DMC plans to unleash a bevy of e-reader options on the world by June. With six models across two lines-Ocean and Tidal-the DMC Copia e-readers cover a range of options from 3G to Wi-Fi, with keyboard and without, and of course, large-screen versus pocket. In talking with Copia, I was impressed by the company’s commitment to the nascent e-reader market, which is underscored by the company’s ambitious plans to launch six different models, ranging in price from $199 to $299. Among e-readers, consumers will want choice, and not one size will fit all, literally– there will be different things that excite different users.
More notable, though, is the company’s holistic approach to its e-readers. While the e-readers stayed under glass and couldn’t be touched at CES, the designs looked promising. The e-readers are complemented by Copia.com, an e-commerce and social networking-driven site that will launch as the bookstore community for the Copia e-readers.
The Ocean line of e-readers range between 6-inch and 9-inch capacitive touchscreen ePaper displays at 600 by 800-pixel and 768 by 1024-pixel resolutions, respectively, and include 802.11b/g, accelerometers, headphone jacks, and internal microphones. The Ocean 9 3G has 2GB of internal memory, two internal speakers, and 3G wireless Internet, while the Ocean 6 and 9 have 4GB of internal memory and MicroSD card slots.
The Tidal line, on the other hand, starts with the standard Tidal, which has a 6-inch 600 by 800-pixel ePaper display, a hardware keyboard, and 2GB of internal memory. The Tidal Touch and Tidal Touch 3G, meanwhile, have the same specs as the Ocean 9 and Ocean 9 3G but in a different, curvier body.