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Old 01-27-2013, 11:03 AM   #1
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Apple e-reader?

I have thought about an apple e-ink e-reader a coupe of times. Has Apple ever considered one? If not, what is or could be the reason for that? Would you buy one? Do you think it could be as popular as other apple products?
I'm just curious about your thoughts about it.
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Old 01-27-2013, 11:07 AM   #2
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They already have e- readers. They are called iPads, iPods, and iPhones.
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Old 01-27-2013, 11:09 AM   #3
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A dedicated reading device? No, I can't see that happening.
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Old 01-27-2013, 11:37 AM   #4
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I doubt Apple would ever build one. The main eInk reader companies are those who have large online bookstores. Apple has iBooks and sells books for that app, but their bookstore is tiny compared to Amazon and others. Apple has never shown much interest in competing for eBook sales, so they really have no reason to jump into the eInk reader market.
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Old 01-27-2013, 11:56 AM   #5
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They already have e- readers. They are called iPads, iPods, and iPhones.
This is about e-ink ereaders
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Old 01-27-2013, 11:59 AM   #6
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I doubt Apple would ever build one. The main eInk reader companies are those who have large online bookstores. Apple has iBooks and sells books for that app, but their bookstore is tiny compared to Amazon and others. Apple has never shown much interest in competing for eBook sales, so they really have no reason to jump into the eInk reader market.
I wouldn't think ebook sales matter much, because apple has always been about the devices and not the content. I imagine, we would be able to side-load epubs, like we are now on the ipads/iphones/etc.
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Old 01-27-2013, 02:12 PM   #7
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Would you really want Apple to get into the eInk business when they have such lackluster performance with the iBooks App?

I think the only benefit Apple could add to the eInk market would be creating a device that fully complies with ePub3 standards. However, eInk devices wouldn't handle the video aspects...so we are stuck with an eInk that would natively support ePub.

Although I would welcome the competition in the eInk market - I don't see Apple spending the money on that kind of developement when Amazon could do it with a software patch for their kindle...

Now, if you think we could get Apple to write an app that is fully ePub3 compliant that displays well (without quirky bugs) then that would be very interesting...but they had better hurry...The Marvin app is going to beat them to the punch and it's awesome!

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Old 01-27-2013, 03:22 PM   #8
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I can't see them doing one. The market is not that large, and prices are rock bottom now, there's no room for the margins they are used to. And most people want a no-frills device that does one job (displaying books) and excels at it, there's not much you can do to justify a premium device.
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Old 01-28-2013, 11:32 AM   #9
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The closest would have been the Newton OS, and they could easily bring that out and put it on new devices and maybe simplify it. They just won't.
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Old 01-28-2013, 11:35 AM   #10
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An Apple eInk reader powered by iBooks would be an atrocity. No thanks.
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Old 01-28-2013, 11:38 AM   #11
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iBooks is a very nice ePub reader. It has a few quirks, but so does ADE.
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Old 01-28-2013, 11:40 AM   #12
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But you have to code a lot of work aroused for things that just work in ADE. I know ADE is not perfect, but it has become the standard and iBooks deviates a lot from that.
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iBooks is a very nice ePub reader. It has a few quirks, but so does ADE.
iBooks may be a "nice" reader, but it's also lame, inflexible, and arrogant in enforcing its own layout choices on all readers. I find it unusable for reading books.

iBooks reminds me of Internet Explorer a lot. I believe most iBooks users are only iBooks users because they don't know any better, and because, much like Internet Explorer on Windows machines, iBooks essentially comes preloaded on iOS devices.
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No it doesn't! It just asks you kindly if you'd like to install it.

I don't have it on my iPad at the moment actually. But that's mainly because Evernote took over PDF duty.
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I enjoy the synchronicity of my apple devices. However, reading for any length of time on an iPad or iPhone tires my eyes too quickly. For this reason eink is my preferred tablet-reading method. I would love for apple to create an eink reader.
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