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January 05, 2006

New E-Book Readers

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

David Sucher brings news of a promising new Dutch e-book reader. And Sony introduces their own impressive e-reading machine.

I ventured a few thoughts about e-books here. Short version: the "book" in "e-book" is something we shouldn't get too hung up about. (We get 'way too hung up about the "book" thing generally, IMHO.) What's more important is the development of e-reading and e-writing -- and we're already a long ways down that road.



posted by Michael at January 5, 2006


I see where Pogue (my main reference point) doesn't think much of the Sony book, not because of the book but because of the policies, i.e. business strategies.

So you're on the side of "content," eh? I couldn't be more in sync. Except at some point I think we'll tip more toward the spoken word so we can "read" in the car or on the bus. Both rural and urban seem to spend so much time in transit.

Sometimes I think that if I were to go blind, or just to have compromised eyesight (more than it's always been), this would be an EXCELLENT thing. But it doesn't present a level playing field since not all writers have voice presence. Print, on the other hand, excludes some people who don't have the skills or the hardwiring.

Prairie Mary

Posted by: Mary Scriver on January 5, 2006 2:54 PM


where did you see that Pogue has written about the new Sony reader? I'd be interested to see that.

There's a good discussion on this over at if:book:


Posted by: Dave on January 5, 2006 7:05 PM

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