updated 10:05 am EST, Mon November 2, 2009
Creative MediaBook reader to have web access
At its recent annual meeting, Creative unexpectedly announced plans to release an e-book reader it calls the MediaBook. While the name may change before the device makes it to production, features such as a touchscreen, text-to-speech functionality and an SD memory card reader are not expected to change. It should also feature Creative's Zii processor and have the ability to browse the Internet, both of which differentiate it from other e-book readers on the market.
The Creative MediaBook will also have the ability to play videos and photos in addition to text and unspecified online services. This also indicates the device will include a full color screen.
Creative said it is negotiating with 10 international and local publishers for content. Fiction, newspapers, magazines and educational materials as well as textbooks are planning to be offered. Singapore's largest publisher, Singapore Press Holdings, is expected to be the local content provider. This could include newspaper stories, images, videos and radio programmes.
Despite the introduction, Creative has not revealed when it will begin offering the MediaBook or what it will cost, including whether or not it will ship to North America. [via epiZENter]