New Reader May Top Kindle

Plastic Logic's version is lighter, thinner, wider
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 8, 2008 7:10 PM CDT
A shot of Plastic Logic's e-book reader with a magazine and pad of paper.   (Plastic Logic)
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(Newser) – Move over, Kindle. A new e-book reader made by German/British firm Plastic Logic is on its way, and seems to fix many of the Amazon reader’s apparent flaws, Wired reports. PL’s as-yet-unnamed reader is 8.5 inches by 11 inches, but less than 3/10 of an inch thick and weighs less than a pound.

The dimensions mean Plastic Logic’s product is more comfortable to read but will also fit more comfortably in a bag with books and magazines. The new reader might also eventually be made of flexible materials. It cedes one advantage to Kindle at the moment, however: It is not Wi-Fi enabled, meaning books have to be loaded with a USB cable from your computer. Expect it early 2009.