The Race for a Viable E-Reader Heats Up

More news today worth reading on the race to create a viable e-reader. This from the New York Times. Today’s Wall Street Journal also contains an interesting report on the subject.

As always, there’s no way to tell if this is one of the WSJ’s freebies or not, although you can always try googling to see if it’s beyond the barricades elsewhere. The title is “Publishers Nurture Rivals to Kindle,” written by Shira Ovide and Geoffrey A. Fowler. One quote:

Gannett Co.’s USA Today and Pearson PLC’s Financial Times are among newspapers that have signed up with Plastic Logic Ltd., a startup that is readying a reading tablet, the size of a letter-sized sheet of paper, that can displays books, periodicals and work documents. The device, which uses digital ink technology from E Ink Corp., the same firm behind the Kindle, is slated to be rolled out by early next year, and will offer publishers the chance to include ads.

Finally, this cautionary tale worth reading about the way in which Amazon uses its clout with authors.

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