Tuesday, November 21, 2017

World’s cheapest Digital Reader: Asus Dual Screen Ebook Reader

When comparing ebook readers, it’s hard to do when there’s nothing like the ebook reader you intend on buying. Ebooks are about to open a new chapter in the world of ebook readers with the cheapest digital reader yet. Asus, one of the world’s biggest manufacturers of consumer electronics, confirmed it’s plan to wake up the market the same way it did with the release of The Netbook —a low-cost alternative to laptops.

Asus says its ebook reader will be more versatile and more features than the current available ebook readers from companies such as Sony and Amazon. It aims to unveil the device before the end of the year, and it may not be just one device, either.

The company is looking at both, a premium and a budget version, according to a spokesman for Asus in the UK. Details are scarce but the more expensive device is expected to closely follow a prototype dreamt up by the firm’s research and development team earlier this year.

Unlike other ebook readers, which have a single flat screen, the Asus ebook reader will have a hinged spine, like a printed book. In theory, this enables its owner to read an ebook like a normal book, using the touchscreen to “turn” the pages from one screen to the next. It also gives the user the option of seeing the text on one screen while browsing a web page on the other. One of the screens would also act as a virtual keypad for the device to be used like a laptop. Whereas current ebook readers have monochrome screens, the Asus would be full colour. Asus says it may also have “speakers, a webcam and a mic for Skype”, allowing cheap phone calls over the internet.

Such features would move the device squarely into the laptop arena. “Our ethos is innovation — as our brand is less well known, we have to run faster than the competition to develop new types of products,” said Asus. “Any such product — including an ereader — has to have the right combination of functionality and price. No one is going to buy one for £1,000.”

Dual Screen eBook Reader

Asus Dual Screen eBook Reader

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