It will most probably be followed by models from companies such as Samsung, Toshiba and Asus (and Sony? A rather odd omission from the list.).
Hanlin was chosen, apparently :
... because of its flexibility: it can read a wide range of files, including the new eBook industry standard, Adobe ePub, as well as PDF and text files. ... This means it can download eBooks from different online stores, not just MPH’s.(This is important to me, since much of what I need to read are unpublished manuscripts which are expensive and time consuming to print off, and impossible to read comfortably on present computer screens.)
MPH plans to sell 200,000 eBooks of current titles in the first half of this year through its online bookstore mphonline.com
One particularly interesting point made in the article is that mphonline is in a great position to promote Malaysian literature overseas. Donald Kee says :
There are a lot of Asian authors that are underrepresented, such as Malaysian, Singapore and Thai authors ... we want to become a platform to showcase these writers to rest of the world.The device is reviewed in next Sunday's edition, so we'll see how it measures up.
But, one wonders, is it already too late for the eBook reader? The newly unveiled Apple iPad looks impressive and can do so much more ...