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E-reader? Maybe but I'm not convinced.
I am intrigued by Kindle - a new E-reader from Amazon. [Amazon]
It sure is ugly though.
News:
InformationWeek - review.
Seattle Post - Kindle already sold out.
Wall Street Journal - Blogger reactions.

Best feature - all books you buy are archived on Amazon. You only need to buy them ONCE.
Features -
included dictionary for words you may not know.
can subscribe newspapers and magazines which kicks ass.
can store documents and email them to other mediums for printing.
synchronizes via cell connect with no needed annual contract.

Actually, I like this more I think about it. I could reduce SO MUCH clutter.
Now, if someone could do this for comics. :)

Side-by-side to the Sony Reader.
Kindke has some... um DRM issues. And some stupid platform restrictions.
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monkeyfetish From: monkeyfetish Date: November 20th, 2007 02:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
I heard about this too. I want one!
abmann From: abmann Date: November 20th, 2007 03:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Actually, after reading more I'm less and less impressed. The Kindle only reads one format, Adobe PDF.

It is really ugly.
monkeyfetish From: monkeyfetish Date: November 20th, 2007 03:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ugly - I agree
PDF - I'm not concerned about because what you are buying is the Amazon Store, not the format.

My main concern is that it is $400. The unit should be heavily subsidized. If Amazon sold these things for $100, they'd have an overnight viable market share which would give them huge recurring revenue streams. At $400, it is likely to suffer the same fate as all previous electronic reading platforms.
abmann From: abmann Date: November 20th, 2007 03:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Very true, especially when Sony's reader is 300 and offers a but more freedom. I suspect there's a way to buy PDFs from Amazon and transfer them to the Sony Reader.

At the very least, this will likely spur changes and potentially other readers.

I wonder if the iPhopne has a reader application floating out there. Maybe I'll just use that when I buy an iPhone. :)
zesty_pinto From: zesty_pinto Date: November 20th, 2007 03:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
I still think it would have been quicker and less painless to make a flash ROM with encrypted book data. All this fuss to make yet another device to lug around.
abmann From: abmann Date: November 20th, 2007 04:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
A device much lighter than many books people carry with them anyway. I know I'd benefit from it though I don't know if I'd really enjoy the reading experience on one.
zesty_pinto From: zesty_pinto Date: November 20th, 2007 06:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
I dunno, in practice it still seems clunky. It lacks the feel and easy marking capability of a book, and lacks the extensive functionality offered from carrying, say, a laptop. This means that you're paying more or less for a reading screen, which sounds like something that could be replaced with something less clunky. Unless the companies that developed them have a license with some serious big time publishers (like Sony seemed to have with their PSP when they decided to do movies) or something like SD card data transfer of highlighted/quotable data, I don't see it working out right.
zesty_pinto From: zesty_pinto Date: November 20th, 2007 06:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
That said, I think there's a definite market for eBooks. This concern for making it an entirely separate entity (perhaps out of security concern which we all know is moot) seems as justified as using ten remotes for one entertainment system.
rianwyn From: rianwyn Date: November 20th, 2007 04:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think I like touching -books- and -pages- too much to read things on this. I like smelling old books, I like crisp new books, and I like the progress and rhythm that comes with turning pages.

Yes, clutter reduction. But also bookwork reduction.
abmann From: abmann Date: November 20th, 2007 04:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Boo clutter! yay bookworms.

That seems like something the Japanese would add to an e-reader - old book scent canisters. :)
rianwyn From: rianwyn Date: November 20th, 2007 06:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Add a page-turn something that feels like paper, and I'm game.
nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: November 20th, 2007 06:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Second.

I'll go on record right now and say that change is neither inevitable nor necessary.
rianwyn From: rianwyn Date: November 20th, 2007 06:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'd go so far as to say that change is bad.

Always.
nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: November 20th, 2007 07:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Agreed. Change never helped anyone. In fact I can sight multiple situations in which change hurt everybody.

Lets stop changing. Lets create a movement to stop changing. We need to get the word out that people don't have to change. All these nay-sayers in history have spread their change propaganda for too long!

Everybody freeze!
coeur_de_lion From: coeur_de_lion Date: November 20th, 2007 04:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
i just read about this little guy yesterday. pretty cool. though, i am one of those people who is very attached to her books. i like having them around . . oh the attachments to material things!!
abmann From: abmann Date: November 20th, 2007 05:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Declutter!
nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: November 20th, 2007 06:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: November 20th, 2007 06:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

PS - Do you really want this life?

abmann From: abmann Date: November 20th, 2007 07:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: PS - Do you really want this life?

Yes. But those cords need to go.
nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: November 20th, 2007 09:17 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: PS - Do you really want this life?

Your life seems to involve a lot of emptiness and sharp corners. I pity you.
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