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There’s a new Cool-er Reader coming, and it’s supposed to give Amazon a run for its money. According to the Mirror, the new device will not only have wireless, but also a full color screen. And possibly a touchscreen. All from a company that has made a profit selling budget eReaders.
Further details won’t be released until CES in January, but I have a feeling that any rumors surrounding the device are way overblown. If the new device is still in the budget range and does feature everything its supposed to, then it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to call it a Kindle killer. But I’m not sure how Interead could possibly pack in more features than the Kindle and still beat the Kindle on price.
It is possible that Interead is planning something that isn’t an eInk device at all, but something with LCD. Of course, that would stretch the definition of eReader since the device would feel like a tablet PC with most its features missing. I could be wrong though, and it might be possible that Interead comes out with something that is a mind blowing success. Especially now that Coolerbooks has gained additional support from Google.
If Interead is planning a color eInk device, then Amazon may also have a color Kindle around the corner. Amazon has been waiting on color because the quality of color displays from E-Ink Corporation isn’t up to their standards. Since everyone is basically using the same E-Ink technology, if one company can do color others probably can too.
But more importantly, this makes Coolerbooks the latest Amazon competitor to team up with Google. While the Kindle library is limited to a (still fairly large) inventory of about 350,000 books, Barnes & Noble, Sony, and Coolerbooks all received that extra 1 million from Google. Sure, a large chunk of the million is old, obscure texts that few people are interested in, but the bookstores continue to taut the sheer volume of books.
It’s also interesting to note that, since Sony is embracing ePub, owners of COOL-ER Readers could always get the Google titles from Sony’s store and vice-versa. While these separate companies are competitors, they are becoming de facto allies in what’s almost a coordinated attack against the Kindle.
However, I have to doubt that Google Books will be responsible for the demise of the Kindle. These books are hardly the best sellers that drive the majority of sales. Also, who’s to say that Amazon can’t one day provide Google’s ePub books themselves?