Many could argue that the last thing the world needs is another e-book
reader, but we aren't yet in that camp. Amazon's Kindle
and the Barnes
& Noble Nook
could use the competition, and Acer
is a solid name in
the industry with what appears to be a solid idea of how they plan to
change it up (with "it" being the e-reader market). The company has
recently announced their 6" LumiRead, which is half-typical e-reader,
and half-all new.
The entire devices measures only a few millimeters thick, and it's
outfitted with 2GB of memory for storing books and other materials. Of
course, it uses a no-backlight e-ink display (rather than an LCD, like
many of the cheaper e-readers that are emerging these days), and thanks
to a partnership with Barnes & Noble, users will have access to
thousands upon thousands of e-books. There's also a microSD card slot if
you need more room, and a very unique ISBN scanner allows the device to
scan ISBN codes so you can create your own wish-list and search on
supported online libraries and book stores.
Like the Kindle, there's a QWERTY keyboard for searches and text input,
and the auto-layout automatically adjusts the content to offer the best
reading experience according to the format. It will handle a bunch of
ebook formats (DRM formats included), and there's even a built-in Web
Browser for times when reading just seems too much of a pain. Pricing
has yet to be established, but it should ship in Q3 of this year.
2010-05-27 - Enhance your Experience with Localized Content
We are experiencing a content revolution. Internet has made readily accessible to everyone a growing amount of content. Now users are looking for devices through which they can take advantage of this sea of contents.
eBooks are one of the ways Internet has made content available to users and, with hundreds of new titles coming out every day, they are having a growing success.
Acer has picked up this user trend and developed the LumiRead, a device that while offering users an excellent reading experience it seamlessly integrates in the Acer clear.fi solution to let people live through a 360° Acer experience. In fact the Acer LumiRead is DLNA compliant, therefore capable to access Acer clear.fi and share contents like eBooks and audio-books.
Light, compact and easy to use, the Acer LumiRead is the ultimate travel companion. No need to choose which books you want to carry with you, you will always have your entire library at your disposal, on the beach or on top of a mountain. Intuitive navigation and comfortable layout of content offer an excellent reading experience no matter where you are. And, should you run out of books to read, you can connect wirelessly or via 3G module to download the latest bestseller!
Acer has already signed agreements with Barnes&Nobles, a leading US company offering over 1 million titles in its eBooks store, Libri.de, a Germany's leading Internet book retailer offering over 4 Million titles, which also distributes to book retailers through the wholesaler Libri GmbH, Founder, one of China's most innovative and influential high-tech companies, to provide localized contents in English, Chinese and German. But also French and Italian readers will be able shortly to read books in their languages, thanks to other agreements that are almost ready to be formalized.
Acer LumiRead comes with 6-inch display, it's only few millimeters thick and permits to carry an entire library of up to 1,500 books in just a handful of grams. With non-glare, no backlit e-Ink display, it delivers a paper-like reading experience, even under bright sunlight.
Equipped with 2GB flash memory, it can hold more than a thousand of books and its capacity can be easily expanded just by adding a MicroSD card. An innovative ISBN scanner allows to scan ISBN codes so you can create your own wish-list and search on supported online libraries and book stores.
Acer LumiRead is rich of cool features designed to offer a better experience. The QWERTY keyboard makes it easy to browse the web and find and share information on books. The auto-layout automatically adjusts the content to offer the best reading experience according to the format. It supports various formats, multiplying users choices, and most popular DRM (Adobe and OMA2.0).
You can easily browse through you entire collection of books thanks to the simple and intuitive user interface, that let you also visualize book categories for better management of your library.
Acer LumiRead features a built-in Internet Browser, and the unique "Smart Download" saves website content for reading anytime, everywhere!