Alex eReader customers will be able to order e-books from the Borders eBook store, Spring Design and Borders announced Jan. 7. And - by the way - Borders will launch a Borders eBook store.
eReader from Spring Design
will feature access to the upcoming Borders
eBook store, Spring Design and Borders announced Jan. 7 during the 2010 CES expo
in Las Vegas.
The news followed Borders' announcement that it will indeed launch an eBook
store on Borders.com, as well as offer Borders-branded mobile e-book
"Our agreement with Spring Design represents another
step in our digital strategy, which continues to focus on offering book
lovers--including our more than 35 million Borders Rewards loyalty program
members--high quality content on the device of their choosing," Ron
Marshall, Borders' group chief executive officer, said in a statement.
"We look forward to bringing a world class eBook experience to Alex
The 8.9-inches-long Alex eReader features a 6-inch (on the
diagonal) monochrome E Ink display, as well as a 3.5-inch LCD touch
screen. While the former is ideal for reading, and looks like a printed
page, the latter is intended for Web surfing. Alex runs the Android
offers Wi-Fi connectivity and weighs 11 ounces.
A Link Notes tool on the Alex can connect e-book text to
related online videos, audio, notes or Websites.
The Barnes & Noble Nook also runs Android and features a
double display. On Nov. 2, Spring Design announced it was suing Barnes &
Noble, alleging that the retailer misappropriated the Alex's design. On
Dec. 1, however, United
States District Judge James Ware denied Spring Design a preliminary injunction
to halt sales of the Nook, writing in a court order, "The Court finds
that at this time there is a genuine dispute over whether the [Nook] was derived
from information disclosed by Plaintiff to Defendant or was the product of
earlier independent development by Defendant
Spring Design additionally announced on Jan. 5 that Alex
customers will have access to more than 1 million Google Books, through
Alex's Web browser
. Google approved of this, with Brandon Badger,
Google product manager, adding that the Alex will help to "expand the
number of ways people access e-books and search for information online."
On Jan. 7, Samsung
joined the growing-crowded e-reader market, with the introduction of the E6, a
6-inch e-reader, and the 1010, a 10-inch version
. Both included Wi-Fi 802.11
b/g and Bluetooth connectivity, and allow users to make on-screen notes with a
built-in electromagnetic resonance (EMR) stylus. They'll retail for $399
and $699, respectively, arriving early in 2010.
The Spring Design Alex eReader will be available Feb. 22
and retail for $359 at http://www.springdesign.com