Plastic Logic plastic e-book reader

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Plastic Logic seems to have outdone Amazon with their new e-book reader that was unveiled at the ongoing DEMO technology convention. Looking much more desirable than Amazon’s Kindle, the plastic e-book reader is able to display different media types including newspapers, e-books, magazines and PDF files. It won’t weigh you down (tips the scales in mere ounces) and has a battery life that lasts up to several days. The display itself is easily readable under bright sunlight, making this sound like a dream come true. It won’t hit retail stores in time for the frenzied Christmas season though, but it is expected to be available to the masses early next year.

Source: Wired


5 reviews or comments

ladonnajeangreen Says: September 9, 2008 at 8:24 am

After owning a pocket palm for some years now or even at the thought of the cost of Amazon’s Kindle, I find them both still needing improvement. My palm is too small at times (depending on what I’m reading) and the Amazon’s Kindle it way too bulky. Not only is it bulky, it cost too much to use with only Kindle formatted documents.

This new “E-reader” sounds great, but after reading the Wire’s article, it needs tuning as well before it comes out. It SHOULD have a backlight, a sturdy plastic cover to protect the screen (sort of like a notebook cover), allow many formats to be uploaded to it… Let’s say…pdfs, gif or jpeg images, .doc, .txt, and/or other e-book formats… Only then would I highly consider adding it to my want list.

I just won’t waste over $300 bucks on a reader that doesn’t even have a least a backlight. I guess my eyes will continue to squint as I hold on dear to my pocket palm.

Cheers,

Lani Says: September 10, 2008 at 11:28 am

My husband uses his Kindle everyday. While this gadget looks more like a regular piece of paper, it’s humongous. And please… the Kindle can also “display different media types including newspapers, e-books, magazines and PDF files. It won’t weigh you down (tips the scales in mere ounces) and has a battery life that lasts up to several days. The display itself is easily readable under bright sunlight” so how about talking about how it DIFFERS from the Kindle, since you seem to think it’s a huge improvement.

ladonnajeangreen Says: September 10, 2008 at 3:00 pm

Hi Lani,

You are correct that the new reader is bigger, but I like the flexible notebook look/idea of the new reader. Amazon’s Kindle does have some good features going for it, except there is no backlit feature. I’m sorry, but I still will not spend over 300 bucks for it (new reader or Kindle). It’s also great to hear how well the Kindle works on your side…still, the backlit feature (for the cost) is what’s important to me. Without it, I feel like I’m just trying to use a cell phone with a broken LCD screen in the dark.

Thanks for your reply!

Dan G. Says: November 2, 2008 at 3:34 pm

The kindle has a back light (backlit feature) & plastic logic does not?
Plastic logic is manufactured in Germany: What is the trade #?
I would like to know a lot more about the manufacturing; support companies and what kind of production and estimated sales and price in two to three years.

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