By Hannah Johnson
Meet the Wink, India’s first e-reader launched by Bangalore-based digital publisher EC Media International. Launched Thursday, the Wink eReaders are available in Wi-Fi and 3G models priced at INR 11,490 ($247) and INR 14,990 ($323). The Wink supports 15 Indian languages (a good thing in a country with 22 official languages) and has access to the Wink Store of nearly 200,000 e-books, as well as newspapers, magazines and selected articles.
As reported in the Economic Times, “Many of the titles have been acquired from international aggregators, giving Indians access to a whole lot of books not available in the country.”
Also promised for future launch is EC Media’s WINKWIRE news service. Created in partnership with IANS, India’s largest independent news service, WINKWIRE will deliver aggregated news items to the Wink eReader as an e-newspaper.
“With the launch of Wink, we want to enable the growth of content provisioning through electronic medium by leveraging existing eco-system of global tie-ups with publishers and aggregators,” said Pradeep Palazhi, CEO of EC Media.