Samsung launches e-reader with W H Smith

Samsung launches e-reader with W H Smith

<p>Samsung has become the latest electronics company to release an e-book reader, selling a wireless device in partnership with W H Smith. The E60 is available online now from whsmith.co.uk and will go on sale in its stores from Thursday (26th August) priced &pound;199. If ordered online, the device comes with &pound;80 of preloaded e-books including <em>The Audacity Of Hope</em> by Barack Obama and <em>The Lieutenant</em> by Kate Grenville.<br /><br />The device has a six-inch screen and 2GB of internal memory or the equivalent of 1,200 books. Readers can only buy books from W H Smith&#39;s e-book store if they use its wi-fi connectivity. However, e-books bought from competitors can be transferred using a USB cable. It also has a text to speech function and can play mp3s or audiobooks. Users of the device can annotate books using a stylus pen. The device supports ePub, PDF and TXT file types.<br /><br />Toby Keir, head of non-fiction and digital books at WHS, said: &quot;The new Samsung e-book reader is very impressive and we think it will prove popular with our customers. The ease of use combined with the sleek design and Wi-Fi functionality offer customers a unique product in this market and we&rsquo;re confident it&rsquo;ll be a great success with book fans.&quot;<br /><br />Graham Long, vice president of Samsung&#39;s IT business division, said: &quot;Samsung&rsquo;s arrival in to the e-book reader market is significant as we are bringing unique functionality to this emerging market. The addition of Wi-Fi and accurate handwriting functionality to e-book readers will take the user-experience to a new level and ensure e-book readers continue to grow in popularity.&quot;<br /><br />Samsung&#39;s entry into the e-book reader market comes just days before Amazon starts shipping the latest model of its Kindle e-book reader to UK customers. The wi-fi device costs &pound;109 and the 3G-enabled model costs &pound;149.</p>