The German company Txtr will soon release a small and cheap e-reader called Txtr Beagle. It’s low priced and different than your average e-reader. The company markets it as a companion device which means the Beagle needs to be paired with e.g. a smartphone to send the book to the device. The device has no other interfaces to connect to it, which according to the company is hassle free and makes it cheap to manufacturer. The device also lacks an expensive accu. It has room for two AAA batteries which, according to the company is enough to read a year (12-15 books) on it.
The Beagle should become available this month and should set you back €9.90 which equals to about $12.75. For that price you get a 5″ e-ink screen with a resolution of 800×600 pixels and batteries are included. The device weighs only 128 grams including those batteries and it’s only 4.8 mm thick. The company will release apps for both Android and iOS to transfer the books to the 4GB internal memory of the device.