Acer’s Lumiread E-Reader Scans Book’s ISBN Codes to Find Digital Versions

Acer’s recently announced its Lumiread e-reader ($ TBD), with a very clever feature–ISBN scanning for easy e-book finding. From a company like Acer, which dominates the netbook world, this is big news that might even help the e-reader genre survive.

The Lumiread shares the Amazon Kindle 2 design pretty closely, right down to the grayscale e-ink display and the chicklet-style QWERTY keyboard. It has Wi-Fi and a future edition will have 3G. It also has 2GB of memory, good for 1,500 titles and an SD-slot for expansion.

The display is six inches, about the size of a traditional paperback.

But Acer has managed to differentiate their product in a couple of clever ways. First, it’s arranged a partnership with Barnes and Noble, giving buyers of the Lumiread access to B&N’s huge library of e-titles. Since B&N has emerged as a serious competitor for Amazon and Apple. Cleverest of all, though, is the integrated ISBN scanner designed to scan ISBN codes so you can create your own wish-list and search on supported online libraries and book stores. This turns the e-reader into a clever portal to the e-publishing world, letting you simply scan the code of a book you like, in a store, library, or someone else’s bookshelf, and find the equivalent e-version. (Thanks for the tip Don)

Published by Larry Fire

I write an eclectic pop culture blog called THE FIRE WIRE that features articles about books, comics, music, movies, television, gadgets, posters, toys & more!

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