updated 03:25 pm EDT, Mon August 4, 2008
DT News4Me Reader Rumor
German communications giant Deutsche Telekom is producing an e-book reader that would give customers a digital way to read the company's content, according to a report in the country's Der Spiegel newspaper. The device is seen as a bridge between too-small cellphone screens and large notebooks and would primarily serve as a conduit for print media. Unlike Amazon's Kindle, there would be no Internet-only content like websites or RSS feeds, and articles would more closely reflect the print versions. In exchange, the unnamed device would be simpler to use than its American rival.
An e-paper display would be certain, though the possiblity exists of a bendable display that could be treated more like newspapers than the solid shells used for e-book readers today.
The reader isn't about to launch and will only start a small trial in Berlin during the fall. The cost is also unknown, though Deutsche Telekom may use targeted ads to offset some or all of the price of the reader to make it more acceptable than the $359 US charged for hardware such as the Kindle. [via CrunchGear]