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03/25/2013

Airlines to let us keep gadgets running during takeoff?

Could it be time for airlines to let us use devices during takeoff? If reports are correct, the FAA could be gearing up to allow just that.

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11/08/2011

Kobo purchased by Japan's Rakuten

E-commerce giant Rakuten -- effectively the Amazon.com of Japan -- is buying Kobo, the Canadian seller of e-books and e-readers, for US$315 million. Since being spun out of Canada's Indigo book retailer, Kobo has been plucky underdog in the e-reader space. Rakuten hopes to expand Kobo into new markets, with a special focus on Asia, where Rakuten enjoys strong online market presence.

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05/20/2011

Have we reached the ebook tipping point?

Ebook advocates got a hefty dose of validation this week, after Amazon announced that it is now selling more ebooks than paperbacks overall. It followed on from an earlier announcement in January, when the company revealed that it sold more Kindle ebooks than paperbacks in the US during the final three months of last year. Now, it seems that the Kindle craze is spreading further, and wider. Since April 1, Amazon has sold 105 ebooks for the Kindle platform, for every 100 print books sold. That's pretty amazing for a platform that only launched four years ago. Have we reached the tipping point for electronic books and magazines?

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Have we reached the ebook tipping point?

Ebook advocates got a hefty dose of validation this week, after Amazon announced that it is now selling more ebooks than paperbacks overall. It followed on from an earlier announcement in January, when the company revealed that it sold more Kindle ebooks than paperbacks in the US during the final three months of last year. Now, it seems that the Kindle craze is spreading further, and wider. Since April 1, Amazon has sold 105 ebooks for the Kindle platform, for every 100 print books sold. That's pretty amazing for a platform that only launched four years ago. Have we reached the tipping point for electronic books and magazines?

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04/11/2011

It’s never too late to quit the printed page: An Amazon Kindle review from a print purist

To abandon printed books in favour of an e-reader seems to be the new “To be, or not to be” for Canadians who have until now shuffled their feet when it comes to making the switch. If you’re a “print purist,” (i.e. devoted to the page) you barely batted an eye at any e-reader releases, whether it was Amazon’s Kindle, the Kobo or the Sony Reader, it made no difference to you. You could care less about being an early adopter. When you have the hoarder-like comfort of shelves and tables and corners full of books you’ve collected over the years, well, technology can go ahead and move at its breakneck pace if it wants to — you’re covered with enough reading material for a lifetime.

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01/08/2011

CES: Tablets, PCs or e-Readers? How about all of them!

Xoom Apple, which sold over seven million iPads through September of last year, is expected to sell 28 million of the coveted devices in 2011, up from an estimated 22 million.

The technology darling created a market that wasn’t there a year ago, which put their competitors in a position of playing catch-up. But if there’s a takeaway from this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, it’s this: the tablet market will heat up significantly in 2011.

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12/06/2010

Want a Kindle? Not this Christmas

Kindle_AP If you were hoping Santa would be putting a Kindle e-reader under the tree this Christmas, wish for something else.

Canadians will have to wait until next year to get their hands on Amazon’s popular e-reader.

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Danny BradburyDanny Bradbury

Danny Bradbury is a technology journalist with 20 years' experience. He writes regularly for publications including the Guardian, the Financial Times, the Financial Post, and Backbone magazine. Danny also writes and directs documentaries.

Maurice CachoMaurice Cacho

Maurice Cacho is a Toronto-based journalist mixing his love for tech with a passion for news. He's also CP24's Web Journalist and appears daily on CP24 Breakfast and weekly on the channel's tech show, Webnation, discussing tech news and trends.

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