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Light, low-cost e-reader runs Linux

May 29, 2009, 21:34 (9 Talkback[s])

"The Cool-er manages to slip out the door for $260, instead of $360 for the Kindle 2, due in part to its lack of wireless connectivity. Not only is there no cellular modem, as in the Kindle, but no WiFi, as found in some other e-book readers, so to add new books, users will need to hook up to their Windows or Mac computers via USB. Although like the Kindle and most other e-book readers, the Cool-er is based on embedded Linux, Linux desktops do not appear to be supported for USB connectivity.

"The Cool-er may lack the Kindle's always-on 3G cellular modem, but the Kindle only works on Sprint's U.S. network, and Interead appears to be aiming for a more global audience. The device's simplicity also means a lower cost and a slim, 7.2 x 4.6 x 0.4-inch form factor. More striking is its 6.3-ounce weight, which is about 40 percent less than the 10-ounce, 8 x 5.3 x 0.36-inch Kindle 2 and a third the weight of the new super-sized, 10.4 x 7.2 x 0.4-inch Kindle DX. The Cool-er's 1000mAh Li-Ion battery is said to deliver up to 8,000 page turns per charge."

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