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Old 02-26-2009, 07:50 PM   #16
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But if it is touch screen I assume the sharpness will not be as good as without a touch screen. First I thought the specification looked like the .txtr reader but they had not touch screen if I remember correctly.
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If I was to get a new reader, I'd wait till the larger screens were available.
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Now show me some pictures, tell me the touchscreen doesn't detract from clarity and that I can have wifi without paying for a 3g service I'll never use and I'll be more excited !
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The official launch is scheduled for summer 2009, though you might be able to get a first glimpse of the new BeBook at the Cebit exhibit in Hannover, Germany next week or at the Paris Book Fair in Paris, France from March 13th to 18th.

What is the booth number on CeBIT? I may visit them next week but I didn't find any info about them on http://www.cebit.de website.
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hmm, kind of goes against my plan of freeing up some space around here by emptying the bookshelves, doesn't it...
Same here! So, now you need to win the lotto for a big apartment so you can showcase all your readers! And 10 readers still take less space than 10 books.

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What is the booth number on CeBIT? I may visit them next week but I didn't find any info about them on http://www.cebit.de website.
I know Netronix will be there. (Hall 19/D64)
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But if it is touch screen I assume the sharpness will not be as good as without a touch screen.
Depends what type of touch screen is used. If it's a resistive touch screen, such as the PRS-700 has, where the touch-sensitive layer is on top of the screen, then yes, it will inevitably affect the screen clarity. If it's a capacitive or an inductive touch screen, nothing goes "over" the screen, so it shouldn't affect the image quality.
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Old 02-27-2009, 04:30 AM   #24
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I wonder if this announcement means that BeBook are abandoning their current "read every format" policy and concentrating on ePub only? In many ways, that would be a smart move. It's arguably better to read one format really well than a dozen formats poorly.
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I wonder if this announcement means that BeBook are abandoning their current "read every format" policy and concentrating on ePub only? In many ways, that would be a smart move. It's arguably better to read one format really well than a dozen formats poorly.
You are mixing up DRM and format. Why should they remove format support just because they change which format has support for DRM?
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The original announcement says "ePub support (with and without DRM)". It wasn't clear to me whether this means that ePub will be the only format supported, or whether ePub is being added to what's already there. Do you know?
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What is the booth number on CeBIT? I may visit them next week but I didn't find any info about them on http://www.cebit.de website.
They will be presenting it at the booth of their German distributor, MacLAND. More info here:

http://www.macland.de/55+M5b1c4eaa8ef.html

Btw, if you could manage to shoot some photos for us that would be great.
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I'm always excited about new devices that will gradually approach the holy grail of the perfect ebook reader and I can see that wifi is a possibly good feature to have but I dont really see the benefits from a touch screen, its smacks a little of gimmicky when buttons work just fine. Am I alone in thinking like this ?
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I'm always excited about new devices that will gradually approach the holy grail of the perfect ebook reader and I can see that wifi is a possibly good feature to have but I dont really see the benefits from a touch screen, its smacks a little of gimmicky when buttons work just fine. Am I alone in thinking like this ?
No, you're not. Personally I can't bear to have fingerprints on a screen and prefer hardware buttons. Touch screens, however, do seem to be generally regarded as "better", so I guess that's probably what all future devices will have. As long as they at least have hardware buttons for page turning I can live with it .
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No, you're not. Personally I can't bear to have fingerprints on a screen and prefer hardware buttons. Touch screens, however, do seem to be generally regarded as "better", so I guess that's probably what all future devices will have. As long as they at least have hardware buttons for page turning I can live with it .
I agree about the smudgy screen. Our Canon printer at work is touch screen and it is always a little smudgy and also the button action is a bit hit and miss and clunky on the screen.
And my nieces touch screen Nintendo DS is scratched pretty badly through using the stylus all the time.
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