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Tablet speculation mounts as Amazon schedules media event next week

Amazon may announce their tablet next Wednesday, September 28th
Amazon may announce their tablet next Wednesday, September 28th
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Amazon may announce their tablet next Wednesday, September 28th
Amazon may announce their tablet next Wednesday, September 28th

Amazon has scheduled a media event in New York on September 28th, mounting speculation that their forthcoming Amazon tablet will be announced. The tablet is expected to begin retailing in October or November at $299, considerably less than the entry-level Apple iPad.

The 7-inch tablet (and possibly a 10-inch option) is rumoured to run an Amazon-skinned and heavily-branded version of Android. Pre-installed Android apps are replaced by Amazon equivalents like Amazon’s Cloud player for music, Instant Video player for movies, Kindle app as the device’s book reader app and Amazon’s Android Appstore as the Android Market.

Amazon is also optimistic about their sales projections. Reports cite that they hope to ship 5 million by the end of 2011.

It’s also possibly that Amazon may announce a new version of their Kindle book reader device, or debut their new tablet-friendly website redesign, the first such redesign since 2007.

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  1. Nook Color Android-based tablet/eReader from Barnes & Noble has been on the market for over a year and sold millions of units at $250. Gives Flash, apps, videos, color magazines and ebooks with video inserts, and the best anti-glare coated screen on the market. Technology “leader” Amazon is finally catching up with the book store company by copying their device. Kindle only supports eBooks in its proprietary AZW format. Nook, on the other hand, supports both DRM-protected and DRM-free ebooks in ePub format thus it supports ebooks from B&N store, from any other DRM-free source on the web, and from public libraries. If you walk in with the Nook to Barnes & Noble store, you’re allowed to read any available eBook for free while in the store via free provided in the store Wi-Fi. Nook Color has hundreds of free apps available for download. Nook store has over 2 million of paid books and about the same number of free public domain books.

  2. Nook Color Android-based tablet/eReader from Barnes & Noble has been on the market for over a year and sold millions of units at $250. Gives Flash, apps, videos, color magazines and ebooks with video inserts, and the best anti-glare coated screen on the market. Technology “leader” Amazon is finally catching up with the book store company by copying their device. Kindle only supports eBooks in its proprietary AZW format. Nook, on the other hand, supports both DRM-protected and DRM-free ebooks in ePub format thus it supports ebooks from B&N store, from any other DRM-free source on the web, and from public libraries. If you walk in with the Nook to Barnes & Noble store, you’re allowed to read any available eBook for free while in the store via free provided in the store Wi-Fi. Nook Color has hundreds of free apps available for download. Nook store has over 2 million of paid books and about the same number of free public domain books.

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