I don't think anyone here is disputing the value of a dedicated reader -- Jeter professes his love for his Kindle in the very first post. It's not about our conforming to a reductive future but rather guessing what the future will do with or without us.
I think it's likely that eInk might linger for another few years, but not with the same level of focus on advancing the tech.
I still have a fifteen-year-old ADAT recorder at home and a clasic Neve EQ module that was decades old when I bought it. That doesn't mean a significant market share cares about using those pieces of old and specialized tech. Or perhaps some smaller or niche companies will pick up where Sony, Amazon and B&N leave off. We'll all become eInk purists, the tech-reading equivalent of audiophiles or people who hoard old typewriters, minidiscs, Stax headspeakers or two-inch reel-to-reels.
If we're lucky, someone will start a reader specialty repair site that changes internal batteries and replaces cracked Pearl screens: Vintage e-Ink.
Even so, Diap, I'm secretly hoping you're right. I really wanted a Mirasol reader with a fast processor and a switchable backlight. Kill me with cool variables, Korea!
Last edited by Prestidigitweeze; 06-02-2011 at 05:26 PM.