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Old 02-17-2010, 07:17 PM   #1
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5 Things That Will Make E-Readers Better in 2010

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http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2010/...tories+2%29%29
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Old 02-17-2010, 07:22 PM   #2
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Thanks for the link. But isn't it a bit late for the article. Didn't we knew about those improvements last year already?
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Old 02-17-2010, 10:52 PM   #3
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Oh was hoping for some intriguing new insight. Though I disagree with the first point of having a touchscreen only device. There does need to be some hardware buttons as tactile feedback, I feel, is important (much like flipping the page of a book).
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Old 02-18-2010, 12:26 AM   #4
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I think only two things need to be improved:

1. Speed of the UI and executing functions.
2. Screen fading. Right now all of the readers flicker.
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Old 02-18-2010, 01:36 AM   #5
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2. Screen fading. Right now all of the readers flicker.
My jetBook doesn't flicker that I know of so I'm guessing you mean eInk. What do you mean by flicker?

Anyway, I thought it was a good article for the general public and not as off base or brand cheerleading as most.
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Old 02-18-2010, 04:09 AM   #6
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I was impressed that E-Ink addressed contrast in the article, and I really look forward to seeing what they can put out this year to keep a grip on their market. I have some doubts about their ability to speed up the displays, but the contrast improvements would be very interesting.
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Old 02-18-2010, 04:15 AM   #7
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I was interested in the item about SW but it's the same nonsense about interactivity and beautiful interface, not a real library handle, showing metadata, searching books, marking books as read, a real management.
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Old 02-18-2010, 05:17 AM   #8
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It's funny what they focus on, isn't it? Despite some of the things being "nice to have", for the actual process of reading - which is what I spend the vast amount of time with the reader doing (the clue's in the name, I guess) - I'm only bothered about their last item - better contrast.

After that, or perhaps even before that, what's really important is easy access to high quality content at a fair price. In other words, getting stuff to read.
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Still this fixation with touch screens. Why? They are more trouble than they're worth. I don't want to move my hands to swipe the screen for some poor virtual approximation of turning a page, when it is much simpler to keep my thumb on a page turn button, and to press it when necessary. I don't want to continuously have to wipe finger smears off a screen which I have to keep clean because I am trying to READ the damn thing.
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Old 02-18-2010, 07:59 AM   #10
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Still this fixation with touch screens. Why? They are more trouble than they're worth. I don't want to move my hands to swipe the screen for some poor virtual approximation of turning a page, when it is much simpler to keep my thumb on a page turn button, and to press it when necessary. I don't want to continuously have to wipe finger smears off a screen which I have to keep clean because I am trying to READ the damn thing.
My thoughts exactly! I'm perfectly happy with what my READER does, it's made for that! Ok, maybe they can improve contrast (I'm happy with eink, but any improvement in that area is good), or the software or speed of response...
Everything else is not necessary for a reader, I don't need video, I don't need color for reading the equivalent of a paperback!

Just my opinion of course
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Old 02-18-2010, 07:59 AM   #11
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OMG, just another Ipad promotion in disguise.

As far as touch-screen, yeah, it can be cool (mostly because it is programmable) but only if it does not interfere with the clarity (which it does for most current readers).

I think the most important thing will be some of the new display technologies that may allow for color and touch without degrading the contrast etc.

We'll have to see what the future brings.
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Old 02-18-2010, 08:02 AM   #12
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Still this fixation with touch screens. Why? They are more trouble than they're worth. I don't want to move my hands to swipe the screen for some poor virtual approximation of turning a page, when it is much simpler to keep my thumb on a page turn button, and to press it when necessary. I don't want to continuously have to wipe finger smears off a screen which I have to keep clean because I am trying to READ the damn thing.
There are lots of benefits to a touch screen outside of a page swipe gesture. Fingerprint smears will be inevitable, but problems arising from them can be blamed more on incompatible surface finishing.

I'm sure there will remain options that retain button-centric operation much as the options today. Actually, I'd be kinda tickled to see a backside touchpad like on the Notion Ink Adam, though multi-touch would without a doubt be the ideal method of control for most things.

If you want crippled devices, they're already available.
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My thoughts exactly! I'm perfectly happy with what my READER does, it's made for that! Ok, maybe they can improve contrast (I'm happy with eink, but any improvement in that area is good), or the software or speed of response...
Everything else is not necessary for a reader, I don't need video, I don't need color for reading the equivalent of a paperback!

Just my opinion of course
If you're happy with what you have, then don't buy other products. What you have is not good enough for a lot of people. Let them buy the touchscreen gizmos that you don't want, and you can sit happy with what you have.

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Old 02-18-2010, 08:45 AM   #13
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Well, I realised part of the "why touchscreen" when seeing michael dahan presenting the orizon. Touch screen mean moving though menus way faster. one touch instead of "click click click click validate".
And of course, note typing with a virtual keybord
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Old 02-18-2010, 09:47 AM   #14
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I prefer the touchscreen over buttons because the buttons on the side crack and break. I saw two demos with cracked side buttons on the Nook. On the Kindle I noticed the version with the knob can loosen up or snap off. Granted the touchscreen can crack or malfunction, I still feel better than using the physical keys.
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It's funny what they focus on, isn't it? Despite some of the things being "nice to have", for the actual process of reading - which is what I spend the vast amount of time with the reader doing (the clue's in the name, I guess) - I'm only bothered about their last item - better contrast.
Well, for reading novels I agree. I've got no need for it on my Kindle that I just read novels in bed with.

For larger screen devices I'd use for my work reading, I want a touch screen--more specifically a stylus screen as I need to be able to highlight and jot notes in the margins etc.

But that's also moot as I don't want a reader for that purpose anyway. I want a tablet that can do that, as well as e-mail, internet, video etc.

So yeah, I don't see much need for touch screens on dedicated reader devices.
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