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The Lowdown on Download of Book Titles

January 03, 1999|BEVERLY BEYETTE

Levenger, the Florida-based company specializing in "tools for serious readers," now offers a toy for serious technophiles. Using its innovative Rocket eBook, readers can instantly download thousands of titles.

Want to take "The Age of Innocence" or "The Picture of Dorian Gray" on your vacation--without lugging heavy books? They're among titles available for the Rocket eBook.

Here's how it works: Hook the eBook up to your PC, load the RocketLibrarian CD-ROM that's part of the package and access http://barnesandnoble.com online. Register your Rocket eBook and order books electronically.

The eBook weighs 22 ounces and measures 7 1/2 by 4 7/8 inches, with a 4 1/2-by-3-inch screen that's back lit for reading on the sunniest beach or in a darkened bedroom. The rechargeable battery lasts up to 25 hours.

Finished with "Gulliver's Travels"? Simply delete it to make room for another book. The Rocket eBook holds up to 4,000 pages of text (that's roughly 10 novels).

All of this instant gratification doesn't come cheaply. The Rocket eBook sells for about $500. It's available on the Web from http://www.levenger.com or by calling (800) 544-0880. And one other thing--sorry, Rocket eBook titles are nonreturnable.

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