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Old 05-25-2013, 02:15 AM   #1
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Too bad they did not take the time to add a front-light. They could also improve the resolution, since a higher resolution is available from E-Ink. They could easily make it a great reader.
3 years and no improvement...who are they kidding ?
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Old 05-29-2013, 01:06 PM   #4
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Too bad they did not take the time to add a front-light. They could also improve the resolution, since a higher resolution is available from E-Ink. They could easily make it a great reader.
3 years and no improvement...who are they kidding ?
They are not trying to "kid" anyone. There simply isn't enough of a market to warrant a successor. I, too, would love to see a new DX with the gorgeous display of the Kobo Aura HD and its excellent frontlight. I still use my DXG and have another, new in box, as a spare.
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They are not trying to "kid" anyone. There simply isn't enough of a market to warrant a successor. I, too, would love to see a new DX with the gorgeous display of the Kobo Aura HD and its excellent frontlight. I still use my DXG and have another, new in box, as a spare.
So would I. But I agree; the market just isn't there. I paid almost € 400 for my first-batch Cybook Gen3 back in 2007, and am now on my second DXG, both bought when they still were $379,= (again, with taxes and import duties and whatnot, roughly € 400). I would gladly pay that much again for a DX HD with the 2400x1650 screen and frontlight. More, even.

But it isn't going to happen.
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Too bad they did not take the time to add a front-light. They could also improve the resolution, since a higher resolution is available from E-Ink. They could easily make it a great reader.
3 years and no improvement...who are they kidding ?
They're not "kidding" anyone. They're selling off old stock. The DX was a failed experiment; it was targetted primarily at college students, and it just didn't work. We're not going to see a replacement for it: LCD tablets have taken over that market sector.
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They're not "kidding" anyone. They're selling off old stock. The DX was a failed experiment; it was targetted primarily at college students, and it just didn't work. We're not going to see a replacement for it: LCD tablets have taken over that market sector.
Sony begs to differ : Sony reveals prototype 13.3-inch e-ink slate with stylus.
The DX writing and PDF browsing experience was not nearly as smooth as what students expected. Amazon had trumpeted that they could bring the right device to students. They failed, and abandoned the field instead of committing to their goal long term. Shame on them !
Back-lighted devices are bad for the eyes and the brain. I am surprised how few people know about the brain part here.
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Sony's device is a prototype - it's extremely unlikely ever to see the light of day as a manufactured product.

There is no evidence whatsoever, that I'm aware of, that backlit devices are bad for you. A photon is a photon as far as your eye is concerned, and it makes not the slightest different whether the photon is emitted by the screen or reflected from it. If you have evidence to say otherwise, I'd love to see it!
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A photon is a photon as far as your eye is concerned, and it makes not the slightest different whether the photon is emitted by the screen or reflected from it.
You've said this before, and it's a ridiculous comment. There is obviously a difference. E-ink is static like the printed page and does not emit light, unlike and LCD screen. Never mind the fact that many readers find reading on an LCD screen makes their eyes go blurry. Anyway...

Re: the DX, is it old stock or are they manufacturing them again? If this is old stock, why are they suddenly selling them after a hiatus of how long? Six moths? A year? I don't know.

If it's not old stock, I would be nice to see some kind of upgrade to them. Software is comparatively cheap, after all.
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The DX writing and PDF browsing experience was not nearly as smooth as what students expected. Amazon had trumpeted that they could bring the right device to students. They failed, and abandoned the field instead of committing to their goal long term. Shame on them !
Back-lighted devices are bad for the eyes and the brain. I am surprised how few people know about the brain part here.

Why not take the time now to educate us "about the brain part"?



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You've said this before, and it's a ridiculous comment. There is obviously a difference. E-ink is static like the printed page and does not emit light, unlike and LCD screen.
I'm not saying there isn't a difference; I'm saying that it doesn't matter where the light comes from. Your eyes don't make a distinction between light that's emitted behind a screen or in front of it. If you have some evidence that suggests otherwise, I'd very much like to see it.
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Seriously, I've read somewhere about LCDs stimulating the pineal gland making it difficult to sleep up until an hour or so after gazing at one. But I believe it's just a theory.
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Sony's device is a prototype - it's extremely unlikely ever to see the light of day as a manufactured product.

There is no evidence whatsoever, that I'm aware of, that backlit devices are bad for you. A photon is a photon as far as your eye is concerned, and it makes not the slightest different whether the photon is emitted by the screen or reflected from it. If you have evidence to say otherwise, I'd love to see it!
Using EEG, Marshall McLuhan proved in the 1960s that back-light screens radically change our brainwaves after 30 seconds. Advertisers successfully replicated his experiment, then drew important lessons from it : they started targeting our emotions instead of trying to convince our reason, and they program our subconscious dreams when (especially during our childhood) we innocently spend time in front of a TV set (well, basically everything on TV influences our long term dreams, our subconscious). Politicians, thanks to their media and marketing advisers, also changed their communication.
http://www.causeof.org/brainwaves.htm
http://www.amazon.com/Endangered-Min...dp/0684856204/
http://www.amazon.com/The-Plug-In-Dr.../dp/0142001082
Written by a former advertiser :
http://www.amazon.com/Arguments-Elim...dp/0688082742/
Anyway, most people refuse to believe that they can be and effectively are manipulated. Even though the master of PR spilled the beans a long time ago :
http://www.amazon.com/Propaganda-ebook/dp/B0097D76MG/

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