May 26th, 2010

These are the things I wish I had when I was still a young student. enTourage Systems is announcing that they’ve teamed up with The Douglas Stewart Company – a leading distributor for computers – to help bring the enTourage eDGe DualBook to classrooms. It’s a pretty cool device that I’m sure got you a bit more than excited when you first heard about it.

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It houses two screens – one with an eInk display, and the other an LCD – for maximum functionality and flexibility. You can use one side exclusively to read, the other side exclusively as a tablet, or both sides to create a netbook-like experience. It would be perfect for students and teachers alike to use in a class-room (especially considering the cost of books and the probability that they’ll be beat up over a short period of time).

enTourage states there’d be some unique learning experiences that can be had from a device of this nature. One scenario they provided was the ability to highlight a work or several words in a book and instantly search the web for it on the tablet portion of the eDGe. That’s just one of many scenarios that makes this unique device all the more tempting (student or otherwise). Read ahead for the full press details.

MCLEAN, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–enTourage Systems, Inc., creator of the world’s first dualbook™ – the enTourage eDGe™ – announced today that it has partnered with The Douglas Stewart Company, a leading distributor and marketer of computer products, consumer electronics and school supplies, to exclusively serve the education market and boost interactive learning for school systems’ students, faculty and staff.

“We strongly feel that students can excel in their learning by using a device like this that puts an endless amount of information at their fingertips.”
The enTourage eDGe is the first device to merge an e-paper and LCD screen to create a dual-screen device that combines the functionality of an e-reader, tablet netbook, notepad and audio/video recorder and player in one inclusive device. These two displays work together to allow students to access and enrich information in a way that they previously couldn’t. Students can access their textbooks and make notes in the margins or highlight text while they simultaneously look up further information on the subject via the Web on the LCD side. Last year, The Douglas Stewart Company began including hardware in its distribution, and this is the first time the company has partnered with a manufacturer of an e-reading device to offer retailers the most current technology that students need.

“Our partnership with The Douglas Stewart Company strengthens our mission to bring the enTourage eDGe directly to students and educational institutions and allows us to reach the right resellers and end users,” said Asghar Mostafa, CEO of enTourage Systems, Inc. “The enTourage eDGe was built with the student in mind, to give them a multi-purpose platform that lets them access e-textbooks, surf the Web, annotate and take notes, correspond with classmates and customize content digitally and easily.”

“We are continually on the lookout for the best technology to aid the education sector, such as the enTourage eDGe,” Jack Bahlman, vice president of sales and marketing at The Douglas Stewart Company. “We strongly feel that students can excel in their learning by using a device like this that puts an endless amount of information at their fingertips.”

The two screens of the enTourage eDGe interact so that users can open hyperlinks that are included in an e-book text and view the content on the LCD screen, or ‘attach’ Web pages to passages in an e-book to be referenced at a later point. Additionally, as the enTourage eDGe uses E-Ink technology for easy digital reading, images will appear in gray-scale on the e-paper side of the device; however, users can load these in color on the LCD side, ideal for viewing colored charts and graphs from course materials. A built-in camera and microphone captures audio and video content that users can store and play back later. Included Documents To Go software makes Microsoft Office documents available for creating, viewing and editing for notes or school papers. The enTourage eDGe runs on the Google Android operating system and backs up all content on enTourage Systems’ servers for safe keeping. The device folds a full 360 degrees and orients its displays horizontally or vertically, to view as a book, single screen, or prop up laptop style.

enTourage Systems’ e-book store includes over 200,000 trade titles, e-textbooks, major magazines, newspapers and periodicals, as well as over one million free public domain books digitized by Google. The e-book store is a key component to the enTourage Systems eco-system, providing a controlled user experience that also includes document back-up and sharing between devices.

The enTourage eDGe will be on display at booth #2327 at Book Expo America May 26-27 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York.

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