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    I am the owner and managing director of Information Automation Limited (IAL), a company that specialises in research, consultancy and training for the information profession. We are particularly interested in all forms of electronic information resources (e-journals, e-books, etc) and I teach a course in electronic publishing at the Department of Information Studies in Aberystwyth. Drilling down still further(!), my interests centre on the quality and evaluation of electronic information, and in the thinking that underpins activities in library and information science.


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    Monday, February 12, 2007

    First eInk; now ePaper

    eBook readers have come a long way since the early days and iRex Technology's iLiad is an excellent example: it holds up to 200 e-books and has a display that is described as close to print-on-paper, and gives a very comfortable reading experience.

    Now Polymer Vision have launched their READIUS display. A five-inch monochrome screen unrolls from a neat and slim device, which could be thought of as the book's spine. Slashgear says:
    Polymer Vision have cut a deal with Telecom Italia to market the device along with the network’s personalised news services. A built-in SIM card slot means it can be constantly connected to an EDGE/UMTS network as well as DVB-H IP data-casting, and take advantage of e-mail, news, location sensitive maps and ebooks, as well as user-loaded information on the 4GB of internal storage transferred via mini-USB.
    For those watching the e-book industry, and thinking about carrying the e-library in their pocket (think: students with a year's reading list), this Italian product may be a market leader!

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