Plastic Logic unveils Que capacitive touchscreen e-book reader; aims at business professionals

Plastic Logic, the company that struck up a deal with Barnes & Noble for an e-book reader, on Monday unveiled a capacitive touchscreen e-book reader named Que.

Plastic Logic, the company that struck up a deal with Barnes & Noble for an e-book reader, on Monday unveiled a capacitive touchscreen e-book reader named Que.

The device will have a letter-sized (8.5" x 11"), "shatterproof" capacitive touchscreen that yes, still runs on E-Ink. It's targeted at business professionals, and will support PDF, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel documents.

(That stands in stark contrast to IREX's recently-announced e-reader that requires a stylus, as well as Sony's announced Touch Edition Reader that's resistive, not capacitive.)

Like the latest crop of e-book readers, the Plastic Logic device includes mobile broadband by way of AT&T 3G as well as Wi-Fi. It's less than a third of an inch thick, the company says.

The company is planning a bigger splash on Jan. 7 at CES 2010 -- "a comprehensive platform for mobile professionals, namely document management," writes Gizmodo's Wilson Rothman -- which should help traveling and telecommuting types even more.

That sentiment was echoed by Plastic Logic's CEO, Richard Archuleta, in a statement:

"The QUE brand stands for a premium reading experience. The QUE proReader enhances business performance and gives you a competitive edge. More than an eReader, QUE means business."

Price and availability will be announced at CES -- stay tuned, since this editor will be in attendance.