India's first 'E-book' launched

By SiliconIndia   |   Thursday, 20 February 2003, 08:00 Hrs
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HYDERABAD: The country's first 'e-book' which facilitates transfer of text book material upto 10 lakh pages onto a sleek, hand-held personal computer, was launched here on Thursday.

Ashtel Private Limited, a London-based Information Technology company, developed the e-book, which is meant to transform the average book into a tech-tool allowing the user to have all the information stored practically in their palms.

With a storage capacity ranging from 15,000 to 10 lakh pages (8 MB to 512 MB) and a screen size of 6.5 inches, the e-book has a variety of applications targeted at education, health and other sectors.

"It is enough if the student just carries the e-book reader in the place of bulky and heavy school bag", the Country Manager of Ashetel India Ltd, Rajeev Prabhakaran said while giving a demonstration to the media about the new product.

"Prior to this launch, we have already bagged orders for 2.5 lakh units of the e-book from different government sectors", Prabhakaran added. The e-book uses Microsoft technology and could be used by the average PC users from their homes or workplaces.

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