Saturday, 10 January 2009

e-reads i-Wash

Post date 04.01.2008, 2:33 AM

posted by chris meade

The announcement this morning of the launch in the UK of a new waterproof laptop looks like another nail in the coffin of the traditional paper book, as the new device at last makes it possible to read a downloaded electronic fiction while relaxing in a hot bath.

The manufacturers claim that the latest in e-ink technology makes concentrating on a complex text 21% easier on the electronic device than with a conventional paperback. Users can switch between reading on screen (with font-size increasing automatically to aid understanding of complex sentences), listening to an audio recording, and utilising a revolutionary new facility called 'skimread mode' which provides a spoken précis of the gist of more tedious passages from literary classics.

The device is the size of a large paperback, can be read in landscape or portrait format, with or without back-lighting, is fully recyclable and light as a sponge. The i-Wash is launched in the UK on April 1st and will be available in the USA as soon as the economy picks up."

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