updated 10:15 am EDT, Wed July 22, 2009
AT&T, Plastic Logic tie-up
Plastic Logic announced on Wednesday that it will partner with wireless provider AT&T to deliver content over 3G for its e-book reader. The news comes just after Plastic Logic's alliance with bookstore Barnes & Noble. The feature will give readers relatively wide-area wireless options to download newspapers, magazines and other periodicals in addition to books.
The Plastic Logic reader matches letter-sized paper at 8.5 by 11 inches but measures under 0.25 inches thick, and will be aimed at business users as it will support PDF, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other native formats. Whether users will be able to access their e-mail remains unknown, however. Wi-Fi access will also be available, for faster access in homes or offices, or where the cellular data signal is not available. The Plastic Logic reader's size and functionality will pit it against Amazon's Kindle DX.
Pricing for the e-book reader is unknown, but the device is expected to be released sometime in the second half of 2010.