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Electronic Books Hit Shelves

NuvoMedia is now shipping its Rocket eBook electronic book, a 22-oz. handheld device that holds 4,000 pages of text and graphics-- and is designed to hold many more.

It is supported by a wide range of new and popular book titles from leading publishers.

The Rocket eBook offers 33 hours of uninterrupted reading before the battery needs recharging. It allows books to be browsed, searched, annotated, underlined, linked and referenced. It also has a clear, bright display that can be read in all lighting situations.

"We have taken a favorite pastime, reading, and brought it into the future," said Martin Eberhard, NuvoMedia's co-founder and CEO. "With the overwhelming support of the publishing community, which is supplying a wealth of titles for Rocket eBook readers to enjoy, the promise that electronic books holds is now a reality."

Among the publishers supporting the Rocket eBook with titles are: Addison Wesley Longman, Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, HarperCollins, Random House, Penguin Putnam Inc., O'Reilly & Associates, Simon & Schuster, St. Martin's Press, Macmillan, The Wall Street Journal, and McGraw-Hill.

Available initially in North America, the Rocket eBook costs $499 from Levenger.