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Samsung's e-Reader Debuts With Barnes & Noble Partnership

3/09/2010 02:09:28 PM Eastern
New York - Samsung has entered the U.S. e-reader market and formed a partnership with Barnes & Noble to offer more than 1 million e-books and e-periodicals.

Samsung's SNE-60K e-reader
Initially previewed at International CES, the Samsung e-reader was unveiled during a press event Tuesday morning at its Samsung Experience showroom, here.

Samsung combined more than a million electronic titles, advanced handwriting capabilities, MP3 music playback and Wi-Fi connectivity into a single device that allows users to read, write and share on the go, the company said.

Samsung Electronics America said that its parent, Samsung Electronics Co., has formed a partnership with Barnes & Noble to provide the e-commerce storefront for the e-reader.

The e-reader features an electromagnetic resonance stylus pen that allows users the writing capabilities typically associated with traditional paper books, such as making annotations in the margins.

Voice-recording functionality enables users to create audio memos and annotations, and with the included journal, scheduler and memo applications, users can utilize the stylus to write and save entries, which are made available for thumbnail viewing and easy search.

An electronic dictionary is also available both in and out of e-book reading, Samsung said.

The e-reader features a slider form factor and incorporates a 6-inch E Ink display (600 by 800) with 8 grayscale to boost readability indoors and out. It supports EPUB, PDF/a, TXT, BMP and JPEG formats. Utilizing the built-in front speakers or the headphone jack, consumers can experience Samsung's text-to-speech (TTS) technology, which reads text aloud.

The unit also allows for connectivity between public and private spaces, with both a Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g) network that allows for direct purchase and download of content without a PC connection, and Bluetooth 2.0 connectivity allowing for audio transmission to wireless headphones. Samsung's EmoLink technology enables users to share content between Samsung e-reader devices. In addition, a built-in dedicated program will sync the e-reader scheduler with Microsoft Outlook. 

With 2GB of internal memory, the e-reader can store 1,500 books or 24,000 pages of memos. An external MicroSD card slot increases the device's storage capabilities by an additional 16GB, the company said. 

Via the Barnes & Noble partnership, users can download most best sellers at $9.99. Samsung e-reader users will also be able to take advantage of breakthrough Barnes & Noble features, such as the industry-first LendMe technology that enables consumers to lend a wide selection of e-books to friends free of charge for up to 14 days using free Barnes & Noble software.

Suggested retail will be $299, and shipping will begin in the spring.
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