I have been following e-ink development for more than 10 years. I was already thinking about getting the librie, but it was just not good enough yet.
So i knew about the development of the sony and the iLiad from press releases.
I ordered the iLiad as soon as it was available. It was just the first. I havent seen the Sony yet, but i might get one soon. I have seen the starereader and liked its weight and size for casual reading. And i can't wait to get my hands on a cybook, which should be able to read PDF aswell as mobipocket books.
So no coincidence here. And i am looking forward to the new displays from plasticlogic.