Well, it looks like the Kindle will finally have some real competition. Next year. The Kindle DX, that is. The reader is the Plastic Logic eReader, the store is Barnes and Noble and the carrier is, get ready for it…AT&T. The reader will be an 8.5 by 11 inch device, use a similar screen as the Kindle, feature Wi-Fi and 3G. Because of the size of the device, many books, magazines and newspapers will look pretty good and natural on the Plastic Logic device, just as on the DX.
PDF, Word, Excel and PowerPoint support, as well as other formats, are to be part of the software built into the device. No word on email support or web browsing support as in the Kindle.
Since Plastic Logic has signed with AT&T, we have to question the whether or not AT&T’s 3G network can handle the millions of iPhones, net access cars AND the eReaders. Hopefully, the tales of woe for the network will be corrected before the reader is released.
Barnes and Noble just announced its new store and an iPhone application. The company sees these steps as a way to better compete with Amazon.
Although Barnes and Nobles claims to have over 700,000 titles, nearly 500,000 of them are public domain books from Google. Amazon has more that 300,000 titles.
No other details, like pricing and exact availability have been announced for the device.