αποφάσισαν, με μεγάλη καθυστέρηση, να επενδύσουν στην πρωτοποριακή τεχνολογία του e-book.
txtr, a Berlin-based startup, is building an e-reader that it hopes will be Europe’s answer to the Amazon Kindle.
Christophe Maire, CEO of the company, is one of the co-founders of gate5, a German navigation/mapping service that was acquired by Nokia in 2006. While Maire went to work for the Finnish phone giant, his co-founders started txtr, and Maire only just joined as the CEO. txtr, expected to become available in the first half of 2010, has the same sized e-ink display as the smaller Kindle.
The device comes with txtr Net, a wireless service that uses a 3G network to download and sync books over the air using KPN’s mobile data network. The device is powered by a stripped-down version of Linux, and backed by a publishing platform and e-commerce system that are as simple to use as Amazon’s one-click service.
“Large publishers need to move, or run the risk of becoming like the music industry,” said Maire, pointing to how record labels are now beholden to Apple and its iTunes store. Amazon can do the same to the book industry, he said.
More importantly, the Kindle will eventually become more than just a book reader (GigaOm Pro, subscription req’d).