Just when you thought the e-reader market couldn't get any wilder, it does. We've got Amazon's Kindle
, Sony's Reader, Barnes & Noble's Nook
, a host of other smaller devices and now this: the Entourage eDGe. The self-proclaimed "Dualbook" is sort of a e-reader/LCD book in one, with two screens
that fold open and shut just like a real book.
The interactive device supports doodling, note-taking and highlighting, and it will also let owners send e-mails and instant messages when they're not browsing the Internet. It'll also take pictures, record and play audio/video and--oh yeah--display e-book content as well. Named a finalist at the Consumer Electronics Association's i-Stage event, the enTourage eDGe is a dual-screen, WiFi-enabled device that has optional access to 3G networks. It features a 9.7" E Ink display on one side and supports books in both EPUB and PDF formats. On the other, there's a 10.1" LCD with a touch screen interface for surfing the 'net, watching movies or playing back music.
Oh, and if you're worried about your notes being lost (much like those recent Sidekick owners), fret not; all documents are saved directly to the device and are backed up on Entourage Systems’ servers if a unit gets damaged or goes missing. The device also supports Bluetooth keyboards for those thinking about getting really crazy, and given that both screens can work together (text can be highlighted on one screen and drug to another), there's plenty of sharing that's bound to go on.
Like the Nook, this device also runs on Google's Android operating system, and the battery should provide around 16 hours using the e-reader screen or 6 hours with the LCD. The enTourage eDGe will be available in February 2010 online at www.entourageedge.com for $490, and while that may sound like a lot, this thing definitely has a lot