Samsung eReader Partners With Barnes and Noble, Has EmoLink

This isn't the first time we've heard about Samsung's eReader. It's one of those pieces of technology that looks just as good as it's supposed to perform, and it certainly catches our eye. The sliding function might be a bit too much for some people, but we can't help but be attracted to it. It's different, is what it is. Samsung wants you to know that their eReader is coming, and it's changed in one major way.

When we brought you news of the E6 (which is pictured above, on the right) in January, we noted that the eReader would be using Google Books to bring you your daily reading fix. That has since changed, and Samsung Electronics have gone ahead and partnered with Barnes and Noble (don't they have an eReader, too?) to bring you, the reader, over one million ways to satisfy your needs. And while the sliding function may be eye-catching to some, Samsung is banking on their electromagnetic resonance (EMR) stylus pen. Basically, this means you can use their stylus to write on your eBook display, just as you might on a physical book. That's right, the Samsung eReader handles handwriting, and they've got a stylus that works perfectly well with their E-ink display. The company has also included a journal, memo pad, and a scheduler, just in case you needed something to write in. (On?) And with the company's EmoLink technology, users of the Samsung eReader will be able to share all the information they want between devices. And your Outlook can be synced to the eReader as well, with a built-in dedicated program.

Specifications go like this: 6-inch E-Ink (600x800) display with 8-Gray scale; support for ePub, PDF/a, TXT, and bmp/jpg image formats. The unit itself has two front-facing speakers, and also a headphone jack, so that you can enjoy Samsung's text-to-speech (TTS) capability. There's also a built-in MP3 player, so podcasts, eBooks, and music can be enjoyed as well. It's got Bluetooth 2.0 connectivity for wireless headsets, and WiFi (802.11 b/g). And finally, the eReader offers up 2GB of on board memory. But just in case that's not enough memory for you, the MicroSD card slot can expand the memory an additional 16GB. The price? $399. The availability is imminent, so if you're in the market for a new eReader and this one rings true to you, keep your eyes open for it.

[via Business Wire]