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Old 12-04-2007, 01:00 PM   #46
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I've been wanting one since university. I thought the sheer bulk of my textbooks was ridiculous, and wanted to know why they all couldn't have been put on a tiny, slim portable device.
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Old 12-04-2007, 01:34 PM   #47
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... at current prices.
That's a pretty big qualifier, HarryT.

Although, I think if e-textbooks were available at reasonable prices a reading device might get pretty attractive to college students. But (and here's my pretty big qualifier), they'd need a much better feature set in terms of display size and annotation capabilities, etc.
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Old 12-04-2007, 02:03 PM   #48
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What's striking me is that she and many many commenters I have seen on all kinds of "geek blogs" repeat the same convergence mantra:
"I will never buy a dedicated reader, since my mobile phone is EVERYTHING converged".

And that's fine, to have all the functionality in one small device. It's just that I haven't figured out yet how the form factor converges, but hey, <sarcasm>I am but a humble engineer who develops these "everything converged" thingies, not a wired journo</sarcasm> Apparently the size is a minor problem.

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Old 12-05-2007, 05:24 AM   #49
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Size is an issue with ebooks but not a problem, I would say.

I originally bought my smartphone to read PDF's on the train but the screen is way too small. Personally, I don't want a tiny device to read ebooks. I want one that is the size of a decent page.

When's the last time you read one of those novelty matchbook-sized copies of the Bible or Huck Finn, for example?
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Old 12-05-2007, 08:45 AM   #50
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When's the last time you read one of those novelty matchbook-sized copies of the Bible or Huck Finn, for example?
Ummm... you got me here, last time I read a matchbox-sized book was when I was a teenager. It wasn't Bible, but de Sade's 'Philosophy in the Bedroom' that we passed secretly among classmates. I'm not quite sure whether I understood the philosophical aspect of it . But the size was actually a big asset given the circumstances. So - a big plus for reading on a smartphone

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