German Company Announces World's Cheapest E-Reader -- Priced at $13 USD
October 11, 2012 12:11 PM
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Reader lacks Li-ion batteries and 3G/WiFi connectivity, but has all the basics, slick form factor
An e-reader for $13 USD? Say it ain't so.
This one falls under the almost too good to be true category, but it turns out it's real, thanks to a German company called "Txtr", which doubles as an e-book vendor.
Dubbed the "
", the company brags the e-reader is the world's thinnest and lightest e-reader device, weighing a mere 0.282 lb (128 grams) and measuring a mere 0.197 in. (5 mm) thick. The 5-inch (diagonal) footprint packs a 800x600 eight-level grayscale
, similar to the displays in older Kindles.
The device has no expandable memory, but has 4 GB worth of NAND flash storage -- enough for 5 cached books. Common formats such as epub and pdf are supported.
So far the device is exclusively for owners of Android smartphones (which, to be fair, there's plenty of). This restriction is due to how e-books are pushed to the device. As it lacks any sort of port, e-books trickle to the device via Bluetooth pairing with a special txtr app, which is currently Android-exclusive.
If that works for you, the device is available in four colorful body options:
The only other downside to the $13 USD device is that it has no built-in charger/battery pack. However, thanks to hibernation technology txtr promises the reader's 2 AAA batteries are good for either a year of standby or 12-15 books.
For comparison's sake Amazon.com, Inc.'s (
ad-supported Kindle e-reader
is $69 USD
. A critical caveat? As well-priced as the txtr beagle may be, it does not appear to be
available -- the device's homepage suggests interested customers sign up for an email list. Whether this can prove a "Kindle-killer" could boil down to how quickly txtr can bring actual physical product to market.
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10/11/2012 1:39:25 PM
This might be more of a restriction on the Apple iPhone or iPad side than an issue with 'Txtr. I seam to remember iPhone 3G being restricted to only connecting to bluetooth headsets and the complaint of not being able to play music through the bluetooth headset.
'Txtr does have an application for Android, iPhone, iPad, PC, and Mac. It is understandable not to enable this for PC, but my preference would be to get a bluetooth connector for my desktop to sync kids books with.
10/11/2012 5:21:34 PM
I think the iPhone 3g thing may have been a hardware issue: older versions of Bluetooth had lower data rates, and what's adequate for 16kbps (or lower) voice channel, may not be enough for music. In this case, we're talking about transferring data or... transferring data.
I'm pretty sure this is a purposeful decision rather than a hardware or software limitation.
10/12/2012 11:27:18 AM
Phones that came out before the original iPhone had audio over bt. Apple just didn't have it ready nor was it a priority.
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