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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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    Tuesday, September 18, 2007

    e-Book Readers

    While we wait for the launch of Amazon's Kindle, review copies have been mailed:
    NAEB Cybook sample: Favorable first reaction from blogger, impressed by brighter screen than Sony’s “It arrived! Yes, the engineering samples from Bookeen, of their new Cybook Gen3 ebook reader, have arrived at NAEB LLC and I got my sample/review unit this morning!
    and the '2nd edition' of iRex Technologies' iRex reader has been launched. The press release notes (and TeleRead shows) that the old curves are gone (Good!) in favour of a more stable book-shaped housing, the battery life is 20% better, and the software is an updated version of the already powerful software:
    The iLiad 2nd edition comes with the latest software version 2.11. This version of the software is part of the continuous software updates that are offered to all iLiad users. Just like in the previous versions support for reading PDF, HTML, Text and Mobipocket files is included and with the complementary PC Companion Software you can easily convert almost any document on your PC to an iLiad readable format.
    Unfortunately, the 2nd edition does not use the newish ‘Visplex’ version of e-Ink... although my use of the iLiad has suggested that the screen doesn't really need to be improved; others have thought it needs a brighter background.

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