I’m an avid follower of portable eReading developments, with umpteen Google Alerts set up for just about every product and keyword. These days, my incoming email tends to be about 10 percent legitimate stuff, about 40 percent spam (with a curious glut of ads for discount vacations for the French – “We’re from France.”), and 50 percent alerts about eReaders.
Earlier this month I noticed an alert about a Kiev-based device manufacturer called Pocketbook International (http://www.pocketbook-usa.com/) that had just announced five new models of eReading devices at the IFA Exhibition in Berlin (http://www1.messe-berlin.de/vip8_1/website/Internet/Internet/www.ifa-berlin/englisch/index.html). The devices seem to be very open and flexible, with little or nothing proprietary about them.
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