The two-screen Alex e-reader, from Cupertino, Calif. startup Spring Design, is a new electronic book reader that runs Google’s Android operating system. One screen is for paper-like, black-and-white reading. The other is for looking at pictures and video, surfing the web, and browsing for books.
Spring Design announced today that the Alex, which will debut at this week’s enormous Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, can download and read a million titles from Google Books’ collection of digitized texts, made possible by a deal with Google. The price for the Alex has not yet been disclosed.
Alex connects via Wi-Fi to browse and download books. It also has audio and video playback, image viewing, and the ability to run some, but not all Google Android applications.
Spring Design, founded in Cupertino in 2006, is a privately held company best known for the lawsuit it filed against Barnes & Noble in November 2009, claiming that the bookseller’s Nook e-reader stole the dual-screen concept and other features after meeting with Spring Design to discuss licensing the Alex as B&N’s e-reader.