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Toshiba Unveils New Solar-Powered E-Book Reader
eReaders are popping up these days like dandelions on an un-mowed lawn, and truthfully it’s hard to sing the praises of their individuality. But Toshiba has decided to give their next gadget a green twist by announcing that their new eReader, the Biblio Leaf, will be solar powered. We’re wondering what the reader is going to look like with a solar panel built in — and whether it will resemble the Kindle, shown above — but we’re sure this new sun soaker will look great on your electric bill.
The latests releases have revealed that the Biblio Leaf will be about 8.5″l x 5″w and will have a 6″ tall electronic paper display — similar to the Kindle. Toshiba says that the solar panel will be capable of charging the battery enough for users to read up to 25 books, or 7,500 pages, on a single charge — that’s a lot of novels. The Biblio Leaf will also maintain wifi and 2 GB of memory for your storage needs.
KDDI, a Japanese telecommunications company, will start offering the Biblio Leaf with a $20 per month 3G contract in the near future. But unfortunately, for the time being, the Biblio Leaf looks only to be available in Japan.
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