France Telecom's E-Reader Experiment

Its Read & Go device shows one way e-readers could become a distribution channel for newspapers and other frequently updated print media

This summer more than 100 volunteers took to France's crowded trains, cafés, and beaches with a serious assignment: to lug around and read enormous stacks of popular newspapers, magazines, and books. But the job wasn't as cumbersome as it sounds, because all the publications were compressed into a digital gizmo, called Read & Go, that is no larger than a hardback novel.

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