Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Skiff Reader: Kindle for magazines?

It's thin, large and pretty damn sexy. And it could do for magazines and newspapers what Kindle has done for books. Say hello to the Skiff Reader.

Here are the specs:
- 11.5"display
- 1600 x 1200 pixels resolution
- quarter of an inch thick
- stainless-steel foil screen (most readers are glass)

According to a press release sent out Jan. 4 2010, the Skiff Reader is "the first e-reader optimized for newspaper and magazine content" and will be previewed at the 2010 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas later this week.

"A full touchscreen enables users to intuitively navigate and engage with the newspapers, magazines, books and other digital content they purchase through the Skiff Store, as well as personal and work documents. The device weighs just over one pound and lasts over a week of average use between charges."
The reader will be 3G enabled, with WiFi capabilities. Sprint has partnered with Skiff.

"The Skiff Reader will feature the Skiff service and digital store, allowing consumers to wirelessly purchase and access a wide variety of newspapers, magazines, books, blogs and other content from multiple publishers. Newspaper and magazine content delivered by Skiff will feature visually appealing layouts, high-resolution graphics, rich typography and dynamic updates, supporting key design qualities that help publications differentiate themselves and attract subscribers and advertisers."

Fingers crossed that this will revitalize magazine publishing and newspapers.

Find out more.