News Roundup: Apple vs. Kindle?, OLPC 2.0 as an E-Reader, B&N Studying Borders Acquisition

Will Apple Challenge the Kindle?

Rex Hammock re-launches consideration of why Apple would give Amazon a run for ebook readers and content distribution:

… a slightly larger iPod Touch [view concept image] linked to eBooks distributed via the iTunes store would match and raise the game with Amazon. (Continue reading.)

Next Generation OLPC: E-Reader in Waiting?

<p?Laptop Mag has an early look at the next-generation One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) XO-2, and the concept’s book-like form factor is sure to turn a few heads in the e-reader world:

[Nicholas] Negroponte didn’t share many details about the XO-2’s hardware, but the new system has two touch-sensitive displays. As you can see from the video and the pictures, the XO-2 will be much smaller than the original machine (half the size, according to the press release) and will have a foldable e-book form factor. “The next generation laptop should be a book,” Negroponte said. (Continue reading.)

B&N Considering Borders Acquisition

When Borders announced its exploration of “strategic alternatives” in March, speculation marked Barnes & Noble as a possible suitor. The Wall Street Journal says B&N is taking that speculation seriously — it’s assembled an advisory team to study an acquisition of its brick-and-mortar competitor. (Continue reading.)

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