In the interest of settling the issue once and for all, this blog post will be used to document the many, many, many times that Good e-Reader reported a rumor that did not come true.
This post aspires to be comprehensive but it is a work in progress, and more examples will be added over time. I would appreciate any help you can provide.
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In November 2015 that blog claimed Amazon would release the Kindle Voyage 2 that month. Fact check: No such device was launched.
In September 2015 that blog claimed Amazon would release the Kindle Voyage 2 that month. Fact check: No such device was launched.
In February 2018, that blog copied another blogger’s story lamenting the lack of a Kobo mini, and four hours later claimed that Kobo was seriously considering releasing a Kobo mini 2. Fact check: No such device was launched.
In August 2017 that blog claimed Amazon was teasing Alexa on the Kindle. Fact check: This claim is based on a statement that reads more like a “no comment” than a teasing yes, and no such device has been released.
In March 2014 that blog claimed the Paperwhite 3 would have a flexible screen. Fact check: Amazon didn’t mention it in the press release or on the product page.
In April 2018 that blog took a post where I asked readers whether they thought the Paperwhite 4 would have a color-changing “comfortlight” frontlight and spun it into a claim that the device would actually have one. Fact check: The Paperwhite 4 did not have this frontlight when it launched in late 2018.
In 2016 that blog used my April Fools Day joke as the source for an exclusive story that Amazon was developing a Kindle with a Liquavista screen. Fact check: No such device was ever launched.
In April 2016 that blog claimed that Kobo would launch a new ereader by Mother’s Day. (This inspired a meme about that blog’s rumors over at MobileRead.) Fact check: It didn’t happen. Kobo’s new hardware didn’t even show up at the FCC that year until June, and they launched in August.
In April 2014 that blog claimed that Sony and Kobo were collaborating on a 6″ ereader with a flexible screen. Fact check: No such device was ever launched.
In May 2011 that blog claimed that Amazon would allow Epub on the Kindle. Fact check: This never happened.
Earlier today (24 December 2018) that blog copied another blogger’s speculation about whether Amazon will release another premium Kindle and reported that the Kindle Voyage 2 is going to be released in 2019. Fact check: No such device was launched.
In January 2019 that blog claimed Kobo would release an ereader with audiobook support on Mother’s Day. Fact check: It did not happen.
In October 2018 that blog declared that Sony was going to release a new 13.3″ Digital Paper in 2019. Fact check: No such device was launched.
On 19 February 2019 that blog claimed Amazon wold release a new basic Kindle and a new Kindle Voyage. Fact check: They guessed right 50% this time.
in November 2019 that claimed Sony would release a new 13.3″ Digital Paper in 2020. Fact check: Undetermined.
In August 2019 that blog claimed that Amazon would release a new Kindle Voyage in 2020. Fact check: Undetermined.
In February 2020 that blog claimed Kobo would launch a device that is “half an e-reader and half something else”. Fact check: No such device was launched.
In February 2020 that blog claimed Pocketbook would launch “a new entry level e-reader, a new color e-reader and another mid-range device” in 2020. Fact check: Undetermined.