How low can e-reader prices drop? This year they are now under $200, which is a big achievement. Even the big players in the book market, like Amazon, have started to offer their devices for a really reasonable price. However, $140 is far from the limit, not only for E-Readers, but also for tablets.
small company Copiaa division of DMC Worldwide, plans to sell a color e-reader for as little as $99. Although its development, known as Ocean Reader and Wave5, can be called a tablet. The device is equipped with a 5-inch LCD display and is able to work in popular social networks. In addition, such a display is suitable for web surfing, viewing photos and other functions that are usually not available or not implemented in the best way in an e-paper-based E-Reader.
Copia doesn’t talk much about the characteristics of Ocean Reader yet, but focuses on the original platform implemented in the product. She calls her “Social reading platform”. According to official data, users will be able, without interrupting reading, to receive information about updates on popular social networks like Facebook or Twitter, as well as change their own status, share information about the book they are currently reading, and join thematic discussions.
Copia also has its own e-book store, but it is not yet publicly available. The company is conducting closed beta testing of its commercial portal, which will be able to offer users more than 400,000 books. In addition, in the near future, this developer plans to release low-cost tablets with a display diagonal of 7 to 10 inches. The release date for Ocean Reader has not yet been announced. [Wall Street Journal]
How low can e-reader prices drop? This year they are now under $200, which is a big achievement. Even the big players in the book market, like Amazon, have begun to offer their devices for a really reasonable price. However, $140 is far from the limit, and not only for the E-Reader, but also…
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