Current eBook readers like the Amazon Kindle are quite expensive, but fortunately more and more companies are looking to compete in this market. ASUS for instance is working on full colour Eee Reader devices with a hinged spine, these will enable you to read en eBook much like a normal book. Details about the Eee Reader are still pretty scarce, but an ASUS spokesman revealed the company is looking at a budget and a premium version. Pricing of the cheapest model is expected to be near the £100 mark (around $165 with the current currency exchange rate). More info at at Times Online.
Unlike current ebook readers, which take the form of a single flat screen, the Asus device has a hinged spine, like a printed book. This, in theory, enables its owner to read an ebook much like a normal book, using the touchscreen to “turn” the pages from one screen to the next. It also gives the user the option of seeing the text on one screen while browsing a web page on the other. One of the screens could also act as a virtual keypad for the device to be used like a laptop. Whereas current ebook readers have monochrome screens, the Asus would be full colour. The maker says it may also feature “speakers, a webcam and a mic for Skype”, allowing cheap phone calls over the internet.