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.