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Old 07-01-2009, 08:16 PM   #1
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Customizable reader called Ditto Book!

Hi all,

I have run accross this website called www.dittobook.com and looks pretty interesting with their customizable ebook reader called Ditto Book reader.

Does anyone has this kind yet?


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Old 07-01-2009, 08:31 PM   #2
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Yeah, that Ditto book looks awfully familiar.
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Doesn't it, though?

And it only supports PDF and TXT files.

You'd have to be out of your mind, really.

Do we congratulate chanjay on his/her first post?

Sheesh.

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Old 07-01-2009, 09:22 PM   #4
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Looks like vaporware to me, the website doesn't even list the price.
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Old 07-01-2009, 09:33 PM   #5
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We know the Ditto Book is a Netronix variant (is that five or six variants now seen in the wild, but only one in captivity - Cybook Gen3).

But if you select the Products tab on their website, what is the "F-700 Series" product opposite the "150 Series" Ditto Book? Is that a Q-7 Tablet???
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Old 07-01-2009, 09:53 PM   #6
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Yeah, that Ditto book looks awfully familiar.
The name gave it away, didn't it?
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Old 07-02-2009, 05:09 AM   #7
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At least they are advertising a Delete button. Maybe one that's actually working??? Would be quite some major step in eInk reader technology.
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Old 07-02-2009, 07:33 AM   #8
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The name gave it away, didn't it?
I thought it was very appropriate.
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Yes, that is a Q7, right down to all the specs.

I was curious about price, so I called the company and asked. The person who answered the phone got a little flustered and said she had no idea about price, but that she would have someone call me back.

The thing that worries me is that you are supposed to fax your credit card information without even knowing the price?? That's really bad marketing.
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Old 07-02-2009, 11:09 AM   #10
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Yes, that is a Q7, right down to all the specs.

I was curious about price, so I called the company and asked. The person who answered the phone got a little flustered and said she had no idea about price, but that she would have someone call me back.

The thing that worries me is that you are supposed to fax your credit card information without even knowing the price?? That's really bad marketing.
Only having PDF and text support for their Ditto is also really bad marketing.
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Old 07-02-2009, 11:11 AM   #11
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The thing that worries me is that you are supposed to fax your credit card information without even knowing the price?? That's really bad marketing.
To people like you and me, yes that is bad marketing. But if they manage to sucker even a few people in, then it's absolutely genius!
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Old 07-02-2009, 01:12 PM   #12
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To people like you and me, yes that is bad marketing. But if they manage to sucker even a few people in, then it's absolutely genius!
Given that dealing with either LRF, RTF, or (worst of the bunch) ePub on my Sony PRS-505 is a(n often unsightly) pain, and I have both the capability and the willingness to convert my eBooks to custom-sized PDFs, I could actually see myself very happily settling for a sensibly priced PDF+TXT only eBook reader in a year or two down the road.

Admittedly you are right in noting that for the average person, the value proposition is not an excellent (or even a particularly honest) one.

They really should add Mobipocket support, eh JSWolf?

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Old 07-02-2009, 01:44 PM   #13
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They did call me back. $249 for both models.

I'm not sure, given the fact that they are so similar to other models that are available for less, and given the fact that they are still in "beta" testing (as the man who called back told me), that they are going to be a great success.

However, since they did call me back, I would not categorize them as a scam or as vaporware.
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They did call me back. $249 for both models.

I'm not sure, given the fact that they are so similar to other models that are available for less, and given the fact that they are still in "beta" testing (as the man who called back told me), that they are going to be a great success.

However, since they did call me back, I would not categorize them as a scam or as vaporware.
I think their real business model is to sell cosmetic customized versions in quantities of 250 or more.

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Given that dealing with either LRF, RTF, or (worst of the bunch) ePub on my Sony PRS-505 is a(n often unsightly) pain, and I have both the capability and the willingness to convert my eBooks to custom-sized PDFs, I could actually see myself very happily settling for a sensibly priced PDF+TXT only eBook reader in a year or two down the road.
Why not just convert your books to custom sized PDFs for the 505?
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