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Old 01-29-2008, 08:56 AM   #1
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What does the future Hold

What will the next year bring for the Reader community?

Will we see an updated better looking Kindle?

A Mac friendly Sony?

A WI-FI enabled Cybook?

Apple entering the market?

Let here the opinions.
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Old 01-29-2008, 09:03 AM   #2
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Anyway. More serious.

I suspect the first half of 2008 will not see much eInk activity in regards to new products. We may see several community or software improvements over the next months though. I hope so.

In the second half of 2008 I hope the software and hardware for current readers will be maturing and become more solid in use, support and pricing. I also suspect eInk prices will gradually lower.

2008 should see at least several new products though and I think connected readers along with connection-aware shops will see a rise.

Fictionwise will almost certainly improve integration of their existing catalog with their newest MobiPocket aquisition and perhaps make some online API for searching/buying akin to Amazon. Would be smart of them.
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Old 01-29-2008, 09:58 AM   #3
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Fictionwise will almost certainly improve integration of their existing catalog with their newest MobiPocket aquisition
I believe you mean eReader acquisition...
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Old 01-29-2008, 10:59 AM   #4
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This also might be of interest.

http://www.engadget.com/2007/11/16/s...paper-display/
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Old 01-29-2008, 11:29 AM   #5
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Ooooh sexy. But it's so thin, I'd be afraid of breaking it. Also, at that resolution, it's a shame the screen isn't bigger (A4 PDFs anyone?).
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Old 01-29-2008, 12:03 PM   #6
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Browser ... online. Topic ... loaded. Tinfoil hat .. reading green and ready. Speculation ... engage!

Anyway. More serious.

I suspect the first half of 2008 will not see much eInk activity in regards to new products. We may see several community or software improvements over the next months though. I hope so.

In the second half of 2008 I hope the software and hardware for current readers will be maturing and become more solid in use, support and pricing. I also suspect eInk prices will gradually lower.

2008 should see at least several new products though and I think connected readers along with connection-aware shops will see a rise.

Fictionwise will almost certainly improve integration of their existing catalog with their newest MobiPocket aquisition and perhaps make some online API for searching/buying akin to Amazon. Would be smart of them.
Ah, future speculation. I agree that the first half won't ship much but perhaps we'll see some announcements.

I think e-INK backlogs will finally clear. Second half of the year will see a 9.7" display device. I think Amazon or Sony may finally role out to other markets. Amazon will need a wireless change but I doubt that there will be other changes.

Fictionwise, of course bought eReader and I suspect they may do something special with it like getting it on an eBook Reader.

I suspect Adobe will be more active in getting reflow PDF out on eBook Readers. While this won't solve all the PDF problems it will help. I also expect better PDF support from several eBook Readers.

I think we will see a better lighting solution for e-INK (possibly side light).

I think we will see more activity in ePUB among the major players.

There, now that I am out on a limb, anybody got a saw?

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Old 01-31-2008, 02:24 PM   #7
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I've been pinning all my hopes on the coming reader from plasticlogic.

http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=10307

Been waiting for an A4 reader for 5 years now and this seems to be the most promising one within my price range. Even if it does not turn out as expected a large number of companies are working on this technology and I would expect it to achieve market viability within the next 3 years. Sadly I don't expect anyone come up within anything this year.
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