Spring Design's Android Powered Touchscreen E-book Reader Allows for Annotation & Highlights
Featured at this year's Consumer Electronics Show, SpringDesign’s Alex e-book reader is taking e-book readers one step closer to replacing physical books. The Alex takes the best features of the Amazon Kindle and the iphone and combines them into one device. It features a 6-inch E Ink display on top and a 3.5-inch touchscreen at the bottom. It runs on Google’s Android OS, specially modified for e-book reading. Using the touchscreen you can select tools for creating annotations and highlights for a book, and you can also switch between books from your library. Two large physical arrow buttons on the sides of the device allow you to “flip” pages. Although the device runs on an open source software, Alex users will not be able to freely swap books - the books will be tied to one device. However, University students will be able to benefit from the ability to exchange annotations and highlights. Some downsides are: it's user interface is not very intuitive, the processor doesn't seem very fast and it comes with a hefty price tag at $360, around $100 more than the Barnes & Noble Nook.
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