Originally Posted by HarryT
Perhaps "nearly everybody" is stretching the truth a little, but certainly a "significant minority" of people have a mobile phone or PDA that can run MobiPocket Reader. Whether or not reading on a phone screen is a satisfactory experience is more open to question, but nonetheless I think many people would be surprised to learn that they already own a device which can be used as a bookreader.
Well, certainly the majority running Symbian based phones can (and Symbian is 75% of the phone market).
I'd call the keyword "multi-function". I'm not interested in a dedicated reader because I need a device that does other things as well. (I also need something eInk currently lacks -- color.) So I use a PDA. The screen size could be larger, but I can read ebooks, play video and music, view pictures, handle my calendar and address book, do word processing and spreadsheets, view PDFs, have a pocket reference library, and oh, yes, play games.
There's a limit to how far I'll take convergence: my cell phone is and will remain a separate device, But other than that, one size more or less fits all.