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Ebook readers
OK, so I saw one of these in Waterstones:

And almost had a nerdgasm. They've lovely - they've got a 'paper style' screen, which was always what put me off PDA book reading, and it's a nice form factor.

So, anyone got any experience with ebook readers in general, and specifically the Sony one? (It looks like the best of the bunch that's available in the UK)
And especially regarding ebook availability? Biggest problem with ebook readers is not being able to get stuff I want to read on 'em.
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mrph From: mrph Date: November 15th, 2008 05:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
lurkingcat and I were looking at one of these in Bristol a month or two back - I think the two big questions are about the weight and the battery life, neither of which was clear from the example they had on display (fixed to a stand).

Does look lovely, though.
sobrique From: sobrique Date: November 15th, 2008 05:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Weight is apparantly 260 grams.
Battery life is apparantly 6800 page turns. Which given 1k pages is a particularly fat book, is good enough I feel.
draxar From: draxar Date: November 15th, 2008 09:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
If it's using the new technology, it'll be about page turns, as mentioned below, and probably fairly good.

It certainly looks rather better than the Kindle that Amazon is promoting so heart.

To me, the big question is formats – what can go on it. I want something that I can directly load stuff onto without a third party, and that will accept something along the lines of text, HTML, or PDF format, so I can add wharwcwe I want to on it. Probably including lots of things from the Guternburg project
draxar From: draxar Date: November 15th, 2008 09:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
This indicates that it can read word, pdf and text, as well as image files, which looks good.

Though I might be tempted to hold out for this.

Edited at 2008-11-15 09:33 pm (UTC)
From: linamishima Date: November 15th, 2008 11:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Holy crap, with a smaller bezel, smaller form factor (A4 is too big to fit in most nice bags!), colour and wireless functionality... I think I would be forced to sew me up a TNG uniform o.O
draxar From: draxar Date: November 16th, 2008 03:11 am (UTC) (Link)
On the size, yeah, they're more aming for the business market.

On the general form... I'm reminded of a discussion where we were saying that Science Fiction tends to overestimate the tine it will take to get technology, and underestimate its effects. So yes, we're getting the Trek style PADDs or whatever they are, now.

Of course, when these things become more widespread, will this lead to book piracy, along the lines of music?
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draxar From: draxar Date: November 16th, 2008 10:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Indeed. I was more meaning along the same scales, or closer to such.

I've read quite a few things off my palmtop, and didn't have too much of a problem with that.

But once these eInk type things, that are easier to read, drop to say, £50, then it'll be much more tempting to pirate books.
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