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IAC & Netronix E-Book readers: touchscreens, WiMAX, EVDO & HSPA

IAC & Netronix E-Book readers: touchscreens, WiMAX, EVDO & HSPA

The Amazon Kindle may be sitting pretty as the best-known ebook reader out there right now, but all that could change if some of the new breed of e-ink devices have their way.  Computex 2009 has seen a few new designs introduced, often packing various wireless technologies and/or touchscreens.  IAC stacks up the wireless, with WiMAX, EVDO and WiFi, while Netronix has been showing multiple sizes from 6-inches through to 9.7-inches.

Video demos after the cut

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Color Kindle won’t launch for “multiple years”

Color Kindle won’t launch for “multiple years”

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has suggested that a color Kindle will not reach the market for "multiple years".  Speaking at the company's annual shareholder's meeting this week, Bezos told investors that he has "seen the color displays in the laboratory" but that they are "not ready for prime time".  The CEO also suggested that sales figures of the Kindle ebook reader will never be officially released.

Pixel Qi demo 3Qi indoor/outdoor/e-ink netbook display

Pixel Qi demo 3Qi indoor/outdoor/e-ink netbook display

Pixel Qi have finally demonstrated their clever 3Qi screen, which mixes together indoor and outdoor readability together with an e-paper mode.  The same panel is used in both halves of this picture: on the left, it's set to full color saturation with its backlight on, while on the right the backlight is off and the panel is in e-paper mode.  The latter will be incredibly power-frugal, as e-paper only draws power when changing the display, not to maintain an image.

After the cut, outdoor readability demonstrated

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BeBook Mini & BeBook 2 with 3G get video demo

BeBook Mini & BeBook 2 with 3G get video demo

The BeBook Mini 5-inch ebook reader has been caught on video in an interview with the company's CEO, together with the BeBook 2.  As well as the smaller E Ink device, the 3G connectivity in the upcoming BeBook 2 was discussed; the company is apparently in negotiations with European carriers, and is expecting to offer the device in France and Germany with inclusive 3G connectivity (as with the Amazon Kindle in the US).

Video after the cut

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