I’ve got a confession to make. I’ve still been thinking of Amazon’s Kindle.
And another one: I’ve never actually held an e-reader in my hands.
But it’s not because I’ve never wanted to. It’s because I’ve never even imagined wanting to. Like I said, I just didn’t get it. But now, suddenly, a few days later, maybe, just maybe, I am.
I was researching Kindle’s screen technology, thinking that maybe I’ve been a bit too quick in saying I wouldn’t ever read anything of length electronically, when I made a significant discovery.
Imagine my surprise when I found this. It’s exactly what I had imagined — a device small enough that you can shove it in your pocket with your cellphone, but that unrolls to become something much larger.
So where is it?
Despite endless prototypes with nothing reaching the market, this little device, now a couple of years old, already makes the Kindle look out-dated.
With a device like this, something born out of intelligent design and an understanding of its place in our world (not a wanna-be book which I think the Kindle suffers from), I think I could be won over.
Amazon may have the distribution and content side of the equation locked up, but they look pretty seriously behind the curve on the technology side of this one. Why couldn’t they have partnered with someone? I’d love to get an answer to this question.
Props to the iLiad too.
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