Toshiba's Digital Products Division introduced Toshiba Book Place, an e-book reader and store that adds interactive e-books to the suite of digital entertainment products that consumers can enjoy on laptops. In partnership with K-NFB Reading Technology, Inc., a joint venture between Kurzweil Technologies Inc. and the National Federation for the Blind, Toshiba Book Place will enable readers to download and access public domain titles to create mobile libraries.

Other noticeable features supported by the Toshiba Book Place experience include:

  • A read-aloud feature that makes instant audio books. Synchronized word highlighting allows children to follow sentences in their favorite books.
  • An integrated Web search that allows readers to leap instantly from the imaginary world of the story to the Internet.
  • Toshiba Book Place e-books also make it possible for publishers to embed author commentary, background music and more, while users can insert notes in the margins of pages, as well as hyperlinks into the text.

Toshiba Book Place works with Windows-based devices and can sync up to five devices.

As part of the launch, Toshiba will be offering registered users four free pre-selected e-book titles with a retail value of approximately $80. The promotion will be available through October 12, 2010.

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