Asustek jumps on eBook reader bandwagon -

Asustek is going to launch six inch and nine inch e-book readers in the US and Europe markets as soon as the second quarter of 2010.

The move is mostly to test market response but equally could be to make sure that all bases are covered if Apple manages to succeed in its unlikely quest to make a Tablet computer viable.

Asustek's ebook readers use SiPix's e-paper technology and Samsung Electronics' processors, the sources said, adding that Asustek plans to launch colour-screen models in the fourth quarter of 2010.

The spec which has been leaked to the great unwashed on the world wide wibble has the nine inch model with 1,024x769 resolution and supports Wi-Fi, HSDPA, WiMAX, and USB. It supports PDF, TXT, MP3, ePub, HTML, JPEG, GIF, PNG and BMP formats.

Lenovo also plans to launch a 6-inch e-book reader, the iBook (EB-605), in the third quarter, targeting the Europe market, the sources said. The iBook uses E-Ink technology and Samsung's processors with a price of $292.98.