Texet has just announced the launch of its first eight inch eReader for the Russian market. The Texet TB-418FL features an eight inch screen with a 1024×768 resolution and the same front-lit display that Amazon and Kobo use in their latest eReaders. Other features include an 800MHZ processor and 4 GB of internal storage expandable to 32 GB via a MicroSD card.
There is no WiFi, so instead customers have to load in their own eBooks. It does support most formats including DOC, DJVU, TXT, PDF, EPUB, PDB, FB2, HTML, RTF, MOBI, CHM and includes software for PDF reflow.
Like most of the eReaders in Russia it has no bookstore of its own. Currently iMobilco is probably the best known digital bookstore in Russia and has 20% of the market there. LitRes is the largest entity and the most dominant with 60% of the market. Sergei Anuriev, the general director of LitRes, believes that by 2015 the entire eBook segment will increase to 5%, which will be equivalent of $90 million in sales.
The Texet TB-418FL is available now and costs 7400 rubles.