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Archives: October 2011

41.5% Of Nurses Own An eReader

Forty-one and a half percent of nurses own eReaders, and 31.4% of nurses have purchased medical related digital texts. This is according to a new survey from Springer Publishing Company. The study — which interviewed nurses, the majority of whom are nurse educators holding advanced nursing degrees — found that the Kindle is more common among this group that the Nook, as 61.4% of nurses have a Kindle versus 16.8% of them who own a Nook.

The survey also found that the nurses 74.6% own a smartphone or tablet computer. In addition, 53.6% of the nurses have downloaded nursing or medical apps.

Pascal Schwarzer, the Vice President of Digital Business Development at Springer Publishing Company, stated: “These findings indicate the rapid growth of mobile technology use among those in the health care industry, as well as the growing demand for eBooks and mobile applications that serve the professional development and reference needs of nurses.”

Free eBook: The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin

Our free eBook today is actually an app in the Amazon Appstore. The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin is a children’s story about the adventures of a square pumpkin. “One day in the pumpkin patch the strangest little pumpkin hatched. Spookley wasn’t like his friends—where they had curves, he had ends.”

The app features optional narration, sound effects, and a page turn effect. Kids can also enlarge each page of the book to see highly detailed original artwork. The app was produced by Oceanhouse Media, an established name in the book app niche. You can find OM titles in iTunes, Android Market, and elsewhere.

via Amazon

Barnes & Noble To Host Press Conference Monday

Barnes & Noble has been quiet ever since Amazon’s big press conference last month which introduced a new Kindle Touch and the Kindle Fire, a tablet eReader.

While Barnes & Noble already offers a tablet and a touch screen black-and-white eInk eReader, Amazon has undercut the book retailer on price offering the Kindle Fire for $199, $50 less than the $249 Nook Color, and the Kindle Touch for $99, $40 less than the $139 Nook Touch.

But today Barnes & Noble announced that they will be hosting a press conference next Monday. While they have yet to go into detail about what they will be talking about, the invite (part of which we have posted on the left), has the ‘n’ Nook logo. The last two press events have been to launch Nook products, and in light of Amazon’s recent news, it seems that more Nook news is on its way. And with the holiday shopping season around the corner, we expect that Barnes & Noble will drop its prices at the least.

We will be at the event to let you know the news as soon as it breaks.

Sony Reader Pocket Edition Now on Sale – $70

Sony still has some of the older Sony Readers in stock, and today it decided to put one on sale. You can pick up a refurbished Sony Reader PRS-350 Pocket Edition for only $70 today, direct from Sony.

This is a 5″ eReader that Sony released last fall. While it might seem out of date due to its age, the Pocket Edition still has decent specs compared to any of the eReaders currently on the market. It has the same annotation options as the new Sony Reader Wifi, the same screen tech and touch screen as the Nook, Sony, and Kobo eReaders, and it has more storage than the new K4.

Admittedly, it’s not the best hardware on the market anymore but it’s also one of the cheapest. Sony is selling it for $70. That’s a fairly good price for what this thing can do, and it’s a better deal than the K4, IMO.

BTW, you’ll need to put the device in your cart before you see the sale price.