Microsoft Gives Book Lovers a New E-Reading Option
First, let’s talk hardware. Microsoft Surface features WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 technology, a 10.6-inch display with a 1,366 by 768 resolution, full-size USB 2.0, microSDXC card slot, headset jack, HD video-out port and cover port, and two 720p high-definition cameras (front- and rear-facing). But, the coolest feature is the Touch Cover, which clicks into the tablet, providing a slim, spill-resistant keyboard for typing.
So, while people are busy comparing the Surface to tablets like the iPad and Galaxy Tab, what is the e-reading potential of Microsoft’s newest device? This question boils down to one thing – content. Microsoft has partnered with Barnes and Noble to provide a wide range of content to the Surface. Microsoft has invested nearly $300 million dollars into B&N to establish it as their flagship digital bookstore. This pricey partnership stemmed from the desire to leverage B&N’s extensive offerings of cookbooks, children’s books, enhanced books, and others to a global market.
Book lovers aren’t limited to B&N, though. Besides B&N, Amazon and Kobo have launched apps for the Surface, too. So, you can be sure that the content will flow freely to the new device.
Microsoft is offering its Surface in a few versions, based on price. The 32GB version costs $499, the 32GB versions bundled with a black Touch Cover is $599, and the 64GB version bundled with a black Touch Cover is priced at $699.
Have you tried the new Microsoft Surface? How does it stack up as an e-reader against the Kindle Fire, iPad, and other tablets?