Plastic Logic Unwraps Que E-Reader For Mobile Pros

Larger than the Amazon Kindle DX in screen size, and higher in price, the Que electronic reader is aimed squarely at mobile professionals.
The letter-size device is 8.5 inches by 11 inches and is a third of an inch thick. Like other e-readers, the Que only shows documents in grayscale, but text and graphics are clearly visible, even in sunlight.

Besides downloading content wirelessly, the device comes with a data cable that can be plugged into a PC, Mac, or Research in Motion's BlackBerry to access personal or business files. The device's display is a touchscreen that doesn't require a stylus for navigation and includes a virtual keyboard that can be used to add comments and highlight text.

Plastic Logic's Que Store is powered by bookseller Barnes & Noble, which will also sell the e-reader at its retail stores. Plastic Logic also has partnerships with a number of publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Barron's, Forbes, Miami Herald, Sacramento Bee, San Jose Mercury News, Financial Times, USA Today, and MIT Technology Review.

Plastic Logic is taking preorders for Que, which is scheduled to start shipping mid-April.

Competition appears to be heating up among makers of large-screen e-readers. On Monday, Skiff introduced an e-reader with an 11.5-inch flexible touchscreen that the company claims is the highest resolution e-reader display to date. The device uses Sprint as its exclusive wireless provider.

Skiff, however, did not say when the device would be available or how much it will cost. The company also hasn't announced partnerships with publishers.

Amazon remains the leader in the e-reader market. The online retailer self-reported record sales in November. Forrester Research estimates 3 million units were sold in 2009 in the United States and expects sales this year to reach 10 million units.