Borders(R) and Aluratek today announced an agreement to feature Aluratek’s “Libre” eBook Reader Pro in Borders’ growing lineup of eReaders. Pre-orders are now being taken at www.borders.com/libre with shipments to begin in early July. The Libre will be available in Borders stores within special digital shops called “Area-e” in August.
The Libre will be available at Borders for just $119.99, significantly lower in cost than many of the eReading devices now available. The new eReader is in line with Borders’ plan to provide a “good, better, best” selection of eReaders that will appeal to virtually any customer who wants to enjoy digital books. With the included link to the Borders eBook store, Libre users can access the upcoming Borders branded eBook store powered by Kobo.
This was a good move for both companies. The Libre is a very decent ereader, and I like that it bucks the trend towards E-ink screens. I have one, and I usually get a 5 days of battery life. It’s also incredibly sturdy. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve dropped it.
BTW, it does support Adobe DRM, so you can buy DRM encumbered ebooks from Borders (or Kobo) and read them on the Libre.