The Beagle is a new ereader launched by Txtr, a German electronics company. With a 5" screen and weighing in at only 4.5 ounces, the Beagle is smaller than most other ereaders on the market. The Beagle doesn't come with a lot of the extras normally seen with ereaders. There is no touchscreen and no illuminated display, and instead of a rechargeable battery, it's powered by AAA batteries (which are reported to last about a year). The Beagle isn't equipped with wifi or 3G. Books are downloaded onto a smart phone and transferred over to the device via bluetooth. The 4GB of storage holds about 5 Txtr ebooks, which doesn't sound like a lot (especially when compared to other ereaders), but depending on your books, that can be a lot of reading.
Right now, the Beagle is expected to launch in Europe first before making its way across the pond to the US. At the moment, there is no word about Canada, but here's hoping it won't take too long.
Why? Well, even though the features are a little on the minimal side, you certainly can't beat the price. Brace yourself, the Beagle is priced at a mere 10 Euros (about $13 US). Suddenly, I'm very interested in how this performs and when it might be available in my area. For those who were interested in the ereader market but put off by the price, this might be the incentive needed to take the plunge.