imageAstak‘s rumored $150-so-so E Ink reader with a five-inch screen was unveiled at the IDPF conference today. It’s to go on sale next month in the States, with other models following in the next few months. [Update: Here.]

The actual price has not been set, according to Astak biz dev official Bob Barry, whom I interviewed a moment ago. I caught him via his mobile phone, in the thick of the excitement at the conference, so he could not pass on all the details. According to Bob, the final prices will be determined by the features included—something still under consideration, based on the most common user requests.

Related: Tech.blog post and Astak site with details on the five-, six- and 9.7-inch models, plus a MobileRead thread. A touch screen is among the options.

Supported formats: TXT, PDF, RTF, HTML/CHM. May an FBReader ports appear for the Astaks, so people can at least enjoy nonDRMed Mobipocket, as well as ePub, the standard of the future! And who knows? I wonder if old editions of Mobipocket’s own software might run on the six-inch and ten-inch Astaks (WIN CE5.0), even now. Unlikely but you never know. The five-incher runs Linux (QT environment). Any FBReader possibilities for that one even now?

(Thanks, Michael.)

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