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Old 05-07-2008, 12:27 PM   #1
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Borders UK to sell iRex iLiad Book Edition

Hooray! Starting on Saturday 10th May, anybody in the UK can try the new Iliad Book Edition and grab one at a Borders store. From the press release (PDF):

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The iLiad Book Edition costs £399 and will include 50 pre-loaded eBook Classic titles. The iLiad will be available in the following Borders stores: Oxford Street and Islington in London, Oxford, Cambridge, Glasgow, Cheshire Oaks and Brighton from Saturday 10th May.
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Old 05-07-2008, 02:22 PM   #2
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£399? Good lord, that's expensive. I live close to the Borders in Islington, so may check it out this weekend, but I won't be parting with any cash for one of these, that's for sure.
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Old 05-07-2008, 02:37 PM   #3
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actually, that's more or less the same price as we're supposed to pay for it, although i don't know british VAT rates
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Old 05-07-2008, 02:48 PM   #4
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I take your point that £399 is comparable to the price in other markets. Nonetheless, for me £399 is about twice the maximum I'd be prepared to pay for an ebook device. FWIW, VAT here in the UK is 17.5%.
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Old 05-07-2008, 04:39 PM   #5
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I am curious is they will start selling the iLiad Book Edition in the US Borders. This would be nice. I assume they don't have some type of exclusive with Sony.

I love to be able to go to a store and compare the Kindle, Sony, iLiad, and CyBook side by side, and in my meaty hands. But, 2 out of 4 aint bad.

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Old 05-07-2008, 09:07 PM   #6
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I am curious is they will start selling the iLiad Book Edition in the US Borders. This would be nice. I assume they don't have some type of exclusive with Sony.

I love to be able to go to a store and compare the Kindle, Sony, iLiad, and CyBook side by side, and in my meaty hands. But, 2 out of 4 aint bad.

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That would be awesome. I have yet to see an e-ink device in person because the closest borders near me takes over an hour by public transit and I just don't have that kind of time, when I'm not even sure they have a sony on display.

However the Illiad Book edition certainly looks sharp in the picture, and I'd love to see it in person. I wonder how much the book edition would run for in the US.

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According to iRex's Blog it will be sold for $599 in the US by ereaderoutfitters.com.
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Hooray! Starting on Saturday 10th May, anybody in the UK can try the new Iliad Book Edition and grab one at a Borders store. From the press release (PDF):
Anyone been yet? Thinking whether I want to go into London or not on such a boiling hot day to have a look (Not interested in buying as already have an eink reader - just going to see the "cool"/novelty factor of a big touchscreen eink reader :P)
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I've just come back from a trip to Borders in Islington - check out my new thread for the report and some pics.
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Some anecdotical evidence from IRC:
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>> pal of mine just bought one of those iliads in Borders
>> he said they were selling fast
> how many did they have?
>> lots of stock
>> in oxford street
>> with a few people in the queue buying them
>> the borders sales droid said they had sold lots
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Old 05-12-2008, 04:07 AM   #11
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Hooray! Starting on Saturday 10th May, anybody in the UK can try the new Iliad Book Edition and grab one at a Borders store. From the press release (PDF):
in the Netherlands I payed 499 euro (about 750 us$) for my iLiad V2.

the iLiad BE cost also 499 euro but without wifi.
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