A small manufacturer already plans to introduce a $99 device this fall. Copia, a subsidiary of DMC Worldwide, is set to offer a $99, 5-inch color e-reader when its line of devices comes to market later this year.
DMC’s Copia was first announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this January and has been marketed as the first “social reading” platform, with social-media integration as well as its own e-commerce store for the purchase of books and periodicals. Users can access feeds from Web services like Facebook and Twitter as they’re reading, and share notes and book recommendations or join discussion groups without having to open a Web browser.
Copia, a subsidiary of DMC Worldwide, plans to release a line of e-readers, but it will have its work cut out for it as Amazon and Barnes & Noble are locked in a price war and have attractive Wi-Fi e-reader options at $139 and $149. We suspect that Sony, too, will soon announce a next-generation e-reader of its own.
On the other hand, the outfit does plan on launching bigger versions of the device not much time later. The list includes multiple models, each with a screen of between 6 inches and 9 inches. As for what the electronics will do, they shall provide access to Copia’s e-reader ecosystem of 400,000 ebooks, plus public domain works, in the ePub format.
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