China Telecom Launches Tianyibook eReader

6b519211-1374822908235China Telecom is showing off a new 6" ereader today.

The Tianyibook is a fairly bland looking ereader which is probably running some form of Android on a 600MHz CPU. It has a 6" Pearl E-ink screen (600x800), Wifi, a capacitive touchscreen, 4GB of storage, a microSD card slot, but no sound (or at least it's not mentioned).

The retail price is 849 yuan.

It's not clear whether you can install your own apps but I can say that the Tianyibook only has 256MB of RAM, which will definitely limit any possible hacking.

In fact, I don't know for sure that this ereader is running Android, and the original Chinese report doesn't say that. I am jumping to the conclusion based on the 3 buttons below the screen:

1014030107792606859[1]The buttons strongly suggest that the Tianyibook runs Android, though we won't know for sure until a user gets their hands on it and hacks it.

This ereader is supported by an ebookstore which reportedly stocks 300,000 Chinese language titles, far more than the 39 thousand titles that the original source says is offered in the Kindle Store. Supported ebook formats include Epub, PDF, fb2,prc, pdb, and mobi. The ereader also supports chm, rtf, oeb, html, txt, ztxt, and tcr.

The Tianyibook is going to sell for 849 yuan, or about $149. That's the same as the selling price for the Kindle Paperwhite in China, only without the frontlight or the high resolution screen.

On a related note, China telecom may or may not have released a pair of related reading apps for Android and iOS. I could be pulling the wrong info from Google Translate, so I'm not sure.

Specs:

  • Display: 6" E Ink capacitive touch, 16 grey levels
  • Resolution: 600x800
  • RAM: 256B
  • Storage: 4GB (expandable with Micro SD)
  • CPU: 600MHz
  • Formats: epub, pdf, fb2, oeb, html, txt, ztxt, tcr, prc, pdb, chm, rtf, mobi
  • Battery: 1700mAh
  • Connectivity: WiFi
  • Dimensions: 161 x 112 x 8.3mm
  • Weight: 190g
  • Price: CNY 849 (~US $140)

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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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