Originally Posted by drtom
I don't agree. There would be a quite good consumer market for 12 inch or 14 inch kindle or other type of ereader.
And you base that on what reliable market research? Just because YOU
want one does not mean others do. A 12 or 14 inch Kindle would probably weigh in at 4+ pounds and would most likely cost in excess of $700. Now how many people would want to hold a 4+ lb monster in their hands while reading?!? Their hands and arms would soon begin to ache and go numb. If you balanced it on your lap or belly, it would still be unwieldy. About the only way you could comfortably use it for long periods would be to lay it on a desk. At that point you might as well be using a computer.
Having said all that, there might come a day when the technology has improved and the costs have lowered so that a very thin, flexible screen can be made into a device that can be rolled up or folded into a manageable package for carrying. It would need to weigh a pound or less to be comfortable to hold for prolonged periods. It would have to be rigid enough when unfolded or unrolled to present a perfectly flat screen for reading. And of course it would have to be affordable. We might see such devices in the future, but I don't expect to see any in the next couple of years. No manufacturers seem to have that kind of technology and imagination at present.