Archos 70b e-reader gets a price & release date

As you might recall from my post from a few weeks ago, Archos are working on an ereader. The 70b ereader popped up on the FCC website. At the time we didn’t know anything beyond the fact it exists. Now we have some specs to go with the picture. It’s based on a 7? LCD screen (800×480) with 4GB Flash, a SD card slot (16GB supported). There’s no Wifi or webcam mentioned, but the specs do mention an Azerty keyboard (the French keyboard is layed out different from a US keyboard). There’s a microphone and speaker.

It has the broad audio and video support you’d expect from Archos as well as ebook support that includes: TXT, PDF, EPUB, PDB, FB2, HTML, RTF, Mobi. It’s listed for 99 euros and is expected to arrive sometime during the first half of 2011. (nope, I’m not joking)

Compared to Archos other products, this one is ugly. I don’t think it was designed in house, and I don’t understand why they felt the need to go dumpster diving.


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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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