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Old 10-09-2012, 06:36 PM   #1
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$13 eReader?

Evidently Txtr is preparing a 10 Euro/$13 ereader:

Txtr Beagle eReader

Obviously there are limitations: Bluetooth, not WiFi, 5" screen, meant to be paired with a phone. Still...
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Old 10-09-2012, 06:40 PM   #2
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The comments are making it seem even dicier.
It can only be fed via a proprietary app and it appears the app pre-renders the transfered books to a proprietary format, with a 5 book limit.
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Old 10-09-2012, 06:47 PM   #3
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YUCK! Sounds awful.
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Old 10-09-2012, 06:57 PM   #4
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That article and comments are much less encouraging than Engadget's which made it seem fairly nice, if very bare boned.
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Old 10-09-2012, 07:05 PM   #5
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One comment says the app requires a Facebook login. So... not enough to require special software to transfer books; you need to login with a third-party account, as well.

Wonder if that's how they're making it so cheap--by selling the user data to sponsors.

(Too bad, though. I'd cope with special transfer software if it worked by USB from a computer, and actually stored its own ebooks.)
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Old 10-09-2012, 07:19 PM   #6
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Nice one Txtr. Putting that 3m money to good use.

The 5 inch displays have a higher ppi than the 6 inch so text should be a little crisper and if it can be read in landscape you can keep the words per page count up to keep from increasing the page turns by much.

Nice that someone finally took Holly Gates' Blue Chute design and the Osprey concept from 2003 and really built a reader that is a bluetooth phone accessory

http://www.positron.org/projects/bluechute/

http://www.pcmag.com/image_popup/0,1...d=10878,00.asp

of course the real question will be if they can get some presence in the carriers' store fronts to offer them at that price
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of course the real question will be if they can get some presence in the carriers' store fronts to offer them at that price
I'm thinking the bigger question is whether the carriers will lock the transfer/render app to their ebookstores.
Knowing how euro telcos operate, I wouldn't count on being able to sideload ebooks from other sources.
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Yikes, Facebook login is nice as an option but no way would I buy a reader that requires it. A reader that demands to have access to my Facebook information is exactly the kind of reader that I don't want to give it to.
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Old 10-09-2012, 10:23 PM   #9
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To me it seems like one of those LCD picture frames, but even more limited. And the price is subsidized. I wonder what it really costs. I'd rather read books on my phone than mess with this thing. I certainly wouldn't pay anything for it.
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Old 10-09-2012, 10:29 PM   #10
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I wouldn't pay 10 cents for it if I actually had to use it, but it might work as a cheap gift item for businesses to their customers.

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Tying it to a smartphone is a terrible idea. At least, if their goal is to sell one to me.
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Old 10-09-2012, 11:30 PM   #12
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you can tranfer from pc as well
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Update: A txtr rep has shown up in the comments and he says that the txtr iOS app will also soon get support for transferring ebooks to the Beagle – PCs too.
where is the facebook requirement?

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4GB. That can't be right. That would be good for many more than 5 books, even rendered as 800x600 image files. And over bluetooth it would take forever to fill up.

Still, for the price and the novelty, I'd get one.

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I like the idea of aaa batteries keeping it charged for an extremely long time and allowing users to change them when and where required. I would gladly accept slight increase in thickness and weight for that.
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where is the facebook requirement?
I was wondering that too; the only Facebook reference I can see is in one of the comments. I'm a little surprised at the hostility shown towards this; if we cast our minds back a few years all our eink readers had to be connected to a PC via USB to transfer our books - this just swaps USB for Bluetooth and the PC for a smartphone - or presumably, anything that'll run the Android (and soon iOS) Textr app that has Bluetooth.

I'm sure some people will moan about the inability to alter the fonts/size on the fly, but this is an eink reader to €10! TBH, I'm wondering why they bother charging at all - do they need the €10 that badly?? Could they not subsidise it that last little bit to make it free?

Still, for €10 I'm in; why not?
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