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Old 02-27-2008, 10:45 AM   #1
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Found on engadget by m42, here is a sexy eBook reader with a nice touch screen.

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It's likely that the Kindle's popularity is going to spawn a whole slew of e-books vying for the eyes of readers. A concept from a student named Nedzad Mujcinovic at Monash University could very well stoke the fires of competition if his Livre ever makes it to store shelves. The system uses an e-ink screen overlaid with a touch surface, thus forgoing the multitudinous buttons of the Kindle for an ultra-simple, gesture-based input scheme. Pages can be turned by sliding your finger from corner to corner, though double- and triple-finger gestures will advance the book by ten and 50 pages, respectively. Most notable for real book fans is the inclusion of a leather stitched cover, meant to evoke the look and feel of the device's analog counterpart. Amazon's designers would be wise to, uh... take a page from Nedzad's book for the Kindle 2.
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Old 02-27-2008, 11:28 AM   #2
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I want one. It looks amazing. But why did he design it so thick?

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My guess is to simulate the feel of a real pBook.
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Old 02-27-2008, 11:42 AM   #4
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Sexy! Even though I would prefer it being slightly less thick. More like a ~150p paperback, or a Cybook within it's cover. Better start saving money

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Old 02-27-2008, 01:26 PM   #5
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Meh. Way too thick, and heavy-looking.

Also, I don't want a touchscreen, if I have to touch the screen every time I flip a page, it will be filthy in no time, and scratched up and damaged soon after that.

Give me a D-Pad and a couple of function buttons any day.
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Old 02-27-2008, 01:46 PM   #6
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It is just a concept, after all. Anyway, the point is well-taken that more of these could stimulate a real improvement in e-book hardware, and it's something I look forward to. If you want me to cough up $300-400 for a reader, it damn well better look and work great!
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I'm more concerned that it has a leather flap instead of a cover, so the first thing you have to add to it is something to protect the screen when it's not in use. And good luck pushiing that into any gap... the leather will just bunch up along the spine.

I assume it's so thick to contain a big battery so that the cellphone runs for longer.
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I'm not sure I like the touch screen concept because well I eat lunch while reading and I like using just one finger to hit the button to go forward. I can only imagine how difficult it would be to turn pages without getting the screen dirty. (I think it would be cool if you had both options.)
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Old 02-28-2008, 12:05 AM   #9
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The idea of ebook readers is to make books more portable. But here comes a device that looks quite a bit thicker than any reader to date. This does not look like something I could comfortable lug around with me where ever I went. Also, the touch screen probably drains the battery at a faster pace. Even if the thickness is to hold more battery power to compete with other readers, it's still not something I find appealing. I agree with everyone concerned about getting the screen dirty. I think that's one of the big downfalls of the iPhone, as well. I hate smudged up screens. Also, if there's any kind of search function, I prefer a tactile qwerty over pushing "buttons" on a screen. I do see one advantage: if the reader has a dictionary, you can go straight to the word you want to look up and just touch it. That would be nice (if it's a feature that's implemented). The Livre looks like a neat reader, but I don't think it's my cup of tea.
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The idea of ebook readers is to make books more portable. But here comes a device that looks quite a bit thicker than any reader to date. This does not look like something I could comfortable lug around with me where ever I went.
Bear in mind that it's a proof-of-concept prototype by a design student. If anyone chose to actually make this in quantity, I suspect the finished device would be thinner and lighter.
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Old 02-28-2008, 02:06 PM   #11
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I think it's just proof that it can be done. And now that it can be done, if it was done as an actual for sale device, it would be more ergonomically designed.
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It's a design student - in theory this is all about the form of the books, the size, how it looks and so on. If you're lucky there will also be some user interface design, where the designer runs through a few sample screens to show you what the user is supposed to see and do. IME half of them think flash is an appropriate tool for that task, instead of using a page layout tool (Pagemaker or even WordPad).

Actually making it go is the work of engineers. Given the size of this, it almost looks as though the kid stuffed an iLiad inside it and said "yeah, and a multitouch screen".
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@ SpiderMatt: Your hyperlink dictionary notion sounds magnificent! Let us get some smart-type people to do that.

Personally, the idea of a finger swipe seems neat. Such an interface more closely replicates an actual book--great for those who might shy away from the jarring non-book experience of current Readers. It seems more....'organic' of a motion that pressing a button.

As for smudgy screens, would imagine that someone could easily enlarge the cling-wrap protector vinyl that accompanies smart-phones. With that on my treo, I can clean it with a Clorox Wipe. Otherwise, what do you people *do* with things to make you so nervous?
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Old 03-01-2008, 10:29 AM   #14
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An other prototype...thick but not bad.

Sigh! There is so much to do, so long an evolution to go through before we get some sort of stable reading device format. In my view, if we compare the actual ebook to the music world, we're still dealing with four track cassette walkmans... Sigh!
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Old 03-01-2008, 12:45 PM   #15
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And remember to make it idiot proof!

If we could have a decent sized touch screen, touch to choose book/link/turn page, and make it idiot proof.

Just put the books on the SD card and go--all formats (html, pdf, mobi, lit, rtf/doc, etc.)

Read all formats, sort on Author, title, genre, subject, path, filename etc.

And it has to be idiot proof.
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