For the next couple of days, Groupon is offering a “67% off” deal on a “Hip Street” 7″ multimedia e-reader. The retail price is ostensibly $180, but it is on sale for $60, shipping included. It appears to be a color device, with 4 gigabytes of internal storage, no web-browsing capability, and compatibility with the Kobo store.

I’ve never heard of this particular reader, though a little research indicates it can apparently be had for $78 at Wal-Mart so perhaps $60 isn’t such a great deal after all. In appearance, it actually kind of reminds me of the Sharper Image Literati but without a built-in keyboard, and the Kobo compatibility certainly enhances the comparison. I suspect I would be inclined to advise caveat emptor in this case.


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