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Skiff e-reader: Μια πρώτη εικόνα από το μέλλον

Hearst released images of a new e-reader, the Skiff Reader, which it will begin selling later this year for a price it has yet to announce.

It will be the thinnest e-reader to hit the market, weighing just over a pound and sporting an 11.5″ touch screen. It will also be the first product to rely on a new technology of e-paper that uses a sheet of stainless-steel foil which can be bent.

Hearst will integrate the device with its Skiff digital storefront, which will sell magazines, newspapers, and books. It will keep the ads in newspapers and magazines that it sells, unlike Amazon’s store.

Sprint will provide a wireless connection and will sell the Skiff in its stores.

The odds of survival for the Skiff aren’t good. It’s launching into a crowded marketplace.

The Amazon Kindle is at the top of the e-reader heap, with Barnes & Noble launching its own attack, in addition to Sony’s e-reader and the Plastic Logic effort coming soon. Then there’s the Apple Tablet, and other tablets like it that might follow.

Maybe if Hearst can give away Skiffs to retain newspaper subs, it could make the device a success. When we crunched the numbers a year ago, we determined it costs the New York Times about twice as much to print and deliver the newspaper over a year as it would cost to send each of its subscribers a brand new Kindle.

Regardless of what happens with the Skiff, we think it looks pretty cool. Hearst will show it off at CES later this week.

Written by gr.mme.observer

5 Ιανουαρίου 2010 στις 1:54 πμ

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