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Cool-er 3G ebook reader announced by Interread
#1  pilotbob 12-10-2009, 12:38 AM
A few quotes from Interreads Press Release:

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MIAMI, Dec. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Interead, makers of the COOL-ER line of ereaders, and AT&T* today announced an agreement that will deliver users of the COOL-ER 3G ereader, scheduled for release in mid-2010, the nation's fastest 3G mobile broadband experience.

Neil Jones, Interead's CEO, commented: "We have been overwhelmed by the positive reaction to the COOL-ER and the COOLER-EBOOKS.com bookstore. In selecting providers, we have actively sought those who share our vision and commitment to an ideal reader experience, and we're thrilled to team with AT&T to deliver content over the nation's fastest 3G network."
They will also be working with NewpapersDirect to deliver over 1,000 publications wirelessly on the device due to release "sometime" in 2010.

Yes, 2010 is shaping up to be the year of the eBook.

Via Engadget: http://www.engadget.com/2009/12/09/interead-cool-er-3g-e-reader-announced-adds-wireless-to-the-mix/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaig n=Feed%3A+weblogsinc%2Fengadget+%28Engadget%29
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#2  mtravellerh 12-10-2009, 06:33 AM
Let's hope that Interead will invest some time and money in a good firmware this time around. The device can be seen already on Netronixinc.com (EB600 Cookie/Grace/Swiftie )!

It will also be sold by other Netronix revendors! Pocketbook, for instance, has already announced that the device will be demoed at the CES in January!
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#3  igorsk 12-10-2009, 07:01 AM
AFAIK PocketBook's device will be a custom design and won't be available to other licensors (same as with PB360). There was even some talk about producing their new devices in Ukraine and not Taiwan.
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#4  mtravellerh 12-10-2009, 07:05 AM
Quote igorsk
AFAIK PocketBook's device will be a custom design and won't be available to other licensors (same as with PB360). There was even some talk about producing their new devices in Ukraine and not Taiwan.
Yes it will be customized, of course! But it is still done in China! I guess Interead will customize the model a bit, too, just as it was done with the Cool-er. I was only talking about the general specifications, of course!
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#5  Jumpn Jack Flash 12-10-2009, 08:19 AM
Yes but will they also be doing an EB900 design (is any one going to do one )
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#6  mtravellerh 12-10-2009, 08:24 AM
Quote Jumpn Jack Flash
Yes but will they also be doing an EB900 design (is any one going to do one )
Talking about PocketBook? Actually, it seems like they will be going to do two: The 901 (without connectivity and touchscreen) and the 902 (with both)!
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#7  wallcraft 12-10-2009, 08:47 AM
Quote mtravellerh
Let's hope that Interead will invest some time and money in a good firmware this time around.
A difference between Interread and PocketBook (or Bookeen) is that they seem to be using the standard Netronix firmware. Jinke has demonstrated that this approach can work well world-wide (Hanlin V3 and V5), and Netronix adds to the equation customized cases for standard electronics. As you suggest, the trick is to put enough support behind the firmware no matter who develops and maintains it.

Since Netronix hardware goes with both vendor-specific and generic firmware, it can be hard to keep track and a vendor can always switch. To take another example, the BeBook 1 and Mini are Hanlins, but I was never sure where the BeBook 2 was coming from.
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#8  cklammer 12-10-2009, 12:55 PM
I'll pay 300 bucks for that and not a cent more. And they could have added bluetooth into the mix, too.
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#9  pilotbob 12-10-2009, 01:06 PM
Quote cklammer
I'll pay 300 bucks for that and not a pence more.
I'd give a farthing if you tell me what a pence is.

BOb
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#10  kjk 12-10-2009, 01:13 PM
While I'm happy to see more eBook readers taking advantage of 3G technology, I'm pretty irritated that AT&T is the one providing it to all comers, when they can't even handle the traffic they have now with the iPhone.
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