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Old 01-20-2010, 09:04 AM   #1
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Why Software Will Determine the Future of E-Reading (PC Magazine)

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In my last post, I talked about the display technology that makes e-readers possible.But the screen is only one part of what it will take to make a successful market here. I'm convinced that, as in most cases these days, it's the software that will drive the hardware and determine the eventual winners and losers in this market.
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He's right, you know. Do you remember the Sony Librie (shudder)?

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Old 01-20-2010, 09:09 AM   #2
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Yes he is. You can have an awesome device, with a never ending battery life and perfect contrast, colour, etc. But if you can't easily read books on it (due to it only supporting one book format: your own, which only you sell, for example) the device won't be a success until somebody manages to make software to either read other formats, or less ideally, convert other formats to that one format.
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Old 01-20-2010, 10:13 AM   #3
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meh. Thats a ground ball.

consider any modern device for a moment, and software is what makes that device useful. Or not useful in many cases. The good news is that in most cases, and with a bit of sweat, users can improve or replace bad software.
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Old 01-20-2010, 10:21 AM   #4
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He's right, you know. Do you remember the Sony Librie (shudder)?
Is there a site anywhere on the World Wide Web with more annoying pop-ups than pcmag.com? I had to keep closing one pop-up after another just to get as far as I did in the article before giving up.

Jeeze!
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Make a device run Calibre, sell DRM-free ebooks, and you'll have the absolute winner.

But I bet nobody will.

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Is there a site anywhere on the World Wide Web with more annoying pop-ups than pcmag.com? I had to keep closing one pop-up after another just to get as far as I did in the article before giving up.

Jeeze!
I'm sorry, I didn't know. I have pop ups blocked.
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Old 01-20-2010, 10:26 AM   #7
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Make a device run Calibre, sell DRM-free ebooks, and you'll have the absolute winner.

But I bet nobody will.

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sure... I even know who'd win then)))))
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I'm sorry, I didn't know. I have pop ups blocked.
Not your fault, Nate. Unless you own pcmag.com.
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Old 01-20-2010, 10:30 AM   #9
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Old 01-20-2010, 10:47 AM   #10
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Hardware don't do everything, software don't do everyting either.
Well said! Ok, maybe a grammar or spelling error, but still well said.
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Old 01-20-2010, 11:03 AM   #11
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Hardware don't do everything, software don't do everyting either.
True. You can turn around my story too. If you've some awesome software but no hardware to run it on, what use is the software?
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This is the reason why a tablet with Win7 will be the win. You can read any format you want, and install whatever programs you want.
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Or linux, or android, or mac
The only reasson I would want win7 on a tablet is because i would like to run some lego software on it. Else, linux would be my choice.
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This is the reason why a tablet with Win7 will be the win. You can read any format you want, and install whatever programs you want.
Wouldn't a tablet with any full OS (Win/OSX/Linux) do the job?
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I expect all devices in the future to be able to read the same standard formats... that's easy. But the issue is much more than just which formats the device reads... it's in how they are presented.

A recent TeleRead thread discussed preferences between spaces and indents between paragraphs. Here, we've discussed issues like display margins and contrast issues regularly. The winning devices will be those that allow the user to set their display options they way they like them, to optimize their reading experience. Software flexibility... that's what will win consumers over.
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