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Old 12-29-2009, 09:04 PM   #16
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Yeah, seems to be mostly PDF scans with some multimedia capability and reader software?

Not sure what the big fuss is over, positive or negative. PDF is my only ebook format, and it looks like Blio will be similar. Not sure what market demands PDF with multimedia, unless it has advanced text to speech ability.
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i'm looking for something revolutionary... iFlowers for instance.
http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/science...te.change.ccs/

No word on synthetic bugs, they'll probably make them to maintain the synthetic trees though....
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Old 12-29-2009, 10:08 PM   #19
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Yeah, seems to be mostly PDF scans with some multimedia capability and reader software?
Sort of, but I expect it's a browser-based app (or maybe Java, something that runs cross-platform). It could be useful, as it will be a vendor-neutral way to do things like magazines.

It may have some utility, but hard to say. One thing is that the promise of cross-platform rarely works out quite as promised. E.g. if you do a layout for a 16:9 horizontal laptop screen, that layout will be a nightmare on a vertical smartphone screen.
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Well, that drab black and white does give 8,000 pages to a single charge and causes less eye strain. Most books are black ink on white (bleached) paper.
An Astak Pocket PRO costs about $199 and even has Text-To-Speech with the leather case and ear buds included.

So, while the tablet may sound great initially... try getting one by airport security now and buying one for $199.
what the crap do you smoke to make you write such stoopid things? Sales must be pretty bad if you need to crawl out and begin slamming competing products again...hell this is not even anything in production yet...not running scared at all I suppose?

Leather case? really? you mean you aren't still shipping that synthetic case which you claimed was leather?
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Whoo, calm down people !

Back on topic.
I really see no point in yet another format. They need to get onto a standard and stick to. Right now, that standard is ePub, and I see noting that Blio can do that would justifiy changing everyting all over again. The ePub -> mobi switch was a mess enough, tank you very much. And downgrade to a non-reflow, closed format ?
There is everything needed in css3 and html5, just a question of adobe implementing these.

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what the crap do you smoke to make you write such stoopid things? Sales must be pretty bad if you need to crawl out and begin slamming competing products again...hell this is not even anything in production yet...not running scared at all I suppose?

Leather case? really? you mean you aren't still shipping that synthetic case which you claimed was leather?
Totally uncalled for.
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This would be nice for Comics! Technical books, Recipe books... etc etc

Having this pretty looking app organise and give me access to those sort of books on my tablet seems like a nice option.

dont really understand the hate as PDF doesnt really give me such a nice UI as this seems to.
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Old 12-30-2009, 06:39 AM   #24
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Totally uncalled for.

Well, yeah, but I kinda think the sales pitch was uncalled for as well. It's one thing to comment on a product and your thoughts about it, but when you are in charge of marketing for a competing product and post an advertisement, that's just not cool.
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Well, yeah, but I kinda think the sales pitch was uncalled for as well. It's one thing to comment on a product and your thoughts about it, but when you are in charge of marketing for a competing product and post an advertisement, that's just not cool.
what sales pitch? what competing product? whos in charge of marketing which competing product? wheres an advert?

huh?
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what sales pitch? what competing product? whos in charge of marketing which competing product? wheres an advert?

huh?
Scroll up and look at Robertb's post. That looks like an advert to me.
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Scroll up and look at Robertb's post. That looks like an advert to me.
Ah I see, I actually thought they were reffering to Kovids post initially...

still if you replaced "astek" with "ebook with eink screen" what he said would be perfectly valid so maybe not too bad imo
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Totally uncalled for.
why? stick around longer and you might know more about the constant hyperbole involved here...the userid in question is completely free to respond for itself.
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And it's RAY!!!

Okay, I'm game: who is Ray Kurzweil?

Edit:ignore that, just Googled. So he's an inventor/programmer?

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Okay, I'm game: who is Ray Kurzweil?

Edit:ignore that, just Googled. So he's an inventor/programmer?
Sorry can't ignore it, once you let something lose on the internet....well then...you know...

See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raymond_Kurzweil

He was involved early in music synthesizers. His latest futurist books are predicting immortality of individuals through various means. Wild stuff.
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