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Skiff reader to have 11.5in screen, Sprint 3G

updated 04:05 pm EST, Mon January 4, 2010

Hearst Skiff previewed ahead of CES

Publisher Hearst today provided firmer details of the Skiff Reader, its self-produced e-book device. The new model is one of the largest e-book readers ever at 11.5 inches and provides a 1200x1600 touchscreen display better suited to magazines and newspapers. Its use of e-paper is equally new: rather than glass, it uses an LG-made flexible steel foil that resists shattering.

The extra size lets Hearst actually slim down the reader to where it's just slightly over a quarter-inch thick in spite of a battery life of over a week. Sprint will supply the reader with a 3G connnection to download books and subscriptions within the US. Wi-Fi will be an option for international travel or elsewhere beyond Sprint's coverage.

In step with its creator, the Skiff Reader is one of the first devices made explicitly for the Skiff format's more visual and cross-platform texts.

The reader doesn't have a definite ship date or pricing, but unlike the Kindle it will be available in Sprint's retail shops when it releases sometime later this year.





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  1. Zaren

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    Now this...

    looks like an e-reader I could get behind.

  1. iphonerulez

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    I swear, that is a sweet looking concept eReader

    I honestly don't know how consumers would not like a device like that. It would be great for the home since you could put all sorts of reading material on it. Every house should have just one with dictionary, encyclopedia, medical reference, cookbook, home repair, and bible as a basic standard. I would have loved to have something like that when I was a kid growing up. And people are saying this tablet stuff is gonna fail big time. I think most previous tablets failed because there wasn't much on them. This time it's gonna be different.

    Maybe I'm just getting over-excited but the format is so compact it's a natural for readers.

  1. psdenno

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    I can just imagine.....

    .... a rack of these in every dentist's and doctor's office waiting room - preloaded with six month old issues of Newsweek, Time, and Field & Stream. Ahhh the future!

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