Jetbook Color confirmed for US release this fall – 9.7″ E-ink screen, $350

click to enlarge

I've just been told by Ectaco that they will be shipping their newest ebook reader to the US in December. And yes, they plan to sell it for $30 less than the Kindle DX.

This is the first color epaper ereader to hit the market anywhere, and it's based on a 9.7" color E-ink screen, with a SD card slot, Wifi, and a Wacom touchscreen.The rest of the specs are not finalized just yet.

I'm not sure that ebook reader is actually a good term for this device; it's not targeted at the same market as the Kindle DX. The Jetbook Color is an academic product. It's running a lot of customized software that you don't find on your usual ebook reader, including test-taking, scheduling, reference sheets, and other apps that schools have requested. It will also have TTS courtesy of SVOX, a specialist.

click to enlarge

According to Ectaco, this model has been under development in Russia since May. Ectaco has a deal signed with the Russian government to customize the software for Russian schools.

The screen resolution is going to be rather low when displaying (800x600), and screen refresh isn't very fast, but then again it's going to cost less than the Kindle DX and come with a color screen. That alone will give the Jetbook Color a shot in the retail market,

--
For more ebook news, subscribe to the RSS feed or the daily email newsletter. Or you can follow me on Twitter: @thDigitalReader or find me on FaceBook.

About Nate Hoffelder (11598 Articles)
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."

18 Comments on Jetbook Color confirmed for US release this fall – 9.7″ E-ink screen, $350

  1. they aren’t going to sell 12 of those in the US at that price

  2. 800×600 will likely look better than the numbers show. A pixel is actually 4 of the monochrome pixels with filters for 3 colors and white. The controller supports subpixel sampling for anti-aliasing which should make it look higher.
    See: http://wiki.mobileread.com/wiki/Wisereader_color and http://wiki.mobileread.com/wiki/E_Ink_Triton

    Dale

  3. Maybe it’s not a bad election if you want a 9″ ereader and you have to choose between Kindle DX or this one. If there are people who buy a Kindle DX, why not a Jetbook?

  4. I think I will buy it for my kid. I found more pictures on Ectaco website:
    http://ectaco.ru/jetbookcolor.php?p=gallery

  5. I would like to see the representation of an ebook on this device.

  6. That is actually awesome. I would not have expected that from ECTACO. Way to go up.

  7. There is color in that screen? Where?

  8. Parece que existe um pouco de cor naquela tela.

  9. TY Nate. I can see in this device a good potencial, maybe a little slow with color images but its O.S. with a lot of features and functions, and the price slighty minor than Kindle DX are enough advantages for me.

    And I would suppose with a normal ebook (not color) the device answers will be very good.

  10. I’m definitely getting one. I can’t stand reading on LCD screens and I need color displays for my textbooks. This is definitely worth the price, and I love how the screen is almost 10″ as opposed to the smaller e-readers for pdfs

  11. Will it be available only for Russian and American educational market? I’ll explain myself, Could an individual buyer get it?

  12. I beleive Ectaco will carry it for the retail trade, yes.

10 Trackbacks & Pingbacks

  1. Jetbook Color eReader with color E Ink display coming this year - Liliputing
  2. Farbiger E-Book-Reader von Ectaco noch in diesem Jahr | e-Leseratte
  3. E-Ink a colori - Ectaco Jetbook Color in USA - Netbook News
  4. Jetbook Color Launched in Russia – 9.7″ Color E-ink Screen - The Digital Reader
  5. eBook nelle scuole: la Russia fa sul serio
  6. Kolorowy e-papier. Cicha rewolucja?
  7. First Look at the Jetbook Color (video) - The Digital Reader
  8. Qualcomm Mirasol Still on Schedule for a Fall Release – So What? - The Digital Reader
  9. Jetbook Color Now up For Pre-Order – Price Jumped to $500 - The Digital Reader
  10. Jetbook Color Shipping Date Delayed Again | The Digital Reader

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published.


*