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The World’s Smallest E-Reader?

TrekStor Pyrus Mini eBook Reader blue [1]If you haven’t already seen it, run—don’t walk!—over to this post [2] from The Digital Reader, where our pal Nate has a review of what he’s referring to as “the world’s smallest e-reader,” the TrekStor Pyrus Mini [3]. And let me tell you, this thing looks ridiculously, incredibly small. (And as someone who absolutely loves miniature consumer electronics, let me assure you that I mean that in a good way.)

One of the post’s commenters, the inimitable Mike Cane, has requested that Nate post a photo of the Pyrus Mini next to the super-tiny Kobo Mini—and frankly, we’d love to see that as well. But if you’ve ever seen a Kobo Mini in person, you can easily get the general gist of just how small the Pyrus is by looking at the specs: Kobo’s Mini, for instance, has a 5-inch touchscreen, while the Pyrus Mini’s screen clocks in at just 4.3 inches. Wow.

Incidentally, we’ve noticed that while the Kobo website [4] is still referring to its Mini as “the world’s smallest and lightest full-featured eReader,” that claim comes with an asterisk attached, along with this explanation: “*Full-featured eReaders are defined as having both a touchscreen and Wi Fi connectivity, along with a suite of advanced reading options.” Hmm.

We can’t help but wonder: Is some other e-reader manufacturer going to go even smaller, just for the sake of having “the world’s smallest e-reader?” Seriously: How much smaller can these things realistically get?

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#1 Comment By dave On January 26, 2013 @ 1:31 pm

4.3″ ?? I’ve got my Samsung Note that is that small and nice as a reader running Android software.

#2 Comment By Jack Tingl On January 26, 2013 @ 1:48 pm

Uh… a lot of us started reading ebooks on PDAs with 3.2″ screens. My old Compaq Aero 1550 was one of the best readers ever, thanks to a top quality B&W LCD screen. I spent many happy hours in direct sunlight with it. Color screens, despite being 3.5″ and larger weren’t nearly as nice to read on.

Jack Tingle

#3 Comment By Simon On January 26, 2013 @ 4:10 pm

I remember starting on a Palm IIIx on a 160×160 screen. Amazing how things progress :)

#4 Comment By Raul Reynoso On January 26, 2013 @ 5:00 pm

Not so comfortable as eink, and the age doesn’t help, but I remember reading tons on a Sony Clie with the B&W screen at 320 x 320 it was a pleasure. But like the others commenters said, it started on PDA’s like the Palm Pilot..