iRiver’s e-book reader
by Mark R
I believe the last time I reported on what iRiver was doing, it was the WAVE-HOME, which they had prominently on display at CES. I’m surprised they didn’t have this new product out on display at Las Vegas last January.
This product is an e-book reader. I suppose we’ve been hearing a lot about e-book readers since the unveiling of the Kindle 2. The iRiver e-reader, which I believe is called the Libre, kind of looks like the e-reader sequel from Amazon.
Then again, iRiver’s aesthetic seems to be very minimalist, with white as the most prominent color. Check out their product line and CES booth if you don’t believe me. There is no QWERTY keyboard on the Libre, just a funky button that looks like a joystick interface.
The iRiver e-book reader can handle PDF files, and is also capable of audio file playback. It also comes with an SD memory card slot so you can get your text or audio files where you need them.
The Libre, which my source does not site as its official name, is to be released by iRiver Japan. I’m not certain if this product is going to make its way into other countries, and I’m also not certain if there is a huge market for e-book readers. So what is the state of the e-book market? Drop me a comment if you know.