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Old 08-26-2008, 06:51 PM   #1
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Andy Ihnatko - How Apple Could Make E-books Work

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There are some points I agree with, and some I don't. I almost wish Apple would develop an e-book reader so the "Apple would do it better" arguments could finally come to an end.

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Old 08-27-2008, 10:40 AM   #2
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The oracular Mr Jobs has told us all that "people don't read", so an Apple eBook reader ain't gonna happen.
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Old 08-27-2008, 11:49 AM   #4
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The oracular Mr Jobs has told us all that "people don't read", so an Apple eBook reader ain't gonna happen.
I suspect that Mr Jobs said that only because Apple doens't have an eBook Reader device, just like he said that no-one would want to watch video on an iPod screen, when Apple didn't do a video iPod.

Apple was one of the first into PCs, and one of the first with graphical interface. But they're not always first. The iPod certainly wasn't the first MP3 player, nor the iPhone the first mobile phone/MP3 player.

My guess is that Apple have an eye on eBook readers, but that the technology isn't there yet to let them produce an eBook readers that Mr Jobs would be happy with.

I think we will see an ebook reader and an ebook store from Apple, but not for a couple of years, at least.

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Old 08-27-2008, 12:38 PM   #5
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I think we will see an ebook reader and an ebook store from Apple, but not for a couple of years, at least.

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Once Jobs figures out how to back out of his statement. "I can *make* people read again and so I'm introducing the new...."
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Old 08-27-2008, 03:58 PM   #6
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You can already be cool and read books with the iPhone. I'm not sure how Mr. Jobs is going to make a big b&w screen cool? Maybe a roll out display?

"Add a Kindle-compatible reader to the App Store. The result could be a revolution."
This could work. Of course Amazon could simply support the iPhone (and all other reading devices) all on its own. They seem to already have a pretty good store front ;-) though maybe it's not as cool as an iStore.
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Old 08-27-2008, 04:05 PM   #7
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Apple is constitutionally incapable of making ebooks work. They'll want to tie up everybody into their own little apple world. Even if they succeed in doing that, I would not categorize that as maing ebooks "work".
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Old 08-27-2008, 05:38 PM   #8
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My guess is that Apple have an eye on eBook readers, but that the technology isn't there yet to let them produce an eBook readers that Mr Jobs would be happy with.

I think we will see an ebook reader and an ebook store from Apple, but not for a couple of years, at least.

Paul
I agree. I think when we have a screen that's easy to read and power saving like e-ink but is also color and fast enough to support more variety of applications, we'll see Apple in the market. I don't think it will be a dedicated reader. I don't think dedicated readers will be with us long term. I'm guessing that when the technology gets better, we'll see more multifunction devices that are great for reading.
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Old 08-27-2008, 05:53 PM   #9
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Apple already used the name iBook for their laptops so they wouldn't know what to call it.

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Old 08-27-2008, 06:07 PM   #11
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oh just forget it you can't have one.
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Old 08-27-2008, 06:08 PM   #12
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Old 08-27-2008, 06:53 PM   #13
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How about iNewton after their last eBook reader.

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No way, I would sue because iNewton! Oh and I'm already compatable with all book formats.
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