The new eReader K61 is the newest model from BENQ that first cut its teeth in the e-reader game with the nReader K60. They have now released a model complete with integrated Wi-Fi, 3G and a touch screen. This new e-reader just went on sale in Taiwan for a little over $300 (U.S.), boasting a 6″ touch panel, support for drawing and taking notes, Chinese, Japanese and English-language reading capabilities, text-to-speech in Chinese and English and 200 pre-loaded books.
Speaking of eBooks that n-Reader K61 will support file formats such as ePub, PDF, HTML, TXT, DOC, EBI, JPG, BMP, PNG, GIF and MP3.
People who purchase the K61 in Taipei over the next few weeks will also get a choice of a 1-month subscription to one of three local newspapers, free. The electronic newspapers will be delivered to K61s over public and home wireless networks so that they’re there every morning when the user wakes up. Taiwanese companies have entered the e-reader market with an eye to partnering with content providers. Remember a few months ago when BENQ teamed up with True Digital to launch their own venture e-reader store.
Finally the K61 will have 2GB of internal memory, Wi-Fi, USB port, 3.5mm headset, 1480mAh battery and SD card slot. The SD slot will be able to take additional memory up to 16 GB.
Right now this device is able to Taiwan for $319, but there is no word yet whether or not the BenQ n-Reader K61 e-Book Reader will be available outside that market anytime soon.
Michael Kozlowski has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past twelve years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times. He Lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.