20.10.09 Graeme Neill in The Bookseller
Two new e-book reading devices have been unveiled, as Amazon began sending out its Kindle e-book reader worldwide.
Editor and Publisher reports that Plastic Logic will debut its new slimline e-book reader, the Que, at the Consumer Electronics Show in January in Las Vegas. The device supports newspapers, magazines and books and is targeted to business professionals enabling users to view documents in Word, PDF, PowerPoint and Excel.
The e-reader is the size of an 8-by-11-inch sheet of paper and is less than one-third of an inch thick. It features a large touchscreen, which Plastic Logic claims is the largest in the industry, as well as a "shatterproof" display. QUE connects via Wi-Fi and AT&T's 3G network.
Spring Design also revealed a dual screen device, named Alex, that uses Google's Android operating system. The reader also offers full internet browsing over Wi-Fi and mobile networks. E-books can be read on a monochrome electronic paper display screen with internet content available on the lower colour screen. Pricing is unconfirmed and Spring said it was in discussion with a number of partners to sell it by the end of the year.