Sony Reader for sale,
and thoughts on e-books was Re: [FoRK] Gibson's Spook Country
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Thu Aug 30 12:55:24 PDT 2007
On Aug 30, 2007, at 2:36 PM, Ken Meltsner wrote:
> I've been using a Sony Reader for the last two weeks -- it's really
> great: smaller than a hardcover, readable at several font sizes,
> keeps track of where I stopped reading, stores many books, etc.
I bought one of these a couple of months back, played with it for a
week, haven't touched it since. They got the form factor right, and
for a tinkerer this might be a fun toy; or if you *really* need an e-
book reader, this might be it.
I really want somebody to nail this problem space, but it ain't going
to be Sony. Somebody needs to come along and pull a Jeff Hawkins on
this; a little product management would define an industry and leave
all the previous, failed big-money experiments in the dust.
And personally I think that the emphasis on e-ink display tech is
misplaced; they need to nail the UI, make the thing super-PDF
friendly, forget DRM and fat client (esp. Windows) software, make it
wireless and build out the server-based backend / library management
apps first. 7200 page turns on one charge? That's great, but I'm
never going to read that many books between access to charging
stations anyway, and I read *fast.* Give me current display tech and
a 5-hour battery but nail the above, and I'll be your friend for
life. Big bonus for building in a decent browser.
That said --- out of sheer laziness and ennui I haven't gotten around
to posting to Craigslist about it yet; anybody here want it? Make
me a reasonable offer in line w/ Ebay minus whatever FoRK discount
you think appropriate and its yours.
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