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Old 02-11-2014, 01:59 PM   #1
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If you could design the ultimate reader what would you do?


Would you add features that are helpful?
Would you add a holographic display?
Would you add a death ray to zap those who interrupt your reading?


Come on lets have some fun be as creative and silly/serious as you like what would your "ULTIMATE KOBO" be?
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Old 02-11-2014, 02:53 PM   #2
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Mine would have the ability to make my boss think I was doing something work related, rather than reading novels at my desk. In short, I would like a Boss Mind Control feature. This would be supplemented with a Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading feature, which would instantly make whoever was bothering me, forget what they wanted and go and bother someone else.
Would also quite like a series sort feature.
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Old 02-11-2014, 04:08 PM   #3
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Software featurewise, there is nothing left that I want. I just can't think of anything.

What I do want though, is the next paradigm in screens, whatever that is. Screens that are low-power and sun-viewable, like eink, but in colour and fast like an LCD. I spend a lot of time trawling the net for hi-res cover art for my books, and I'd like a colour screen that'll really make them pop :-)
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Old 02-11-2014, 05:18 PM   #4
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I would like an ereader that "floats" so I don't have to physically hold it. Also, someway to turn pages with a "remote" (could be as simple as a one button wireless remote).

Also, more formating options.
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Old 02-11-2014, 05:53 PM   #5
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I want a button that would deliver an annoying zap to the book's publisher each time I found a spelling mistake.

And some sort of silencer that would block the noise from the neighbour's stereo but still let me hear the birds in the garden.

But I would settle for the series sorting feature that was in firmware 2.3.x.
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Old 02-11-2014, 11:15 PM   #6
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I want a small, light page-turning remote control.
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Old 02-12-2014, 03:38 AM   #7
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I'd like a direct neural feed into my central nervous system with internal tracking that follows my "gaze"... with an option to dismiss the display and have an auditory hallucination read me the book in whatever voice I'd like. Those of you that think I must already have such hallucinations know what you can do and where you can go do it... ;-)

On a more temporally realistic note, a color display that works well in and out of doors would be great, low power requirement at least as good a battery time as now, great front lighting that is about half as bright as the current minimum for a Glo, and a complete set of formatting overrides that would actually format the text as I ask for it.

If the display tech is fast enough, a common unadorned android OS that would allow use as a true tablet would be pretty neat too. If said display was flexibly backed, all the better than worrying about broken glass.
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Old 02-12-2014, 04:17 AM   #8
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I'll have colour, an annotation system that stores annotations in an extra html file which gets incorporated into the epub ... and the death ray, please.
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Old 02-12-2014, 04:35 AM   #9
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how about just...

displaying epubs without huge footer (or header for kepubs)

an option for showing folders

a pdf viewer that can remove the margins (and, if I can dream, a support for dvju)

a dictionary which is not slower than the dictionary of Sony PRS 350 (which is almost 4 years old, and has much lower specs than any of the recent Kobos); also, when you make it faster, replace it with a better dictionary (at least the en-en dictionary is pretty weak)

this would make me perfectly happy
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Old 02-12-2014, 07:07 AM   #10
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Old 02-12-2014, 07:11 AM   #11
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One cool feature would be, in books that have glossaries (fantasy, mainly) and a dramatis personae, to be able to access that just like you access the regular dictionary.

...also, alongside a nice colour screen, a shortcut button to the cover art. Like the iPad iBooks app, there is a shortcut that goes to a "cover art and table of contents" spread.
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Old 02-12-2014, 08:53 PM   #12
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After further consideration, I too, would like the death ray option. Or at least so stunning an implementation that merely displaying my ereader would guarantee me a few seconds head start... A bulletproof ray scattering case would be a nice option.
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Old 02-13-2014, 10:09 AM   #13
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Let's see...
* LTE support
* Wireless AC support
* Super Ultra HD screen
* Light as a feather
* Nietzsche mode - as you gaze into the reader screen the reader gazes back at you.
* Hand warmer mode, for those cold, cold winter months.
* BBacklight that can be turned up to act like a small shining star
* Teleport mode - press light button and sleep button, you'll be teleported to a nice, quiet, warm, and pleasing place to read, then teleport back to wherever you were previously when you're done.
* Money printer - print me some money ($100 bills and higher only)

I think that'd do for a start.

Oh and I could not possibly comment on wether any or all of those features are on the roadmap for upcoming devices
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Old 02-13-2014, 03:06 PM   #14
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I vote for the electric shock against lazy publishers. Ortographic errors: 100V. OCR leftovers like stupid hyphens: 10000V.

Also automatic unDRM of my BOUGHT books... with 100000000V in addition against the publisher and the DRM scheme owner. (They can chose how the volts are shared among them).

And I also vote for a BIGGER footer/header. With the current size, the book main text is somehow distracting when I want to re-re-re-check the title of my current reading (my memory is not what it was any more), or the chapter or page number I'm in, (a check I also repeat about each ten words at most).

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Old 02-13-2014, 05:57 PM   #15
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* Wireless AC support
I read that as "Wireless Air Conditioning support". Which, considering it is summer here, seemed perfectly reasonable. But, then I thought of the size of the battery needed.
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