Friday, January 8, 2010

Skiff presents a new challenge

Okay, if you haven't heard about the new Skiff Reader announced at CES this week, you need to pay attention. This is a company that has gotten some things right. What impresses me most about this is that Skiff is not focused on a single eReader, though what they've shown is impressive. They are focused on publishers getting value across as broad a range of devices as possible. As a result, you'll find some pretty big publishing names (like Hearst) backing the company and an association with real innovators in technology (LG's screen and Marvell's chip) to create a service designed specifically to rival Amazon.

With an 8 1/2 x 11 inch device that appears custom made for the display of newspapers and magazines, an "always connected" partnership with Sprint, and an eInk touchscreen, this device and what it heralds could be very big. Check out these engadget articles:

Skiff e-reader hands-on: watch out Amazon
Magazine publishers announce joint digital distribution scheme
Skiff and Marvell announce Skiff Reader Develop Kit in a bid to rule the e-world

I've had my hands on the device, and I like it!

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