy is you don’t have that choice in terms of storage.

Every single one that you buy, is backed-up on the server.  That’s just like buying a car from someone, store it in their garage, give them the keys, and tell them to drive whenever they want.

Heck! they can even sell it if they want. Just give you a refund to cover their ass.

If amazon can wirelessly delete a book that you bought at anytime  and give you a refund, then in my opinion, it’s not really your book.

If it’s yours then you should have full control over it…to keep it as long as you want, sell it if you want,  and even loan it out if you want.

But that’s not the case with the Amazon Kindle. When you buy a book, you can’t loan it out, share it, nor store it on your own storage device.  Now we find out Amazon can even take it back. Wow!

Therein lies the reason why the darn thing don’t come with a SD slot.

But, it does make sense. How else can they ensure that they make money off the books and that Kindle owners don’t just copy from others?

Barnes and Noble, the largest bookstore chain, launches its own ebook store
This new eBook store will allow customers to download titles to mobile devices, including Apple’s iPhone, Research in Motion’s Blackberry, PCs, and Macs.

The company also is partnering with Plastic Logic to offer a  8.5inc x 11-inch electronic reader that can wirelessly download choices from more than 700,000 titles early next year.

Who is surprised? Not me. This was expected. But don’t think that the Amazon Kindle is going to roll over and die.

In fact, it all sounds good, but it is left to be seen what this up and coming electronic reader has to offer. I have a kindle and I love it. Barnes and Nobles is going to have to come up with a stellar device to get Amazon customers to switch.

Before we talk too fast, let’s just wait and see what happens.

One thing, though, this is good for the ebook reader market. We may even see more price drop soon. What do you think?

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Accessing ‘Old” Content for Your Newly Registered Kindle.

Schedule content delivery while waiting for Kindle to arrive
Here’s how…

  1. Visit the manage your Kindle page at the Amazon account.
  2. Scroll down to the “Your orders and individual charges” section.
  3. Select the Kindle listed in the “Download/Send to” drop-down choices.

Schedule delivery of your existing books to the new kindle before it arrives.

Your books will be automatically downloaded to your Kindle once you receive it and turn it  on, providing, of course,  you are in the wireless coverage area.

Wait for your Kindle to arrive, then download content

When your new Kindle arrives,

  1. Select “Archived Items” from the Home screen or “View Archived Items” from the menu.
  2. Select the item from the Archived Items screen.
  3. Click to download
  4. enjoy!

Kindle DX Sold Out!

Its only been six days since the Amazon Kindle DX release…and already it’s  sold out!

Either they didn’t make enough or there is a huge demand.  Whatever the reason, It’s really hard to tell  without the numbers.

In any case, if you order the device today,  you will have to wait until June 22 for shipment. Add another couple days and you should get it in a week.

That’s not  bad compare to Kindle1 back in November 2007. The wait time was much longer…yet faithful followers were willing to join the line and wait regardless of time.

Oh how times have changed!

Are you a Kindle DX enthusiast?…or a potential early adopter? If you are, then you will need to join the line now! If you don’t, t you could be waiting for a while.

Until next time.

Still Wondering Where To Get Kindle Content?

T. Beck has made an excellent post at here giving numerous sources. some them are free some are not…but the point is, there is no shortage of source out there for books your Amazon Kindle and other ereader devices.

Here are direct links to the eleven sources:

Kindle DX VS iRex Digital Reader 1000 / 1000s


iRex Digital Reader 1000


iRex Digital Reader 1000S


Kindle DX



10.2”diagonal E Ink®

1024×1280 pixel

16-level gray scale

9.7”diagonal E Ink®

1200×824 pixel

16-level gray scale


10.5”x 8.55″ x 0.47″ 10.4 “ x 7.2” x 0.38”


20.1 oz 18.9 oz


1000 books on card 3500 books


? 6 sizes




















Unprotected Mobipocket (.prc, .mobi)





Numerous titles available from Project Gutenberg, and Mobipocket plus other free eBook sites.

More than 285,000 books at Amazon store.

