Borders, the second largest chain of book shops in the US, have launched its Kobo e-reader device, set to go on sale in June. Not to be confused with the UK Borders bookshop who went bust last year, the US…
While they certainly have been stiff competition for traditional shops, who'd have thought we'd ever see the web merchants on the high-street?
Elonex has teamed up with bookshop giant Borders to launch the eBook. Or the eBook 600EB to give it its full title.
The partnership with Borders means that the eBook comes pre-loaded with 100 “all-time classics”. Presumably Napper Goes For Goal is one of the classics included – it is the greatest story ever told. The Borders’ e-book store has an additional 45,000 titles available to download.
The eBook is only 9mm thick and weighs just 180g. It has a 6-inch e-ink screen which can display eight different font sizes. It also has an SD card slot which can support up to 4GB. Elonex sells an accessory pack for the eBook for £29 which has a 4GB card as well as a leather case. Alternatively just buy a 4GB SD card from Play.com for £6.49.
Elonex states that, with a 4GB SD card in place, the eBook can hold 8,000 books. “With 8,000 books weighing the same as an elephant,” they say. “How else are you going to fit 8,000 books in your suitcase?” Quite why you’d need 8,000 books on you is open to debate though. Surely only Holly from Red Dwarf and, perhaps, Will Self have read 8,000 books.
Sorry if this post came off a little unenthusiastic, it’s just that with every e-book release, the giant Kindle sized hole in the UK becomes even more apparent.
The Elonex eBook will cost you £189.95 and will be available here very soon.
Cosmopolitan book/cafe chain Borders has announced plans to send sample chapters of new releases to customers’ mobiles, to get literary types into a HOT FRENZY before books are released.