Move over, Kindle, iPad, and Nook. A new e-reader is inching in on your market. Toshiba's black and white Biblio Leaf is the first solar-powered e-reader. The catch: for the moment, at least, it is only available in Japan.
Toshiba eReader
The Biblio Leaf has decent stats, according to TFTS--it comes with a six-inch e-Ink display, Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity, a stylus, 2 gigabytes of storage, and support for an SD card that holds up to 3,000 books. However, the one detail that really makes the e-reader stand out is the small solar cell attached to its base. Toshiba has not revealed how long the cell takes to charge, but we imagine it is not particularly quick.

Toshiba's e-reader is free upfront and costs $20 per month with a 3G service contract from TDDI (if you live in Japan, of course).
Toshiba eReader
The company's move into solar-powered e-readers comes just a year after Toshiba established its photovoltaic systems business, which is working on solar power generating systems for utilities and businesses. Eventually, Toshiba hopes to move into the solar-powered EV charging market as well.
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