txtr beagle eReader now available in the US… for $69

The txtr beagle is an eBook reader designed to work with your smartphone: You purchase books using your phone and transfer them to the 5 inch eReader over Bluetooth.

Since the eReader doesn’t have WiFi or USB, so the only way to load it up with books is over Bluetooth. Because of this phone connection, the company that makes the device sells it through wireless carriers in Europe, and offers phone-like subsidies, allowing customers to buy the beagle for about $13.

txtr beagle

Now you can also buy the txtr beagle in the US, but you’ll have to pay full price for the hardware. You can pre-order one for about $70.

Of course, for the same price you can pick up an Amazon Kindle which is a much more versatile eReader which features WiFi, USB, and a content library of millions of books (plus the ability to send your own Mobi, PDF, or other supported files to your device).

A Barnes & Noble NOOK Simple Touch doesn’t cost much more.

Given the choice between a Kindle or a NOOK and the txtr beagle, I can’t really think of any good reason to buy the latter. But I suppose that might change if the company can partner with North American wireless carriers to offer the device for $13 here.

via The Digital Reader

  • Penn Taylor

    The single feature that makes this device stand out from the kindle and the nook simple touch is that it’s powered by user-replaceable AAA batteries.

  • renw0rp

    good to know it is possible to buy in Europe… or maybe you meant a city called Europe in US, for sure there is such

    my advice: check things before writing, otherwise I feel like reading tech oriented version of The Sun – even the headline suggests so, there is a difference between “being able to buy” and “being able to pre-order”. People had to wait 10 years to have their pre-ordered “Duke Nukem Forever” delivered.

  • buzz86us

    wow what a rip I’d get the Nook Color before I bought this…

    • strider_mt2k

      I think I’d get almost anything else before I bought this, but for 13 bucks I would.

      • buzz86us

        yeah for $70 this has no appeal to ANYONE

  • buzz86us

    Who in their right mind would buy this for $70? This doesn’t even have a processor…

  • http://soltesza.wordpress.com/ sola

    $70 is way too much for this machine when the Kindle is the same price and it has a bigger screen wifi…etc.

    This should cost $39 when all disadvantages are taken into account.

    I like the AAA batteries though, provided that one can use rechargeable (1.2V) batteries as well.

  • bert6636

    This may be great for my non-tech savvy mommy who enjoys reading on the go (not all the bells & whistles), provided it had an enlarged screen and font size. Then I would be able to transfer the books via my own smartphone….otherwise really not worth it.