Reading eBooks has an advantage that reading paper books doesn’t have: the ability to look up a word without having to reach for the dictionary. With the Point and Click Dictionary from Hammacher Schlemmer, you’ll be able to look up words without having a drag out the Webster’s. You simply lift the integrated flip-up camera to scan a word, and the definition, comprehensive etymologies, and related word forms will be displayed on the 2.4″ color LCD (320 x 240 resolutiion). You can hear the pronunciation on the built-in speaker. The device uses the “500,000 definitions from the Collins English Dictionary and offers translations to and from French, Italian, Spanish, and German using the award-winning Collins foreign language dictionaries.” There’s a lot of punch in this 3 1/2″ L X 2 1/4″ W X 3/4″ D, 2.7 ounce package. It can also be used as an MP3 player, voice recorder, and picture viewer, and it has a touchscreen that you navigate with your finger or the included stylus. The Point and Click Dictionary is $279.95.
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