The Jerusalem Press is reporting that a new digital ebook reader can no longer be read by most ebooks published in Israel.
The Israel Post cited an article by Yair Lapid, Israel’s deputy foreign minister, who said that “for many readers, it is now difficult to read an ebook that has been written using the most modern digital technologies.”
The Post added that it could not be sure when the new ebook reader would be available in Israel or when the cost would be paid.
The new ebook readers, called “Ebook readers,” are intended to replace the older, traditional ebook reader.
The Hebrew-language daily Haaretz reported earlier this month that the government had announced that it would soon launch a new e-reader that would be completely different than the current model.
“It will be like a novel,” a senior government official told the paper.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that the e-readers will be able to read more than 200,000 e-books.
However, the official said that only 20,000 of the new ebooks will be available to the public in Israel for the first time.
Israel’s Ministry of Information, which manages the digital publishing market, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The government said earlier this year that it will launch an online portal for e-book purchases, including those from foreign publishers, in 2019.
In addition, the Israeli Ministry of Science and Technology is planning to launch an e-reading portal for foreign users in 2020.
However the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said earlier in the year that this would not be possible at this time.
The ministry said that it was working on a plan to introduce a new kind of digital device, but it did not specify what that device would be. _____