Digital book reader 'fits library in your pocket'We put the iLiad Book Edition through its paces

18 July 2008

The iLiad book reader

Can the iLiad do for books what the iPod did for music?

A new electronic book reader is claimed to have a memory big enough for you to store an entire library in it.

Digital book readers let you download books on to the device and take them with you wherever you go.

The £399 iLiad Book Edition from iRex Technologies is the latest attempt to replicate the look and feel of books in a digital form.

Classic books

It includes a pre-loaded selection of 50 classic works ranging from Pride and Prejudice to Wuthering Heights and Dracula.

You can also buy around 44,000 titles from an online store – although the choice is fairly limited compared to the 22 million books available through Amazon.

The device’s internal memory can be extended up to 8GB, which iRex says is enough to cover an entire library's worth.

Paperback

The iLiad weighs 420g, is slightly larger than an airport paperback and iRex says the battery life is good for 15 hours of continuous reading.

You can leaf through pages using a pivoting sidebar, as well as using a stylus to zoom into text and scribble notes and diagrams.

We have already tested the iLiad Book Edition - which is available at Borders and online - to see whether it seems to spell the end for the traditional paperback.

To find out more, read our iLiad Reader Book Edition First Look.