Name the most light weight e-reader. Chances are that you would come up with the Kindle. It sure is one of the better known e-readers out there and light weight is definitely one of its biggest USPs. But then unfortunately, the Kindle is not the lightest e-reader around. Rather, that coveted title goes to the Green Book e-reader developed by the Taiwan based company of the same name, Green Book Inc.
However, the light weight does not mean there are a lot of compromises to be made. There still is a 15cm screen or 6 inch screen as in the Kindle 2 though its housed in a chassis that is a lot more compact than the Kindle. The in built memory is an impressive 32 gigabytes. That’s big enough to cuddle up 30,000 books within it. Battery life is good too since it can last about 8,000 page turn on a single full charge. That amounts to almost a week of reading without having to recharge the device. Looks wise, the Green Book does look impressive and well built. Its display, though black and white, is easy to the eye and strain free too. However, behind the screen, the hardware is touted to be the same as in the Cybook, Kobo, PB301, Cool-ER, or the Astak Mentor e-reader. Also, the 6 inch screen of the Green Book seems to be touch sensitive, thought none of these have been confirmed by either Green Book Inc. or Netronix.
However, in spite of all these, Amazon or Apple won’t have to be worried about the Green Book hunting down their Kindles or the iPads. Reason, the Green Book can only read the Chinese language. So, portable or functional it might be, but all its activities will only be limited to the Chinese speaking community. In the meantime, the Kindles or the iPads can continue with their onslaught elsewhere in the world.
And lastly, coming to the topic of this post. The Green Book tilts the scales at a mere 0.4 pounds. That’s just 180 grams. Compare this to the iPad’s 1.5 pounds or the Kindle 2 that weight 0.6 pounds. So the Green Book is the clear winner in the weight wars.
“It is the world’s lightest and is better designed to read e-books than iPad as it weighs less and can easily fit into a pocket,” revealed Neo Wang, a vice president with Netronix Inc., which happens to the parent company of Green Book. Netronix also claimed their sales remained as bullish as ever in spite of the iPad coming on to the scene. The current version of the Green Book that was unveiled at the Computex is the most recent version of the Green Book Chinese language e-reader that was launched in 2009.
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Sovan Mandal is the senior tablet and tech corespondent for goodereader.com. He brings a international approach to news that is not just applicable to the North American market, but also Asia, India, Europe and others. Sovy brings his own writing flavor to the website and is interested in Science Fiction, Technology and Writing. Any questions, send an email