BeBook Touch: 6-inch Android touchscreen reader with Wi-Fi announced
BeBook has launched the BeBook Touch, which - as the name suggests - adds a 6-inch E-Ink touch display device to its line-up of eBook readers.
The interesting twist on this device is that it's powered by Android. BeBook claims this makes it stable and easy to use (we've yet to see an unstable ebook reader) but we're intrigued as to whether you'll be able to add any apps yourself. Given the display limitations, we guess not.
The BeBook Touch display gives you a typical 800 x 600 pixel resolution and weighs in at 184g, matching the Sony Reader PRS-T2, and only fractionally heavier than the current non-touch Kindle. BeBook boasts that it's only 9mm thick, which is pretty impressive.
It comes with 4GB of internal memory, which will give you approximately 4,000 books, but there's also a microSD card slot for storage expansion.
As this reader isn't tied into a system, it supports the normal DRM protected epub files, once you've authorised it with Adobe Digital Editions, as well as a host of other text files such as pdf and mobipocket.
The BeBook Touch also comes with Wi-Fi, so you'll be able to source your books from your favourite book store - Waterstones or WHSmith for example - without having to connect to a PC.
It's currently priced at £99.99/€129.99 and is available in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Denmark. Wider European release is said to be coming in the next few weeks.