Entourage announces e-book store for eDGe dualbook

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The Entourage eDGe, the world’s first “dualbook” is a dual-screen laptop / e-book reader hybrid thingie. The laptop portion is pretty straightforward, but what about the e-book? In the already crowded e-book space, how can the eDGe compete? Well, today they’ve announced their very own e-book store. That’s right, a device that is not yet in anyone’s hands now has its own bookstore. All sarcasm aside, this is a pretty good move to demonstrate the long-term commitment from Entourage to the eDGe, even if it is yet another e-book store (okay, so maybe it wasn’t all sarcasm aside).

The good news is that you can purchase and download books and store them on your PC until the eDGe does actually ship.

The full press release, for your reading pleasure:

ENTOURAGE SYSTEMS™ LAUNCHES E-BOOK STORE, ENTOURAGE EDGE™ USERS GAIN ACCESS TO MILLIONS OF POPULAR TITLES
Partners with Google, LibreDigital and Ingram Digital

McLean, VA – enTourage Systems, Inc.™, creator of the world’s first dualbook™, the enTourage eDGe™, today announced the launch of its e-book store at http://www.entourageedge.com. The enTourage eDGe is a dual-screen e-reader that is comprised of an e-paper and LCD screen, merging the functionalities of netbooks, notepads and audio / video players and recorders, into one powerful solution.

To easily download past and present book titles, enTourage eDGe users can take advantage of more than one million free public domain books digitized by Google. enTourage Systems has also inked a deal with Ingram Digital, an Ingram Content Group company, that will provide enTourage eDGe customers access to hundreds of thousands of professional and trade e-book titles. Additionally, enTourage Systems, Inc. has partnered with LibreDigital to provide thousands of books and over 175 popular periodicals, which will allow users to easily carry their favorite magazine or newspaper.

“We wanted to give our customers the ability to enjoy all of this content at their fingertips, no matter where they are,” said Asghar Mostafa, CEO and president of enTourage Systems, Inc. “These partnerships with Google, Ingram Digital and LibreDigital will ensure our customers always have quality content they can download and take on-the-go.”

“Today’s digital consumers demand easy access to their favorite content whenever and wherever they decide to read,” said Russell P. Reeder, president and CEO of LibreDigital, Inc. “We work with the world’s largest publishers to ensure that these consumers, including enTourage eDGe users, have even more freedom and fun reading their favorite books, newspapers and magazines than ever before.”

“We understand the immediacy with which consumers digest content, and are delighted to offer enTourage eDGe users quick and easy access to one of the broadest selections of professional and trade book titles in the industry,” said Andrew Weinstein, vice president and general manager, Ingram Digital. “This device is a further indication of the innovation at work in the marketplace to help propel the consumption of book content on a wider and more diverse selection of electronic devices with varying consumer features.”

These partnerships are the next step in establishing enTourage Systems’ eco-system – which will give customers a comprehensive environment for all of their digital needs. In the coming weeks, enTourage Systems will announce additional deals that expand the enTourage eDGe user environment further.

The enTourage eDGe consists of a 9.7” diagonal e-paper screen to read e-books and take notes, and a 10.1” LCD screen to easily surf the Web, watch videos and send emails and instant messages. The product has a built-in camera and microphone to capture audio and video content, such as lectures, and play them back later. The enTourage eDGe runs on the Google Android operating system for access to numerous popular Android apps, and backs up all content on enTourage Systems’ servers. The device folds a full 360 degrees and orients its displays horizontally or vertically, to view as a book, single screen, or prop up laptop style.

The enTourage eDGe will be on display at 2010 International CES in the e-Book TechZone, Central Hall booth #12140. As a CES Innovations Design and Engineering Award honoree, the product will also be on display at the Innovations Design and Engineering Showcase in the Grand Lobby of the Las Vegas Convention Center and will also be featured at CES Unveiled: The Official Press Event of the International CES on Tuesday, January 5.
The enTourage eDGe is available for pre-orders now, and will be fully available in February 2010 online at http://www.entourageedge.com for $490. For more information, please visit this site or the enTourage eDGe Facebook page and @entourageedge Twitter handle.
About enTourage Systems, Inc.
enTourage Systems, Inc. is a provider of a new interactive dualbook that improves the way we learn, do business and entertain. The company’s flagship product, the enTourage eDGe, is a comprehensive netbook, notepad, e-reader, video player and audio recorder that allows users to easily manage their digital needs from a central device. enTourage Systems, Inc. is headquartered in McLean, VA. For more information, visit http://www.entourageedge.com.

About Ingram
Ingram Content Group Inc. provides a broad range of physical and digital services to the book industry. Ingram’s operating units are Ingram Book Company, Lightning Source Inc., Ingram Digital, Ingram Periodicals Inc., Ingram International Inc., Ingram Library Services Inc., Spring Arbor Distributors Inc., Ingram Publisher Services Inc., Tennessee Book Company LLC, Coutts Information Services, and Ingram Marketing Group Inc. For more information, visit http://www.ingramdigital.com or http://www.ingramcontent.com.

About LibreDigital
LibreDigital makes it profitable to manage and market digital content, providing a web-based warehouse and distribution platform for six of the top ten book publishers and over 175 newspapers and periodicals. The LibreDigital solution allows publishers to store and secure digital content in any form, and to deliver content on-demand to any marketplace, consumer, or device. LibreDigital serves the world’s top firms in over 120 countries including HarperCollins Publishers, Hachette Book Group, and Simon & Schuster. Backed by Adams Capital Management, Triangle Peak Partners, Noro-Moseley Partners, the New York Times Company, and HarperCollins Publishers, LibreDigital partners with a number of industry leaders, including Baker & Taylor, to provide a full range of solutions. LibreDigital is based in Austin, Texas, with offices in New York City and the United Kingdom. http://www.libredigital.com Twitter: @LibreDigital.

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