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The Makers Of Foxit Reader Enter eBook Reader Race

22 Dec 2008 | | 3 Comments

Foxit Software, famous for their Adobe Reader alternative Foxit Reader, has entered the eBook Reader race with the release of Foxit eSlick. A competively priced (US$229.99 direct, US$259.99 rrp) alternative to the Kindle and Sony Reader, eSlick uses Foxit’s PDF viewer technology to let users read PDFs on the electronic reading device.

All-in-all the specs for the eSlick are quite similar to its competitors. It uses E-ink technology for the display, has a 600 x 800 screen, includes 128MB of RAM, weights 6.4 ounces (180 grams) and measures 7.4 inches x 4.7 inches x 0.4 inches.  A single battery charge, which takes between 3-4 hours, should provide you with 8000 pages of continuous reading. It also ships with 2GB of additional storage and has room for expansion via SD cards or USB sticks.

As you might expect from a company that specializes in PDF software, Foxit eSlick uses PDF as its format of choice for displaying eBooks, but that’s not all: it also comes with a free PDF printer driver that lets you convert any printable document to PDF for viewing on the eSlick. In addition, it includes a few features that help with readability: a re-flow mode can be used to re-organize the text in your documents to better fit the screen size, a zoom feature is included that allows you to magnify the page size from 50% to 400% and a control that lets you adjust the text font size in your documents.

The first release of the eSlick does not include any wireless support — although some reports suggest that this feature might be included in the next version — so for now users will have to make use of a USB port to transfer their eBooks to and from the eBook Reader. Of course, this didn’t impede the iPods early success and I doubt it will impede the eSlicks either.

This is an exciting move from Foxit Software and for consumers interested in eBook Reader’s its certainly a case of the more the merrier. Hopefully this new competition will mean that eBook Reader prices will drop even further in 2009.

Starting in January 2009 you will be able to pre-order the device.


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