Copia to launch $99 5-inch e-book reader this fall

Summary:Amazon might have lowered the price bar even further with the new version of the Kindle, but Copia is taking things further with a $99 e-book reader to launch this year.

Amazon might have lowered the price bar even further with the new version of the Kindle, but Copia is taking things further with a $99 e-book reader to launch this year.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the 5-inch Ocean Reader with a color touchscreen will be released this fall before the holiday season. Six- and nine-inch variants are expected to eventually launch with Wi-Fi and 3G support as well.

A big focus for Copia's e-readers, which supports the ePub format, is social networking with direct feeds from Facebook and Twitter. Copia also describes itself as the "first social eReading experience."

It's refreshing to finally see e-book readers being marked with reasonable prices. But again, is it worth paying a hundred bucks or more for a device without multiple functions with the evolution of tablet computers? Yet, if all a particular consumer wants an e-reader for is actual reading, then a smaller and cheaper model like this one might have its place.

Topics: Amazon

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Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider, FastCompany.com, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for MainStreet.com, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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