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Fujitsu demo color ereader prototype; launch in 2010

Fujitsu demo color ereader prototype; launch in 2010

After Fujitsu began their color e-newspaper trials in Japan a year ago we've been waiting for the technology to show up in a consumer device; it now looks like that could be fast approaching.  Fujitsu Japan have been demonstrating a new prototype ereader using a color e-ink panel and with an ultra-slim chassis, that they apparently expect to reach the market sometime this year.

Hardware details for the device are unknown, and Fujitsu themselves don't seem to be saying much about its capabilities.  For their e-newspaper trial the company were looking at wireless delivery of content, and the "Link" indicator on the prototype's front panel suggests it might have its own form of wireless too.

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Spring Design Alex ships today

Spring Design Alex ships today

If you eschewed Kindle, nook and iPad last month and instead slapped down your money for Spring Design's Alex dual-display ereader, then the good news is that your new toy is expected to ship out today.  Up for preorder since March 16th, the $399 Alex runs Android and - unlike the nook - allows for full internet access over its WiFi connection.  Spring Design have also confirmed that their international multi-language versions will be made official "shortly".

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Interpark Biscuit 3G ereader hits Korea

Interpark Biscuit 3G ereader hits Korea

Another week, another oddly named ebook reader.  Korean shopping heavyweight Interpark have announced their own entrant to the ereader market, in the shape of Biscuit.  Similar to the Amazon Kindle, though with a distinctive keyboard layout that moves the core navigation buttons to below the display rather than their more common edge positions, the Biscuit includes 3G connectivity for mobile downloads of ebooks and newspapers.

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Kobo $149 eReader and “Powered by Kobo” ebook platform announced

Kobo $149 eReader and “Powered by Kobo” ebook platform announced

Break out the bunting, there's a new e-reader in town.  Kobo have announced that they'll be taking on Amazon's Kindle, Barnes & Noble's nook and the eventually-linked-to-Borders Spring Design Alex with their own dedicated device, the Kobo eReader.  Great, aside from the fact that they've apparently just recycled a four-year-old Netronix ebook reader with a bright new case.

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Marvell Shows Off Android Tablet, Could Ship Later This Year

Marvell Shows Off Android Tablet, Could Ship Later This Year

Tablets are back in style, no thanks to a little thing called the iPad, and there's nothing wrong with that. Sure, there's going to be all sorts of failures out there, but at least we can hope that the majority of these slate-style mini-computers will be worth our time. Take, for example, this 10-inch tablet that Marvell was showing off at the Future of Publishing Summit on Tuesday. It's running the Android mobile Operating System, which isn't that big of a surprise, and it's got a few features that make it seem worthwhile.

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Pocketbook 360° reviewed: fastest ereader around

Pocketbook 360° reviewed: fastest ereader around

Given the number of wireless-enabled, high-aspiring ereaders we've seen promised for launch and then failing to turn up on schedule - Plastic Logic and Spring Design, we're looking at you - there are times when you wonder if you're better off with a regular ebook device that does the basics well.  One such example might be the Pocketbook 360°, a non-wireless reader around the size of a CD case and half the weight of a Kindle or nook; it may not let you download ebooks while on the move, but it does apparently boast super-fast speed and usability.

Video hands-on after the cut

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