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

Jetbook Color confirmed for US release this fall - 9.7" E-ink screen, $350 e-Reading Hardware
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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.

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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,

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28 Comments

  1. burger flipper16 August, 2011

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

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    1. Nate Hoffelder16 August, 2011

      Well, this is aimed at the academic market.

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      1. burger flipper16 August, 2011

        I guess, but I still think almost everyone will just get a tablet instead at that price.

        800×600 resolution is what my Pandigital has. Passable on a 100 dollar 7 inch device. Can’t imagine it would look even halfway decent on an iPad sized screen.

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  2. Dale DePriest16 August, 2011

    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

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  3. Jaxs16 August, 2011

    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?

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  4. Alex Sher16 August, 2011

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

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  5. Jaxs17 August, 2011

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

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    1. Robert17 August, 2011

      The pictures on Ectaco’s website are clearly mock-ups. I wouldn’t base any decisions on those.

      Reply
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  9. Gruda17 August, 2011

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

    Reply
  10. Mike Cane17 August, 2011

    There is color in that screen? Where?

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  11. Paulo Ney18 August, 2011

    Parece que existe um pouco de cor naquela tela.

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    1. Luiz16 October, 2011

      Oaulo, você tem algum aparelho da Ectaco? Tem um Jetbook?

      Reply
      1. Luiz16 October, 2011

        Perdão… não Oaulo e sim Paulo.

        Reply
  12. […] is the same basic device that I mentioned a few weeks back, only this one has been localized for the Russian educational market. Like the US version, it has a […]

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  13. […] tutto alla modica cifra di 15.000 rubli, circa 360 Euro.Alla fine dell’anno lo stesso eReader esordirà anche sul mercato americano a un prezzo decisamente più abbordabile, nell’ordine dei 360 dollari.Tornando invece agli […]

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  14. […] ju? pod koniec tego roku do sprzeda?y ma trafi? czytnik od Ectaco, który wyposa?ony b?dzie w dotykowy, 9,7 calowy wy?wietlacz w technologii kolorowego e-papieru. […]

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  15. […] the first ebook reader to use the new color E-ink screen. It’s not going to hit the US market until December, but when it does the retail will be about $350 ($30 less than the KDX).  It has Wifi, SD card […]

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    1. Jaxs27 October, 2011

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

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      1. Nate Hoffelder27 October, 2011

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

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      2. LB7 November, 2011

        Hey, email [email protected] if you’re an international buyer who’d like to buy one for yourself. I believe he can hook you up if you act soon 😉

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  16. Jaxs27 October, 2011

    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.

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  17. LB7 November, 2011

    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

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  18. […] is also about to lose out on one of its advantages: color. Ectaco are already working on a 9.7″ academic e-reader with a color E-ink screen and it’s going to be out this year. It’s going to cost $350 […]

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