U.S. newspapers including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post; top magazines including TIME, Atlantic Monthly, and Forbes

Top international newspapers from France, Germany, and Ireland.

Numerous blogs.

Email your Word documents and pictures (.JPG, .GIF, .BMP, .PNG) to Kindle for easy on-the-go viewing.

Free book samples. Download and read first chapters for free before you decide to buy.


1 GB SD card slot holds up to 1000 books No slots

Computer requirement

Require computer to browse for, buy, and download books.

For USB Charging

For purchase and content download in non- wireless coverage area

For USB charging.


Wi-fi for wireless transfer

USB cable for transfer when necessary

EVDO/CDMA Wireless to shop the Kindle store and download content

USB cable for content transfer when necessary.








Yes: Wi-Fi Yes: Sprint (EVDO)

Power supply

Built-in rechargeable lithium ion battery
5 hours USB recharge
Rechargeable Lithium Polymer Battery.

AC Power adapter

Turn wireless off and read for a week or more before recharging.

Fully recharges in 4 hours with USB 2.0 cable



USB cable

Quick start guide

(No stylus with 1000 series)

Power adapter

USB 2.0 cable

Special Features

Print documents directly to device

1000s series works interactively with documents- stylus pen

SDK and other custom applications installed for extended functionalities and enhanced overall performance

Improved on-screen keyboard
faster feedback

device wakes-up with stylus tap (1000s)

See Paul’s comment below for a number of additional details.

Text-to-Speech feature allows device to read to you.

New York Times Best Sellers and New Releases $9.99

New5-way controller

Images and can be zoomed to the full size of the screen

50,000 audio titles from

New Whispersync technology allows you to switch back and forth between your Kindle devices and iPhone.

Basic Web browser reads simple, text-centric Web sites

Transfer MP3 files to Kindle as background music while you read

Free book samples

Built in dictionary

Search within books

landscape screen view mode

Vuilt-in PDF reader, using Adobe’s mobile reader

Experimental tab now on Main Menu for access to simple web browser, text-to speech, and play MP3 music.

Note: The difference between iRex Digital Reader 1000 and 1000s is the stylus pen.

The verdict:

Kindle can do everything the digital reader can except interactive annotation, print document capture, store documents on SD card, present documents in other languages, and hit wi-fi hotspots.

Digital reader can do everything Kindle can except, wireless whispernet content delivery, whisper-syncing with other devices, deliver magzines and blogs, browse the internet, access built-in dictionary, and play music background music.

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Newspaper and Periodical Publishers Actively Looking for Kindle Competitors!

A few publishers are forging alliances with consumer-electronics firms to support e-readers that meet their needs

Many newspaper and magazine companies are  feeling let down by the Kindle electronic reader.

Their complaint: Amazon is acting as a middleman with subscribers and controls pricing…plus the display is not conducive to adve rtising.

Hearst Corp., publisher of San Francisco and Houston Chronicle is backing a venture with FirstPaper LLC to create a software platform that will support digital downloads of newspapers and magazines

A venture that’s expected to result in devices that with a bigger screen and the ability to show ads.

USA Today and the Financial Times and other newspapers have signed with Plastic Logic Ltd., a startup that is readying a reading tablet, the size of a letter-sized sheet of paper, that can displays books, periodicals and work documents.ereaderalt

The device (shown here)  is slated to be rolled out early next year, and will offer publishers the chance to include ads.

 Apple  Inc. is readying a device that may make it easier to read digital books and periodicals, a prospect some publishers are eagerly awaiting.

News Corp., which owns The Wall Street Journal, also is exploring a possible investment in a Kindle competitor.

Sony, creators of the ereader digital (a current kindle competitor),  is planning the launch a wireless e-reader device that can download “daily content,” and is currently in talks with publishers.

Amazon aware of the complaints is itself is developing a new Kindle with a bigger screen more suited to newspapers and magazines.

Some publishers also are focusing their portable-reading efforts on devices people already use.

As expected, things are starting to heat  up…let’s see who will come out on top.