Wednesday, May 21, 2008

The iPod Effect

Over just a very few years, Apple’s iPod has changed the music industry practically beyond recognition. Today The Telegraph suggests that the latest generation of e-book readers might well be on their way to doing that for the book industry:
Electronic book readers -- also known as e-readers -- are the book equivalent of the iPod. Just as your MP3 player allows you to store thousands of songs and CDs on the device, so e-readers enable you to cram thousands of books into a slimline, lightweight gadget that’s less than the size of a paperback.

And while e-readers have been around for a while, it’s only in the last year or two that the technology has got to a point where they are a viable alternative to a real, dog-eared book. One of the biggest challenges was developing screens and fonts that would be easy on the eye - after all, no one wants to feel as though they are staring at a computer monitor while reading a novel. The introduction of “eInk” technology and the creation of low-glare screens has made electronic type more readable.
The piece includes reviews of Amazon’s Kindle, the iRex iLiad, Sony’s PRS-505, the Ectato JetBook and the Netronix EB-210 and it’s here.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

I must admit that I love the Kindle I got for my birthday but i'd willingly look at the IRex ILiad. With a name like that I'll bet it's terrific!!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at 9:07:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

eBooks are a long way from catching on. They need to be a lot cheaper, a lot smaller, and a lot more convenient. It's been attempted before, but they never seem to stick, or "change the book industry"

Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at 5:43:00 PM PDT  

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