The iRex DR800SG E-Reader will be coming to Best Buy with unlimited Verizon 3G data support. This update on the iRex e-reader of just a year ago has an 8.1 inch touchscreen that also allows you to directly annotate material and will sell for $399.
(iRex DR800SG E-Reader)
The device will be able to wirelessly download books from Barnes and Noble's e-book store as well as over 1,000 newspapers from Newspapers Direct. It also takes books in the ePub format. Take a look at this brief iRex DR800SG E-Reader hands-on video.
(iRex DR800SG E-Reader hands-on video)
This device is getting pretty close to the opton from Stanislaw Lem's Return from the Stars, a prescient 1961 novel. Lem never thought about the possibility of wireless downloads, however.
I spent the afternoon in a bookstore. There were no books in it. None had been printed for nearly half a century. And how I have looked forward to them, after the micro films that made up the library of the Prometheus! No such luck. No longer was it possible to browse among shelves, to weigh volumes in hand, to feel their heft, the promise of ponderous reading. The bookstore resembled, instead, an electronic laboratory. The books were crystals with recorded contents. They can be read the aid of an opton, which was similar to a book but had only one page between the covers. At a touch, successive pages of the text appeared on it...
(Read more about the opton e-book reader)
Seabreacher, H.G. Winter's 1939 Torpoon
'Ken lay full-length in the padded body compartment, his feet resting on the controlling bars of the directional planes, hands on the torpoon's engine levers.' - HG Winters, 1939.