The APad iRobot runs Google’s Android OS, and it features a 7 inch touch screen display with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels and a 16:9 aspect ratio.
Other features include integrated 802.11 a/b/g WiFi, a Google Chrome lite browser, support for email, word excel and PDF files, and it feature 128MB of RAM and 2GB or 4GB of storage.
There is also a microSD card slot which can take up to 32GB microSD cards, plus an integrated microphone and speaker, it is currently available from China Grabber for $199.
While the world is crazy about the reading revolution, Google, the international searching giant, cannot bear to be left behind – planning to make foray into the emerging e-reading market.
The company is going to capitalize on a platform that would make its own e-books compatible with multiple electronic gadgets. However, further details concerning Google’s pricing strategy for e-books remain to be seen. A report said that the service has been called “Google Edition.”
The US company is said to launch the service that would allow any internet device to download e-books this summer, said Gabriel Stricker, Google’s Spokesman.
MarketWatch, a business news media, reported that the launch of this service would put Google in direct competition with Amazon. Google is now collaborating with publishers. However, the company has said that the service will be launched irrespective of the results of negotiations with publishers.
As the global consumer electronics market is inundated with a flood of new wireless e-reading devices. Kyobo Book Center, Korea’s largest book store chain, has joined hands with Samsung Electronics to launch its newest touch-screen e-book reader.
Viewers can read up to 70,000 volumes of various genres through the new gadget, including novels, newspapers and cartoons.
The most remarkable feature of the potable device is its screen’s resemblance to paper texture. The sunlight-friendly display mimics printed paper, and by using a stylus viewers can highlight or underline on the screen as they read along.
Another e-reader called Biscuit, manufactured by one of Korea’s largest online shopping malls, Interpark, is also selling briskly since its launch last month. The lightweight 3G-capable device offers easy e-store access, allowing readers to search and download books at any time, from anywhere. Interpark recently stroke a deal with Barnes & Noble, the largest book retailer in the U.S., to receive original editions of foreign books.
Korean government recently announced that it would set aside more than US$50 million over the next five years to foster the nation’s e-book industry. Although some major hurdles remain, such as the release of Apple’s iPad and the ongoing clash between manufacturers and content providers, the e-book industry in Korea is already showing signs of exponential growth.
Qisda Corporation, the OEM manufacturer of the BenQ Corporation, noted yesterday that the sales volume of its E-reader has reached 10,000 in the second quarter. As the ingredient problems are fixed, the company estimated that annual sales of 400,000 e-readers can be expected, according to Liberty Times report.
Qisda yesterday announced the consolidated results for the first quarter in the investor conference. Net sales increased by 1.2% to NT$ 19.8 billion compared with last quarter. Net income reached NT$0.16 billion and NT$1.74 billon is from outside ventures.
Hsiung Hui, the CEO of Qisda, noted that the company is making profits for consecutive six quarters. For the prospect of the second quarter, Hsiung noted that a 10% growth of sales including crystal monitors and projectors can be expected despite the market is relatively dull.
I visited the London Book Fair yesterday for a seminar about e-books and e-readers, organised by Sony. Though everyone on the panel was very enthusiastic about the medium and its possibilities, the key problem was identified early on. Journalist Viv Groskop said: “There’s hardly anything to read.” She was also unimpressed with pricing, having tried to buy Andrew Rawnsley’s latest book and found that the e-book costs £5 more than the hardback.
Those are exactly the problems I’ve identified before. There are, as readers often point out when I touch on this subject, thousands of free, out-of-copyright works available as e-books but when it comes to copyrighted works the choice is frequently far too limited.
Some hopeful news came from panellist David Roth-Ey, digital publisher at HarperCollins. He said HarperCollins has between six and seven thousand titles available as e-books right now and they are working on adding another 5,000 titles this year. That almost doubles the size of the catalogue, which is great news for anyone who has been struggling to find things to read.
Roth-Ey added that back catalogue titles are particularly hard to deal with because rights issues can be complicated and “we don’t always have digital files of backlist books to hand”.
First: on time contents such as tourism, operation, tools, law, investment and tax
Second: bestsellers such as fortune telling, novels, health care, stock market, financial management, interpersonal relationship, family, sex, parents and children, religions
Third: Change Study Paradigm such as medicine, arts, science and so on
Fourth: classic and bestsellers