Creative Labs has debuted a prototype e-reader at its annual general conference. According to EpiZenTer, the MediaBook is expected to feature a touchscreen, text-to-speech capabilities and an SD memory card slot.
Creative spokesperson Willie Png explained that Creative's Internet-enabled device would create a "media-rich" experience by harnessing videos, pictures, text and services.
He added that Creative Labs is currently negotiating with 10 publishers to provide content for the device, which is likely to include fiction, newspapers, magazines and textbooks.
The MediaBook is reportedly powered by Creative's Zii technology, which offers hyper-computing power on a nano-sized chip.
Indeed, the Creative subsidiary has described its ZMS-05 chipset as the "ultimate media processing solution" - which is designed to handle media-intensive applications such as high-definition graphics, music and videos.