Back in December, I wrote about an ebook reader called eSlick from PDF software specialist Foxit Software. The reader, which uses the same e-Ink screen technology as the Sony Reader and the Amazon Kindle, was set to debut about now at the introductory price of US$229.
Apart from the low price – about a third less than the Sony – what was interesting about the Foxit eSlick unit was its focus on the PDF format, Foxit’s area of specialty. This included its ability to convert most common document formats and HTML, to a reflowable PDF format, opening it up as a reader for magazines, newspapers, websites and business documents as well as books.
I just checked back to see how it’s been going. They’ve sold out their first production run so you’ll have to wait until April for the next lot (at the extended “special offer” of US$259 plus taxes and shipping, $299 after the special expires). The good news: they’re specifically listing New Zealand and Australia as destinations they’ll ship to.
If you’re Downunder and determined to get an e-Ink reader device with maximum flexibility to load custom content (let’s face it, we still don’t have a lot of local ebook content for you), this might be a pretty good option to consider. It looks good too, as you can see from the pic – and, as a bonus, you can listen to your MP3 music collection while you read.