As I suspected there will be quite a few challengers to the e-Reader scene at CES this week. First up is an expanded lineup from Interead with their COOL-ER e-Reader product.
I really couldn’t care less about the multi-color thing these things sport, but the form factor looks promising.
Here’s the product lineup they’ll be showing off at CES:
As the name suggests, this is the smallest of the bunch at 6.7" x 4.6" x 0.41" (170 mm x 117 mm x 10 mm). It has a 6" E Ink® screen and 2GB of onboard memory (expandable via SD card to 6GB total).
This is the one they have available already today at www.COOLREADERS.com. It will be arriving in new colors though.
This one adds WiFi and touch-screen to the Classic version. It weighs 5.8 oz. Scheduled to be available in Spring 2010.
This is the newest e-Reader in their lineup and is slated to be available in mid-2010. 3G wireless connectivity via AT&T is the big item on this one.
COOL-ER e-Readders work with ePub and PDF and has access to bookstores online like www.Cooler-ebooks.com
The biggest obstacle these e-Readers will encounter is the pricing compared to the Kindle and Nook. Because the bookstores they access are less known and likely have a smaller U.S. catalog, the price has to be lower. Currently the classic COOL-ER e-Reader runs $249 on their website.