Meet the enTourage eDGe: Video

This is very cool. The video above makes some sense out of what, at least to this blogger, seemed like a kinda silly idea: the dual-screen eReader, the enTourage eDGe, which, enTourage Systems will begin shipping on Friday. Before seeing this video, it seemed, again, at least to the guy typing this, that this device was too big to make sense.

Jason Boog of our sibling blog GalleyCat caught up with Doug Atkinson, VP marketing & business development at the company at the Tools of Change conference. Atkinson explained that the company expects to launch new textbook store with McGraw-Hill, Wiley, and other publishers in June. He got the conversation on an exclusive video.

From the video, you can see what enTourage has in mind: a kind of virtual desk where you’ve got more than one book open, or a book open next to your computer screen in case you need to search something, only both the book and the computer (and the desk) are all on one device. It makes sense that the company is pushing hard at the academic market, where a tool like this could come in very handy for researchers.

Here’s more from the company: “The enTourage eDGe is the world’s first dualbook, combining the functions of an e-reader, netbook, notepad, and audio/video recorder and player in one. It’s a comprehensive device that lets you read e-books, surf the Internet, take digital notes, send emails and instant messages, watch movies and listen to music anywhere, at any time…Get books wirelessly, move files onto your enTourage eDGe using an SD card or a USB flash drive. Use the mini-USB port to move files back and forth from a Windows, MAC, or Linux-based PC. And with a netbook built in, you can forget the limitations of other e-readers, the enTourage eDGe does it all!”

Sounds kinda like an iPad but with an E-Ink screen. Still seems like an ungainly device, but a pretty cool ungainly device.