IRex Technologies' iLiad E-reader will be able to download books, newspapers and podcasts, but the device isn't just a reader. The electronic paper-like screen will also allow users to write and draw. De Tijd, a Belgian newspaper, is testing the e-paper devices with small groups of readers on a trial basis.
One group being targeted by e-paper gadget makers is urban commuters, who could download newspapers with the devices. Other potential user groups are schools, which could use the readers to replace schoolbooks, and professionals, who could use them in the field.
The Sony Reader will be available this summer through 200 Borders stores, 30 Sony Style stories and Sony Style.com. It will retail for between $299 and $399.
The Readius, a concept gadget from Philips Polymer Vision, contains a flexible, scrollable display. The pocket-size "e-reader" stretches out to provide a 5-inch monochrome screen with a resolution of 320 by 240 pixels.