IRiver has launched a business friendly e-book reader which could take on the Amazon Kindle and Sony Reader in the run up to Christmas.
The Cover Story EB05 is smaller and, at 233g, lighter than previous models. It comes with a 6in, 600 x 800 resolution touch screen that uses e-ink technology.
The display is touted as having wide viewing angles and no glare, and none of the eyestrain issues associated with back-lit screens.
Supported file formats include EPUB, PDF, TXT, FB2, DJVU, PEG, BMP, GIF and PNG. The device can also handle Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents.
An email client, meanwhile, allows users to send files and documents, which could also attract business users.
IRiver ships the reader with 2GB of internal memory, expandable by another 32GB via an SDHC card, and built-in stereo speakers for audio playback.
Customers choosing the Wi-Fi model will be able to access the Waterstone's online bookstore from hotspots.
The device offers up to 9,000 page views on a single charge, according to official specifications.
A Cover Story with no Wi-Fi connectivity is available for £129.99. The Wi-Fi edition can be pre-ordered exclusively through Waterstone's for £149.99 and is scheduled to ship on 22 November.
The device is priced in the same region as the latest Sony Reader, but could struggle against the Wi-Fi version of the Amazon Kindle which is available for £109.
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