Spring Design Puts $399 Alex E-Reader On Pre-Order

Spring Design voiced their intentions to jump into the ebook market late last year, and even at CES we were led to believe that the Alex e-reader would ship by February. It's obviously March, and the Alex is still not in the hands of consumers. But that's the bad news; the good news is that one of the world's first dual-screen e-readers is now available to order (pre-order, really) and will be shipping next month.

Another unique thing about the Alex is the fact that it's based around Android, Google's mobile operating system. It'll cost far more than Amazon's Kindle at $399, but the addition of a color screen at the bottom may make it worthwhile for some. Another new tidbit is that the availability of the Borders eBook store won't be there until June, but you can certainly load up your own content in the meanwhile.

We really wish the second screen could be used for things like video and gaming, but who knows, maybe that will come in due time. After all, with Android at the helm, almost anything is possible.
Via:  Spring Design
3vi1 4 years ago

The second screen doesn't sound like a great proposition for gaming - given the integrated controls. I wonder how it affects battery life, and if it's useful enough to be worth the space it occupies?

gibbersome 4 years ago

Errr....or why not just have one big color screen...like the iPad?

rapid1 4 years ago

I see why they don't have on big color screen as in all reality for reading over an E-ink screen, it would be and is (iPad) far from prime.

A color LCD refreshes where an E-ink screen does not. This means it is far more stressful on the eyes.

gibbersome 4 years ago

The refreshing argument doesn't apply anymore. "Today’s screens update every eight milliseconds, whereas the human eye is moving at a speed between 10 and 30 milliseconds."



It also depends on where your viewing it, as well as the software/typography. This is from a recent NY Times article:

[quote]''It depends on the viewing circumstances, including the software and typography on the screen,'' said V. Michael Bove Jr., director of the Consumer Electronics Laboratory at the M.I.T. Media Lab.

''Right now E Ink is great in sunlight, but in certain situations, a piece of paper can be a better display than E Ink,'' he said, ''and in dim light, an LCD display can be better than all of these technologies.'' [/quote]


The battery argument is mute as well. Having two LCD screens would quite draining on the battery, and moreso on the processor. Plus, the cost is nearly as much as an iPad as well.


RyuGTX 4 years ago

Don't know anything about screens and power... Would it be because it would take less power as opposed to a full color screen??? If so, that would improve battery life.

ClemSnide 4 years ago

So, $260 = Kindle or nook; $400 = Spring; $500 = iPad. Well, it appears we'll soon know the price point that ereaders should aim for.

(Afterthought: Uh oh, I searched Amazon for both "Kindle" and "nook." I expect to be email-bombarded by them with Kindle ads now.)

animatortom 4 years ago

All these companies are jumping on the bandwagon aren't they? I agree, Why not one big color screen! At this price it is just a good argument to get an Ipad.

Although these things are REEEEAALLLY going to take the fun out of Comic book collecting!

We can all be like, hey...wanna see my comic collection? Then we just pull it out of our back pocket?

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