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EBooks turn new chapter.

The electronic book - an invention some in the publishing industry say might send traditional printing the way of the stone tablet - has been unveiled at the world's largest book fair.

NuvoMedia, a US company exhibiting at the Frankfurt Book Fair, said it was launching a portable, battery-powered device the size of a standard book which can store up to 4,000 pages of text and graphics. The Rocket book will be go on sale in Britain nex t summer priced about pounds 350.

EBooks are lightweight devices on which readers can download texts from the Internet via personal computers. NuvoMedia claimed they were convenient for travellers, would cut manufacturing costs and could eventually be used to download newspapers.

Company founder and chief executive Martin Eberhard said NuvoMedia had entered a strategic partnership with Japan's Sharp to develop a technological standard for electronic books.
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Date:Oct 13, 1998
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