I was flipping through my Magellan’s catalog the other day and noticed an ebook reader I’d never seen before.  With all the hoopla about Sony and the Kindle and the iPhone/iTouch, how could I have missed this? 

After reading the specs, I have to admit it’s hard to get excited about this one.  Yes, it comes in red.  And that’s always a bonus in my book.  You’d think in reading the comparison chart that this would beat the others hands down.  Yet one major drawback: it only supports unencryped .txt, .doc or .pdf files for ebooks.

When I emailed customer service, they promptly got back to me within 24 hours, claiming that “90% of free sources (sources containing almost every needed book on Internet) use either TXT or DOC format.”  Now, it’s true that most public-domain works are in this format.  But certainly not new releases.

They go on to add, “We provide a Free Book Search service for JetBook users meaning that we will send you the link to the Internet site where this book is available for free.

“If we find your book through our search engine, we will send you a
link to that book accordingly. Otherwise, we will send you a link to the
sites where such books can be found.”

So you’ll only tell me what titles are available after spending $300 for the device?  And then I can only get books that I could read on any device for free?

Amazon reviews seem to be mixed.  A guy who uses it for pdf’s loves it.  An avid ebook reader traded it in for a Sony.

This “digital clutch,” on the other hand, I can totally get behind.  Not as compact as an ereader for sure, but boy is it pretty.  And with a 10-inch screen and likely under 3 lbs., a lot more portable than my laptop.  And pretty.  HP hasn’t released full specs yet, but Crunchgear takes a guess.  Thanks (I think) to Jane at Dear Author for first making me lust after it.