India’s First eReader – Pi launched

 

While the silicon valley and numerous Apple fan-bois are busy praising the iPad, here in India, Infibeam, the shopping portal has come up with its own eBook reader. The eBbig_textook reader is called “Pi”. Amazon has recently launched its own Kindle, followed by Apple Launching the iPad, which can be used as an eBook reader.

 

One lakh digital books are available to Pi owners from infibeam.com. The company plans to add more books over a period of time. Pi gives users the option to upload their own content from a PC or any other device via USB.

Infibeam.com is also in advance talks with a number of newspaper publications to provide subscription based access to the large amount of newspaper content to its consumers. And it’s not just a eBook reader unlike Amazons’ Kindle, but it is also equipped with music playback option. Features and specifications includes:

  • Screen: 6″ E Ink® Vizplex. No backlight / glare.
  • Slim: Less than 10mm
  • Light Weight: 180gm
  • Formats supported includes PDF, EPUB, HTML, TXT, MOBI, DOC and Images (will show in grayscale – screen is 600×800 pixels) in JPG, BMP & PNG.
  • Internal Memory of 512 MB which can save about 500 books and expandable up to 4GB via SD Slot.

“The idea of Pi has been with us for the past two-years and a lot of R&D effort has gone in the same. We are proud to have created India’s first-ever reading device. Pi should not be seen just as a device but has great socio-economic  ramifications, just imagine a doctor consulting his latest medical journal on the fly, or a lawyer looking at the latest case laws or even students having access to his text book in less than a 180 gm device. We can look at many such applications that have the potential to redefine how Indians view and look at content,” said Vishal Mehta, founder and CEO, infibeam.com.

Priced at 9,999 INR, this looks like a good purchase. You can preorder it from the official Infibeams Pi site for 999 INR. Infibeam would start shipping the device from February 22, 2010.

15 thoughts on “India’s First eReader – Pi launched”

  1. The new Zune browser is surprisingly good, but not as good as the iPod’s. It works well, but isn’t as fast as Safari, and has a clunkier interface. If you occasionally plan on using the web browser that’s not an issue, but if you’re planning to browse the web alot from your PMP then the iPod’s larger screen and better browser may be important. Have you tried the ipad? you can get one free at FreshGiftCard.com

  2. I liked the Zune browser , The slim size, the Quickplay user interface feature that gives you immediate access add songs, the big on-screen volume controls, and the Zune Pass. .
    I agree that that mobile Web browsing isn’t the same as PC browsing, but I’ve used Safari on the iPhone as well and wit was indeed amazing.
    Zune HD’s browser is based on the mobile version of Internet Explorer, but it doesn’t look like any version of IE I’ve ever seen.The other alternative is to click on a small magnifying glass to conduct a search on the mobile version of Bing, which I found difficult to use. Regardless of how you’re trying to navigate, the on-screen keyboard seems to require more finger accuracy than the fault-tolerant keyboard on the iPhone (probably because of the smaller screen). The back button is hard to hit–I kept selecting the favorites menu by mistake. Sites are also considerably slower to load, and the resolution doesn’t seem to be nearly as good as the iPhone or iPod Touch, with a noticeable flicker on pages with white backgrounds.

  3. Yeah Ronja , I agree. Open Up: One surprising announcement from Apple was that it will support the epub format, the same open-source standard that Google uses for Google Books.
    Amazon still uses its own proprietary format, which is likely to be a disincentive for some users, particularly if they also want an iPad. Amazon should open up or at least make translation easy. Building an app ecosystem is a good idea, too.
    Brighten Up: One most obvious difference between the two devices is that the iPad sports bright color, while the Kindle is dim and gray. Colorlessness may be easier on the eyes (although it sucks if you want to read in bed without the light on) but it detracts from any book that has pictures, theoretically a large market. Amazon needs to upgrade the screen, possibly by using the PixelQi screen.
    Get Social: As Nick Bilton mentions in his post, one of the big drawbacks of the Kindle is that it’s a single-use device. That might impress purists, who don’t want to be distracted while they read a book, but it makes the Kindle fundamentally unsocial. Even smart readers like to share links, send snippets to friends, maybe write a blog post or Twitter message about a great book. Why make them pick up another device?
    Get Cheaper: One of the things that iPad fans continue to mention is that the Kindle DX is only $10 more expensive than the iPad (although that compares it to the cheapest one without 3G wireless), but has none of the added features such as games, apps, movies, etc. Amazon needs to defuse this criticism by dropping the price of the KindleDX (which will likely make it even more appealing to buyers who don’t want all the bells and whistles of the iPad). Why not make the KindleDX $289 instead of $489?

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