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Old 09-26-2006, 03:09 PM   #9
NatCh
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Originally Posted by Ken Stuart
Ebook developers should concentrate on the textbook market, rather than the bestseller market. The biggest advantage of ebooks is that you can hold many books in a compact device. So, students - already more open to new ideas - are the natural market for ebook readers if the textbooks are almost all available in digital form.
To a large extent, that is dependent on the textbook pubs, and the schools, we could easily all die of old age waiting for them to drive the market. If, however, folks start seening these rascals around, and get a first hand understanding of how great the e-ink is, well, that may just change things up a bit.

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Originally Posted by Ken Stuart
In contrast, the bored housewife buying a $7 bestseller at the grocery store is not going to be using an ebook reader. Do people want a digital device for that very popular novel that they read over a weekend and then forgot about?
Quite the contrary, you just described my 62 year old mother's reading habits. She likes the idea of getting that bestseller for $6 dollars, without ever leaving home, and then not even having to physically get rid of it when she's done.

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By the way, a web search today happened to pull up the CNET Editors' Review of the Rocket Ebook Reader RCA REB1100 in 2001, which I will excerpt:
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Well, 5 years later and the screen is better. However, the price is no better, and there is still an emphasis (apparently) on bestsellers rather than non-fiction. And you still can't loan books to friends, and in the words of Alton Brown, it's still not a multi-tasker.
The screen is worlds better, as is the batt life, size, weight and usability. Availability of texts is much bigger (10k+ -- what did Rocket book have? A few hundred?), and you can get non-fiction too, both from the Connect Store and any other source you can save as an RTF (not exactly the hurdle that the .RB files were).

No, you can't loan books if they're from the Connect store, unless you and 4 friends wanted to share a Connect Store account .... But you can share any other (non-secure) content from other sources, the number of which is ever growing. But getting rid of DRM is another crusade altogether, and is a factor for any reader.

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