Reading: the future?
One of the things an eBook reader should be able to do is to return to the page of the book you were on when you switched it off. The Cool-er doesn’t do this. When you start it up, it takes you to the top-level menu and you have to drill down to the book you were reading and re-open it. It does then remember the page, but the whole process takes the best part of a minute, rather than being instant.
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Interead advises disabling the auto-shutdown, in effect, leaving the reader running all the time. While its E-Ink display may only take power on a page turn, there’s a processor running OS and reader software and that takes juice all the time. Even so, you should measure the battery life in weeks rather than days – it recharges automatically using its USB connection.
The Cool-er has all the hallmarks of a product in Version 1. The interface needs to be a lot more intuitive and the reader needs to handle supported document formats more accurately. With recent news of Asus intending to release an eReader for under £100 by Christmas, the Cool-er and others are also looking too expensive. ®
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