Asda’s £52 View Quest Mediabox 5in Media Tablet features eBook, music and video playback. Users can read eBooks in portrait or landscape mode, store and view photos and images and it also has a built in voice recorder that students can use to make notes when they are reading. The tablet is backlit for night time reading, and has a power saving mode to reduce eye strain and improve battery life.
Adam May, tablet buyer at Asda, said: “There’s no doubt that the eBook is here to stay and we’re doing our bit to put affordable literature in the hands of bookworms. We’re also hoping that we can inspire a new generation of readers. At £52, which works out at £1 per week for a year, our reader is outstanding value and will give many years of pleasure to every generation of electronic bookworms.”
Unlike more expensive rivals like the Kindle, Asda’s eBook reader will also play movies. Once owners have finished reading a free Dickens classic they can watch a film adaptation.