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Old 05-27-2010, 12:07 PM   #1
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Hello folks, haven't seen this in the news section yet, but it looks interesting: http://www.engadget.com/2010/05/27/a...books-enhance/

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In another reversal of plans, Acer has just announced its first e-reader device. The LumiRead will participate in the clear.fi initiative for keeping you constantly in the Acer loop, while also offering WiFi and 3G connectivity options. It looks very much like the tablet we saw teased earlier this morning, coming with a similar integrated keyboard and a smaller 6-inch E Ink display. Announcing a distribution agreement with Barnes and Noble and its one million-book library, China's Founder, and Germany's Libri.de, which carries four millions titles, Acer will try to ensure it has a strong selection upon release. It's also throwing in an ISBN scanner, which will be turning paperbacks into instruments of their own destruction by allowing you to scan a book in for later purchase online. Supported formats are described only as "various," and there's 2GB of storage onboard (expandable via MicroSD) to keep things stashed. Expect this new e-reader to show up in Q3 of 2010. Full PR after the break.
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Old 05-27-2010, 12:33 PM   #2
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Although ASUS's plans probably made ACER back-peddle and make this.
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Seriously, I think I use the keyboard once every couple thousand pageturns. And then, only to search for a particular title or author when I'm not finding it fast enough in the catalog view.
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Depending on the price point I may end up giving up my Kindle for this.
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Old 05-27-2010, 12:55 PM   #6
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It's taken them this long to come up with this??? It looks like an early prototype of the kindle and seems to offer pretty much the same functionality except for the scanner - personally I'd of preferred a can opener or a pencil sharpener but I guess each is about as useful. I just can't work out why we have to wait for Q3 - I assume the same designer is currently trying to design a box to put it in.

I'll admit the 3G could be useful if it works in the UK but experience tells me it won't.
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I don't know, they've got deals with European sellers as well, so maybe they'll work out something with cell phone providers as well.
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It's taken them this long to come up with this??? It looks like an early prototype of the kindle and seems to offer pretty much the same functionality except for the scanner - personally I'd of preferred a can opener or a pencil sharpener but I guess each is about as useful. I just can't work out why we have to wait for Q3 - I assume the same designer is currently trying to design a box to put it in.

I'll admit the 3G could be useful if it works in the UK but experience tells me it won't.
Might appeal if it widens access to books in Chinese or such.

The scanner sounds gimmicky to me, but maybe others will find it useful.
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It's taken them this long to come up with this??? It looks like an early prototype of the kindle and seems to offer pretty much the same functionality except for the scanner - personally I'd of preferred a can opener or a pencil sharpener but I guess each is about as useful. I just can't work out why we have to wait for Q3 - I assume the same designer is currently trying to design a box to put it in.

I'll admit the 3G could be useful if it works in the UK but experience tells me it won't.
I'll buy an e-book with a beer bottle opener, not a bad idea
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Here is another upcoming Kindle twin, this one from Acer, with an LCD screen, running Android:

Acer CEO shows off 7 inch Android powered tablet due to hit the market in Q4 2010

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Except for the ASUS 6' e-reader being an Acer 6" e-reader, interesting....

Not for me, though. It's like a Kindle on steroids. Or, rather, an Kindle with its keyboard on steroids. The more I see of "new ideas" in e-readers, the more I love my 505.
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Their ergonomics are (to be polite) questionable.
Tiny page turn buttons on the bottom sides?


Kindle ergonomics are barely adequate, so why are all the asian second-tier vendors rushing to copy the same flawed design?

Given how often keyboards *aren't* used, why saddle a content *consumption* device with a physical keyboard when a good onscreen keyboard (driven by a thumbstick) would serve the same function and allow for better balance and ergonomics?
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