Sunday, September 21, 2008

New e-Ink Reader: coming soon

As a person living with quadriplegia I loathe reading the morning paper. I begin with a headline and maybe one paragraph, my interest is now captured, and before you know it the editor forces me to continue the article in another section, on another page, and then find the right column in order to continue reading. And all the while, I struggle to manage an unwieldy and awkwardly sized, flimsy and dirty bunch of paper; I hate it! To address my issues with the medium of newspaper, I have been searching for the right solution by following the development and marketing of e-Ink readers, mainly the Amazon Kindle, Sony Reader, and iRex iLiad e-Reader. I was excited the other day to read that more competition is on the horizon, though this newcomer promises to focus on a different niche--the needs of the business reader.
The Plastic Logic reader supports a full range of business document formats, such as Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint, and Adobe PDFs, as well as newspapers, periodicals and books. It has an easy gesture-based user interface and powerful software tools that will help business users to organize and manage their information. Users can connect to their information either wired or wirelessly and store thousands of documents on the device. The reader incorporates E Ink technology for great readability and features low power consumption and long battery life. The Plastic Logic reader is scheduled to ship in the first half of 2009.
I'll continue to follow developments in the e-Ink/eReader market and report back here and in my column in PN Magazine. And when I finally get my hands on the different options, I'll let you know what I think. Until then, here is a video with a close-up look at the newest guy on the block...enjoy!


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