The depressing same-ness of the ebook reader industry

This is what qualifies as news these days in the world of ebook readers.

As for features, the device is simple but practical: SD card support guarantees easy storage of eBooks and music it’s an MP3 players too, and Foxit, a company most famous for its lightweight PDF software, guarantees the device will read PDFs very well—a factor that help mitigate the reader’s lack of a Whispernet-type service.

So, this ebook reader is exciting because it’s sure to be really good at handling a file format that, while common, isn’t particularly well-suited for ebooks.

via Ebooks: $260 Foxit eSlick eBook Reader Makes Its Way to Cheapskate Readers.

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The eSlick at CeBIT

Foxit will be showing off their new eSlick at the CeBIT Global Conference and Expo in Germany at the beginning of March.  They’ve already sold out of their first batch of them, and expect the next shipment around April.  At $259, the price is very competitive.

They are also using their experience working with PDF software to add value – they include software to convert “any printable document” to PDF for display on the device.  That means it’s probably safe to buy one for your mom and not worry that she’ll have to learn the difference between mobi and epub and all the other competing formats out there.

If you’re going to be attending the conference, I’d love to hear about their exhibit.  My travel budget is currently insuffiecient for a trip to Europe. 

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