enTourage eDGe Dual-Screen E-Reader Looks To Topple Nook And Kindle

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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 going on.
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kid007 replied on Wed, Oct 21 2009 1:06 PM

are pages going to be something from the past? I don't want to 4-5 years from now be ask for a book reader or a laptop for my kiddo to start school. I mean i'm in favor of technology but darn... I guess we are becoming like the Jetson's!

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ClemSnide replied on Thu, Oct 22 2009 12:20 AM

They had a house of crystal pillars on the planet Mars by the edge of an empty sea, and every morning you could see Mrs. K eating the golden fruits that grew from the crystal walls, or cleaning the house with handfuls of magnetic dust which, taking all dirt with it, blew away on the hot wind. Afternoons, when the fossil sea was warm and motionless, and the wine trees stood stiff in the yard, and the little distant Martian bone town was all enclosed, and no one drifted out their doors, you could see Mr. K himself in his room, reading from a metal book with raised hieroglyphs over which he brushed his hand, as one might play a harp. And from the book, as his fingers stroked, a voice sang, a soft ancient voice, which told tales of when the sea was red steam on the shore and ancient men had carried clouds of metal insects and electric spiders into battle.

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rapid1 replied on Thu, Oct 22 2009 2:59 PM

I like the quote Clemsnide. As for what Kidd007 is saying I imagine you are seeing where this is going. I think this will be automatically given to or required of a student in the very near future. However; there are many positives to this really. Think about the book bag and locker you had in High school. Then imagine all you need is one little 8x6x1.5 device and your locker is a small square because you don't have much to go into it. You would not need pens and pencils, notebooks, any other books to do or study your school work. I would think it will be more like a cross between a netbook with some upgraded facilities (read better components), and an e-reader. Also many schools give or have laptops at the school for students already. So this would all reduce the costs considerably and in many fields for the education system.

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