The Harry Potter eBooks are out TODAY!

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The first book Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by author J.K. Rowling barely made it to print in England in 1998, and yet the Harry Potter series has now sold close to 450 million books across the globe; and the eBooks are available on all eReaders today!

That number reflects the old-fashioned paper books (which are one of my personal loves, folks), because up until right now – this very morning – the eBooks had never been available.

I take books everywhere, but if I forget the paper goodness at home or in the car, and the tragic line at the bank goes on forever (or at least ten minutes) I get antsy with the desire to read. Having a portable Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince eBook on my person at all times seems like a no-brainer, especially when my train rides can kill brain cells without holding proper distractions of reading excellence.

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Keep your Kindle Solar Powered and Safe (or Just Buy Another One for the Same Price)

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SolarFocus, makers of flexible solar chargers for mobile devices of all types, will be debuting the first solar powered Kindle cover at CES this week.

The SolarKindle cover takes the already paperless green nature of the Kindle to the next level by providing up to 3 months of unplugged use with just a “normal sunlight environment.”

Charging times do vary depending on the weather but, the guys at SolarFocus say one hour of charge time in direct sunlight can provide almost three days of reading time.

After charging the on-board e-reader, the SolarKindle automatically switches over to charge a built-in 1500 mA battery used to power the swing out LED reading light and provide extra power for the Kindle.

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Nook Tablet Puts Amazon Under Fire

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Two days after the Amazon Fire is due to be released, the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet will try to beat and outshine the book wielding giant and e-reader extraordinaire at its own game.

For just shy of two hundred and fifty smackers, the Nook Tablet can be yours, at least as of the November 17, 2011 official release.

If there is one thing that HP proved to the consumer world, it is that not just anyone can put out a tablet and expect it to sell (like the dozens of cell phones that are incessantly dumped on the market). We, the electronics and technology consumers, desire what is often considered a paradox in our grown-up toys:  the most value for the money.

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nook Now Available at Barnes & Noble

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If that iPad thing isn’t working out for you, there’s still the nook. Remember that little guy? He’s the Barnes & Noble e-reader, which the company says is now available in stores.

The retailer had been teasing patrons last fall with a sneak peek, but finally made the nook available in stores starting Wednesday, February 10. It’s also available at nook.com.

B&N seems to think that the eReader will be a hot item for Valentine’s Day. In fact, they plan to offer exclusive holiday-themed online content, such as Kevin Zraly’s column “Read Between the Wines” (get it?) and a tasty red velvet cupcake recipe from Anne Byrn, the Cake Mix Doctor.

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