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Orange Launches E-Paper Based Newspaper Reader

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Orange France, in partnership with five major French newspapers has launched the trial of Read&Go a 3G connected mobile newspaper kiosk. The new product is a digital terminal with e paper technology, which the company says combines ease of use with a mobile terminal offering the read comfort of paper.

The reader device looks similar to the recently launched Amazon Kindle e-book reader, just without the keyboard.

Every morning, testers will be able to read news from Le Monde, Le Parisien, Les Echos, L'Equipe and Tlrama, refreshed every hour with the latest information from their electronic editions.

For this innovation, Orange has specifically developed Wi-Fi/3G coupled connectivity with a dedicated distribution platform, user interface and browsing capability. Read&Go has a storage capacity of 1 Gb - more than 200 newspapers - and also contains a e-library of thirty or so books (literature, strip cartoons, children's and practical publications, etc.) provided by Feedbooks, Mdiatoon (Dargaud, Dupuis, Lombard et Kana) and Mango editions.

Orange and its partners will be running Read&Go trials with around 150 testers recruited from their audiences for a period of two months providing free, unlimited access. In particular, the trials will enable this new screen to be studied as regards use when reading information in mobile situations as well as the ergonomics of the offering and associated terminal.

Read&Go has integrated e-paper technology, which, due to a polarised microbead screen, does away with the backlighting of traditional LCD screens, offering a high level of contrast close to the reading comfort of paper.

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