Former shopping mall mainstay The Sharper Image is slapping its brand on a new eReader, the Literati, a device manufacturer MerchSource and The Sharper Image promise via press release will open “a new front in the eReader wars,” and “strike a blow against the technology elite in favor of booklovers.”
The duo, working with Kobo for its firmware and eBooks, plan to strike their blow with a color LCD-based eReader with a seven-inch screen (not to be confused with eInk), WiFi, and “an overall beautiful design aesthetic.” Unlike the similar Pandigital Novel, the Literati will not support touch navigation.
The Literati will run $160 when it ships this October and will be found at Bed Bath & Beyond, Best Buy, JC Penney, Kohl’s and Macy’s. However, the price could drop through “rebates, special offers and promos.”
In the release, the folks behind the Literati describe the eReader as bypassing “high prices and feature bloat.” However, competing devices, including the popular Nook WiFi ($150) and new WiFi-only Amazon Kindle ($140), cost less.
The Literati will ship with 25 classic titles preloaded and will include a coupon for 125 additional title downloads, presumably from the Kobo eBookstore.