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Aluratek reveals the Libre eBook Reader PRO, priced under $200

Aluratek has unveiled a new, lower-priced e-reader: the Libre eBook Reader PRO. While only in black and white, it looks like a decent device.
Written by Rachel King, Contributor on

Aluratek has unveiled a new, lower-priced e-reader: the Libre eBook Reader PRO. While only in black and white, it looks like a decent device.

The Libre is really for people who want an e-book gadget, but don't need or want any special features. The monochromatic reader is built with a 5-inch reflective light LCD screen, picture-viewing software and an audio player that supports MP3s. It also uses Adobe’s Digital Edition software, thus it can handle PDF and ePUB formatted documents.

Buyers will get a 2 GB SD card in the box with 100 open-source books preloaded on it. (Not sure on the titles, but supposedly they're "100 of the most popular downloaded books of all time." [Update: You can check out the entire list on the Libre product page.]) Users can also insert SD and SDHC cards up to 32 GB.

More than the book titles, the battery life is a real highlight, as it will last up to 24 hours off a single charge. However, it can only connect to computers via USB.

But it's especially refreshing to see the e-reader price is starting to slide. You could get a Kindle or Nook for $260, but the Libre will only cost you $179. Still a bit high, but hopefully it's only the beginning in the price fall.

Anyone think this will suit their needs?

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