|12-24-2005, 08:12 PM||#1|
Join Date: Oct 2002
Device: Sony PRS-650 / Nexus 7 / Kindle PW
Teleread's six e-book predictions for 2006
Check out David's six e-book predictions for 2006. Certainly, 2005 hasn't been the year of the e-book yet. There's reason to hope that next year is going to be a lot better. For one, there's the Iliad ER 0100 e-book reader for which we predict a brilliant career in the coming months. And let's be honest, we're all sick to death of the iPod, it's irritating ads, the washed-up rock star cross-promotions. Let's consider a new mobile trend... how about the Apple iEreader?
|12-25-2005, 03:47 AM||#2|
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Alexandria, VA
Device: Sony PRS-505 / Palm TX / Nokia 770 / iPod Touch
Yes, here's to e-books in '06!
Hello, Alexander. I'll join you in rooting for more success for e-books in '06. An Apple iEreader would be wonderful, and a nonproprietary approach using OpenReader (http://www.openreader.org) would make it even more so. Meanwhile happiest of holidays to you and all the others with MobileRead! - David
David Rothman | TeleRead / OpenReader | 703-370-6540
|12-25-2005, 11:37 AM||#3|
Join Date: Mar 2005
I for one an not sick of the iPod. (Since I don't watch television, what advertising?)
Why? Because it works. My wife has a G2 model, mines a G3, and i bought a shuffle to use as a flash drive with a music-playing bonus. They have been reliable and easy to use.
The closest equal in the ebook world is probably the eb-1150, which works conceptually a lot like an iPod. But converting your pre-existing content is still a pain, the file format is incredibly proprietary, and there is still no guarantee that your purchased content will survive the closure of FictionWise.
Maybe the Hanjin device or the Iliad will go somewhere, but history does not paint a pretty picture. They are both promising devices, but are both absolutely useless without content.
|12-25-2005, 03:39 PM||#4|
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Pernes. A small village in Portugal.
Device: Cybook Odyssey HD
Although i could simply convert a text using makelrf, i just like paginating the various sections, cover, images, etc.
So i end up using Bookcreator, which allows all of this, but which is a "little" more complicated. I just love that the program lets me make virtual chapters, and allow the use of styles (i frequently use the Demo of Adobe Indesign, whenever i have to paginate something).
The problem is that the normal user wants a straight conversion program, like Makelrf, where he inputs a original format and it gets translated to his favorite reader (with cover, chapters, formatting, etc).
When i found out the Open Ebook Forum i hoped that the industry was finally going to deliver a "core" xml format, which the other companies could use to convert to the format of their devices.
The user would buy the access to the ebook, go to his shelf, select format/device/reader and the content server would send the appropriate file.
Right now i'm hoping that OpenReader will solve some of this problems. Let's wait and see...
The problem, at least here in Portugal, is that the publishers want a device in the market BEFORE they are willing to invest in ebooks (i made some Surveys about this when i was still studying).
Obviously buying an "empty" device, is very different than buying a device with subscriptions or with a option to buy 100/200$ on a online ebookstore.
There's a lot free content online but it's still a hassle to have to convert all of it.
I read somewhere that Project Gutenberg would in the future start converting their books to Html instead of plain asci. That would be great, but if there were to be a "core" free ebook format that would simplify everyone’s life (we would only need the converters to our favorite formats/devices).
I'm currently uploading my finished librie conversions (from free ebooks), to my site, and i was hoping that at least one or more persons would also like to send their owns.
Suffice to say that those who would, are "ashamed" of their "simple" Makelrf conversions, and although they are free texts, they don't think it worth it to send them to me :P
So i end up with only 40 ebooks in 4 months :|
And it seems that it won' be possible to read the lrf's on the Iliad, so i'll eventually stop making conversions for the Librie.
|12-26-2005, 02:04 PM||#5|
Join Date: May 2004
Device: Kindle Touch
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