BookLive to Launch Lideo eReader in Japan Next Month

One nice side effect of Amazon taking an interest in an ebook market is that their presence puts pressure on the local competition to step up their game.

BookLive, a 2 year old subsidiary of NEC and Toshiba, has just unveiled their first ereader. The Lideo is based around a 6" epaper screen (tech and resolution unknown) and it has Wifi and Wimax (free access to the ebookstore is included). It ships with 4GB of Flash storage and a touchscreen but it's not clear if this device also has a card slot. Format support includes XMDF as well as Epub.

This ereader is equipped with an on-device ebookstore stocked with over 100 thousand titles from many major Japanese publishers, including Kadokawa Group, Gentosha, Kodansha, Shueisha, Shinchosha , and Shogakukan.

It's up for pre-order now with a retail of 8,480 yen, and will be sold in Sanseido bookstores starting next month. The formal release date is expected to be 10 December.

Tell me, what does this ereader look like to you? I think it bears a physical resemblance to to the older Sony Readers, in particular the PRS-650 and the PRS-T1.  The Lideo doesn't have a stylus or the software features found on Sony's ereaders, but I can see the influences of the hardware design. It's a pity that Booklive didn't go for something more original.

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Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: He's here to chew bubble gum and fix broken websites, and he is all out of bubble gum. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills at the drop of a hat. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

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  1. […] Booklive sells ebooks and digital comics in Japan, and in China they sell comics that have been translated from the original Japanese. This retailer was launched in 2011, and is owned in part by Hitachi, Toppan, NEC, Toshiba, and the Development Bank of Japan. It offers a catalog of around 90,000 titles which can be read on Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and on Booklive’s own ebook reader, the Lideo. […]

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