Irex Technologies aim to introduce the world of reading to even more people with the introduction of their new Irex DR 800SG e-book reader that offers a multi-mode 3G wireless connection to keep you hooked up to its store just about round the clock, allowing you to download tomes of your choice wherever you are and whenever you like. This sleek looking device comes with a 8.1″ touchscreen display to help you get started, and you are able to purchase a range of reading materials including books, newspapers or magazines from a wide variety of sources. Apart from that, Irex has made sure that their DR 800SG will support a wide range of formats including the industry standard ePub format alongside multiple DRM solutions compared to being restricted to a single, “closed” proprietary format that locks content to a specific device.
Key partners for the Irex DR 800SG will be Barnes & Noble, Inc., Best Buy, Qualcomm and Verizon Wireless, where they work in tandem to offer unbridled access to the content and retail presence, all over the “most reliable wireless network in the country”. Through the Barnes & Noble eBookstore from Barnes & Noble, users are able to gain access to over 750,000 titles, and these won’t be old releases but include new books and bestsellers that retail for $9.99. If you’re a voracious reader, then going the e-book way might be just the thing since it helps save on paper, although we’re not sure the carbon footprint generated by these devices might be more detrimental in the long run.
Avid readers will find the generous 8.1″ touchscreen display to be extremely suitable for reading, where the DR 800SG employs the latest electronic paper display technology in order to deliver an experience that is closer to reading ordinary paper than possible with a netbook or tablet device. Apart from that, you will find it a snap to use, even for first timers thanks to its intuitive user interface and straightforward buttons. Expect the Irex DR 800SG to arrive later this October for $399.99 a pop. All downloads via wireless access won’t require a contract, which is always a good thing.