Now here's a bit of news that I never expected to write. Asus' 9" ebook reader has shown up on Amazon.co.uk, with a rather high price of £280.
This ereader drew a fair amount of attention when it launched last year, but it didn't have any real support from Asus, a major retailer, or a major ebookstore. It vanished fairly fast, but did show up from time to time in France and Russia. It was also supposed to be sold in Italy in December, but I cannot find any sign that it was.
This is the only ereader to hit the market with a 9" epaper screen. Unlike the Kindle DX, the DR-900 uses a screen from Sipix, not E-ink, and that explains the unusual size. The DR-900 also has Wifi, Bluetooth, a capacitive touchscreen, 4GB Flash storage, and a microSD card slot. Past reviews have shown that the DR-900 has a web browser and an on-screen keyboard. It also reportedly had TTS, annotation features, and a dictionary.
It's listed for £280, which is a little steep when compared to any number of budget Android tablets.
I wouldn't get it if I were you. It's not just that the price is high; the seller looks a little shady. I don't think they are crooks. But if you look at the reviews on this seller you will find 3, and all date from 2010. That's not enough of a history for me to feel comfortable buying from this seller.
I also have to wonder where they got it. This looks to be a small time seller. Who did they get it from? Why aren't Amazon carrying it? Why haven't we seen it listed anywhere else?
This listing bothers me on several levels.