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Old 05-11-2006, 06:31 AM   #1
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Next Sony Reader in color and with moving pictures

The Telegraph has a concise summary of current trends and challenges in the e-publishing industry. Summing it up:
  • Sony faces competition from iRex
  • Some argue that e-books fall short when compared to the sensory pleasures of a hardback ("velvety feel of their gently flickering pages beneath your fingertips")
  • Revolution in publishing could turn upcoming readers into "iPods for book-lovers"
  • Sony Reader is a "physical let-down" when compared to real paper
  • Color, moving images, annotations will come in the next development, says Sony
  • High price of the reader, plus the price of buying e-books, and DRM restrictions could lead e-publishing into another flop
  • Mobile phones used successfully in Japan to market electronic manga literature
  • Tachistoscopic reading: single words are flashed at a time which is supposed to improve human memory (I tried that once on my PDA and it gave me a splitting headache).
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Old 05-11-2006, 06:50 AM   #2
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Hm....

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...it is likely that Sony will be pipped to the post in the West by iRex, whose iLiad will be available online later this month with, iRex claims, a more competitive price tag than Sony's proposed £250.
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Old 05-11-2006, 06:53 AM   #3
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Unless the Sony Reader sells for considerably more in the UK than elsewhere, the price tag is wrong. £250 = $466. Everywhere else I read that the suggested price range lies between $299 and $399.
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Price could be correct, as you have to add about 17% VAT.
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Old 05-11-2006, 07:59 AM   #5
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"Next Sony Reader" sounds very comically, while we see no e-ink readers at all.
Neither from Sony, nor from Irex or other company... Librie is only one real thing ((
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