Larry Magid speaks with Richard Archuleta about e-readers in general and Plastic Logic's Que.
For several years Richard Archuleta has been showing up at trade shows with prototypes of Plastic Logic's as-yet-unreleased Que e-reader. But it's almost ready. Archuleta told Larry Magid that the device will finally ship in April at a starting price of $649 for a 4GB model with Wi-Fi and $799 for the 8 GB model with Wi-Fi and 3G.
At that price, the 3G model (with the ability to download books via a built-in cellular radio) will be more than three times the price of the Amazon Kindle and $310 more than Amazon's 9.7-inch global wireless Kindle. The Que will have a 8-1/2x11-inch display.
CNET's Ina Fried analyzed the prospects for the Que and other e-readers on display at CES.
Magid asked Archuleta about the device and why he thinks that the Que, which he says "is much more than a book reader," will do OK despite its higher price (that's Archuleta's opinion, not Magid's).