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New E-Reader for Under $13 From Txtr
October 9, 2012 | Jeremy Greenfield
German e-bookseller txtr will shake up the e-book market later this year when it releases an e-reader that it says is smaller, lighter and cheaper than any currently on the market.
Dubbed the “txtr beagle,” the e-reader is 5 millimeters thick (on its thin side, 14 millimeters thick where the battery goes in) with a 5-inch e-ink display, weighs 128 grams and will cost as little as €9.90 ($12.82), the company announced today at the Frankfurt Book Fair in a statement.
The e-reader doesn’t have any cables or WiFi capabilities and works on AAA batteries that last a year and a bluetooth connection to an Android device. Readers who have the Android txtr app on their smartphone or tablet with bluetooth can download books to the app and then send them to the reader. (An iOS app is reportedly on the way.)…
At about $13, the txtr e-reader represents a new low for e-reader pricing. Currently, the cheapest e-reader on the market in the U.S. is the $69 6-inch Kindle with WiFi. There has been speculation that a free e-reader will come on the market in the next several years.
The txtr device is aimed at the market of potential readers who own smartphones but who do not yet have an e-reader or tablet reading device. Part of the business strategy is to help cell phone service operators break into the e-book market.
- $13 Txtr Beagle Is World’s Cheapest and Smallest E-Reader (mashable.com)
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- txtr introduces beagle eReader, calls it the “world’s smallest” (liliputing.com)
- Txtr Beagle $13 e-reader is too good to be true (geek.com)
- Txtr Beagle E-Reader Is World’s Smallest, Costs Just $13 (hothardware.com)
- Txtr Beagle, E-ink reader for less than $15 (vr-zone.com)