German digital document hosting platform txtr has unveiled the txtr Reader at the Frankfurt Book Fair, this is a 6-inch eBook reader device with a grayscale e-Ink display and the ARM11 processor. The txtr Reader promises to deliver the first open overall solution for acquiring, storing, publishing and sharing digital documents - while allowing full mobility. The device has 8GB of internal storage and allows you to access documents via USB, WiFi, or the txtr Net service which costs 14.99EUR per month or 11.99EUR per month with a three-month contract. The company will preload the devices with German best-seller "Paradiso" by Thomas Klupp and says txtr Reader owners will be able to search, buy, and download more than 20,000 eBooks in ePub format from the txtr Store. More details can be found at txtr.
It will start shipping on December 1st, 2009 for 319EUR.
txtr Reader - a next generation Reader: txtr Reader is elegant and weighs only 300 gram. With its 6 inch display it allows for an easy, non-fatiguing reading just like reading paper. The e-Ink technology used, working without any background light, guarantees texts with up to 16 greyscales that are sharp and perfectly readable even in bright sunlight. The device with its simple design can be operated ergonomically with only one hand by way of the Page Pad at the side and it provides an easy and intuitive navigation in the txtr Store and in the private and public text collections. With the help of an optimized display controller the txtr Reader reacts much quicker than the devices of competitors. The movement sensor allows texts to be displayed vertically as well as horizontally. At the same time, the high power efficiency allows long battery life, so the user can read for weeks without any interruptions. The txtr Reader is connected to the platform online as well as mobile via the txtr Net, so a separate contract with a mobile phone provider is not necessary. All personal texts, whether they are being uploaded or sent to txtr.com via e-mail, are always updated and available. Thus, txtr offers a real open solution that not only makes eBooks readable but also many other forms of digital document formats. The Reader and the platform are open to developers in the form of an SDK with documented APIs. The compact text files are stored on customary micro-SD- cards. When the user acquires a txtr Reader, a 8 GB SD-card will also be delivered to him. Txtr Store – the pocket size mobile eBook shop: From now on you can buy, search and forage here for anything you like. Thanks to the strong partners Ciando, Libri Digital, Libreka, and Ingram Digital, and thanks to the close cooperation with the publishing companies there are already now a lot of eBooks on offer for sale on the txtr Store that can be accessed via txtr.com as well as mobile via the txtr Reader. For reasons of perfect readability, txtr exclusively provides eBooks in ePub format in the field of commercial documents. The ePub product line will be extended constantly over the next months. The shop navigation is clearly laid out by the categories Art, Children’s Books, English Books, Fiction, Guides, Humanities, Law, Medicine, Music, Politics, School and Learning, Science and Technology, Social Science and Economy, and Travels, displayed in alphabetical order. By means of the search mode the user can filter the commercial product as well as the documents platform with search words and he can extend and adapt his search for an author, title, search word or file format. On the Reader itself the best-selling novel “Paradiso” is pre-installed as well as ten Polyglott Cityguides (e.g. Barcelona, Berlin, London, Paris, and Rome) and four Langenscheidt language guides for English, French, German, and Spanish. Moreover, each owner of a txtr Reader has access to numerous excerpts from the programmes of renowned publishing companies (e.g. “Ruhm” by Daniel Kehlmann, “Der Schwarm” by Frank Schätzing, “Meine russischen Nachbarn” by Vladimir Kaminer, and “Das andere Kind” by Charlotte Link).