The Wink eBook Reader from India


Wink eReader

India has a new ebook reader brand that goes by the name of Wink. They use the term Wink for all kinds of things, such “Wink to make a difference”, “Wink at education”, and “start Winking”. It’s so stupid that it’s actually kind of catchy.

Not only is the Wink a new line of ebook reader, it’s also the name of their ebook store: the Wink store, where there are about 200,000 ebooks to choose from, including (you guessed it) Wink classics.

There are currently 4 different models of the Wink listed on the Wink website. The two that are currently available for pre-order (they are expected to ship September 1st) are 6-inch ereaders, one has 3G wireless and a touchscreen while the other does not. There’s also another 6-inch model and a 9-inch model listed that both say coming soon.

As for the two that are up for pre-order, the Wink XTS and Wink X3G, the specs are as follows, the only difference being the X3G has 3G wireless and a touchscreen.

  • 6-Inch E Ink Display with 16 levels of gray and a resolution of 600 x 800.
  • WiFi (802.11 b/g) GPRS with Quad Band Support (850, 900, 1800 & 1900).
  • 2GB internal memory and SD card slot for up to 16GB.
  • Supports text-to-speech.
  • 3.5mm headphone jack.
  • Micro-SIM card slot.
  • Battery life: 8,000 page-turns.
  • Processor: 400 MHz ARM9.
  • Dimensions: 185mm x 124.6mm x 10.9mm.
  • Weight: 260g with battery.
  • Supported formats: TXT, RTF, PDF, DOC, HTML, WOLF, CHM, FB2, DJVU, MP3, AAC.

The Wink X3G is listed at Rs. 14990 (converted that’s about $325 US) and the non-3G model is listed for Rs. 11490 (about $250).

What’s interesting is that the pictures shown for the 4 devices all have the same design with a keyboard below the screen as shown in the image above. But then there’s this one stray image on the Wink site (shown below) that looks a lot like the Barnes and Noble Nook with a secondary display below the E Ink screen. I wonder what’s up with that?

Wink Nook?

3 Responses to “The Wink eBook Reader from India”

  1. Please help me clear this doubt. I am not sure how DRMs on an ereader work.

    It is mentioned at Winkstore that their ebooks have DRM protection, which includes common Adobe DRM and some DRM of their own.

    Does this mean the Adobe DRM books sold by Wink Store can be read on a Sony Reader like the new PRS-650?

    • The Wink website does say their ebooks use Adobe DRM, so they should work on any Adobe-supported ereader without a problem, including the PRS-650. Here’s a post explaining ebook DRM.

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