iSmartbook launched in Taiwan

About 2 weeks ago a group of 4 Taiwan based tech companies (Chienhua Learning Resources Network, Netronix, Inc., Fulin (Huanyu) and HotFrog) announced a new partnership called iSmartBook. They're releasing not just the new ereader but also a whole educational software platform that they are going to develop to support it.

I have to say that I'm intrigued by the partners. Normally I'd expect to see a hardware company partnered with a publisher. Instead we have a hardware company (Netronix), a maker of educational materials (Chienhua), and a directory services company (Hotfrog). I'm still not sure what Fulin do, though. I really don't know where the iSmartbook is headed, and that's interesting.

The ereader at left is made by Netronix. It has a touchscreen, Wifi, and a microSD card slot. Ebook support includes FBReader and Adobe DE.  It will be on sale for half price at $9,999 TWD (~$312 USD) until September 15. Study material worth about $11,000 TWD will be included in that price.

Obviously iSmartbook is more than just an ereader. It's part of a platform. According to the press release, the first market they will be targeting is professional certification. I suppose that was rather obvious from the price I quoted in the previous paragraph.



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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: "I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

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