While Toshiba's already got a bevy of e-readers on tap for its Japanese online e-book store, it just added a budget-oriented monochrome offering: the BookPlace Mono. It's a slightly smaller but otherwise identical looking version of its BookPlace DB50 reader, carrying a 6-inch E Ink screen with 758 x 1,024 pixels, along with an 800MHz CPU, 512MB of RAM, WiFi, 4GB internal memory, a Micro SD slot and a USB port. According to Japanese e-book site ITMedia, 9,800 yen ($100) gets you the reader plus a set of books, with the price climbing to 13,500 yen ($150) after that. Changes to Toshiba's BookPlace e-book store mean buyers there will have to traipse over to one of a network of bookstores to grab it, though -- either by sneaker or mouse, we presume.
Toshiba BookPlace Mono