Introduced Color E-Book
The Sharper Image seems to have fulfilled the dream of many reading enthusiasts, especially those who prefer to read books through electronic readers. This company, despite the fact that its name is not familiar to many, was able to create the device “The Literati” - an e-book with a color display. The size of the display is 7 inches, which is pretty decent, agree. I recall that since six months ago, Fujitsu also introduced its own model of an e-book with a color display, but it was a reader for very wealthy people - its cost was more than a thousand dollars. Not everyone will agree to give so much for an e-book, albeit with a color display. So, the cost of The Literati is much lower - only 159 US dollars.
How did the company achieve this? Yes, who knows, but the device is fully functional, as far as one can judge by its characteristics. Note that The Literati is equipped with a WiFi communication module that allows you to download books from the Kobo resource.
The display resolution of the device is 800 * 400 pixels (the display is not touch-sensitive, you should not hope for it). In addition, the reader does not have a web browser (though who needs it here? Personally, it seems to me that such a function is superfluous in the e-book). In addition, there is no possibility of installing any third-party applications. Pure water e-book without frills.
Free of charge with the book comes 150 books that are outside the zone of influence of copyright. There are two types of device, the difference is only in color and design. There is a white model, and, accordingly, black.
One cannot but rejoice at the intention of The Sharper Image to spread its device as widely as possible. To do this, many such devices will be distributed around the world, and now the company has agreed with 7 thousand retailers, which is not so small. For retailers, this reader will appear in October.
The purchase of books is already carried out in a way that is familiar to many - the store where you can buy a book for your device is represented by virtual shelves with virtual books. The software from the Kobo service (pre-installed) allows you to access more than two million publications, including books, newspapers and magazines. It is clear that all this is not free.
Unfortunately, it is not very clear from the company's press release whether it is possible to download third-party books in the usual fb2 and other formats. If not, it is unlikely that such a device will take root in the CIS, unless it is hacked (it seems that this is not so difficult), after which it will become popular with us. Well, in the meantime, we are waiting for October, probably then the first reviews of the device will appear.