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From Apple's latest shiny playthings to the best smartphones from Google, we pick our favourite gadgets of 2013

Publishing venture bets on iPhone short stories

A new publishing company is betting that readers will bypass electronic readers such as Amazon's Kindle and Sony's Reader in favour of reading bite-sized stories on mobile devices they already own.

Reviews praise iPad battery life and ease of use

Apple's iPad scored very well in terms of ease of use and battery life in its first reviews, but it won't obliterate the laptop computer market just yet, according to the New York Times and Wall Street Journal.

Here's to the small print: The past and future of compact literature

From cigarette packet-sized classics to Don Quixote on the iPhone, Jonathan Gibbs charts the past and future of compact literature

Boyd Tonkin: Riding, reading and transports of delight

The Week In Books

Amazon squares up to Apple with its own Kindle

Web giant buys out touchscreen company 'in bid to develop e-reader'

Apple's own approach to iPad e-books could confuse

Even as Apple's iPad will likely energize electronic reading, the new device is undermining a painstakingly constructed effort by the publishing industry to make it possible to move e-books between different electronic readers.

Rhodri Marsden: A marketing triumph from masters of suspense

The things that we become massively invested in without realising it are extraordinary. I have no real interest in who wins the Eurovision Song Contest each year, but at the height of the voting I'll find myself roaring on Romania or Malta for no particular reason. And it's the same now, after the Apple press conference; I feel mentally exhausted, but all I've got to show for it is a picture of a computer that I'm not likely to be able to get my hands on in the UK for at least two months, and probably longer. Swizz.

Can Apple save the written word?

Newspapers and magazines hope new computer will do for them what the iPod did for the music industry

Boyd Tonkin: Time to delete the digital drivel

The Week In Books

Blind groups settle Kindle fight

Two organisations representing the blind have settled a discrimination lawsuit against Arizona State University over its use of Amazon's Kindle e-reader device.

Stephen Foley: The tablet PCs that will kill off e-readers

US Outlook: The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas always tempts one into flights of fantasy about our technological future.

E-reader boom kindles a variety of options

When most people think of electronic book readers, Amazon's thin, white Kindle probably springs to mind. But that could be about to change.

Amazon takes larger-screen Kindle global

Amazon.com Inc is to sell its larger Kindle electronic reader, aimed at students, businesspeople and newspaper readers, in more than 100 countries for $489 (£305), following the rollout of its original device last year.

Who owns your e-book?

You've bought a book for your e-reader and it's yours to own, right? That's what George Orwell fans thought, until their purchases disappeared. The implications are sinister, discovers Simon Usborne
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