Aluratek Libre eBook Reader Pro debuts for $179, comes with 100 free books
Joining the JetBook Lite, BeBook Mini and Sony Pocket Edition (PRS-300) Reader — see our eReader Holiday Gift Guide to see them compared — the Libre may look a little familiar to some. It uses a monochromatic LCD screen as the JetBook Lite and, at five inches, is the same size. It features a plastic casting with numbered page buttons down the right side, a directional menu selector on the bottom right and a left/right click on the left side — also the same as the JetBook Lite. It also has a deeper battery housing on the back to make room for its use of traditional batteries… hey, wait a minute. This IS the JetBook Lite!
It’s not uncommon for foreign manufacturers to sell an eReader model to a company who brands it with their name and loads their own software on it (for instance, the Astak Mentor is the same model as the Foxit eSlick). In this case the Aluratek crew have put content search, auto page turn function and sleep mode into theirs. They’ve also included a 2GB SD card that you can plug into the Libre’s memory card slot loaded with 100 free eBooks (not all are literary free classics either).
You can get the Aluratek Libre eBook Reader Pro for $169 on Amazon, but you may want to look at the JetBook Lite which currently goes for $150 if it appeals to you.