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Linux E-Book to launch in China

Jul 24, 2002 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 15 views

Hong Kong — (press release excerpt) — Q-Net Technologies of the United States recently launched their Q-Reader, an electronic reading device for the education market in China. As well as reading capabilities, the multi-function device includes Web connectivity, email, and other PDA features, including support for… both English and Chinese.

Software developer, Emsoft, of Hong Kong will supply an embedded Linux platform and web browser for the device that will be powered by Cirrus Logic Maverick processors. Cirrus Logic and Emsoft have been jointly promoting a low cost and high performance Linux based platform for electronic device manufacturers in Asia.

The handheld device, developed in conjunction with Q-Net's joint venture partner, The Liaoning Publishing Group of China (LPG), is about the size of an average novel. It features a large, readable screen and the capacity to download, store and display the equivalent of 25-30 books, periodicals and research materials of between 200-300 pages each. Known as E-Books, this published material can be displayed in both English and Chinese.

President and Chief Executive Officer of Q-Net, Mr. Fredric R. Mann II, noted the international potential for the Q-Reader. “The Q-Reader opens up the world to a broad range of people. It is an affordable, fully interactive device that will allow students and professionals to consult educational and research resources from around the world.”

First digital publications for the Q-Reader will be available from The website, created by the joint venture, is expected to offer over 5000 titles, with other content available from Internet websites internationally.

Q-Net Technologies has received strong interest from the publishing industry, education sector, and governmental groups in China.

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