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Old 12-01-2009, 11:06 AM   #16
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The point I'm trying to make is that just because you can't think of a reason to use that extra ability doesn't mean no one else will either. "That should be enough" is design fallacy, IMO.
Absolutely right. Has there ever been a case of a storage format whose capacity has not eventually been fully used and then replaced by one vastly larger? A card slot leaves a device open to future uses and formats which assume vastly larger capacities.

Having most people's libraries in their pocket is not even a stretch for existing cards - and storage will increase in size far faster than most of our libraries. In a couple of years 2Gb will be considered quaint.
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Having most people's libraries in their pocket is not even a stretch for existing cards - and storage will increase in size far faster than most of our libraries. In a couple of years 2Gb will be considered quaint.
Still, I'm not sure any of the current device makers are considering them a multi-year investment. Considering the speed with which the technology changes, especially now that reading devices are being considered an up-and-coming market, I think all of the current devices will be considered quaint in just a few years. How many people here are still reading on the same device they were using three years ago?
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Still, I'm not sure any of the current device makers are considering them a multi-year investment. Considering the speed with which the technology changes, especially now that reading devices are being considered an up-and-coming market, I think all of the current devices will be considered quaint in just a few years. How many people here are still reading on the same device they were using three years ago?
One of the staff here is still using his first PRS-500. Another retired his only a couple months ago. I believe a third is still using her Iliad (and I think she was an early adopter).
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One of the staff here is still using his first PRS-500. Another retired his only a couple months ago. I believe a third is still using her Iliad (and I think she was an early adopter).
Yes, well. I have to confess that I'm still using my PRS-500 every day, too. I thought I was just odd.
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Old 12-01-2009, 01:25 PM   #20
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Yes, well. I have to confess that I'm still using my PRS-500 every day, too. I thought I was just odd.
Evidently not too odd since Sony decided to update the PrS-500. There must be a considerable number out there still.

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Absolutely right. Has there ever been a case of a storage format whose capacity has not eventually been fully used and then replaced by one vastly larger? A card slot leaves a device open to future uses and formats which assume vastly larger capacities.

Having most people's libraries in their pocket is not even a stretch for existing cards - and storage will increase in size far faster than most of our libraries. In a couple of years 2Gb will be considered quaint.
I have 20TB (yes, that's TB) media server sitting next to me that I've almost filled with movies (ripped from purchased media or recorded by me), tv series, and music that's 75% full. There is no such thing as too much storage!
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There is an urban legend that we should keep in mind. Bill Gates is reputed to have said that 640k RAM is enough for anyone. How much RAM do you have right now?
Aside from the fact that the quote is false, it's not a comparable situation. A computer is built from the ground up a multipurpose device; a dedicated ebook reader is a focused device. So maybe you'll put PDF's on it, but chances are slim to none that you'll use a Kindle 3 to watch HD movies. Even PDF's are relatively small documents; i.e. it isn't that difficult to predict likely capacity needs for the next generation or so of ebook devices.

To wit: Let's say ebooks roll in at 1mb, and PDF's at 5mb. If you have 7gb of storage space, that means over 7,000 ebooks, or about 1,400 PDF's, or some combination thereof (e.g. 1,000 ebooks + 1,000 PDF's). Call me crazy, but I think the overwhelming majority of ebook reader users can survive with numbers like that in between hooking up their Kindles to their computers.

By the way, I don't recall a lot of people referring to Apple as "stupid" for not putting a SD slot into iPods and iPhones -- devices that could definitely use "endless" capacity, far more than ebook readers....


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The point I'm trying to make is that just because you can't think of a reason to use that extra ability doesn't mean no one else will either. "That should be enough" is design fallacy, IMO.
Any design involves choices and compromises.

Do you want capacity or simplicity? Low weight and slim profile, or a user-replaceable battery? High QC or low cost? Fast CPU or longer battery life?

You can't build a good focused device while accounting for every single last contingency and whim your customers will want. Do that, and you end up with something overbuilt or bogged down by feature creep.

Again, I do think that "more is better," but unless there is some genuine need to carry the equivalent of the Library of Congress with you at all times, I don't think people need limitless storage on their portable devices.
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