Boca Raton, Fla. - A pair of full-color e-book readers with
5-inch and 7-inch TFT displays will be introduced next month at International
CES by Paradigm Shift Sourcing and Manufacturing.
for ease of reading, and long battery life, the company said.
According to industry observers, full-color capability in e-books
is a requisite for their adoption by textbook publishers, which would give the
category critical mass.
Paradigm Shift's 5-inch model, No. EER-051, is compatible with
ANSI, UNICODE TXT, DOC, PDF, HTML, FB2, PDB and EPUB (non-DRM encrypted) e-book
formats. The unit also functions as an MP3 player and photo viewer, and has 1GB
of onboard memory plus an SD card expansion slot. The EER-051 will be available
in white, pastel blue, pastel periwinkle, pastel pink, black and silver case colors
and will carry a suggest retail of $150.
The 7-inch step-up model, No. EER-071WF, features the Windows
CE OS, a full touchscreen interface and integrated Wi-Fi, and adds optional DRM
encryption to the format compatibility of its smaller sibling. Paradigm Shift
says the unit's OS renders it a full ultra-mobile PC (UMPC) or tablet PC that
supports Microsoft Word documents and Excel and PDF files. The EER-07WF also
functions as a photo viewer, a Flash video player, and music player that
supports MP3 and MP4 files, while its Wi-Fi capability permits instant
cross-platform messaging via E-Buddy and direct access to YouTube through an
The EER-07WF also offers
2GB of internal memory and a T-Flash expansion slot, and will be available in
black or white at a $200 suggest retail.
The company, based here, said the e-books are part of its Techno-Gadget
Line, and will be distributed to major retailers throughout the United States
by Delstar Wholesale Electronics of Hallandale, Fla., beginning in late February.