There’s a Surprising Number of Obscure eBook Readers Turning up on Amazon
TopJoy is one of many obscure, tiny Chinese gadget makers we sometimes see in videos from Computex but whose products we rarely see in the market in the US (under their own brand name, at least), and here’s your chance to buy a device no one else has.
This ereader maker set up an account on Amazon earlier this week and is peddling its wares to US consumers. It’s offering an odd collection of ebook readers with either a 4.3″ or 6″ screen. They’re all listed as used but in very good condition, and are priced anywhere from $53.80 to $86.50, with free shipping from China.
The ereaders come in a wild range of shapes and sizes. Most have 6″ screens (some even have frontlights with Pearl HD E-ink screens), but themodel I find seriously tempting is the one with the 4.3″.
The D30 sports a 4.3″ E-ink screen with a screen resolution of 800 x 600. Few details are listed, but we do see that it has 128MB RAM, 4GB internal storage,and is running Ucos. That’s probably only very basic software, but the listing does mention that it supports audio and a number of ebook formats (Epub, PDF, Mobi, etc).
This a very basic ereader but it is also small enough that it could fit into an average pocket. And at $54, it’s cheap.
The product images carry the brand of Inves, an obscure Spanish gadget maker, but it does not match any Inves model I can find online. I would guess that TopJoy is or was Inves’s manufacturing partner, and had some stock left over. These might even be returns, so I wouldn’t recommend buying one unless you felt like gambling.
On the other hand, I have bought new devices from China which did not a retail box, so there is a chance that these devices are actually new from the manufacturer’s warehouse.
Does anyone want to buy one and find out?
Do you see another model you like?