Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 15th Oct 2006 10:59 UTC, submitted by alcibiades
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "Sooner or later, people will do most of their reading on portable digital devices. If this horrifies you, then worry not: You have some time. But if you're impatient for the paperless future, you can embrace it now. Sony has introduced the USD 350,- Reader e-book and the 10000-title, big-publishing house backed Connect e-book store. The one-time consumer-electronics superpower clearly hopes the pair will become something of an iPod + iTunes for books."
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Fiction vs Non-Fiction
by walnut tree on Sun 15th Oct 2006 16:32 UTC
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At $350, this is simply too expensive for most users; you can buy a low-end PC for that much. I think there is a potentially large market for e-books, but any e-book reader needs to be flexible in what it can display e.g. HTML, PDF, Word docs (or at least some type of conversion software).

I have tons of PDFs - I hate reading them online but I don't want to print them all out. An e-book reader with a high-quality display would be perfect for this. I actually think e-book manufacturers are wasting their time trying to entice us with fiction books. I think the appeal of an e-book reader is far greater for non-fiction and reference works. Imagine an animated cookbook that showed you how to prepare ingredients, or a DIY reference that illustrated various projects. Or a giant programmers reference book that didn't take up space on your bookshelf.

Interestingly, the old Sony Clie (Palm OS) had a B&W display with a resolution of 160dpi and that was almost 5 years ago. I realise it's easy to go overboard and turn an e-book reader into a mini computer, but right now, Sony's product is just too basic for the price.

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