Larry posted the news on the Plastic Logic eReader device that will launch in early 2010 in a partnership with Barnes & Noble. We received news today that the Plastic Logic Reader will also connect wirelessly to the Internet like the Kindle, but through the AT&T 3G data network. Unlike the Amazon Kindle devices, you will also be able to connect your Plastic Logic Reader through WiFi as well as this AT&T connection.
I love my Kindle 2 device for reading books and discovering new books on the fly, but there are several features of this Plastic Logic Reader device that are even more compelling than the Kindle and I am fairly certain one will end up in my hands. Some of the unique features not found on the Kindle are:
- Support for PDF, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel documents with no conversion required
- International support for wireless connectivity through the AT&T network
- WiFi support, including AT&T's hotspots throughout the world
- Larger display (smaller than the Kindle DX) in a 8.5 x 11 size
- Plastic, durable touch screen display technology
It looks like the Plastic Logic Reader is the electronic ink reader targeted more towards the enterprise customer with all the native file support and plastic display. The different wireless radios also make it a device that can be connected just about anywhere in the world.