Entourage Edge, the dual-screened, Android-powered tablet/netbook that we concluded just wasn't worth your time -- nor your $500, at least. That said, you may not have heard of Cengage Learning, but they're a massive publishing conglomeration that prints everything from Chilton auto manuals to those giant hair style books found at salons and full of Zoolander rejects doing their best Magnum impression. Between those literary extremes falls a whole raft of textbooks, content that these two companies will start sharing in time for the fall semester, helping to boost the Edge's street cred as a legitimate satchel replacement for scholarly types. Now all Entourage needs to do is boost the battery life, up the responsiveness, and knock a couple-hundred bucks off the price.
enTourage Systems™ and Cengage Learning to Bring e-Textbooks to Schools for Enhanced Learning Environments
Digital content now accessible via the world's first dualbook, the enTourage eDGe™, for higher education
MCLEAN, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--enTourage Systems, Inc.™, creator of the world's first dualbook™ – the enTourage eDGe™ – announced today that Cengage Learning, a leading global provider of innovative teaching, learning and research solutions, will provide its catalog of digital books to students and educators through the unique enTourage eDGe platform for the coming fall semester.
"We designed the enTourage eDGe specifically for the education market, and working with Cengage Learning to deliver information to students that they need to advance in their studies reemphasizes our mission to revolutionize education"
The enTourage eDGe is a hybrid e-reader, tablet netbook, notepad and audio/video recorder and player in one – offering users in learning environments a multi-purpose platform that combines all needed education technologies in one. The enTourage eDGe is built with hinged E-Ink and LCD screens allowing for unique engagement of content such as attaching relevant Web pages or video searched for on the WiFi-enabled LCD screen to relevant e-textbook passages on the E-Ink screen, annotating in e-book margins and bookmarking sections to later review and study, or audio record professor lectures to store for playback later.
With Cengage Learning's vast selection of content and services, this partnership is an ideal marriage of new-age technology and rich content, providing students and educators an opportunity to improve the learning experience. With the enTourage eDGe, students can interact with Cengage Learning material in a way never done before.
"We designed the enTourage eDGe specifically for the education market, and working with Cengage Learning to deliver information to students that they need to advance in their studies reemphasizes our mission to revolutionize education," said Asghar Mostafa, CEO of enTourage Systems, Inc.
"Cengage Learning has long been delivering digital content to serve the needs of our customers. We are pleased to work with the enTourage team to bring our innovative instructional solutions to students through the enTourage eDGe - a new device that is targeted specifically for the academic market," said William Rieders, Executive Vice President, New Media, Cengage Learning. "We look forward to working with enTourage to create superior learning experiences that will engage students."
The enTourage eDGe is made up of a 9.7" diagonal e-paper screen to read e-books, take notes and draw diagrams and a 10.1" LCD screen for surfing the Web, editing Microsoft Office documents and watching videos. It is equipped with a built-in camera, microphones and speaker for audio and video recording and playback. The enTourage eDGe runs on the Google Android operating system and backs up all content on enTourage Systems' servers. The device folds a full 360 degrees and orients its displays horizontally or vertically, to view as a book, single screen, or prop up laptop style.
The enTourage Systems e-book store includes over 200,000 trade titles, e-textbooks, major magazines, newspapers and periodicals, as well as over one million free public domain books digitized by Google. The e-book store is a key component to the enTourage Systems eco-system, providing a controlled user experience that also includes document back-up and sharing between devices.
The enTourage eDGe will be on display at the 2010 Campus Technology conference at booth 735 July 20-21 at The Seaport World Trade Center in Boston, MA.
The enTourage eDGe is available now online at www.entourageedge.com. For more information, please visit this site, the enTourage eDGe Facebook page or @enTourageeDGe Twitter handle.
About enTourage Systems, Inc.
enTourage Systems, Inc. is a provider of a new interactive dualbook that improves the way we learn, do business and entertain. The company's flagship product, the enTourage eDGe, is a comprehensive tablet netbook, notepad, e-reader, video player and audio recorder that allows users to easily manage their digital needs from a central device. enTourage Systems, Inc. is headquartered in McLean, VA. For more information, visit www.entourageedge.com.
About Cengage Learning
Cengage Learning is a leading provider of innovative teaching, learning and research solutions for the academic, professional and library markets worldwide. The company's products and services are designed to foster academic excellence and professional development, increase student engagement and improve learning outcomes. Cengage Learning's brands include Heinle, Gale, Wadsworth, Delmar, Brooks/Cole and South-Western, among others. For more information on Cengage Learning please visit www.cengage.com.