updated 10:40 am EDT, Fri September 4, 2009
Toshiba to bring non-touchscreen e-book reader
At the currently ongoing IFA show, Toshiba's Business Manager of digital products and services, Graeme Simons, told T3 staff that the company is working on its own e-book reader and it should be out on the market by mid 2010. According to the Friday report, Simons said two models are being considered, including a 7-inch and 9-inch version, although the cost of the 9-inch model needs to be evaluated before its production status is confirmed.
Neither device would sport a touchscreen, which is a departure from some more recent competing e-book readers. Toshiba believes a touchscreen is not vital to the operation of an e-book reader, with traditional buttons more than enough for the task. Apart from the possible size, the only other spec Simons revealed was a battery life good for 6,000 page turns.
Toshiba's most recent foray into e-book readers came earlier this year in the form of a Biblio handset (pictured) made by KDDI that had support for e-books.