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

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.

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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.

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

    While Augen already is available at K-Mart with a 7" eReader for $99 and a 7" android tablet for $149. I have to admit the Copia in the picture looks better.
    Scubajrr
  • RE: Copia to launch $99 5-inch e-book reader this fall

    e-book readers with LCD screens are a waste of time.
    What happened to Copia's 9" e-ink readers, promised last spring?
    daedalus2
  • e-ink, just for reading, is better...

    If all one wants to do is read on a device, there is NO serious contender to E-Ink. While reading on my Sony PRS500 yesterday, I mused upon the fact that with e-ink, you really think you are holding a real-book in your hands.

    And backlit screens, for reading, are such a no-no... but to each his own. The model in the picture, I admit, does look extremely good & well-designed...
    grillomalta@...
    • RE: Copia to launch $99 5-inch e-book reader this fall

      @grillomalta@...

      e-Ink trades off refresh performance for power, but I find it annoyingly slow to refresh and I can do without several days between charges. For several years I have been reading eBooks on smartphones (Neo Freerunner and Nokia XpressMusic) and I find high resolution and back lighting to be more important than screen size, always being on, and multiday power. Color is nice to have but not critical since most books I want to read don?t have pictures anyway.

      Why go with any single purpose device when a high end cell phone will give you a phone, eBook reader, video player, organizer, email reader, web browser, and often a GPS?
      donaldrich
  • RE: Copia to launch $99 5-inch e-book reader this fall

    I've had a 2nd-generation Kindle for about a year and a half and I love it. That said, I find myself downloading many books and stories from Feedbooks, so I'm certainly not locked into Amazon's catalogue. I may well end up purchasing a Copia for use with Feedbook offerings and using my Kindle for longer or more serious offerings that I might want to keep. The Kindle also lets me save personal documents, which is very important to me.

    In short? I think there is room in the marketplace for both devices, and more power to them!
    Rick F.