Pocketbook has a new e-reader that they will be officially releasing in the next few weeks. It is called the Pocketbook Touch Lux 3 and the key selling point is that it employs e-ink Carta. This is the same e-paper technology that makes the Kindle Voyage so great.
A German e-commerce website accidentally put the new Touch Lux 3 as a product before Pocketbook could officially make an announcement.This is actually a fairly regular occurrence in the e-reader industry and recently occurred with the Kobo Glo HD.
The Touch Lux 3 has a six inch e-ink Carta display with a resolution of 1024×758 pixels. This model will likely be ideal for people who intend on bypassing the Kindle Voyage or Kobo Glo HD.
Underneath the hood is a 1GHZ processor, 256 MB of RAM, 4 GB of internal storage and a Micro SD to increase memory up to 32 GB.
Pocketbook is a brand that is fairly popular in Eastern Europe and to a lesser extent Western Europe. They are hardly a household name in North America but people dig the brand. Chiefly because its agnostic and does not lock you into any one specific ecosystem. Instead they support one of the largest array of e-book formats in the business. PDF, PDF (DRM), EPUB, EPUB(DRM), DJVU, FB2, FB2.ZIP,DOC, DOCX, RTF, PRC, TCR, TXT, CHM, HTM, HTML, MOBI, and ACSM.
2014 was a year of risks for Pocketbook as they broke conventions to see if it would lead to an influx of sales. It partnered with a French boutique firm to design the Sense e-reader, that so far has only been available in Russia. It had the eight inch InkPad e-reader and the first e-reader with a camera, the Ultra. I think the Lux 3 is Pocketbook playing it safe and slightly improving this model from past generations.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten 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.