May 19th, 2009 update: The eSlick from Foxit is now available at Amazon (although at an inflated price of $299 – try to get it for Foxit’s promised $229).
At the company’s website (where you can preorder the eSlick) they’re saying -
The third round of Foxit eSlick pre-orders is stopped now,the devices will be shipping around the end of May.
Foxit is now allowing the fourth round of Foxit eSlick pre-orders. Your devices will be shipping around the beginning of July.
Dec 18th update: Just realized that the eSlick is visually identical to the Cybook Gen 3 – so they probably use the same hardware, with eSlick using some variation of its own PDF convertor software alongside Linux for the software. The Cybook is $350.
Here are all the juicy details -
eSlick Reader Details
- The price is $229, with a $259.99 MSRP.
- Based on eInk – same screen technology as the Kindle. Screen is the same size too.
- If its a hoax, it’s a very well thought one. Their website shows an office location at 39819 Paseo Padre Parkway, Fremont CA 94538.
- The eSlick has a Built In mp3 player.
- Available in three colors – white, black, and grey.
- OS: Embedded Linux
- PDFSupport with zooming and re-flowing capabilities -
By making full use of Foxits superior PDF generation and viewing technology, eSlick enables its users to view their favorite newspapers, magazines or novels in PDFformat withjust one click of a button. With the use of Foxit’s PDF Creator, printable documents like TXT, PPT, DOC, XLS, HTML can be easily converted into a PDF document format and downloaded to the eSlick device in less than one minute. Once the documents are loaded into eSlick, users have the ability to access and view these documents at any given time. And with the Foxit Reader pre-installed in the eSlick device, it provides its users the best in PDF reading experience. The zooming feature allows users to magnify the page size from 50% to 400%. And in the reflow mode, users can read the text that has been automatically reorganized to fit the screen size and also control the font size via the menu.
- Thin and light – weighs 6.4 ounces (180g) and has a thickness of 0.4 (9.2mm).
- Availability – on Dec 18th it said “ships in 5 to 7 weeks”. However the pre-order page has nothing on it yet.
- There’s a press release out, and a mention in PC World – couldn’t find any other mentions whatsoever so the hoax alert is sky high.
- The domain for Foxit, www.foxitsoftware.com, was registered on September 25th, 2002. So they may very well have been working on an ebook reader since 2002. The company website says it was founded in 1996.
- Its slated for a global release as the included plugs support US, UK, and Euro.
eSlick Technical Specifications
- Document Formats Supported: PDF, TXT, Any printable document(after converted to PDF using included software). Edit: Foxit Software has a background in creating PDF conversion technologies so it would make sense for them to focus on PDF as the primary format.
- Music Formats Supported: mp3. Comes with free earphones.
- Internal Memory: 128MB
- Storage: SD Card. comes with a 2GB SD Card.
- Free Software Included: Foxit Reader Pro Pack, Foxit PDF Creator. Edit: The latter is obviously something that converts printable documents into PDF format. Not sure about the former.
- Buttons: “ON/OFF”, “Up “, “Down”, “Right “, “Left”, “Enter “, “Delete”, “Menu”, “Music”.
- Plugs: Euro 2Pin, UK 3Pin, US 2Pin
- Processor: Samsung® S3C2440 ARM 400MHz.
- Connects via USB2.0.