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Sony Launches Librie

Mar 26 2004, 12:05am EST | by , in News | Hot Gadgets

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Sony Launches Librie
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Story by: Aries J. Galindo

The problem with eBook readers is that many offer poor resolution, can be spendy and are power hogs. Welcome the world of Sony and their introduction of Librie 1000-EP - a 170 dpi (versus 72 dpi) 600 x 800 reader. The technology behind this snazzy little gadget is via Philips' Electronic Paper display which uses E-ink.

If you've never heard of E-ink its a great concept of using charged black and white particles which then adheres to a panel (think of an etch-n-sketch). Power is only needed to change what's on the screen versus utilizing power to maintain it like typical electronic devices. Perfect for lower power applications and saves your pocketbook since you'll have to read approximately 10,000 pages before you need new batteries!

The display is capable of creating four-level greyscale images which although not in color (not yet at least) may add a little life to those words you're reading.

The unit contains 10MB of memory plus in true Sony fashion, also comes with a slot for a Memory Stick. There is also a USB port, Qwerty keypad, speaker and earphone plug-in.

Although the unit is still on the spendy side (about $365) the content is available on an "all you can read" basis with a monthly subscription of $1.90.

We reported about the Sony eBooks already last November. Also Matsushita has already announced its Sigma ebook.

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