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You can get a wi-fi only one for £109. Are you going to get one now, Stealthy?
the books will still be DRM-ed up to the eyeballs and therefore unuseable on anything other than a Kindle.
I've never needed a book so urgently that I couldn't wait until I found sound wireless action.
You'd get newspapers and so forth directly to it while you're on the move to read at your leisure. Certainly the 'whisperware' seemed to be the theory behind them.
I guess it's like going back to the days when people could buy Hercules graphics for their PC.
I saw a review of it on that Channel 5 gadget show the other day and was pretty impressed - £109 is about what I think this technology is worth as well.
But on the other hand, they seem to be doing exactly what fucked Sony at the start of the MP3 player wars: Attempting to make their proprietary format THE format - when it's just not.
If I buy a device claiming to be an e-book reader - it better support ALL my e-books. Most of mine are in formats that the Kindle doesn't seem to support.
I reckon I could easily wait 6-12 months for them to get their act together though. Then again, the iPad is starting to look pretty attractive, despite the crazy pricetag.
I could easily hold the Sony or the Kindle in one hand for a packed journey in the tube while standing but the iPad's just that bit larger and heavier.
Really the technology's just not there yet. Issue 2 is that I can buy a CD and then make MP3s but I can't buy a book and then make an electronic version.
However, like MP3-only albums, they seem to have decided they should charge the same price, like the physical form is just an irritating extra. If ebooks are dirt cheap then that'll help too.
Point. I'm guessing that the iPod will have drastically reduced in size by this time next year - which'll probably be the time I'd actually consider buying something like this. But yeah, I didn't actually appreciate how small the Kindle was until I saw that show the other day - definitely a mark in the Pro column.
As for E-books themselves; they are the new MP3. Once the mainstream retailers and consumers both realise the costs involved in transferring one to the other, the price will come right down. As it is, a lot of my electronic books are esoteric or older works that are already dirt cheap (or free, due to their being out of copyright) that I just picked up on a whim.
I can't even remember the last new book I bought...
Who would do anything differently, eh? Why not stick to the same tried and tested ways that worked for centuries. Down with this new-fangled electricity.
Also: Who would actually read printed books when you can simply memorise any information you need?
Mr S reckons he is more likely to read in a digital format...and it means I can read in bed without lights on or one of those miner type headsets so I'll give you my review in good time.
I thought it was e-paper.
I thought you could read it in the dark? Maybe Mr S is misleading me.
you are right I need a MIGHTY LIGHT
e-paper isn't generally backlit because it's meant to be just like paper, as I understand. It might have a light, though. If so the batteries will drain a lot more.
and you need a mighty light or something...hmmm
Not 'you are right'
It's rare for me to see that, that's all. :D
i read it in night mode all the time though.
you could mebbes create a Posterous miniblog of your weekly round-up pdfs, and that'd give you a tidy RSS feed which can be live bookmarked in a browser or subscribed to in Google reader.
I upload the pdf to google docs, supply a link from my tumblr and hey presto, it works.
I was just after another outlet for the site.
I was just thinking of a way to create a feed of your PDF summaries (so they'd be separate, and therefore a separate feed, rather than in amongst the individual submissions and playlists).
But uploading PDFs to a Posterous mini-blog is just about equivalent to linking to GoogleDocs hosted PDFs, so the point is moot.
just the RSS feed on the site i guess