The pick of the new eBook readers from CES
The unit itself feels a little plasticky, but is solidly built. The small dimensions will obviously necessitate a fair bit of page turning, but text was perfectly sharp. The Opus has 1GB of internal memory and a Micro SD slot for further expansion, if necessary.
The device costs 199 Euros and will be distributed in the UK, according to a spokesman from Bookeen, which manufactures the device.
Rough and tumble readers
One of the biggest criticisms of eBook readers is that they’re a little vulnerable to the rough and tumble of daily life, and certainly not much kop in the bath. The Guardian EReader Case from M-Edge could change all that. It’s a transparent and waterproof case for Amazon’s Kindle, allowing you to take the device for a soak or on to the beach without fear that it’ll be dead within minutes.
The case has three built-in buoyancy chambers to keep the device upright and level in the water, while waterproof membranes keep the buttons and keyboard accessible. It’s dunked in a tank of water on the CES showfloor, with a Kindle running perfectly happily inside.
The Guardian EReader Case will cost less than $100 when it launches later this year.
Finally, if you want to replace your food-splattered cookbooks with an eBook reader, Key Ingredient’s Demy may be the answer. The 7in colour touchscreen device is encased in a chunky stand that makes it easy to read recipes while you cook.
A company spokesman told us that the device has been designed to cope with the heat of the kitchen, and can be safely wiped clean with a damp cloth if the beef bourguignon splatters across the screen.
The device allows you to enter and share your own recipes, or download one of the 2,500 recipes submitted by other users of keyingredient.com. Disappointingly, however, it’s not wireless: you have to plug the Demy into your PC’s USB port to syncrhonise recipes.
The Demy costs $300 from MyDemy.com.