Is there such a thing as too cheap? Arguably, yes, but the verdict is still out on whether a brand new $13 eReader is worth the price of a single paperback book. A German firm named “Txtr” recently introduced its Beagle eReader, which will hit the market for just €10 ($13). Unlike today’s top of the line eReaders, the Beagle lacks a touchscreen display, doesn’t offer a glowlight and won’t connect to a 3G network. Still, $13 is pocket change for an eReader of any sort.
The device sports a 5-inch eInk display with an 800 x 600-pixel resolution and 8 levels of gray-scale. It weighs just 128g with its AAA batteries installed and comes with 4GB of storage. Unfortunately, you can only store 5 books at a time, which is a far cry from the amount you can store on any other eReader. So, without Wi-Fi or 3G, how can you install books? Using Bluetooth pairing with a smartphone or through Txtr’s Beagle Android application, which is still in beta.
The device will launch in jade green, grapefruit, turquoise and purple. It’s unclear when it will hit the market, but you can be sure we’ll pick one of these up as soon as it does.