The 5″ eReader Isn’t Dead
Smaller ereaders like the Kobo Mini may have been relegated by many as collectibles or hacking projects, but they haven’t completely vanished from the retail market.
A post on MobileRead brought a "new" 5″ ereader to my attention.
The Wizlib 5 is the smallest of three ereaders offered by the Philippines-based Redfox.
Even though this company has been selling ereaders since 2010, it’s still hard to find info on Redfox hardware online but according to a deals site the Wizlib 5 has a keyboard, 2GB internal storage, a g-sensor, and a radio of some kind (FM, to be exact).
Its 5″ E-ink screen has a screen resolution of 600 x 800, and it does not have a touchscreen. But it does have that keyboard, although since we know nothing about the software we don’t know what it’s good for.
All in all this is a cheap ereader, and the deals site listed it for a cheap price: 1,500 PHP, or about $32. (The site also claimed that the regular retail was around $257, but these sites usually lie about that detail.)
So if you want a 5″ ereader, an option does still exist. But it’s going to be rather hard to buy outside of the Philippines; I can’t even find a local retailer who carries it, much less one which will ship internationally.
If you do find a way to get a WizLib 5 shipped, or if you have one yourself, please let me know. I’d like to know more about it.
Edit: A reader has told me that when this ereader was released five years ago, it really did cost that much. He also said that it supported mp3s, but had a non-standard headphone jack. And as you might suspect, it is a rebranded Chinese ereader, the Sibrary.