Electronics manufacturer Astak has unveiled a new 5″ eBook reader which is available to pre-order for our States-side cousins.
As with the new Sony readers, there’s no word on a UK launch but this latest release lends weight to the growing industry belief that the time of the eBook as a mass market concept has finally arrived.
The 5-inch Pocket PRO reader can read DRM-protected titles via support for Adobe Digital Editions, as well offering support for 20 DRM-free formats.
“We are very excited because the Pocket PRO will give customers greatest freedom of choice. Whether it’s classic titles or new releases, the customer can finally read it all on one device,” said Walter Shan, project director of Astak’s eBook Reader Department.
The Pocket PRO comes with 512MB of memory which can be increased with SD cards up to 16GB. It has a replaceable battery that lasts up to 8,000 page turns on one full charg and can play MP3 music files while users read eBooks.
Units are expected to ship within the US from August 2009.