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Entourage eDGe early preorders shipping now; everyone else can wait until March

Entourage eDGe early preorders shipping now; everyone else can wait until March

Entourage's dual-display eDGe ereader went up for pre-order a while back, but if you didn't get in there early you shouldn't expect to see your device until sometime in March 2010.  According to the company, anyone who pre-ordered the eDGe before January 12th will have their ereader ship this week, and Entourage have also revealed a few more details about what sort of user experience - specifically battery runtimes - owners can expect.

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Alex ereader preorders in early March say Spring Design

Spring Design‘s Alex dual-screen Android ebook reader was meant to have begin presales on February 22nd, at least according to what the company told us back at CES 2010, but it seems there have been a few hiccups in the plan.  According to a new page on the company’s site, preorders for the E Ink/touchscreen combo now won’t be accepted until the first week of March 2010.

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Astri MyID dual-display ebook reader gets video demo; $130-$150 price predicted

Astri MyID dual-display ebook reader gets video demo; $130-$150 price predicted

Astri's MyID dual-screen ebook reader made a discrete debut at CES 2010 last month, offering the E Ink/LCD touchscreen flexibility of an Entourage eDGe only in a far smaller form-factor.  Ebook reader fanatic Nate Hoffelder grabbed some hands-on time recently with the latest MyID prototype, and his feedback is actually pretty good; navigation is straightforward and the hardware is obviously more portable than the eDGe.  It's also got the potential to be much cheaper, too.

Video demo after the cut

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Acer ebook reader plans shelved over segment uncertainty

Acer ebook reader plans shelved over segment uncertainty

Acer have apparently shelved their ebook reader plans, with company chairman Wang Jeng-tang telling reporters that the ereader market was not yet big enough and that a proven business model had still not been finalized by the industry as a whole.  Earlier this year, Acer had announced plans to release a 6-inch ereader - based on an E Ink e-paper panel - by the end of June 2010.

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iRex DR800SG hits Best Buy online

iRex DR800SG hits Best Buy online

Chalk this up under "about time"; iRex have been in touch to tell us that their DR800SG ebook reader is now up for sale at Best Buy.  $399.99 gets you an 8.1-inch 768 x 1024 e-paper display, 3G connectivity and a Wacom active digitizer for note-taking.

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Sony color Reader on hold as e-paper quality not high enough

Sony have snubbed the current state of color e-paper technology, with Fujio Noguchi – the company’s deputy president of the Digital Reading Business Division – confirming that Sony “are considering making color e-book readers, but there is no electronic paper whose quality is high enough for us.”  In an interview with Tech-On!, the executive downplayed the potential market impact of convergence devices – such as smartbooks or Apple’s iPad – on standalone ereaders such as Sony’s Reader line.

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Acer ebook reader, Chrome OS netbooks, App Store and tablet in works for 2010

Acer ebook reader, Chrome OS netbooks, App Store and tablet in works for 2010

Acer's plans for 2010 include ebook readers, Google Chrome OS netbooks, an app store and - potentially - a tablet running either a Microsoft or a Google platform, according to Jim Wong, the company's president of IT Products.  The executive has revealed that by the end of June, Acer will have announced its first 6-inch E Ink based ereader, around the same time that the company expects to launch an app store with titles for Android, Windows and Windows Mobile; Chrome OS support will follow on later.

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BeBook Neo ereader: WiFi and Wacom touchscreen

BeBook Neo ereader: WiFi and Wacom touchscreen

It's obviously the day for wireless ebook readers, with BeBook announcing that they're taking preorders for their new BeBook Neo ereader.  Packing a 6-inch E Ink panel with a Wacom touchscreen, the Neo may not have integrated 3G like some rivals we've seen, but it does get WiFi for accessing a range of third-party ebook stores.

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ASUS DR-950 ereader live shots released

ASUS DR-950 ereader live shots released

The ASUS DR-950 ereader isn't the DR-570 OLED-lovely we've been hearing about lately, but we won't turn our nose up at a 9-inch E Ink touchscreen and integrated WiFi and HSDPA.  So far it's yet to show up for playtime, but ASUS have released a few live images (including some comparison shots with the iPhone) just to prove it's more than a render.

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iRex DR800S ereaders now shipping

iRex DR800S ereaders now shipping

It's taken a while but the first iRex DR800S ereaders are finally shipping out to preorder customers.  Over in the MobileRead forums owner mgmueller has been sharing some first-impressions and comparison shots between the 8.1-inch iRex and the Kindle DX, as well as answering questions about the roughly €500 ($706) device.

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Astri MID mini dual-display Android ebook reader [Video]

Astri MID mini dual-display Android ebook reader [Video]

The Entourage eDGe dual-display clamshell netbook is great, if you don't mind toting a rucksack all the time, but what if you'd prefer something a little more pocket-friendly?  Tucked away at CES 2010 was Astri's E Ink ereader, an Android-based mini-me version of the eDGe with a 5-inch Wacom touchscreen epaper panel on the left and a 4.8-inch WVGA LCD touchscreen on the right.

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Spring Design Alex hands-on

Spring Design Alex hands-on

CES 2010 proved to be the half-week that ereaders tried to dominate the stage, with E Ink devices you can buy now or imminently vying for attention with next-gen screen technologies that will be video and/or color capable together with just as frugal.  One of the more distinctive models is the Spring Design Alex, a dual-screen reader with 6-inch E Ink up top and 3.5-inch capacitive LCD below.  We stopped by for a chat with Albert Teng, Spring Design's co-founder and CTO, who demonstrated the Alex on video for us together with showing us why he reckons it's better than Barnes & Noble's nook.

Video hands-on after the cut

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