Samsung’s Slide E60 eReader will be available to buy in WHSmith from later this week.
The E60 has an unusual design where the control buttons slide out from beneath the screen, similar to the design of slider mobile phones. The ‘home’, ‘menu’ and ‘back’ buttons and a multidirectional control pad are on this panel, with just the ‘previous’ and ‘next’ buttons visible beneath the screen when the slider is closed.
According to Samsung the E60 is compatible with major ebook formats including ePub, PDF and TXT. The Samsung E60 can also playback MP3 music and audiobooks, and has a text-to-speech feature that can read out ebooks.
Wi-fi ebook downloads
The Samsung E60 doesn’t have a 3G connection but instead connects via wi-fi for users to download ebooks from the WHSmith ebook store.
Samsung’s new eReader will cost £200 when launched – £90 more than the wi-fi-only version of its high-profile rival, the Amazon Kindle. There is currently a special offer on the WHSmith website offering £80 of free ebooks for E60 buyers ‘for a limited time’.
Samsung E60 ebook features and availability
The E60 has a 6-inch screen with a 600×800 pixel resolution, inside a casing measuring 120x171x16mm which weighs 315g. There’s 2GB of internal memory which can be expanded using SD memory cards.
Although there’s no qwerty keyboard on the E60, the screen supports handwriting input via an electromagnetic resonance (EMR) stylus. This allows users to annotate ebooks, calendars and notes and save their handwritten notes or sketches.